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31 dead rhinos found in 1 week at Etosha National Park

Namibian police are carrying out an investigation after 31 rhinos were discovered dead in a week at the Etosha National Park. Details of the deaths are not yet available and it is not known if all had been killed by poachers or if some were natural deaths. The majority of the bodies were found in […]


Unofficially it’s 365 rhino killed so far in 2015

With officials figures hard to come by and a change from regular monthly reports to ‘quarterly or so’ reports its difficult to find out the current situation on rhino poaching in South Africa. Even with reports and statistics now being published on a quarterly basis the South African government is still finding excuses not to […]


Rhino horn and tusks intercepted in Vietnam

Customs officials at Noi Bai Airport in Vietnam have made a multi-million dollar seizure of rhino horns and elephant tusks. The products had arrived at the airport from France. It’s a reminder that Europe is a major transit country for illegal wildlife products. The 18 elephant tusks and 3 rhino horns were seized yesterday after […]

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CITES trade ban against DR Congo lifted

CITES has recommended that the trade ban imposed on DR Congo for failing to produce an adequate ivory action plan be lifted. The organisation received a National Ivory Action Plan from the country on 6th April 2015. The notice lifting the trade ban was released today. The action plan is now available for download from […]


Conservatives pledge total ban on ivory sales

The Conservatives have pledged to work towards a total ban on ivory sales in their latest manifesto. In their manifesto launched today on page 55 they stated: We will promote effective worldwide measures for tuna conservation, press for a total ban on ivory sales, and support the Indian Government in its efforts to protect the […]

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Supersized bird feeders of Reading

Feeding gardens birds is a popular past-time for many wildlife lovers in the UK. Enjoying the colour and songs of birds such as chaffinch, blue tit and chiffchaffs can be a pleasant morning entertainment. But for some extreme bird feeders in the town of Reading the seeds and suet balls are out and chicken carcasses […]

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A love of elephants is not enough for film funders

The much-vaunted film of Richard Leakey that is set to be made by Angelina Jolie may not get off the ground. One of the major funders has decided that the love of elephants is not enough to make the film a success and the film should become a love story. Film funders Skydance Productions are […]

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Auction house hands over ivory collection

A Cornish auction house has handed over a private collection of ivory pieces following a visit by the Devon and Cornwall Police and National Wildlife Crime Unit. The company was unsure of the history of all the pieces of ivory so decided to play it safe and handed over the collection to the police. The […]

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UK Border Force wildlife seizures 2014

The UK Border Force has released the details of wildlife seizures under the CITES treaty for 2014. Attempted imports of traditional oriental medicines made up the bulk of the seizures with over 424,000 items of medicine containing derivatives of endangered species being seized. Over 1200 live animals or birds were also seized during 2014. Initially […]

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Book Review : Elephant Don: The Politics of a Pachyderm Posse

There are lots of popular science books about elephant herds and society but much of it revolves around the female and matriarchal structure. There’s relatively little information about the make up of the male society. The result is that many people mistakenly believe that bulls are solitary figures as they roam across the African plains and deserts. […]


Book Review: Dreaming in Calcutta and Channel Islands

An intriguing first novel by wildlife activist and journalist Shubhobroto Ghosh. The novel follows the coming-of-age of a young boy called Shamu as he grows up and leaves Calcutta to follow his love and dream of working with animals. While the book is written as a novel it very much follows the path and thoughts of the […]

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UK makes another mockery of CITES trade agreement

The day after a court laughed at the seriousness of trading in endangered tiger parts by issuing a community service order to a tiger parts trader the police in the UK have joined in the mockery by giving a caution to an elephant feet trader. A 47-year-old man from the Waltham Forest area has been given […]

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Will your Easter eggs wipe out African primates?

A new study has shown that illegal cocoa farms in the Ivory Coast are wiping out primates. The study looked at 23 protected areas in the country and in 13 of them no primates were left. The researchers surveyed 23 protected areas in Ivory Coast national parks and forest reserves between 2010 and 2013 and found […]


British tiger parts trader gets 120 hours community service

The British courts have again shown contempt for endangered species as a tiger parts trader – Catherine Emberton 29yrs, of Gleadless Road, Sheffield – was given a 120 hour community service order and forced to pay a £60 victim surcharge. Emberton had an international market via ebay in selling her jewellery that contained tiger claws and […]


165 critically endangered geckos seized at Heathrow

Border Force officers have intercepted an attempt to import 165 critically endangered turquoise dwarf geckos from Tanzania. The geckos was found last month within a larger consignment containing other species such as  chameleons, scorpions and frogs. Turquoise dwarf geckos are critically endangered and are protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). They […]

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