Endangered Borneo pygmy elephants cruelly slaughtered for ivory

January 4, 2017 by  
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Elephant poaching has ravaged populations in Africa for years – and now poachers are starting to target endangered pygmy elephants in Sabah, Borneo. On New Year’s Eve wildlife officials found the bones of Sabre, a male pygmy elephant known for having tusks similar to a sabre-tooth tiger’s. Only days before, they’d found another mutilated male elephant. Both horrifying incidents occurred less than a mile away from each other. Sabre was probably murdered in late November. Conservationists fitted him with a satellite collar after finding him on a palm oil plantation in October. They released him back into the wild, as poaching wasn’t thought to be a grave danger to elephants in the area. Related: 8 Heartbreakingly Adorable Endangered Animals That We Need to Save The other unnamed male elephant was likely killed about a month after Sabre; his face had been hacked off so the poacher could grab his tusks. Danau Girang Field Centre director Benoit Goossens said a professional hunter may have cruelly slaughtered the elephants. Goossens told The Guardian, “My hope is that Sabah wakes up…we are losing our megafauna, the rhino is gone, the banteng [wild cow] is going, the elephant will be next. Those crimes should not go unpunished. Let’s not lose our jewels, the next generation will not forgive us.” According to the World Wildlife Fund, only around 1,500 pygmy elephants are alive in the world. These small elephants struggling for survival in Sabah face deforestation and habitat loss, mainly at the hands of the palm oil industry. Wildlife Conservation Society Vice President of Species Conservation Elizabeth Bennett told The Guardian that elephants will be safe from poaching only when ivory markets are closed. China has announced plans to ban the ivory trade by the end of the year – and for imperiled elephants, that date can’t come soon enough. Via The Guardian Images via shankar s. on Flickr and Bas Leenders on Flickr

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Endangered Borneo pygmy elephants cruelly slaughtered for ivory

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Elephant poaching has ravaged populations in Africa for years – and now poachers are starting to target endangered pygmy elephants in Sabah, Borneo. On New Year’s Eve wildlife officials found the bones of Sabre, a male pygmy elephant known for having tusks similar to a sabre-tooth tiger’s. Only days before, they’d found another mutilated male elephant. Both horrifying incidents occurred less than a mile away from each other. Sabre was probably murdered in late November. Conservationists fitted him with a satellite collar after finding him on a palm oil plantation in October. They released him back into the wild, as poaching wasn’t thought to be a grave danger to elephants in the area. Related: 8 Heartbreakingly Adorable Endangered Animals That We Need to Save The other unnamed male elephant was likely killed about a month after Sabre; his face had been hacked off so the poacher could grab his tusks. Danau Girang Field Centre director Benoit Goossens said a professional hunter may have cruelly slaughtered the elephants. Goossens told The Guardian, “My hope is that Sabah wakes up…we are losing our megafauna, the rhino is gone, the banteng [wild cow] is going, the elephant will be next. Those crimes should not go unpunished. Let’s not lose our jewels, the next generation will not forgive us.” According to the World Wildlife Fund, only around 1,500 pygmy elephants are alive in the world. These small elephants struggling for survival in Sabah face deforestation and habitat loss, mainly at the hands of the palm oil industry. Wildlife Conservation Society Vice President of Species Conservation Elizabeth Bennett told The Guardian that elephants will be safe from poaching only when ivory markets are closed. China has announced plans to ban the ivory trade by the end of the year – and for imperiled elephants, that date can’t come soon enough. Via The Guardian Images via shankar s. on Flickr and Bas Leenders on Flickr

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Chrysler unveils all-electric self-driving Portal car "designed by millennials for millennials"

