Late one morning in July, two Honeyguide field officers trekked along the perimeter of the famed Kitenden Corridor, which runs down through the western foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. The officers, as led by Pascal Simon, had simply set out to collect data on crop damage caused by elephants among the farms that border the . . . → Read More: Tusks Recovered on Mount Kilimanjaro
Photo Credit: Craig R. Sholley/ African Wildlife Foundation
Running in a dead sprint and with spears raised, the warriors had closed within 100 meters of a lioness and her two cubs. The hunt had gone down a dry riverbed within Manyara Ranch. In minutes or less, the 40 or so young men could . . . → Read More: Family of lions saved by airborne Coyote II
Randilen rangers inspect bush meat beside suspected poacher (face blurred)
Just as dusk eased over the plains of Randilen WMA, the rangers made one last loop on patrol. And that’s when they spotted him, a lone silhouette marching along the horizon.
It took less than a minute for the Land Rover to track . . . → Read More: Randilen Boots on the Ground, Making Busts
From the air, the grey mass appeared like a hulking rock in the middle of the riverbed. But as he circled around the figure in his Microlight, Damian Bell knew immediately that the motionless mass below was a dead elephant, its tusks missing.
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After a hard overnight rain, the orphaned baby elephant felt the chill of the pre-dawn darkness. Lost and alone, the tiny male pachyderm stood as easy prey for lions or other predators. Stray dogs had already started to harass him, biting and nipping at his legs and ankles.
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