The vaquita is the world’s smallest porpoise and with less than 100 remaining its future may not be certain. Living only in the Upper Sea of Cortez the porpoise is threatened by the gillnets used by fishermen to catch the totoaba fish. With just 25 breeding females in the population any more losses could be devastating for the species. Mexico has just announced a $37 million action plan to conserve the species and it involves the porpoises being protected by naval drones and high-speed patrol boats. The plan announced by Environment Department official Rafael Pacchiano will last for 2 years and will see a ban on gillnets being bought in later […]
Three badger baiters from Rotherham have been sent to prison for 12 weeks after DNA forensic evidence was used for the first time. The RSPCA used the skills of the Scottish Government Science and Advice Service for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) to place the men at the scene of the crime. Antonio Miguel Alonso-Brown. aged 24, of Shelley Drive, Herringthorpe, Nathan Swift, 20, of Hague Avenue, Rawmarsh and his brother Liam, aged 24, of the same address, all in Rotherham, were caught by police near a badger sett off St John’s Road, Unstone, Derbyshire as they tried to flee. Behind them they had left a badger with a smashed in skull […]
As the deadline looms for Thailand to get its domestic ivory trade in order or risk trade bans under CITES the number of ivory traders in Thailand’s main ivory market has dropped by 85%. As traders have not been able to provide sufficient evidence of the source of their ivory the number of shops in Chatuchak and Tha Prachan have fallen from 200 to just over 30. In order to avoid being subject to CITES species trade bans Thailand was required to improve it’s monitoring of its domestic ivory trade. While it claimed that its domestic ivory trade was met purely by domestic ivory the figures did not add up – […]
There was no big announcement and the source was a small article in the state run Legal Evening News but China has just made a major policy decision for elephants. The country has – from immediate effect – banned the import of ivory and elephant tusks for 12 months. Is this just a short term measure or can we read into it some indication as to the stance of the central Chinese government next month when they meet to decide on whether to ban the domestic ivory trade. The announcement of the ban was made by the State Forestry Administration. The ban will mean that the government will immediately stop […]
A new satellite based study has shown that deforestation rates have soared by 62% since the 1990’s. During the 2000-2010 period 6.5 million hectares of primary forest was lost each year. An area equivalent to Norway being cleared every 5 years. The new study overturns claims by the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) who said deforestation rates were falling. The FAO’s Forest Resource Assessment was produced using collections of separately submitted reports from dozens of countries. The new survey, set to be publicised in Geophysical Research Letters, is based on actual data from images produced by Landsat. The images record the actual changes to land use over the 20 year period […]
India has deployed plain-clothes commandoes along the Uttarakhand and Nepalese border to improve security against smugglers and wildlife traders. The news was made public today by SSB Additional Director General Somesh Goyal. he also confirmed that operations have already started. Goyal explained that teams of specially trained plain-clothes commandoes were patrolling the border in order to work better with local communities and to be more effective at intercepting smugglers. He said, “The force wants to get maximum cooperation from locals residing near these transit and trade routes to keep a tab on smugglers and wildlife traders.” Operations are being undertaken along all 22 trade routes between India and Nepal. Patrol […]
With barely a couple of dozen animals in the wild during 2007 the amur leopard was close to extinction. It still is but at least the numbers are heading up. From an estimated 26-30 adults in 2007 numbers in the last census show that at least 57 of the big cats now live in it’s main stronghold with possibly another dozen living in China. The 2014 census of Russia’s Land of the Leopard National Park used extensive camera trapping over 900,000 acres. it was carried out by park authorities and researchers from the Russian Academy of Sciences with the support of The Amur Leopard Center and WWF-Russia. The camera footage and […]
Is killing the demand for wildlife products such as rhino horn, elephant ivory and tiger parts the best way to protect our most precious wildlife or is growing the parts in a lab the way forward? A small start-up bio-engineering company called Pembient thing growing rhino horn, ivory and other wildlife products in the lab is the way to end poaching. Marketing themselves as ‘the De Beers of Synthetic Wildlife Products’ the company thinks it can produce the wildlife products at such a low cost that it makes no economic sense for poaching. The company has already been to Vietnam to test their lab produced ‘rhino horn’ powder. Despite their […]
Ivory traffickers be warned: the Thai authorities have a powerful forensic tool in the country’s drive to detect ivory of illegal origin entering its markets and ensure domestic traders are complying with new laws. A collaborative project between Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) and TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, has trialed forensic DNA examination of ivory products to assess the origin of elephant ivory products commonly available in local markets. One hundred and sixty items of small ivory products legally acquired by TRAFFIC researchers primarily from retail outlets in Bangkok were subjected to DNA analysis at the DNP’s Wildlife Forensics Crime Unit (WIFOS Laboratory). […]
We, the INGWE Leopard Research team, have recently launched our campaign, named “Your Own Camera In Africa” on the popular crowd funding site Kickstarter. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1104331201/your-own-camera-in-africa With the aim of expanding our network of camera traps out in South Africa, our intention is to increase data collection that will help protect African wildlife, with a particular focus on the African leopard. Our unique method of using motion-sensor cameras to analyze leopard populations, territories and behaviors will help us towards their protection as unfortunately there are still permits available that endorse the hunting of these majestic big cats despite there being an obvious and worrying lack of data surrounding population numbers. The […]
Recommended Video Reports
A really entertaining animated poem celebrating the value of the earthworm and the threat of the New Zealand Flatworm. A wonderful little film lasting 4:14 minutes.
A TV interview with leading Chinese anti-ivory campaigner Grace Ge Gabriel (12:27). It’s hard to believe that 70% of Chinese do not know that ivory comes from dead elephants. That statistic show the scale of the education programme needed in the country.
An interesting discussion on wildlife trafficking featuring the former President of Mozambique, H E Joaquim Chissano and Werner Myburgh the CEO of Peace Parks Foundation (47:89). The seminar was organised by the ICCF. Sound is not great but its worth bearing with.
A fascinating interview (38:27) with Richard Leakey as part of the Africa Leadership Dialogues. An interview that is well worth watching and a rare recent insight into the man.
Countdown to World Wildlife Day
Celebrate World Wildlife Day - 3rd March 2015