Dear Serengeti Watcher
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TANZANIAN JOURNALISTS FOR CONSERVATION
We’re proud to be supporting a new journalist organization in Tanzania. It is badly needed. The report on the Great Elephant Census was largely ignored in the Tanzanian press, until one of this group just published on it. We’re funding workshops, seminars, and field trips. The journalists are excited.
THE GREAT ELEPHANT CENSUS – FINAL RESULTS!
Three years ago, Microsoft founder, Paul Allen, embarked on an epic $7 million study to find out how many elephants remain, where they are and what changes have taken place
Now we know. In seven years, 30% of Africa’s elephants have disappeared. 60% were lost in Tanzania in five years! At this rate, half the continent’s remaining elephants will be gone in just nine years. We can’t let this happen!
INVESTIGATIVE REPORT – ASIAN CRIME SYNDICATE DESTROYING AFRICA’S WILDLIFE
A crime family and three companies in Laos are named as the center of an Asian wildlife trafficking operation. An independent investigation based in Thailand has uncovered a crime family and names three mainstream Lao companies with powerful political connections as leading brokers in the global trafficking of wildlife. Learn more
TWO MORE WILDLIFE CRIMINALS JUST ARRESTED IN TANZANIA
We applaud the efforts of Tanzanian authorities to hunt down wildlife traffickers and bring them to justice. A senior official in the Revenue Authority and a businessman have been charged with two counts of exporting elephant tusks valued at nearly $2 million. Learn more
FORGET THE TELEPHOTO LENS
This is not common but occasionally happens on safari. Cheetahs, like photographers, are always interested in better vantage points. Though cheetahs ignore travelers, travelers who experience such an encounter won’t forget it.
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