Monday, September 22, 2014

African Forest Elephants Face Near Extinction in 10 Years

Ivory trade is murder 

Elephants killed in Africa for ivory tusks

Sophisticated gangs of criminals are poaching elephants to extinction. Up to 30,000 elephants are killed in Africa each year for their ivory tusks, and the situation is getting worse with each passing year.
Unless we take decisive action now, we're facing a future without elephants.

Congress controls funding for USAID Biodiversity programs that help combat poaching and save elephants. But the funding faces a severe 40% cut from this year's budget, right when elephants need it the most.
Tell your members of Congress to support conservation programs that elephants depend on... before it's too late.

It was the worst mass slaughter since international ivory trade was banned in 1989. If the poaching continues, African forest elephants face near extinction in 10 years, with East Africa’s savannah elephants not far behind. The reasons: inadequate protection for elephants, insufficient efforts to halt ivory trafficking, and skyrocketing demand for ivory. Rising East Asian consumer wealth fuels the demand; organized crime cartels control the traffic.

Ivory trade is murder
WCS is leading the charge to counter the slaughter. For decades we have stemmed poaching where we work, protected habitat, and helped elephant populations recover. But rising demand for ivory requires new efforts to ensure their future.

WCS and our partners work to stop criminals from slaughtering elephants in some of their largest habitats in Central and Eastern Africa. Together with governments and local communities, we recruit, equip, train, and deploy ecoguards. We use local intelligence networks and aerial surveillance to focus enforcement, and ensure patrols get the backup they need from the police, army, and courts.

These methods work: forest elephant densities are seven times higher where they are protected. But pressure is mounting. In four landscapes of Gabon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, and Mozambique where we have recently launched elephant protection programs, 44,000 elephants are at immediate risk. We need to redouble our efforts.
Stop the Trafficking

WCS aids governments in detecting smuggled ivory at key ports and airports along the trade chain in Africa and Asia. Our sniffer dogs root out ivory in transit. In addition, we support police, customs, and judicial authorities to prosecute traffickers.

With WCS support, CITES (the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) has mandated DNA testing of all large-scale seizures of ivory to determine its origin, a critical step in tracing the supply chain. Finally, WCS is working with countries identified by CITES as the eight worst in anti-trafficking to devise and implement action plans that will close trade routes.
Stop the Demand
Seventy percent of illegal ivory ends up as trinkets and carvings for consumers in China. Most do not know that their actions are illegal and lead to elephant killing in Africa

To reduce the demand in China, WCS is harnessing the most powerful platform for cultural change and public participation: social media. This strategy will deliver compelling information about elephants and the real cost of ivory using diverse online channels and a network of Chinese partner institutions. Our goal is to work in the background and catalyze change, to increase awareness so that Chinese citizens themselves will demand public action.

Learn more about this crisis:
Watch National Geographic Television’s Battle for the Elephants >>


Sunday, August 17, 2014

International Animal Rescue Foundation World Action South Africa

This mother and her calf where the joys of many a tourist that left Africa feeling overjoyed.

Sadly both mother and calf have now been poached. The tourists that have such fond memories of these magnificent beasts now have to cope with pictures such as these. Hardly a good image for Africa!

We say no more other than - What a Bloody Post Card this is. Edna Molewa the world is aware of what is happening and this is not going down well with many.

Whilst we would like to vent certain other points here we will leave that for another day.

We are watching - Very, Very Closely - Animal Abusers directly or indirectly involved in abuse or allowing abuse to continue via any means.

This filth and that is exactly what it is will stop.

Our patience is wearing thin.

We would like to add more to this post however we will as explained leave it at that. 

Like The Facebook Page for International Animal Rescue Foundation World Action South Africa

Friday, September 20, 2013

Elephants in Zimbabwe dying from cyanide poisoning?

By Agence France-Presse
Friday, September 20, 2013 14:15 EDT

Zimbabwean wildlife authorities will dispatch a team of experts to the country’s largest game park Saturday to investigate the poisoning deaths of 64 elephants, an official said.

