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Deadly poaching kingpin surrenders in the Congo

Update: Paul ‘Morgan’ Sadala was reported killed during an attempted escape. Warlord and poaching kingpin Paul ‘Morgan’ Sadala has reportedly surrendered to DR Congo officials. The warlord gave himself up, together with an estimated 40 supporters. Sadala was the man behind the raid on the Okapi Project  2 years ago which saw women and children…
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Will Japan return to whaling in 2015?

Papers filed by Japan’s  Institute of Cetacean Research against the Sea Shepherd organisation in the US courts yesterday (Friday 11th April) indicated that Japan may be returning to the Antarctic for whaling in 2015. This would mean that Japan is set to redesign its JARPA II programme to abide by the decision of the International…
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Call for conservationists to acknowledge local experts

A group of wildlife researchers are calling on the academic world to consider giving greater priority to acknowledging the role that local experts and guides have in contributing to scientific research. Many conservation research projects are dependant on local – but non-academic – people or success. These experts though are rarely given credit in paper…
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Sharks are more polluted than polar bears

Polar bears are well-known to store many deadly pollutants in their fat. They store chemicals such as PCB’s from the food that they eat. Being at the top of the food chain leads them to have high concentrations of toxins. New research indicates that polar bears are no longer some of the most polluted species…
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Shark fin trade crashes by 90% in China

The export of shark fins from Hong Kong to China has crashed by 90% in just a year. Following the new austerity of the Chinese leadership, increasing changes in taste among the young and pressure from campaign groups the trade in shark fins is shrinking rapidly. Official government figures analysed by the WWF-China show that…
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Can virtual nature replace the real experience?

Results of an interesting study have been released by researchers from Coventry University. It has long been known that getting out into nature can offer a boost to health and well-being. The latest study continues to confirm that a green outlook offers health benefits. The study involved children aged between 9 and 10 undertaking a…
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10 day march to save the badgers proposed

I thought the readers of Wildlife News would be interested in this exciting new action happening soon, and hope you can share it among your supporters and help to make this a HUGE event! I can’t see how to send it to your main website as I can’t find a send news button at the…
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Jail time for theft from UK ivory stockpiles

A thief who broke into a zoo and stole an elephant tusk that had been loaned out by the UK Border Force has been jailed for 120 days by Folkestone Magistrates Court. Craig Deane broke into Wingham Wildlife Park on September 9th 2013 and stole the elephant tusk worth about £2,500. Craig Deane, 39, admitted…
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Heathrow wildlife traffickers jailed for 12 months

2 Romanian women who were caught trying to smuggle 13 endangered iguanas through Heathrow airport have been jailed for 12 months. The women were caught during border checks at Terminal 5 on 3rd February. The discovery was made as the women transferred from their Bahamas flight to their connection to Dosseldorf in Germany. Border Force…
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Gas the badgers says Princess Anne

Once again the British royal family have shown their love of killing or maiming wildlife. This time it is Princess Anne who in an interview set to be broadcast on BBC Countryfile thinks that badgers should be culled by gassing. While the public consistently supports non-lethal methods of TB control in badgers and wildlife the…
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Tigers get asylum in the UK

Two tigers sentenced to an early death in Belgium have arrived at a UK zoo and wildlife park. the two tigers had been kept at a German circus and so badly treated that last year Belgium authorities seized the tigers while the circus was on tour and sentenced the tigers to euthanasia. A campaign by…
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Japanese internet giant bans whale product sales

Internet retail giant Rakuten has announced it is terminating sales of whale products through its Japanese marketplace Rakuten Ichiba and has given merchants 30 days to remove them.  The move came after the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), in conjunction with Humane Society International (HSI), launched the report Blood e-Commerce on March 18 exposing Rakuten as…
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Europe’s bumblebees heading for disaster

Of the 68 species of bumblebee that live in Europe almost a quarter (24%) are at real risk of extinction. This was the findings of a recently published report produced by the European Union. The study which aimed to look at the state of the species on a European level is a concern because of the…
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Greece faces court over turtle habitat

The European Union (EU) is to take Greece to court over the threats to turtle habitat in the country. The EU is to claim that unrestricted development around the coast of Greece is putting endangered sea turtles at risk. Of particular concern is  Kyparissia Bay in the Western Peloponnese, one of the most important nesting beaches for…
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Machine-gun weilding poachers arrested in Tanzania

Police and wildlife rangers in Tanzania have arrested 6 poachers armed with a submachine gun who had been on an elephant poaching spree killing at least 28 elephants. The suspected poachers were arrested just after mid-night on Monday in the village of Kiyombo in central Tanzania. Authorities recovered 55 elephant tusks from the gang, indicating…
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3 Chinese arrested boarding a plane with 14 rhino horns

Namibia has announced that 3 Chinese nationals were arrested on 23rd March as they boarded an aircraft with 14 rhino horns and leopard skins hidden in their luggage. They were arrested as they tried to board a flight to Hong Kong from Namibia. The three men were arrested at 07.40 am on Sunday 23rd March.…
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Water test to end the great newt scam

Claiming that they’ve seen protected greater crested newts on a proposed site is something that is often used by anti-housing campaigners. It adds costs to any planning application and can also delay the development process for many months as ecologists have to make repeated visits to a site to try to find evidence. Now a simple…