€5 million to aid Zambia’s battle against poaching

The European Union (EU) has given Zambia €5 million to help it curb wildlife poaching. EU Programme Manager Friedrich Mahler said Zambia is rapidly losing iconic species due to the crime perpetrated by locals with the backing of international criminal syndicates. “Protecting fauna remains a huge challenge despite the many…

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Zambia deploys drones as it ramps up efforts against poaching

Poaching has reached dire levels across Africa and Zambia has raised the anti-poaching ante by deploying drones to conduct surveillance in its national parks. Zambian Tourism Minister Charles Banda says the drones will be especially useful to curb poaching in hard to reach areas. “The use of drones fits into…

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Namibian farmer jailed 3 years for accidentally shooting a poacher

A Namibian court has sentenced a farmer to 3 years in prison following his conviction for culpable homicide in connection with the accidental shooting of a poacher in January 2016. Kai Rust was charged with 1 count of murder and 3 counts of attempted murder for killing 1 of 4…

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Wildlife trafficking surges in conflict-ridden Central Africa

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has committed US$10 million to curb rampant wildlife trafficking in conflict-ridden Central Africa. The USAID Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) says Africa’s most important wildlife species face extinction in the volatile region due to ongoing conflicts in parts of…

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