King Juan Carlos, Honorary Head of World Wildlife Fund Spain, Caught in Elephant Hunt

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Apparently it isn't the first time the King has been shooting big game in Africa, or elsewhere (Apparently he killed a bear in Russia a few years ago too). africa spain blood sport hunting elephantsFrom the Wildlife Extra News. April 2012. King Juan Carlos of Spain, Honorary President of WWF Spain, is recovering in hospital after breaking his hip in Botswana where he was on an elephant hunt.

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Animals Dying in Virunga National Forest

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Dozens of animals have been killed by armed groups at Africa's oldest national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo since the start of the year, park officials and environmental groups said Tuesday. Four chimpanzees were killed last week in the central zone and 11 elephants since the start of the year," park director Emmanuel de Merode told AFP. Tags: virunga africa congo gorillas endangered species Lots of animals have died since the beginning of the year.

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Commissioned Study Shows Namibian Seals Worth More Alive than Dead

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Each year, up to 85,000 seals are killed in Namibia to make just a few dollars from their furs, when they would be worth so much more to the Namibian economy alive," said Claire Bass, WSPA International Oceans Campaign Leader. economics seal hunt africa economic development seals namibia huntingSeal tourism brings in more revenue for the African country than the seal hunt.

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Kenyans Seize Huge Amount of Illegal Ivory

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So far this year poachers in Kenya have killed 128 elephants for their ivory; last year 98 were killed. Some wildlife experts have attributed the increase in elephant poaching to the presence of Chinese workers in Africa. Tags: wildlife crime ivory africa Kenya china asia elephants traf Kenya seized almost 700 kilograms of ivory worth millions of dollars in a night-time raid at the country's main airport. Elephants are being screwed by Asian demand for ivory.

Zambian Police Officers Caught in Ivory Trafficking

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Zawa director general, Lewis Saiwana said in Lusaka yesterday that the suspects were arrested for trafficking in 72 pieces of elephant ivory and five pieces of rhino horns.For such huge ivory, Dr Saiwana said the poachers killed 36 elephants but, however, said it was suspected that the animals were killed from neighbouring countries and not in Zambia. Tags: wildlife crime ivory africa zambia trafficking elephants

Elephants Missing in Chad, Presumed Poached

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Elephants in Zakouma National Park, the last stronghold for the savannah elephants of Central Africa's Sahel region, have crashed to just 1,000 animals from an estimated 3,000 in 2006. Several park guards have been shot and killed in recent years. Tags: ivory chad africa poaching elephants This situation sounds a lot like the the mountain gorillas, the Congo and Virunga National Park.

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Things Continue to Look Up for Mountain Gorillas

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Over 150 rangers have been killed on duty in this park in the past decade. Tags: virunga africa congo gorillas endangered species Not only are there new babies in Virunga, but also the arrest of the Congolese rebel leader General Nkunda has brought some peace to the area.

Search Begins for Mountain Gorillas

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He says: "We've not had reports of any gorilla killings. Tags: virunga africa congo gorillas Now that the rangers have been allowed back into Virunga, they are going to conduct a census to determine what's happened to the mountain gorillas living there. They have been out of contact since September 2007.

Fallout Continues Over Juan Carlos' Elephant Hunting Trip

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As Spaniards grapple with severe austerity measures and 24 percent unemployment, their king is dealing with a different kind of pain — extreme embarrassment over public outrage upon his return from an elephant hunt in Africa that cost nearly $60,000, or more than twice the average salary in Spain. It's like, OK, so the government doesn't cut [their budget], and now he's spending the money in Africa killing elephants," Lucia says. What an idiot.

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Filmmaker John Varty, who filmed a wild female leopard for 17 years, opens an extraordinary window into the lives of Africa’s most secretive big cat. Leopard Queen follows the life of “Manana,” a wild leopard whose territory spans the heart of the Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa. Manana is plagued by other predators that steal her kills, threaten her cubs and hold her hostage in the treetops. As promised, another sneak peak!

Big Cat Week!

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Tonight’s premiere episode, Big Cat Odyssey , follows lions and leopards through Africa’s harshest climatic extremes. A blood feud erupts when scavenging hyenas move in on the kill. Beyond the blood and gore lies a stark reality: Big cats kill to live and live to kill. In the Thick of Lion Territory” – Filmmakers Derek and Beverly Zoubert spend their lives up close and personal with lions – and capture many kills on film.

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From Today's Los Angeles Times

Animal Ethics

To the editor: The gorilla Harambe’s killing at the Cincinnati Zoo surely calls our society to ask if it is moral or just to keep animals in a prison to be used, at worst, as objects of entertainment or, at best, under the guise of “education.” (“ Harambe the gorilla dies, meat-eaters grieve ,” Opinion, June 5) Is there no accountability on the part of the parents of the child who found himself in the gorilla exhibit?

Deadly 60: Big Cat Battleground

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Africa’s big cats are among the most iconic predators. At night, he catches up with a pride of lions to witness their hunting and killing skills in the dark, proving just how deadly and vicious lions are. Tonight! Monday, July 11 at 10PM ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD!

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Miracle Babies; Pandas and Leopards

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We’ll see ambitious programs to save diverse species from the outback of Australia, the savannahs of East Africa, the Brazilian Amazon and some of the most successful zoo breeding programs in the world. Most of the babies saw their mothers killed by ivory poachers, but with the help of this program they learn to deal with their traumatic early lives and grow to healthy, happy adults. A wonderful new series on Nat Geo WILD this Tuesday, September 13th and Wednesday, September 14.

Shark Attack Experiment: LIVE

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Here is a sneak peek: Mark Thompson, the former host of Guinness World Records Primetime and Fox’s Emmy Awards red-carpet coverage, will co-host Shark Attack Experiment LIVE with Anna Gilligan, former Fox News Channel personality, from Rocky Bay, South Africa, commonly referred to as “Shark Park.”

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Protecting Your Pets from Pests and Disease

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Heartworms are easily controlled by any one of a number of medications designed to kill the worms or repel mosquitoes. The virus originated in Africa, around the Nile region and has only threatened the United States in recent years.