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Wildlife Crimes (18 of 47)
Gabon
By James Morgan
27 Jun 2012

Elephants roaming free on the lands of Gabon

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Wildlife Crimes (19 of 47)
Gabon
By James Morgan
27 Jun 2012

There are no final or totally verifiable figures for the numbers of elephants slaughtered for their ivory in 2012. However, reports from Cameroon, DR Congo, South Sudan and the Central African Republic suggest a massive and continuing rise in killings.

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Wildlife Crimes (13 of 47)
Oyem, Gabon
By James Morgan
26 Jun 2012

Seized weapons used by poachers are audited at the justice tribunal in Oyem before being transported to Libreville to be burnt along with the confiscated ivory as part of Gabon's ceremonious Ivory burn.

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Wildlife Crimes (9 of 47)
Menkebe, Gabon
By James Morgan
25 Jun 2012

A night hunter in a logging concession outside Menkebe national park. Night hunting is illegal in Gabon but it is still a common practice in rural areas.

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Wildlife Crimes (10 of 47)
Menkebe, Gabon
By James Morgan
25 Jun 2012

Central Africa is in the midst of an elephant poaching crisis. In order to combat the problem, the president of Gabon has recruited a whole new section of the army devoted to fighting back against wildlife crime. Here, Mba Ndong Marius holds seized Ivory tusks in front of a pile of confiscated weapons. Menkebe, Gabon.

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Wildlife Crimes (11 of 47)
Oyem, Gabon
By James Morgan
25 Jun 2012

Convicted poachers are interrogated at the jail in Oyem. The two men on the right have three year jail sentences for killing elephants in addition to other crimes.

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Wildlife Crimes (12 of 47)
Oyem, Gabon
By James Morgan
25 Jun 2012

Two convicted poachers are handcuffed after interrogation at the jail in Oyem, Gabon. Elephant poaching brings much needed income that, for some, outweighs the risk of a three year jail sentence.

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Wildlife Crimes (7 of 47)
Minkebe, Gabon
By James Morgan
24 Jun 2012

Eco guards on patrol at night in a logging concession outside Minkebe national park. As longing concessions cut deeper into the forest they open the way both for illegal logging and poaching.

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Wildlife Crimes (8 of 47)
Minkebe, Gabon
By James Morgan
24 Jun 2012

Eco guards cook dinner on patrol in a logging concession outside Minkebe national park.

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Wildlife Crimes (2 of 47)
Oua River, Gabon
By James Morgan
23 Jun 2012

Eco guards patrol the Oua river in North West Gabon. Rivers are often used as quick ways to export poached Ivory and other bush meat out of the jungle.

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Wildlife Crimes (1 of 47)
Oua River, Gabon
By James Morgan
23 Jun 2012

Eco guards check a dug out canoe on the Oua river. Rivers are often used as quick ways to export poached Ivory and other bush meat out of the jungle.

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Wildlife Crimes (3 of 47)
Gabon
By James Morgan
23 Jun 2012

In Mekobe village a man rolls the skin of a water cobra. The meat of the snake will be eaten and the skin preserved to hang on his wall. For generations rural Gabonese communities have survived sustainably from bushmeat. But poaching for commercial resale has created an unsustainable demand on large numbers of species.

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Wildlife Crimes (4 of 47)
Menkebe, Gabon
By James Morgan
23 Jun 2012

Despite being one of Africa's most resource rich countries, poverty is widespread in Gabon and a big contributor to poaching. This lady is from a Baka pygmy village near Menkebe. The Baka have been targeted by crime syndicates and recruited as poachers due to their intimate knowledge of the jungle.

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Wildlife Crimes (5 of 47)
Mekobe, Gabon
By James Morgan
23 Jun 2012

A baka pygmy family in Mekobe village, Gabon.

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Wildlife Crimes (6 of 47)
Minkebe, Gabon
By James Morgan
23 Jun 2012

A juvenile mandril monkey, it's mother was killed by poachers and it now lives in Minkebe village.

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Illegal Gold Mines Indonesia
Banyuwangi, Indonesia
By Jeffrey Bright
14 Jan 2011

Supar an Illegal gold miner sharpens and tampers the chisels before entering tunnel.

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Illegal Gold Mines Indonesia
Banyuwangi, Indonesia
By Jeffrey Bright
14 Jan 2011

Illegal gold miner Ali works at the base of tunnel approx. 35 meters underground.

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Illegal Gold Mines Indonesia
Banyuwangi, Indonesia
By Jeffrey Bright
14 Jan 2011

Illegal miner Ali checks for traces of gold in the rock, at the bottom of tunnel.

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Illegal Gold Mines Indonesia
Banyuwangi, Indonesia
By Jeffrey Bright
14 Jan 2011

Illegal Gold miner Ali works at base of tunnel approx. 35 meters underground. With high humidity and lack of oxygen it is exhausting work for the miners.

