Chinese Tourist Dies of Hippo Attack

A Chinese tourist in Kenya died after a hippo he was trying to photograph bit him in the chest. Chang Ming Chuang, 66, was tracking the mammal 56 miles northwest of Nairobi at a wildlife resort of Lake Naivasha. Witnesses said that he and another tourist were observing the animal from too close a distance near the Sopa hotel. Upon being bitten, Chuang began bleeding profusely and later pronounced dead at the hospital. “The man was bitten on the chest and his injuries were serious and he died minutes after…

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Total Ivory Ban Necessary to Save the Elephant

In early June, members of the African Elephant Coalition (AEC), a consortium of 29 African countries, met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to come up with future strategies to protect Africa’s wild elephants from poaching and illegal trafficking. The AEC restated its position that the only viable solution to end poaching and the use of legal loopholes by wildlife traffickers would be to put a blanket ban all ivory trade at both the national and international levels. In the span of one decade from 1979 to 1989, nearly half of all…

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Hundreds of Flying Foxes Killed by Exceptional Heat Wave

The exceptional heat wave that overtook Sydney on Jan. 7 wreaked havoc on wildlife, especially the flying fox (AKA fruit bat) species, whose brains were “fried” when they were unable to escape the heat. On Sunday in Sydney, temperatures hit 117 degrees Fahrenheit, the hottest it’s been since 1939. Hundreds of flying fox bats died for want of shelter from the heat. This is the opposite of the problem the other side of the world faced as North America and Canada dealt with bitterly cold temperatures and the bomb cyclone…

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