British naturalist David Attenborough has joined 70 other high-profile figures to mount pressure on China for a ban on ivory trade to save elephants, especially in Africa, as the country remains the biggest centre for ivory products.
As members of Ivory Coast`s football team became national heroes with their dramatic Africa Cup of Nations victory, President Alassane Ouattara has moved to turn their popularity into a political scoring opportunity of his own.
Motorcycle-riding poachers have killed at least 19 elephants over the past month, officials said Wednesday, marking a significant blow to a rare grouping that lives in a part of central Mali where al-Qaida and other extremists have been active.
Officials and experts from 13 tiger range countries including India are discussing ways to combat poaching - a multi-billion dollar industry - during a regional symposium that kicked off here this week.
Bollywood megastar has often lent his support to causes which demand national attention. One such issue was the concern regarding baby elephant Sunder, who was kept as a captive at a temple in the Kolhapur district of Maharashtra for seven years.
Animal rights campaigners have urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to immediately intervene to stop the widespread practice of using sharp-tipped goads, steel capture belts and other banned items to control captive elephants in Kerala.
Animal rights' activists have voiced concern over alleged widespread use of banned pesticides near forest area at Vazhachal elephant corridor, a rich abode of Asiatic elephants in Thrissur district in Kerala.
A Kerala-based animal rights group has sought the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is also the Chairman of National Board for Wildlife, to stop the use of crackers inside forest areas to ward off straying wild animals.