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Chad’s New Elephant Guardians…

Posted in Africa: Elephants with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 13, 2010 by kendickjerkins

Keeping to his promise to ensure that Chad’s elephants fate will not become the same as in its neighboring countries, President Idriss Deby has deployed a highly trained military unit from the Chadian armed forces to aid in the protection of Zakouma National Park and its flora and fauna. This unit is working in conjunction with the existing ranger teams that are currently on the ground.

President Idriss Deby Burying poached Ivory


The legendary Zakouma National Park
was created in 1963, and was Chad’s first national park, it has an area of almost 3000 square kilometres (1200 square miles) and  is entirely surrounded by the
Bahr Salamat Faunal Reserve, which is a conservation area of roughly 20,600 square kilometres.

Zakuma’s Legendary Elephant Herds


For many years Zakouma was neglected during the period of civil conflict, but with the arrival of President Deby to power a restoration has began and is continuing to date. Zakuma boasts in rich  and diverse wildlife population that includes over 44 species of large mammals as well as many species of birds.

Zakouma National Park has been nominated to become a Unesco World Heritage Site.

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The new secret weapon in the anti-poaching war: DNA Barcoding

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 2, 2010 by kendickjerkins

Researchers at the American Museum of Natural History in New York have discovered what they term the “Barcode of Life” which is a genetic sequence that is specific to each individual species. By analyzing this “Barcode of Life,” they can determine if the skin is from an endangered animal or one that’s allowed to be hunted.

George Amato, an evolutionary biologist who helps oversee the DNA library, inspects a crocodile skin briefcase. Even after the skin has been processed, the bumps contain bits of bone the lab uses to extract DNA.

Julie Feinstein, collection manager of frozen tissue lab at AMNH, removes a rack of samples from one of the liquid nitrogen-cooled storage vats. She’s wearing special gloves so that, as she puts it, she doesn’t stay attached to the vat.

This system enables customs agents, and other regulatory agencies, to send samples of seized products to the lab in order to have them tested to see whether the produces has a from an endangered species or not.    The Museum has over 70,000 samples and growing,  there is a “constant influx” of samples so the number constantly grow.

Leather products found at a crafts market in Brazzaville, Congo. They may have originated from Mali, as similar products were found in the shop of Malian leather workers who illegally ship in Nile crocodile and other skins to Congo.

Click here to read more  about “The Barcode Of Life” for the full article

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*Graphic Warning* The Forgotten Story Behind Bushmeat – The Plight of the Starving People of Zimbabwe

Posted in Africa: Elephants with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2010 by kendickjerkins

Society, in some areas, has been growing at an exponential rate. As we progress further into the 21st century some could say that we’ve been growing at such a breakneck pace that we often times forget about what’s going on in the world around us. This is unfortunate because we often times take things for granted and overlook issues that still plague humanity, like starvation.

In Zimbabwe the death of a bull elephant is a blessing.  Starving villagers are able to use every piece of the elephant for food, including the trunk and ears.  Even the bones are used as they are boiled for soup; within 24 hours there is nothing left of what was a 13ft Elephant.

The body of a dead Bull Elephant is discovered deep in the bush

Just moments later people from local villages arrive

An elephant such as this that succumbs to old age can provide an entire village with food.  Is the death of a giant of the savanna sad?  Yes, but this animal was not killed for two tusks, it was not slaughtered in order to sell ivory to fuel the worlds greed.  It was allowed to live its life, father children, and then, when its time came, its death blessed an entire village of starving men, women, and children with the food they need in order to survive.  This is the true circle of life; nothing of this elephant was wasted.  The entire body was used, and its life was not ended short in order for that to happen.

Villagers stand watching as men cut up and distribute meat

Everyone rushing in to get something to bring back home

Poaching destroys the ability for these giant, majestic animals and human beings to coexist on this planet.  Poachers kill without a thought for anything but the two tusks that they can remove; they don’t use the meat, they don’t use the bones, they don’t use the skin.  If an entire village can be fed for days on a single elephant, just image the amount of food that could be gleaned from the approximately 23,000 elephants that are killed each year by poachers.

