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Zimbabwe: More elephants killed by cyanide poisoning
Up to 11 elephants and several vultures have died in another case of cyanide poisoning in Zimbabwe.
State media in Bulawayo reported this weekend the carcasses of 10 poisoned elephants had been found in Hwange National Park. However, sources on Monday said the figure may actually be 11.
... This poisoning incident was separate from the one reported in Kariba last month, where three elephants died after eating cyanide-laced oranges.
The grim news triggers memories of the poisoning of dozens of elephants for their tusks in Hwange in 2013. In that incident, cyanide was placed on salt-licks in the dry park, with some reports indicating up to 300 elephants died.
Full story at www.news24.com/Africa/Zimbabwe/More-Zim-elephants-die-from-cyanide-poisoning-20151005
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2 hours ago ·
India: Sacred tigers and the farmers who worship them
- Around Umred-Karhandla, the satellite core of the Bor Tiger Reserve, farming communities have started to worship the tiger, instead of the bullock, as their ‘annadatta’ -
Roheet Karoo has a soft spot for Chandi. At the mere mention of her name, his face splits into a wide grin and he starts ruminating on when he encountered her last. ‘Was it by the lake? Or on the roadside? Or by the forest checkpost?’ For a few minutes he’ll lose himself in reverie, reliving that moment.
Though the massive tiger, Jai, who traversed over 150 km. from Nagzira to make the Umred-Karhandla landscape his home, has fast become the sanctuary’s favoured poster boy, stalwarts like Karoo acknowledge the tigress Chandi as the real symbol of the park’s fecundity. Her blood runs hot in a large proportion of Umred’s new generation of big cats, and those behind Umred’s success are now ensuring that the tigress is paid her dues.
This year, when farmers through large swathes of Maharashtra celebrated Pola, a festival to honour the bullock as their annadatta or food provider, five villages from Vidarbha and Nagpur district instead honoured the tiger. As the rest of the state’s agrarian community decorated their cattle and fed them special foods, these 5000 villagers chose to worship a life-sized idol of Chandi. Stripped of their land by the Ghosikurd dam project and consequently finding little use for their bullocks, the fringe villages around Umred-Karhandla have, in a massive demonstration of good faith in wildlife tourism, chosen to recognize the tiger as their new annadatta.
Full story at www.sanctuaryasia.com/magazines/features/10112-sacred-tigers-and-the-farmers-who-worship-them.html
Image: Around Umred-Karhandla, the satellite core of the Bor Tiger Reserve, farming communities have started to worship the tiger, via sanctuaryasia.com ... See MoreSee Less
3 hours ago ·
Kenya: 107 Wildlife Species Face Extinction in Kenyan Parks
Up to 107 of Kenya's wildlife species are slowly edging towards extinction with their numbers having more than halved in the past three decades, a new report says.
The report, which was compiled by Parliament's Environment and Natural Resources committee, says wildlife populations of different species have declined by between 30-90 per cent since 1977 and warns that some animals could disappear in the next few decades if the trend is allowed to continue.
"The wildlife species that have significantly declined and are critically threatened include elephants, rhinos, Grevy's zebra, roan and stable antelopes, hirolas, bongos, lions and cheetahs, among others," the committee chaired by Nominated MP Amina Abdalla says.
Besides poaching, the committee found that habitat loss due to increasing human settlement and developments, human-wildlife conflict, bush meat hunting, climate change and diseases is also contributing to the dwindling numbers.
Full story at allafrica.com/stories/201510050629.html
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Image: Cheetah with cubs, Kenya, by Siddharth Maheshwari ... See MoreSee Less
3 hours ago ·