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Elephant poachers kill unarmed wildlife ranger in Kenya via @mongabay

Elephant poachers kill unarmed wildlife ranger in Kenya Jeremy Hance mongabay.com January 16, 2012 Juvenile African bush elephant in Kenya. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler. Abdullahi Mohammed, an wildlife ranger, was killed in the line of duty in Kenya this weekend by elephant poachers. A ranger with the conservation organization Wildlife Works , Mohammed was shot by poachers in Wildlife Works Kasigau Corridor project, a REDD program (Reduced Emissions From Deforestation and Degradation). "This is the first time in 15 years that any of our rangers have been killed in the line of duty, and it reflects an escalation in violence caused by the increasing demand for ivory in the far eastern markets, especially China," Mike Korchinsky, Founder and CEO of Wildlife Works, said in a press release. Mohammed, who was unarmed, was tracking poachers along with other rangers with Wildlife Wor...

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