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Indian lions losing their bite

Asiatic lions in the wild generally have good tooth health so when a group of doctors undertook a survey including medicals of lions in the Gir region of India they were surprised to see tooth decay. They also found minor bone deformities and officials are now looking into whether the water provided is contaminated with…

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The Big Rhino Debt Swap

The United States government and the Indonesian government have signed a new agreement that will see debt owned by Indonesia to the United States swapped for rhino protection and conservation measures. The new deal also involves Indonesian NGO KEHATI. The agreement will see Indonesia commit about US$12 million towards conservation programmes to help protect wildlife and…

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Anti-poaching spokesman to be charged with rhino poaching

A senior ranger for South Africa National Parks is to be charged with rhino poaching. The sector ranger had also featured in press articles advising young people to stay away from poaching and criminal gangs. Now Lawrence Baloyi is set to be charged with two others for rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park. Baloyi,…

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Tour operator hunted over double murder in tiger reserve

Could a gift of a vehicle to the forestry department at the Panna Tiger Reserve have led to a double murder of a park ranger and a forest guard. That appears to be one of the most likely motives as police in India hunt the owner of a tour operator business. The forest department used…

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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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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,…

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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…

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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…