A court in Yokadouma, East Region of Cameroon has handed out fines and damages amounting to FCFA 77,169,060 (US $ 160,000) and prison terms as high as 30 months severally on 17 poachers. The ruling unprecedented in the history of poaching cases in the Southeast of Cameroon, especially as it comes barely months after the same court sentenced four traffickers of 44 ivory tusks to a mild 30-day jail term.
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A notorious parrot trapper, Roger Atangana, and three of his accomplices, have once again been arrested. Atangana was caught with 113 parrot heads, 43 death parrots, 85 smoked parrots, 13 live parrots and 1650 tails inside Lobéké National Park, in the East Region of Cameroon. Two motorbikes were also seized from the capturers.
Atangana was arrested on March 21, by game rangers and elements of Cameroon’s Rapid Intervention Brigade, known in French as BIR. The World Wide Fund for Nature, WWF provided financial and logistics support for the anti-poaching operation.
They show that Alex can accurately add together as many as eight Arabic numerals and three sets of objects, putting his mathematical abilities on par with (and maybe beyond) those of chimpanzees and other non-human primates. The work was just published in the journal Animal Cognition.
When a badly damaged African Grey named Muriel was surrendered at a local shelter, the bird appeared to be beyond hope. But before the "execution" papers could be signed, an employee reached out to Patty Blau, a volunteer with Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue. Maybe Muriel could be saved?