Yao Ming has become an international voice to stopping the purchase of ivory.

Ex-NBA Star Yao Ming Encourages Chinese To Stop Buying Ivory

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Retired NBA player Yao Ming has embarked on a mission to stop the poaching of elephants and rhinos in Africa. Yao stars in the Animal Planet documentary Saving Africa's Giants With Yao Ming. Copyright © 2014 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required. RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: …Read More

end the poisoning of African Wildlife

Just 50 rangers patrol the 14,650-square kilometre (5,660-square mile) park, and wildlife authorities say ten times that number are needed!

Over 300 Elephants Poisoned In Zimbabwe

The Huffington Post
More than 300 elephants and other animals have died of cyanide poisoning by poachers in Zimbabwe's largest game park, a wildlife conservation group said Monday. "In July, around 300 elephants had died from cyanide poisoning in Hwange and were discovered by a group of hunters who flew over the area," Johnny Rodrigues, chairman of the Zimbabwe…Read More

Poisoning is becoming a favored tactic of elephant poachers in Southern Africa.

Zimbabwe: New Elephant Cyanide Poisoning Cases in Zambezi

allAfrica.com
FOUR elephants have died from fresh cyanide poisoning at Zambezi National Park - raising fears that more wild animals could be killed by poachers using the deadly chemical. Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority rangers on patrol discovered the dead jumbos in the park just outside Victoria Falls along the Zambezi River early this week,…Read More

Gangs of poachers are also poisoning vultures whose presence alerts anti-poaching units to the butchering of elephants for their ivory.

The Poisoning of Africa’s Vultures

Darcy L. Ogada
NAIROBI, Kenya — IN July of last year, roughly 500 vultures died after they ate the pesticide-laced carcass of an elephant that had been killed by poachers in Namibia. It was an example of one poaching technique in Africa that seems to be on the rise: the poisoning of vultures so that authorities won’t be alerted to the location of the crime. The…Read More