“Experts drawn from seven ministries will travel to Hwange National Park tomorrow (Saturday) to make findings on the disaster at the park where 64 elephants have died from cyanide poisoning,” the director general of the parks and wildlife authority,
"There are fears that there could be more deaths but we need chemists to determine whether the danger is still there." Edson Chidziya, said.

The elephants reportedly died in separate incidents after drinking poisoned water. The state-owned Herald newspaper gave the number of elephants killed as 69.

Nine people were arrested on suspicion of poisoning watering halls in the game park to kill the elephants for their tusks and were due to appear in court in Tsholotsho.

Chidziya dismissed reports linking the poachers to a South African businessman.
“We just heard about those reports but from our side we don’t know about that link yet,” he said.
Two years ago nine elephants, five lions and two buffalo died from cyanide poisoning in Hwange national park.

Environment minister Saviour Kasukuwere has called for stiff penalties for poachers.

Sumatran elephants found dead, poisoning suspected

Two critically endangered Sumatran elephants were found dead in an Indonesian national park and it is believed they were poisoned, the WWF environmental group said Monday.

It takes to three the number of the elephants found dead in Tesso Nilo National Park on in the last month.

The carcasses of a male aged around five and a young female were found on Friday about a kilometre (0.6 miles) apart, said WWF spokeswoman Syamsidar, who goes by one name.

"We believe that the elephants were poisoned as the carcasses were quite close to each other," she said, adding that autopsies needed to be conducted before the cause of death could be confirmed.
A Sumatran elephant was discovered dead in the park early last month, also from suspected poisoning, she added.

Fifteen Sumatran elephants were found dead last year in Riau province, where the national park is located, with around half them found to have been poisoned, Syamsidar said.

Fewer than 3,000 Sumatran elephants remain in the wild, according to the International Union for .

Rampant expansion of and paper plantations and the mining industry have destroyed nearly 70 percent of the elephant's over 25 years, according to the WWF, and the animals have been targeted by poachers.

In January 14 were found dead of suspected poisoning in the Malaysian state of Sabah. Three-month-old orphaned calf Joe made headlines around the world when he was pictured trying to rouse his dead mother. 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Ten Ways to approach a Woman

List of 10 ways to talk to women:
  1. Circle her closely but ignore her. Sounds like a waste of time? If she is drawn to you, let her make the first move. The first one to talk gives up power. Her curiosity will make you handsomer.
  2. Do not reveal anything important in your first 20 dates. Stay mysterious! It works.
  3. Have two or three two line jokes memorized. They don't have to be great. Do not apologize before telling the jokes. Just do it.
  4. Tip well after a meal.
  5. Even if you hate your mother, show respect when talking about her. She is a woman after all. If you worship your mother, stop talking about her like she is a goddess.
  6. DO NOT WEAR TONS OF COLOGNE! Spray your stuff into the air and let it fall on you. Women have sensitive noses, you only need a suggestive smell. Do not spray cologne to last the night, that won't make you smell better. Opposite in fact.
  7. You don't have to be the alpha male. Just be the guy she can trust. Bullshitting someone will only get you more bullshit in your own life.
  8. Be friendly. You aren't talking with her to get laid, she can smell that coming a mile away. Refer to rule #7.
  9. Listen. Listening requires remembering what she actually said. Then find the connection in your own life but do not stay on the subject. Note the coincidence then move on. If she comes back to it, you got closer to her.
  10. Be more like Batman in the beginning and Superman after you get to know her.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Traveling through Zimbabwe, a country in the twilight


By Philipp Laage Feb 14, 2012, 13:01 GMT

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe - The merchants on Livingstone Bridge at the border with Zambia are smiling amicably in the noonday sun. In their hands are thick bundles of bank notes, to be sold as souvenirs to the tourists.

