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Lion Population Decreasing in Kenya

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This article talks about the specific situation in Kenya. Kenya's lion population has dropped from an estimated 2,749 in 2002 to 2,280 in 2004 and probably just 2000 individuals in 2009. Tags: africa Kenya lion endangered species I've been reading a lot about threatened elephants and primate populations in Africa and wondered about lions. One rarely hears about how they are doing. But, unfortunately, they are in trouble too.

Kenyans Seize Huge Amount of Illegal Ivory

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Kenya seized almost 700 kilograms of ivory worth millions of dollars in a night-time raid at the country's main airport. So far this year poachers in Kenya have killed 128 elephants for their ivory; last year 98 were killed. With demand for ivory products increasing back home, some Chinese workers on low salaries in Kenya are reported to have become middlemen in the ivory trade. Tags: wildlife crime ivory africa Kenya china asia elephants traf

Huge Ivory Seizure in Africa

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More than two tons of illegal ivory have been seized and more than 100 people have been arrested in the largest international operation targeting wildlife crime across Eastern Africa, the Kenya Wildlife Service and INTERPOL announced today. From the Environment News Service.

Echo the Elephant Dies

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Echo, the elephant matriarch of a 40 member herd in Kenya has died from what is believed to be old age. From Global Voices Online: Echo is perhaps the most famous wild elephant in the world after her appearance in various films the most memorable being her 1993 debut in the film Echo of the Elephants produced by the BBC Natural History Unit and narrated by world famous elephant researcher Cynthia Moss with BBC's Martin Colbert behind the camera.

Joy for Orphan Elephants

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Dedicated keepers at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's Nairobi Elephant Nursery in Kenya protect baby Shukuru from the cold and rain, and the risk of pneumonia, with a custom-made raincoat.

Bowling for Rhinos

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All donations go to the National AAZK for distribution to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya, Africa, the Ujung Kulon National Park in Java, Indonesia and the Bukit Barisan Seletan National Park in Sumatra, Indonesia. Please join the Utah Chapter American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK) for their 18th annual “Bowling for Rhinos” on Friday, May 1st.

Miracle Babies; Pandas and Leopards

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And Kenya boasts a unique orphanage … for elephants! A wonderful new series on Nat Geo WILD this Tuesday, September 13th and Wednesday, September 14. Nat Geo WILD takes viewers around the world to follow dedicated people working to save Nature’s Miracle Babies – often the last hope for critically vulnerable species. Each animal they raise to adulthood is a step away from extinction, with the ultimate challenge to return them to the wild.

The Emotional Lives of Animals

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A few years ago while I was watching elephants in the Samburu National Reserve in Northern Kenya with elephant researcher Iain Douglas-Hamilton, I noticed a teenaged female, Babyl, who walked very slowly and had difficulty taking each step.

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On Jeff Corwin's 100 HEARTBEATS

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Corwin tells the story of the Maasai of Kenya, whose culture involved disdain for and slaughter of lions. When I was asked if I wanted to read Jeff Corwin's 100 HEARTBEATS (Rodale 2009) I was ambivalent.