08 Aug '12, 4pm

A new tool for taking on elephant poaching: DNA forensics

Elephant slaughter continues in Chad, another baby rescued (08/07/2012) Elephant poaching persists in southwestern Chad as poachers slaughtered more elephants on August 3, the second time in less than two weeks. 3-D laser mapping shows elephants have big impact on trees (08/06/2012) Scientists have long known that African elephants (Loxodonta africana ) are talented tree-topplers, able to take down even large trees in order to gobble out-of-reach leaves. However the extent of his behavior across a large area has been difficult to quantify. But a new study in Ecology Letters has used a bird's-eye view—with 3-D—of Kruger National Park in South Africa to determine the impact of elephants on trees. President of Chad sends troops after elephant poachers (08/03/2012) Following the July 24 massacre of dozens of elephants in southwestern Chad, President Idriss Deby Itno sent helic...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0808-hance-ivory-forensics....

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