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Gang of 8 becomes Gang of 19

The so-called ‘Gang of 8′ which were singled out by CITES as not doing enough to tackle the illegal ivory trade has seen its number swell by another 11 countries. The latest meeting of CITES which ended yesterday has ordered 11 more countries to develop national action plans on how they plan to protect elephants…
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Can elephants survive British diplomacy?

The recent article we published about Britain stepping in to help Tanzania to store and preserve its vast ivory and tusk stockpile has generated a lot of traffic and discussion. We even had a tweet from the Africa Minister, Mark Simmons, highlighting that the UK is against illegal wildlife trading and our article was wrong…
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10 days and 62 rhinos dead

South Africa has released its latest rhino stats which show that so far in 2014 558 rhinos have been killed in the country. This is a leap of 62 rhinos killed since the last rhino stats were published 10 days ago on 30th June 2014. The figure shows that current projects and enforcement actions are…
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Radio-tagged bumble-bees reveal impacts of pesticides

A study involving the tagging of bees shows how neonicotinoid based pesticides influence the foraging of bees and interferes with the insects learning new foraging skills. The study was undertaken by researchers from Guelph’s School of Environmental Sciences and Imperial College London and was published in British Ecological Society’s journal Functional Ecology. The study by by Nigel…
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End of an era as BBC plan to dumb down wildlife documentaries

For the last 30 years or so nature lovers across the world have been spoiled by the BBC and its high quality nature programming. All that is now to change as the BBC gets set to ‘dumb down’ its nature programming moving away from science and facts towards populist hyperbole and emotional anthropomorphism. In a…
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Wealth not health new trend in wildlife consumption

The days of traditional medicine being a dominant reason for consuming endangered species appears to be heading into history. Today consuming endangered species is all about showing off wealth to others. It’s a trend that will be discussed next week when those involved with wildlife crime will meet in Geneva. The 65th meeting of the Standing…
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Myanmar’s rosewoods in crisis as Chinese imports rise 6 fold in 3 years

Myanmar’s precious rosewood tree species are heading for imminent commercial extinction at the hands of China’s multi-billion dollar rosewood furniture boom. The illegal trade in rosewood species is driven by the expanding wealthy elites in China and their desire for the high-end Ming and Qing dynasty reproduction furniture collectively known as ‘hongmu’. In the briefing…
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Wildlife ranger released from death sentence and freed

A wildlife ranger who shot and killed a suspected poacher has had his death sentenced quashed by the Supreme Court in Zimbabwe. He was sentenced to be hanged in public on September 17th last year. The Supreme Court ruled there was no case to prosecute. Maxwell Bowa was part of a team of wildlife rangers…
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Dedicated followers of fashion

It’s not just humans who have their trendsetter – the chimp world has them too. Scientists spent hundreds of hours watching video tape to find out why a group of chimpanzees started to wear a blade of grass in their ears after one started the trend. The study looked at how trends and traditions starts…
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Price of tusks soars in China over last 4 years

A new study funded by Save the Elephants has revealed that prices paid by the ivory workshops of China has tripled over the last 4 years. While the price being paid to poachers in Africa remain low the greater enforcement by both African nations and  Chinese officials means that prices are soaring once the tucks get to China.…
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Ivory available in Thai markets trebles in 18 months

Monthly monitoring of Bangkok’s domestic ivory market by TRAFFIC reveals a near trebling of the number of ivory items for sale in the past 18 months and a steep rise in the number of outlets selling ivory in Thailand’s capital city. The number of worked ivory products found for sale rose from 5,865 in January…