Villagers stand by all that is left but bones, even that will be used

In Zimbabwe alone, 2.17 million people are starving, according to the Red Cross.  That is one in four people in dire need of food, but instead we in the West and Asia support the poachers by buying ivory piano keys, ivory canes, ivory chotchkies, etc. etc.

A lone villager stands where the carcass once stood

So, what do we value?  Pretty objects that are smooth and nice to touch, or the salvation of an entire continent of the largest land animals left on our planet and the people who share the land with them?  The decision is up to all of us to make, but personally, I can’t even believe that a decision between people’s and animal’s lives and petty possessions can actually exist.

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EXCLUSIVE: Sticking to his Guns – Chad’s President personally involved in the fights for brighter future of his country’s Flora and Fauna

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 12, 2010 by Dori G

Over a month ago we wrote about Chad’s President Mr. Idriss Déby and his personal involvement and commitment in saving Chad’s wildlife.

Sticking to his commitment for brighter future of Chad’s Flora and Fauna, we are pleased to inform you that we just found out that President Déby recently removed a cabinet minister as well as a high ranking army official, that were involved with  wanton destruction of Chad’s Flora and Fauna.

One of Zakuma’s Legendary Elephant herds

Saving Chad’s Elephants…..

Sticking to his Guns – Chad’s President personally involved in the fights for brighter future of his country’s Flora and Fauna

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 10, 2010 by Dori G

Over a month ago we wrote about Chad’s President Mr. Idriss Déby and his personal involvement and commitment in saving Chad’s wildlife.

Sticking to his commitment for brighter future of Chad’s Flora and Fauna, we are pleased to inform you that we just found out that President Déby recently removed a cabinet minister as well as a high ranking army official, that were involved with  wanton destruction of Chad’s Flora and Fauna

One of Zakuma’s Legendary Elephant herds

Saving Chad’s Elephants…..

Support Petitions to Ban Ivory

Posted in Africa: Elephants with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2010 by kendickjerkins

It has been nearly a month since we first posted a petition in support of the ban on ivory. Now with CITES CoP15 drawing closer by the day the decision on whether or not ivory stockpiles will be sold comes even closer.  In the words of  Dr. Julius Kipngetich, from a speech last year,”everytime there is a CITES decision on Trade in Elephant Ivory, you always see a spike in poaching activities. The recent escalation is a direct result of CITES 2007 decision allowing 4 southern African states to trade in Ivory”

It is now imperative that people around the world voice their support for the ban on ivory because this meeting can and will decide the fate of elephants and other species in the future.

Help wildlife in Africa by taking a few minutes and signing the following petitions.

The first petition, found here is the initial petition we were promoting. It is sponsored by the Care2 petition site and is aimed at CITES Secretary-General Willem Wijnstekers. The second petition, found here, supported by the David Sheldrick  Wildlife Trust is a request urging members of the 15th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties of CITES to vote NO on the decision to sell ivory stockpiles.

No words needed……


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Ivory Wars intensifies as Kenya Spearheading the fight

Posted in Africa: Elephants with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 5, 2010 by kendickjerkins

Patrick Omondi, the Head of Species Conservation and Management at the Kenya Wildlife Service, will be testifying in front of the US  congress.  He is seeking US support for his government’s proposal for a 20 year moratorium on the sale of elephant ivory.  All this is happening in the gear up for the major CITES conference March 13-25 in which many major African poaching issues will be discussed.

Patrick Omondi at the CITES conference in 2008 in Switzerland

Kenyan ivory stockpile burnt 1995.

South Africa Army to fight Kruger National Park poachers…..

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 27, 2010 by Dori G

The  army is moving in to protects SA wildlife starting at Kruger National Park.  With possibly over 100 rhinos being killed in 2009. South Africa is taking the necessary steps to protect its wildlife..

Click here to read more….

Elephant mother shot right next to her calfs

Posted in Africa: Rhinos, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 16, 2010 by Dori G

This is what it really looks like.  So sad……

Thank you Bill Jordan Wildlife Defense Fund

Ivory Wars – Chad’s President personally involved in Saving Africa’s Last Great herds

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 14, 2010 by Dori G

Concerned about the increase of poaching in  Chad and the loss of  some of Africa’s Great elephant herds,  President Idriss Déby is personally involved in the fight against poachers.

More images from the BBC…..