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UK government departments join to fight wildlife crime

For the first time two government departments are to join forces in order to help fight wildlife crime. The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) will join with the Department for International Development (DFID) in funding programme to tackle the trade in wildlife. The campaign will see an extra £10 million devoted to tackling…
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Tourism – poaching’s silent witness

In 2011 tourism contributed R83,4-billion to South Africa’s GDP and last year more than 9-million tourists splashed out R76,4-billion across the country. As a major economic driver, South Africa’s tourism industry has traditionally been in a position of strength when applying pressure on the government to respond to major issues which negatively affect it. Likewise,…
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Tanzania sacks 4 ministers over anti-poaching operation

Operation Tokomeza, Tanzania’s large-scale anti-poaching operation has been tarred by on-going claims of abuses by police and military as they enforce wildlife laws and investigate poaching activities. Now those claims of abuses have led to the sackings of 4 high profile ministers in the government. The four ministers are: Defence Minister Shamsi Vuai Nahodha, Interior…
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Security engraving hopes for saving tortoises

With just 400 adult Ploughshare tortoises left in the wild conservationists are hoping to reduce their value to poachers by engraving security codes on to their highly decorative shells. Now critically endangered the ploughshare tortoise has seen it’s population plummet in recent years as poachers seek them out for supplies to the pet trade. The…

3 rhino found killed

Submitted by: leya Report: 2 adult rhino and a calf were found dead over the weekend at iSimangaliso Wetland Park Read more: http://www.iol.co.za/dailynews/news/r100-000-for-info-on-rhino-hackers-1.1624524#.UrKyi5XuPIU  
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Spiders opt for a side portion of veg with their meat

Far from being purely meat eaters it appears that some species of spider opt for a side portion of vegetable matter with their protein. A study by researchers from Exeter University has discovered that some orb spiders will eat pollen as well as predating on insects and that pollen can make up 25% of a…
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German NGO to help support KWS families

German conservation organisation International Foundation for Nature (NABU) has signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) which will see an annual grant of 10,000 euros per year for the next 5 years being given to help the families of rangers killed on duty. The MoU was signed and announced yesterday (16th…
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Iceland signs death warrants of 770 endangered fin whales

Last Friday the Icelandic government quietly signed off the quota of whales to be killed over the next five years. The total includes 770 endangered fin whales and 1145 minke whales. Despite Iceland’s only whaling company having increasing difficulty in finding a market for whale meat the government has decided to continue to issue annual…
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Major tiger sanctuary announced for Indonesia

Indonesia’s forestry department has announced plans for the establishment of a major tiger sanctuary for illegally trapped and captured Sumatran tigers. With just 300 individual tigers left in the wild the new plan will be a major contribution towards helping prevent the extinction of the species. The tiger sanctuary will be developed in Riau province…
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Keep calm and carry on…. feeding the birds

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has revealed that they are taking increasing numbers of telephone calls from the public concerned that no birds are coming to their feeders. RSPB experts though say don’t panic and carry on putting out small amounts of food. With such a good natural harvest this year…
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Former timber kingpin a threat to orangutans and investors

Potential investors should steer clear of a US$90 million initial public offering (IPO) in an Indonesian palm oil company due to the involvement of a former illegal logging kingpin and the potential impact on precious orangutan habitat, the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) warned today. The company, Sawit Sumbermas Sarana (SSMS), currently holds a land…
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Predators explore outside world in Malawi

Two lion cubs and two leopard cubs,  born several months ago in Majete Wildlife Reserve in Malawi,have emerged from their lairs and are being seen  by the conservation team and visitors to the park.  A sub-adult leopard has also been sighted. The progeny are the offspring of lion and leopard that were re-introduced into Majete…
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World’s police on look-out for rhino poacher

Interpol has issued a Red Notice at the request of Nepal police for a wanted rhino poacher, Rajkumar Praja. He is currently on the run after being sentenced to 15 years prison for rhino poaching and trading in rhino horn. A Red Notice is an international wanted persons alert that is sent to police forces…
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Conservation Grade beats Organic for helping birds

Shoppers who want to help farmland birds when buying their Christmas vegetables this year should look out for Conservation Grade produce rather than organic. A new study by University of Southampton has shown that farms awarded Conservation Grade status are better for farmland birds than fully organic farms. The study shows that threatened farmland birds…