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Land Animal Poaching

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Figure 3. Hunters with a net wrapped on a stick and a spear on their way to hunting in Masindi District, Western Uganda. (Source: Photograph by Magelah Peter G. © 2007)http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.rungwa-ruaha.org/images/hunting_01.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.rungwa-ruaha.org/threats_hunting.html&h=187&w=279&sz=10&hl=en&start=44&tbnid=GnzUSoBvoLvv4M:&tbnh=76&tbnw=114&prev=/images%3Fq%3Delephant%2Bpoaching%26start%3D36%26gbv%3D2%26ndsp%3D18%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Dactive%26sa%3DN

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World Conservation Union-List of Threatened Species




 Killing, hunting, or capturing animals illegaly.


  • Lack of permit or license
  • Using prohibited weapons or traps
  • Taking out of season
  • Taking during a certain time in an animals life or sex


Places of occurance-

  • National Park
  • Game reserve
  • Zoo
  • Your back yard



  • Elephant
  • Rhino
  • Tiger
  • Zebra
  • Monkey
  • Deer
  • Leopard
  • Jaguars
  • Wolves




Trade in wildlife products is worth billions of dollars every year.


        Ex.  A pound of tiger humorous bone sells for over $1700 in Hong Kong.


  • Hide
  • Ivory
  • Horns
  • Teeth
  • Bone
  • Meat


Uses for the animal matter.

  • Clothes
  • Jewelry
  • Totems
  • Herbs
  • Medicine
  • Trophies




Snare wire

  • Cable wires usually attached to trees that choke animals


Speears and dogs

  • Dogs chase down the animals and then humans can spear the animals


Trap nets

  • Animals are chased towards the nets and then speared by humans



  • Dug out pits, covered with leaves and branches, that large animals fall into

Bow and arrows

  • Arrows are usually equipped with poisoned tips


Table 1. Selected animal populations in Uganda, 1960-2003.
Species 1960s 1982-83 1995-96 1999-2003 Status in Uganda
Elephant 30,000 2,000 1,900 2,400 Population low, but slowly increasing
Black rhino 400 150? 0 0 Extinct in Uganda
White rhino 300 20? 0 0 Extinct in Uganda
Hippopotamus 26,000 13,000 4,500 5,300 Population increasing slowly
Burchell’s zebra 10,000 5,500 3,200 2,800 Population low, possibly still decreasing
Hartebeest 25,000 18,000 2,600 3,400 Population increasing slowly
Topi 15,000 6,000 600 450 Population decreasing
Impala * 19,000 6,000 3,000 Population low, may now be increasing slowly
Waterbuck 10,000 8,000 3,500 6,000 Population increasing
Uganda kob 70,000 40,000 30,000 44,000 Population increasing


Table showing the devistating affects of poaching-------------------------------------







Interesting Poaching Facts


  • Since 1970 almost 90% of the world's rhinos have been slaughtered for their horns
  • In 1990 over 4,180 pounds of tiger bones were exported from Taiwan
  • In the mid 1900's a pound of rhino horn could cost as much as $60,000


  • In 1977 there were 1.3 million elephants in Africa, in 1997 there are only 600,000

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Peter, Magelah (Lead Author); Sylvio G. Codella and Yahya Eid (Topic Editors). 2007. "Poaching." In: Encyclopedia of Earth. Eds. Cutler J. Cleveland (Washington, D.C.: Environmental Information      

          Coalition, National Council for Science and the Environment). [First published in the Encyclopedia of Earth May 7, 2007; Last revised October 5, 2007; Retrieved February 20, 2008].      



Comments (11)

griffin_cara@... said

at 12:55 pm on Feb 21, 2008

The animal poaching page is really exciting, I like the pictures. I would have probably had less empty space on this page so that it flowed a little better, but overall its amazing.

shineemeraldeyes@... said

at 1:20 pm on Feb 21, 2008

The picture of the poached hippo was magnetic, and it really got the point across that poaching is graphic and truly happening. The bullet points added to the information I gained from the website because they are attention-grabbing and easy to read.

sportygirlsrule@... said

at 1:21 pm on Feb 21, 2008

I like that you used the picture of the elephant, as it demonstrates the severity of poaching and its devastating effects.

zaerhi@... said

at 1:23 pm on Feb 21, 2008

This is a really good quote to lead with. I would, however, move it to the main poaching page to draw attention to it.

crazy4irish2@... said

at 1:24 pm on Feb 21, 2008

This page was very disillusioning. It makes me realize just what humans have done for money to the animal populations. The picture of the elephant was especially sick, and along with the table showing the constant decrease of animal populations, it tells viewers that we need to protect our animal species better.

lipfizz1430@... said

at 5:47 am on Feb 22, 2008

I really the like the use of pictures and charts. The charts provide excellent infomation that i would have never known if it was not for your page. However, I did not like all the empty space on the "Land animals" page. The plants page also could of had more infomation on other plants that are neing poached besides just the one specific one. Provide more nasic infomation.

avonjake4764@... said

at 6:21 am on Feb 22, 2008

I hadn't ever visualized the atrocity of poaching before. Those pictures were graphic and enlightened me to know just how gruesome it can be. I liked the beginning quote,"AT TODAY'S RATE OF EXTINCTION, 1/3 OF ALL ANIMALS WILL BE EXTINCT WITHIN 20 YEARS." Good information and videos.

baseball2034@... said

at 9:45 am on Feb 22, 2008

I liked the picture of the elephant because it was able to show how brutal poaching is.

ashmoyez11@... said

at 9:45 am on Feb 22, 2008

Good Job! Could have been a little more organized! Good pictures! You could have explained a little more than overload with the graphs and charts.

xdeadman13@... said

at 9:53 am on Feb 22, 2008

That picture definatly got my attention. Way to let everybody know much poaching is affecting everything on Earth.

zaerhi@... said

at 11:40 am on Feb 25, 2008

I would include more information of the front page. It doesn't really have an introduction.

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