Thailand: African Ivory


African Elephant: Another Massacre – Chad


There has been another elephant massacre in Africa – this time in southern Chad. The link below is to an article reporting on the tragic loss.

For more visit:
http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0726-elephants-chad-neme.html

Cameroon: Poaching Crisis Continues


The link below is to an article on the continuing elephant poaching crisis in the African country of Cameroon.

For more, visit:
http://www.traffic.org/home/2012/3/29/cameroon-elephant-poaching-crisis-spreads.html

Tragedy of the Red List


The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) (visit http://www.iucn.org/) has just released its red list for threatened African freshwater species. The red list suggests that up to a 1/5 of all freshwater African species are now threatened with extinction.

See the article at:

http://www.iucn.org/knowledge/news/?5898

Visit the IUCN Red List at:

http://www.iucnredlist.org/

RARE BONGO BREEDING PROGRAM GOING WELL


A breeding program for the rare Lowland or Western Bongo (Tragelaphus eurycerus eurycerus) is going well at Australia’s Western Plains Zoo. One month ago a calf (called Djembe, which means drum) was born at the zoo and is doing well. Djembe is the fourth calf born at the zoo.

The calf was born using caesarean section because of difficulties with the birth. Despite fears of the mother rejecting Djembe, which sometimes happens with caesarean births, young Djembe is going well and being cared for by her mother.

The Lowland Bongo is one of the largest African forest antelopes and is in serious decline. It is thought that about 25 000 animals remain in their natural central African habitat.

BELOW: Footage of a Bongo in Captivity