elephant

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.…
nidayong

Chinese business commits to saying no to wildlife gifts

A new guide has been launched by TRAFFIC in China with the backing of 30 top influential business people to encourage businesses to stop using wildlife products as gifts. Despite being a relatively new phenomena the gifting of wildlife products plays a major role in wildlife crime in China. The new guide called  “Good for business,…
tiger butchered

Chinese property tycoon ate 3 tigers in three months

A Chinese property tycoon from Nanning in Guangxi Zhuang southern China was caught up in a police raid in Guangdong where a tiger was electrocuted and dismembered for eating. The businessman was named as Xu and he pleaded guilty to the charges at Qinzhou Beiqu People’s Court on June 5th. The court also heard Xu admit to being…
sawfish

International plan launched to save the sawfish

Scientists from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) have launched a global strategy to save the most threatened group of fish in the world – the sawfish. While sharks and rays are regularly featured in popular conservation campaign the sawfish are often the forgotten relations of the big fish. The new plan is…
indian rhino

Indian rhino populations up over 25% in last 7 years

After a surge in rhino poaching this year at Kaziranga National Park the forestry department has released a paper to allay fears for the species. The paper shows that despite an increase in poaching of the one-horned rhino the population in Assam is up by 27% since 2006 and the state is on target to…
zebras

The great hike of zebra migration

The longest migration to date for wildlife has been recorded with zebras travelling a round trip of 500km between Namibia and Botswana. The distance covered each year by several thousands of zebras was discovered following radio tagging of some of the animals. The study was undertaken by researchers from WWF, Elephants without Borders and Botswana’s…
whales

Norwegian minister pledges to push whale meat sales in Japan

Elisabeth Aspaker, Norway’s fisheries minister, has said that she will push for greater sales of whale meat caught by Norwegian whalers into Japan’s markets. She made the promise in an interview on Norway’s NRK TV channel. This is despite Japan having stockpiles of whale meat that people do not want to buy. The minister said,…
pangolins

Fried pangolin steak sir? That’s 10 years in prison

A new law quietly slipped into place last week in China when new wildlife protection laws were signed into force. The new laws aim to dampen down demand for endangered wildlife and consumers can be sentenced up to 10 years in prison. The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress passed the new interpretation of…
moonbear

Chinese state begins to move out of bear bile farming

A Chinese government owned company is handing over its bear bile farm to an animal welfare group. The group plans to convert the farm in the southern Guangxi region’s capital Nanning into a bear sanctuary. The handing over of the facility will see 130 bears currently resident there given a new lease of life. Hong…
greenlandshark

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…
shark finning

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…
loggerhead

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…
humpback fluke

Humpback whale singing affected by seismic surveys

A study of singing humpback whales off the coast of Northern Angola has shown that singing during the breeding season is reduced in the presence of noise from seismic surveying. This reduced singing can have a negative impact on the breeding displays of the whales. The study was carried out between March and December 2008.…
rice paddy field

Traditional rice farmers join forces to stop bio-piracy

100 small-scale farmers have launched a network to keep traditional crop varieties in common use and to try to prevent the varieties from being grabbed by large agricultural companies who could try and cover the genes of the plants with intellectual property rights. The farmers from 15 states in India have launched the National Seed…
turtle

42,000 marine turtle harvested legally each year

A study by Exeter University into the global take of marine turtles has found that 42 countries have no legalisation in place to prevent fishing of endangered marine turtles and that the annual harvest is estimated to be around 42,000 turtles each year. The research looked at legal harvesting and how the impact compares with…
manta ray

Indonesia to become safe haven for manta rays

Indonesia have announced that two enigmatic ray species – the giant manta ray and the reef manta ray – are to become protected throughout the country’s territorial waters. 2.2 million square miles of waters will be protected under the new regulations that will ban fishing for the species. Over the last 10 years the reef…
elephant

No tusks yet but Tanzania set to burn ivory in June

While the government of Tanzania sits on a stockpile of 112 tonnes of seized tusks the Tanzania Association of Tour Operators is set to lead the burning of ivory ornaments and trinkets that has been seized. The burning is set to take place in June and the 500 businesses that are members of the associations…
pangolins

Police find 39 pangolins packed into car

Police in Guangxi province of China were suspicious of a car that looked heavier than it should be and discovered 39 pangolins packed into a compartment in the back of the vehicle. On Janauary 24th port officials in Fangcheng had their suspicions raised when a car carrying 2 people appeared to have fake licence plates.…