Anyone who looks at such a colorful note, with a long row of zeroes on it, senses that something must have gone terribly wrong in Zimbabwe. Here, at Victoria Falls and in view of the mighty waterfalls in the background, visitors are entering a country which for many people is a dark foreboding, an African horror story.

Zimbabwe was once upon a time a model state, the breadbasket of Africa, until President Robert Mugabe took power. Ever since the white farmers were dispossessed of their land starting in 1990, the country's economy has been sliding ever deeper.

In 2008 the currency collapsed and hyperinflation made the Zimbabwean dollar worthless. A coalition government emerging from the ruins has remained fragile. So most tourists cross the border at Victoria Falls only for a brief visit, for a chance to see the waters of Africa's fourth-longest river plunge 108 meters over a 1,700-metres long edge. Scarcely anyone travels to the interior. Yet the country is relatively safe for foreign visitors.

On a recent visit to the interior, a group starts out before dawn in a mini-bus for the seven-hour ride to Bulawayo, 440 kilometers away. In what is Zimbabwe's second-biggest city located in the middle of the country, the political instability seems forgotten. Victorian-era houses line the streets, and there are shopping malls, internet cafe's and restaurants. Men in expensive suits are reading newspapers in a Swiss cafe, while American pop music thunders from the 'Baku Club' in the Bulawayo Center.

Hollywood films are showing in the cinemas and expensive all-terrain vehicles from Europe are parked on the sidewalks. During a stroll through the streets of Bulawayo, such impressions are confusing, considering that Zimbabwe ranks 6th in the 'Failed States Index 2011' of the US group The Fund For Peace.

The risk that the state may collapse is higher than Iraq.

From Bulawayo, travelers can go sight-seeing to two UNESCO-declared World Heritage Sites - the ruins at Khami and the cave paintings in the Matopo Mountains, where the British colonial politician Cecil John Rhodes lies buried. It was after him that Southern Rhodesia - today's Zimbabwe - was named.

In the marketplace of Bulawayo, a woman merchant is bemoaning the desolate economic situation. 'This here is the real ruins of Zimbabwe,' she says, drawing a link between the economy and the country's most important archaeological site, some 280 kilometers from the city of Masvingo.

The sand-colored ruins of Great Zimbabwe are warm from the afternoon sun. Lizards sit atop the rocks, while monkeys are climbing among the eucalyptus and the muhacha trees with their sweet fruit. Hardly any tourists are to be seen, while a park guard is dozing in the shade. The fallen city that he is there to guard is more than 500 years old. The powerful Mutapa Empire had existed here long before the first Europeans ever set foot in what today is Zimbabwe,

Great Zimbabwe was the capital and seat of its kings.

A path now leads up to the fortress ruins, from which one can look up at the large enclosure and hillside ruins. The builders set the granite blocks atop each other without any use of mortar. In the evening, the view from Great Zimbabwe stretches across the plains. The setting sun lays a layer of warm red across the countryside's contours. The land is quiet, with only a light breeze to be felt.

In the evening at Cariba Lake, the last stage of the trip, the tropical warm air of the day hovers over the small jungle bar situated right on the shore.

Stacey and Dale, two Zimbabweans, offer travelers a place to stay for the night. From the veranda of their house the view is of the dark lake. Suddenly there is a snorting sound in the garden - a hippopotamus is moving through the shadows and trots off into the dark.

'More people are killed by hippos than by crocodiles,' Dale says. It is late when he closes the bar and blocks out the sounds of the night.

The next morning, the guests are taken on a ride on the lake in a motorboat. Elephants, zebras and giraffes are grazing along the shore. Everything is wilderness around the 280-kilometre-long lake, created by a dam on the Zambesi River. Hippopotamuses are standing in the water, while occasionally a crocodile swims by. Cariba is located on the border and the farewell is not without a sense of wistfulness.

Many people in Zimbabwe would be happy if the despotic Mugabe would finally disappear, both from politics and from the thinking of people in the West. But the future is uncertain: Zimbabwe is a country in twilight, and it is not yet clear whether it will soon turn bright or go completely dark.