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Zimbabwean security forces accused of poaching

Posted in Africa: Elephants, Africa: Rhinos with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 12, 2010 by kendickjerkins

HARARE, Zimbabwe — The leader of a U.N. program to protect endangered species on Thursday charged that Zimbabwean security forces are spearheading poaching of elephants and rhinos in the troubled country.

At a news conference Thursday in Harare, Willem Wijnstekers, secretary-general of the U.N. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, said security forces had killed about 200 rhinos over the past two years, putting that population on the verge of extinction in Zimbabwe. He did not give a figure on elephants.

A dead elephant carcass left to rot

A rhino head that has been removed from a poached carcass

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Zimbabwe The New poacheing Paradise – CITES boss arrives in Zimbabwe

Posted in Africa: Elephants, Africa: Rhinos, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2010 by kendickjerkins

HARARE – CITES secretary general Willem Wijnstekers has arrived in Zimbabwe
on four-day working visit which will see him meeting Prime Minister (PM)
Morgan Tsvangirai and Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa over rampant
poaching decimating wildlife in the southern African country and said to
involve top politicians and army officials.

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna
and Flora (CITES) chief who jetted into Harare late Monday will also meet
Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa, Environment Minister Francis Nhema and
other senior government officials.

A report filed by Fareed Zakaria and Stephanie Hanes on poaching in Zimbabwe.

Short documentary on rhino poaching in Zimbabwe

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