The fight to protect Africa's elephants has just got more dangerous. Across the continent, armed groups linked to civil wars and conflicts are using the illegal ivory trade to fund their activities.
Warlords turn to ivory trade to fund slaughter of humans
The Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary welcomed its newest member, an 11-year-old macaque named Ferguson, to its family of monkeys early March. Ferguson came from the Performing Animal Welfare Society, a sanctuary in Galt. PAWS originally rescued him after he was found locked in a crate, abandoned by his owner.
Folsom Zoo adds a new monkey
Nestled among a quiet residential neighborhood on S Street, the Animal Protection Institute has provided four decades of authoritative leadership lobbying for improved protection for animals, particularly the treatment of circus animals and exotic pets. As forward-thinking organizations do, API and Born Free USA began working together on wildlife conservation issues and merged in November 2007.
Keeping wildlife in the wild
Sacramento News & Review
In 1989 CITES agreed to ban trade in ivory. Last year CITES, which now has 172 member countries, extended this ban for a further nine years. But some scientists think poaching may be as prevalent as it was before the original ban.
Call of the wild
The Spokane Regional Health District has euthanized Chico, a pet monkey that escaped from its owner's South Hill home and bit three people last week. Chico was euthanized after the health district rejected an offer from Dr. Ned Buyukmichi, the resident doctor at Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in southwest Texas, to pay for expensive rabies shots for the three victims bitten by Chico last week, and to provide a permanent home for Chico and supply transport for the primate. However, Dr. Buyukmichi said that when he made this offer to health officials in Spokane it was roundly rejected as "not an option."
Health District euthanizes Chico
Wildlife poachers have been found to have ties to groups dealing in arms and drugs, and may have links to terrorists.
Trail of skins and bones leads to underworld
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Three animal transport crates containing endangered reptiles were found abandoned at Oliver Tambo Airport in Johannesburg. The crates, destined for the Czech Republic, were taken to the Johannesburg Zoo and unpacked. Contrary to the consignment listing lizards and frogs, the crates contained hundreds of snakes, geckos, lizards, chameleons, and arthropods,. About 10 to 15 percent of the animals had died during the five to six days they had been in the crates. More were expected to die of dehydration during the following days.
Reptiles abandoned at OR Tambo
Tammy Lewis thought it was strange when her dog, Jeezy, went missing. The 11-month-old puppy usually did not wander far from her home. He mostly remained around the house, playing with his older brother. "Most of the time they stayed in the yard, they really didn't go anywhere," Lewis said. "But one day they were gone." The next day the family went looking for the lost dog. They trudged through the woods as far as a half-mile from home, but found no sign of him. A week later Lewis's neighbor told her why. Her dog was dead. And so was his bluetick coonhound.
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