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Financial Times

The killing of Cecil by Walter Palmer, a Minnesota dentist who has gone into hiding after he provoked outrage around the globe, has shone a spotlight on big game hunting in southern Africa, an industry that Peter Knights, executive director of the US-based WildAid conservation charity, estimates is worth about $1bn a year.

Good Morning America

Since being catapulted to international fame as an Oscar winner, one of the faces of Lancome and People's Most Beautiful Woman, Lupita Nyong'o has scarcely had time to travel back to her homeland of Kenya.

But from the images of the actress's trip there last week, it appeared to be quite the homecoming for Nyong'o, 32.

Agence France-Presse

Nairobi (AFP) - Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o has returned home to Kenya to spearhead a new campaign to stop the record slaughter of elephants for their valuable ivory.

More than 30,000 elephants are killed every year to satisfy demand for ivory in China and the Far East where it is worth more than $2,000 (1,790 euros) a kilogram.

Daily Mail

Shocking government data reveals that poaching for ivory has caused the elephant population in Tanzania to drop from almost 110,000 to just 43,300 in the past six years.

That is 60 percent of all of the country's elephants.

Saving the Wild/Huffington Post

African Wildlife Foundation and WildAid, in partnership with Tanzania’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, are launching a new public awareness campaign, one aimed at educating the Tanzanian public about the severe poaching crisis and building widespread support to protect elephants and other species from the illegal wildlife trade.


African elephants are in trouble. Poachers kill about 50,000 of the animals every year for their tusks, which are fashioned into ivory trinkets that collectively fetch several billion dollars. This greatly imperils the future of the world’s largest land mammal. Only around 430,000 are left, and around 10 percent are killed off annually. 

But policing is tough. How do you protect an animal found across enormous expanses of land in sub-Saharan Africa?

Fodor's Travel

When injuries cut short Yao Ming's basketball career in 2011, he returned to China determined to put a stop to his homeland’s appetite for endangered animals. Now, as an ambassador for the international conservation organization WildAid, Yao has found a way to use his stature to help spread the word about the cruelties of wildlife poaching.