animals
International Auction Houses Sotheby’s, Bonhams Say They’ll Stop Selling Rhino Horn

International auction house Sotheby’s has cancelled an upcoming sale of rhino horn artefacts in Hong Kong and joined other companies like Bonhams in saying they will no longer list any goods containing rhino horn for sale regardless of its origin, Agence France-Presse reported on Saturday. Read More >>

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Unprecedented ‘Poaching Frenzy’ in Botswana Leaves Nearly 100 Elephants Dead

In news that can only be described as horrific, at least 90 elephants have been killed in Botswana over the past several weeks, the result of a mass poaching spree that conservationists say is the worst ever recorded in Africa. Read More >>

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Zoos Are So Afraid of Poachers They’re Starting to Cut the Horns Off Their Rhinos

A Czech zoo has decided to remove the horns of 18 white rhinos after a deadly attack last week at a French zoo where poachers shot a rhino and used a chainsaw to cut off its horns. Welcome to the new normal, where even zoo animals have to be mutilated to protect them from poaching. Read More >>

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Poachers Killing a Rhino in a Zoo is Some Pretty Dark Shit

Last night, poachers broke into a French zoo, shot a rare white rhinoceros, and used a chainsaw to saw off its prized horn. Officials say it’s the first attack of its kind in a European zoo. Read More >>

animals
Africa’s Elusive Forest Elephants Are Being Poached at a Staggering Rate

Image: Thomas Breuer/PLoS
The population of forest elephants in Gabon’s Minkébé National Park—one of Central Africa’s largest and most important nature preserves—has declined by a whopping 81.5 per cent since 2004 due to poaching. It’s considered a major setback for the preservation of this endangered species, of which less than 100,000 remain in the wild. Read More >>

animals
We Can Finally Stop Arguing About Who’s Fuelling The Ivory Trade

Illegal ivory comes from dead elephants. It comes from elephants that were killed recently, and if you try to argue otherwise, you’re wasting everyone’s time. Hidden ivory stockpiles are not the problem. Freshly slaughtered elephants are, and now, science can prove it. Read More >>

photography
These Harrowing Photographs Depict East Africa’s Dystopian Future

Africa is one of the last great holdouts for charismatic megafauna. But as the human population continues to grow and industrialise, lions, zebras, and elephants are being edged out of existence. A harrowing new series by photographer Nick Brandt makes this transformation visceral. Read More >>

environment
Why Does This Rhino Have a Camera in its Horn?

This rhino is loaded with technology: it has a camera embedded in its horn, a GPS transmitter around its neck and a heart rate monitor tracking its pulse. But it’s not just some weird wearables experiment: it’s an attempt to stop poaching. Read More >>

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The US Ivory Trade is Alive and Well on Craigslist

We tend to think of the ivory trade as an elusive black market of hardened criminals and shadowy elites, operating in the darkest recesses of the internet. But as it turns out, there are plenty more ordinary ivory buyers and sellers, including just about anyone on popular sales-listing site Craigslist. Read More >>