11 thoughts on “Namibian wildlife census

  1. Re #1: I found this six year old article. Maybe the disease is over by now:

    The Namibian (Windhoek)
    Namibia: Anthrax in Caprivi Confirmed

    Absalom Shigwedha

    22 September 2004

    Windhoek — THE Ministry of Environment and Tourism has confirmed that anthrax was the cause of deaths of wild animals which were reported in the Caprivi last week.

    Sacky Namugongo, the Deputy Director of Parks and Wildlife Management, said the Ministry’s probe found that five elephants and four buffalo which died had anthrax symptoms.



  2. From the USA:

    With their massive size, long lives and strong sense of community, elephants have captured our imagination and inspired us for centuries.

    Slaughtered for their precious ivory tusks and confined to ever-shrinking habitats, these ancient symbols of wisdom and family bonds are facing severe threats today.

    Nothing less than our biological heritage is at stake.

    In a matter of weeks, Congress will be voting on some extremely important pieces of funding legislation for international conservation. Now is the time to let your lawmakers know that you want the U.S. to help this magnificent species.

    Ask your members of Congress to expand international conservation programs that give elephants and other species another chance for survival.

    Agencies such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and United States Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) provide critical support to international monitoring and anti-poaching efforts, and help to range-state governments to establish new parklands and preserves to protect key habitats – exactly the kind of work we need to do and expand if we want to ensure a future for threatened species including elephants. While a miniscule part of the budget, this support provides a potentially lifesaving opportunity for these charismatic and magnificent giants.

    In the coming weeks, Congress will be setting the budget for these agencies – and before they vote they need to hear from you.

    Already, conservation efforts overseas, backed by our government, have helped pave the way for significant progress in countries including:

    * Myanmar – Through the continued deployment of Elephant Protection Units and increased monitoring and training of local personnel in the Hukaung Valley Tiger Reserve, the USFWS Asian Elephant Conservation Fund backed efforts have been able to reduce the threat of illegal captures of wild elephants.
    * Indonesia – As a result of negotiations between the Indonesian government and the U.S., Indonesia is freeing up $30 million to restore tropical forests that elephants, tigers, rhinos and orangutans call home.
    * Gabon – A study in Central Africa showed that forest elephants avoid crossing roads at all costs, as these highly intelligent animals now associate roads with danger. The findings will allow development engineers to help plan future roads that are less disruptive to wildlife movement patterns.

    Partnerships like these are key if we’re going to save elephants – but they depend on adequate support from the United States as a leader in the conservation of elephants and so many other species.

    Take a minute to send a message to your members of Congress now – help save elephants for generations to come.

    With your help, we can send 60,000 letters to Congress and make sure the U.S. reaffirms its global leadership by expanding support for conservation efforts around the world.

    Thank you for taking action today.


    Liz Bennett
    Vice President, Species Conservation
    Wildlife Conservation Society


  3. Piano man guilty of ivory smuggling

    UNITED STATES: A piano importer pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges of smuggling internationally protected elephant ivory into the country.

    A-440 Pianos boss Pascal Vieillard faces a maximum sentence of one year in federal prison and a maximum fine of $100,000 (£62,500).

    Prosecutors say his company illegally imported 855 elephant ivory key tops, totalling 1,710 pieces of ivory.



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