• Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) rangers take Oath of Allegiance during the passing out parade for 592 rangers at the Law Enforcement Academy Manyani in Tsavo West National Park, October 27, 2015. Kenya Wildlife Services Law Enforcement Academy conducts training programs for uniformed personnel including general security courses for staff from institutions outside the wildlife conservation fraternity especially to combat poaching, KWS officials said. Poaching has surged in the last few years across sub-Saharan Africa, where gangs kill elephants and rhinos to feed Asian demand for ivory and horns for use in folk medicines. Kenya has imposed stiffer penalties -- longer jail terms and bigger fines -- for wildlife poaching or trafficking, saying poaching is harming tourism, a major earner of foreign exchange. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya - RTX1TIJK
    January 27, 2016  

    With rhinoceros horn now more valuable than gold on the black market, poaching has reached unprecedented levels. Some wildlife preserves in Africa resemble war zones, as rangers struggle to keep pace with poachers, who may have ties to terrorist groups. Daphne Matziaraki and James Pace-Cornsilk, students at UC Berkeley, traveled to Kenya to learn more. Continue reading

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    June 13, 2014  

    In our news wrap Friday, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is now undergoing treatment at a military center in Texas. He flew there overnight from Germany, where he had been recovering after being held captive by the Taliban for five years. Also, international wildlife regulators reported that elephants in Africa are under attack by poachers, with 20,000 slaughtered on the continent in 2013. Continue reading