Elephants continue to do well in the Amboseli ecosystem.

Concerns raised that South Africa set to reduce protection for elephants

At a recent stakeholder meeting called by the Department of Environmental Affairs to discuss proposed amendments to the Elephant Norms and Standards, it became apparent that the Department appears to be intending to remove all welfare-based provisions relating to elephants. The Department states that it is experiencing difficulties enforcing and implementing the Elephant Norms and…

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Iceland reprimanded by 35 countries over whaling

A formal diplomatic protest, known as a démarche, was today delivered to the Icelandic Government in Reykjavik. The top-level protest registered countries’ “strong opposition” to Iceland’s continued whaling, particularly of endangered fin whales. The démarche also objects to Iceland’s international trade in whale products, stating: “Fin whales and minke whales are listed under the Convention…

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Will the vaquitas go extinct this month?

A new report about the situation of the world’s smallest porpoise raises concerns over the survival of the species. With fewer than 25 breeding females estimated to be left and the totoaba fishing season about to get underway this month could determine the future of the species. The report, produced with the help of the…

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Historic day as sharks and manta rays receive UN protection

On Sunday 14th September, five species of sharks and two manta ray species will receive protection under the United Nation’s Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) when formal measures to regulate their international trade come into effect. The five sharks and two manta rays species include Scalloped Hammerhead…

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Thailand set to target markets to protect international trade

Thai officials have announced a plan to tighten up the ivory trade in the country to protect their international wildlife trade. With an estimate £636 million in earnings from international trade of CITES species under threat the government has decided it is time to take action. While ivory trading is legal in Thailand all traders must…