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…
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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…
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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…
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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.…
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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…
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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.…
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Chinese border guards intercept £80,000 of ivory

Border guards in the Chinese province of Fangchenggang become suspicious of a pick up truck after they spotted the driver acting nervously. After taking a closer look at the vehicle they found a box strapped under the van filled with ivory tusks worth over £80,000. The guards stumbled on the haul on 8th February while…
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Major tiger traders arrested in Indonesia

Police in Aceh, Indonesia on Monday arrest 2 major players in the illegal tiger trade and wildlife smuggling. The two are thought to be behind the co-ordination of 5 tiger poaching gangs operating in the country. A number of wildlife products were seized at the time of the arrests. Sr. Comr. Joko Irwanto, director of…
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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…
asian elephant

China builds a restaurant for its wild elephants

Forest officials in Yunnan Province have come up with a novel idea for reducing elephant and human conflicts. To try and reduce the conflict between local residents and 48 wild Asian elephants in the Simao District of Pu’er city the forest department is planning on developing a 2.6 million yuan (£250,000) area planted with banana plants…
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Leopard group seeks crowdfunding for new camera system

The Ingwe Leopard Research has launched a crowd funding project to help fund a new camera trap system for their work in South Africa. The new system will allow images from the cameras to be sent to citizen scientists to take part in the research and help sift through the data gained. The group need…
rhino

Bracelets help to save the black rhino

South Africa’s The Bead Collective have made their first donation to the Wilderness Wildlife Trust. The donation was earmarked to aid with an urgent collaring and de-snaring operation in Malawi’s Liwonde National Park, which hosts the country’s most important black rhino population. The Bead Collective is a company in South Africa set up to help keep 30 previously…
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The world’s best ecotour

The Nam Nern Night Safari has been voted as the World Responsible Tourism Award for Best for Responsible Wildlife Experience at the World Travel Mart in London. The tour uses local community initiatives, supported by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), to give tourists a unique insight into the wildlife of Lao wildlife. 14 partner communities, the Lao DPR government and…