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Illegal Gold Mines Indonesia
Banyuwangi, Indonesia
By Jeffrey Bright
14 Jan 2011

Illegal gold miner Ali works at the base of tunnel approx. 35 meters underground.

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Illegal Gold Mines Indonesia
Banyuwangi, Indonesia
By Jeffrey Bright
14 Jan 2011

Illegal miner Ali checks for traces of gold in the rock, at the bottom of tunnel.

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Illegal Gold Mines Indonesia
Banyuwangi, Indonesia
By Jeffrey Bright
14 Jan 2011

Illegal miner Ali scrapes the rock for traces of gold.

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Illegal Gold Mines Indonesia
Banyuwangi, Indonesia
By Jeffrey Bright
14 Jan 2011

Illegal miner Ali checks for traces of gold in the rock, at the bottom of tunnel. Working long hours in cramped humid conditions.

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Illegal Gold Mines Indonesia
Banyuwangi, Indonesia
By Jeffrey Bright
14 Jan 2011

Ali and Supar illegal gold miners climbing into tunnel, the tunnel is approx. 35 meters deep. It has taken them a year to get to this depth. Supar estimates in the last year they have discovered 1 to 1 ½ kg of gold in their tunnel.

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Illegal Gold Mines Indonesia
Banyuwangi, Indonesia
By Jeffrey Bright
14 Jan 2011

Illegal gold miner Supar examines a small sample of rock to check for gold.

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Illegal Gold Mines Indonesia
Banyuwangi, Indonesia
By Jeffrey Bright
14 Jan 2011

Illegal gold miner Ali works at the base of tunnel approx. 35 meters underground.

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Illegal Gold Mines Indonesia
Banyuwangi, Indonesia
By Jeffrey Bright
14 Jan 2011

Illegal miner Ali checks for traces of gold in the rock, at the base of tunnel. As the tunnel becomes deeper the rock has become harder and more difficult to mine.

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Illegal Gold Mines Indonesia
Banyuwangi, Indonesia
By Jeffrey Bright
14 Jan 2011

Illegal miner Ali searches for traces of gold in the rock. As the tunnel becomes deeper the rock has become harder and more difficult to mine.

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Illegal Gold Mines Indonesia
Banyuwangi, Indonesia
By Jeffrey Bright
14 Jan 2011

Illegal gold miner Ali works at the base of tunnel approx. 35 meters underground. The miners use simple tools, chisels and hammers to work the hard rock.

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Illegal Gold Mines Indonesia
Banyuwangi, Indonesia
By Jeffrey Bright
14 Jan 2011

Illegal gold miner Ali works at the base of tunnel approx. 35 meters underground. Working long hours in cramped humid conditions with poor ventilation.

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Illegal Gold Mines Indonesia
Banyuwangi, Indonesia
By Jeffrey Bright
14 Jan 2011

Illegal gold miner Ali works at the base of tunnel approx. 35 meters underground. The miners use simple tools, chisels and hammers to work the hard rock.

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Illegal Gold Mines Indonesia
Banyuwangi, Indonesia
By Jeffrey Bright
14 Jan 2011

Illegal gold miner Ali works at the base of tunnel approx. 35 meters underground.

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Illegal Gold Mines Indonesia
Banyuwangi, Indonesia
By Jeffrey Bright
14 Jan 2011

Illegal gold miner Ali works at the base of tunnel approx. 35 meters underground.

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Illegal Gold Mines Indonesia
Banyuwangi, Indonesia
By Jeffrey Bright
14 Jan 2011

Illegal gold miner Ali exhausted, takes a break as fellow miner Supar takes over second work shift. Miners rotate throughtout the day working for up to 2 hours at a time under difficult conditions.

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Illegal Gold Mines Indonesia
Banyuwangi, Indonesia
By Jeffrey Bright
14 Jan 2011

Illegal gold miner Supar takes over second work shift at the base of tunnel. As Ali takes a break and keeps watch for potential cave ins and accidents.

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Illegal Gold Mines Indonesia
Banyuwangi, Indonesia
By Jeffrey Bright
14 Jan 2011

Illegal gold miner Supar works at the base of tunnel approx. 35 meters underground.

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Illegal Gold Mines Indonesia
Banyuwangi, Indonesia
By Jeffrey Bright
14 Jan 2011

Illegal miner Ali holds head lamp searching for traces of gold in the rock, at the base of tunnel. As the tunnel becomes deeper the rock has become harder and more difficult to mine.

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Illegal Gold Mines Indonesia
Banyuwangi, Indonesia
By Jeffrey Bright
14 Jan 2011

Illegal gold miner Supar works at the base of tunnel approx. 35 meters underground. The miners use simple tools, chisels and hammers to work the hard rock.

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Illegal Gold Mines Indonesia
Banyuwangi, Indonesia.
By Jeffrey Bright
14 Jan 2011

Illegal gold miner collects rock from base of tunnel approx.35 meters underground.