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Elephant, Elephants -

It's a wildly debated topic in politics. Should a man or woman that takes the life of an innocent endangered creature be sentenced to the death penalty?  Najib Balala has been warning the world that wildlife poachers in Kenya will be facing the death penalty in the near future. Fortunately for conservationists and endangered animals around the world, that day has finally come.  "Existing deterrents against killing wild animals in the east African nation are insufficient," Mr Balala said, according to China’s Xinhua news agency. The bold move could put Kenya in conflict with the UN, which opposes the death penalty...

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Sea turtle, Sea Turtles -

Just off Goodland, around the feeding grounds of Ten Thousand Islands, Luna the loggerhead sea turtle dipped beneath the ocean surface Thursday afternoon and was released into the wild. The 2-year-old turtle served as an ambassador for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida for most of her marine life, welcoming guests and school field trips to the Conservancy's discovery center. The Conservancy, which has been using loggerheads to help educate its visitors for about 20 years, releases the turtles once they are big enough to survive on their own in the gulf But little is known about what happens to these released turtles, or where they go...

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MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK, Tanzania  — The mighty elephant staggered and keeled over in the tall wavy grass in south Tanzania, where some of the world's worst poaching has happened and still happens today. It wasn't a murderer who targeted her but a conservation official, immobilizing her with a dart containing drugs. Soon she was snoring rather loudly, so they propped up her trunk with a twig to help her breathing. They slipped a 26-pound (12-kilogram) GPS tracking collar around the rough skin of her neck and precisely injected an antidote, bringing her back to her feet. After a brief period of inspecting the contraption with her...

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Sea turtle, Sea Turtles -

IT'S HERE – the season when sea turtles return yearly to Trinidad & Tobago's shores to lay eggs from March to August. The first few leatherback and hard-shell turtles have begun returning to the beaches. With their return come the annual reminders from Turtle Village Trust (TVT) and LNG producer Atlantic about how to protect this endangered species and ensure their sustainability. In Trinidad, harming a sea turtle or sea turtle nest is a serious offense, and is not taken lightly.  Camille Salandy, manager of sustainability and corporate communications at Atlantic said that given the turtles’ status as an endangered species,...

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Intricate carvings of women in flowing gowns, majestic horses, and folklore characters are among the countless items that are disappearing from shop shelves in mainland China as the strict government implements an ivory trading ban for the world’s largest consumer of ivory. Now Hong Kong, the largest ivory retail market, is preparing to do the same. Lawmakers voted Jan. 31 to completely ban the sale of ivory starting in 2021, and to sharply increase penalties for wildlife crimes. Both bans include exceptions for certain antiques and cultural relics. The details on these antiques and relics are unclear, which leads Good Life...

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