January 4, 2017 by  
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While Tesla and Google are busy developing the technology to make cars drive themselves, other auto companies are dreaming up what those autonomous cars of the future might look like . Fiat Chrysler just gave us a first look at its all-electric, self-driving car of the future ahead of the vehicle’s official debut this week at CES in Las Vegas. Far from a sporty coupe, the Chrysler Portal is a family car primed to leave present day minivans in the dust. The self-driving Portal looks rather similar to the Chrysler Pacifica minivan, although it sports a slightly narrower wheel base. The Portal also does away with the driver and front seat passenger doors in lieu of a single sliding door on each side. It’s worth noting that Chrysler isn’t actually calling the Portal a minivan, despite its appearance. Rather, Chrysler says the Portal is “next generation family transportation designed by millennials for millennials” which serves as “an open and serene atmosphere that bridges work and home.” Related: Chrysler and Google team up to create a self-driving minivan Among its many enticing attributes is the promised range of the all-electric vehicle – a whopping 250 miles or more on a full battery charge. Chrysler promises a 350-kilowatt fast charger that can juice up the battery enough in 20 minutes to travel up to 150 miles. The Portal’s cockpit looks drastically different than any car currently on the road, of course. Stripped down and minimalist in design, the self-driving concept car still features the essentials for human driving: a gas pedal and brake as well as a steering ‘wheel’ that looks more fit for a sci-fi set than a family van. Via The Verge and Autoblog Images via Fiat Chrysler

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Prince William Urges Buckingham Palace to Destroy All 1,200 Pieces of Ivory in the Royal Collection

February 18, 2014 by  
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Photo from Shutterstock Prince William recently threw his support behind a campaign against elephant poaching , and in a conversation with world renowned primatologist Jane Goodall, he commented that he’d like to see the entire royal ivory collection — all 1,200 pieces — removed from Buckingham Palace and destroyed. These are strong words from a royal concerning a collection that dates back hundreds of years. But the statement is music to the ears of those who’ve fought to protect animals illegally poached for their horns and tusks. Read the rest of Prince William Urges Buckingham Palace to Destroy All 1,200 Pieces of Ivory in the Royal Collection Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: anti-poaching actions , Buckingham palace , destroy ivory , illegal ivory , illegal ivory trade in China , ivory destruction , ivory poaching , Ivory Trade , Prince William , royal ivory collection        

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Ivory Coast Relocates Endangered African Forest Elephants in an Effort to Save the Species

January 24, 2014 by  
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To save their imperiled population of African forest elephants, the Ivory Coast is capturing and then relocating the animals to a preserve on the southern coast. Due to human encroachment and resulting habitat loss, the elephants have come into increasing contact with people, destroying their crops and even killing two people outside the town of Daloa. Instead of exterminating the animals to ease tension, the International Fund for Animal Welfare will be tranquilizing and trucking them 10 hours away. Read the rest of Ivory Coast Relocates Endangered African Forest Elephants in an Effort to Save the Species Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: assagny national park , central africa , daloa , endangered species , forest elephant , habitat loss , international fund for animal welfare , ivory coast , ivory poaching , marahoue national park , post-election violence , wildlife reserve        

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Wildlife Conservation Society Releases Chilling Audio of Elephant Falling at the Hands of Poachers

November 21, 2013 by  
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The Wildlife Conservation Society has just released a tragic video which captures the audio of an elephant being shot and killed by ivory poachers in Central Africa. The chilling sounds were captured on recording instruments that were placed in the field by scientists from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Elephant Listening Project. The project is designed to study low frequency communication between elephants, but instead captured the horrific sounds of an elephant falling to its death after poachers shot it multiple times. Read the rest of Wildlife Conservation Society Releases Chilling Audio of Elephant Falling at the Hands of Poachers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 96elephants , Cornell Lab of Ornithology Elephant Listening Project , eco design , elephant poaching audio , Gabon National Park Agency , green design , ivory poaching , poachers shoot elephant , sustainable design , tragic audio of elephant being shot , video of elephant being shot , wildlife conservation society        

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Over 300 Elephants Killed After Poachers Dump Cyanide in Zimbabwe Watering Holes

October 21, 2013 by  
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A few weeks ago Inhabitat reported that three men were arrested in Zimbabwe for pouring cyanide into a watering hole and killing 81 elephants . Now, the death toll has risen to include over 300 elephants, in addition to a variety of other wildlife. Representatives from the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force discovered the additional deaths and claim that they were not revealed sooner because of a cover-up within the country to protect poachers. Read the rest of Over 300 Elephants Killed After Poachers Dump Cyanide in Zimbabwe Watering Holes Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal poaching , Elephant Poaching , elephant poaching zimbabwe , elephants killed , elephants poisoned , hyenas poisoned , ivory poaching , ivory poaching Zimbabwe , Johhny Rodrigues , lions poisoned , painted dogs poisoned , poachers in Africa , vultures poisoned , Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force , Zimbabwe government , Zimbabwe park , Zimbabwe wildlife park        

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