vanquita

US campaigners call for trade ban with Mexico

US wildlife campaign group Center for Biological Diversity have formally submitted a request to the US government for a wildlife product trade ban with Mexico. The ban can be introduced by the US President under the Pelly Amendment. The group are calling for the trade sanctions to help protect the last remaining 97 vanquita porpoises.…

orcas

Round up of IWC meeting

The meeting of the International Whaling Commission took place last week in Slovenia covered a range of topics. Here are the main highlights and outcomes of that meeting. Probably the most disappointing outcome, but also the most predictable, is the failure again to establish the South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary. To get recognition by the IWC…

tortoise smuggling

Thailand’s tortoise seizures significant but insufficient follow-up to quash illegal trade

Tortoises and freshwater turtles may be slow movers, but they are being smuggled at lightning speed through Thailand, with close to 19,000 seized in six years. A new TRAFFIC report, Seizures of Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles in Thailand 2008-2013, analyses 53 reported seizures of tortoises and freshwater turtles in Thailand, over half of which took…

liuwa lion

Liuwa’s Sole Male Lion Found Dead

It is with regret that African Parks Zambia announces that Liuwa Plain National Park’s sole male lion has died, probably as a result of poisoning or disease. The pride male’s carcass was found by park management close to Miyanda Pool in the east of the park on 16 September. GPS signals from his satellite collar…

Elephants continue to do well in the Amboseli ecosystem.

Concerns raised that South Africa set to reduce protection for elephants

At a recent stakeholder meeting called by the Department of Environmental Affairs to discuss proposed amendments to the Elephant Norms and Standards, it became apparent that the Department appears to be intending to remove all welfare-based provisions relating to elephants. The Department states that it is experiencing difficulties enforcing and implementing the Elephant Norms and…

fin whale

Iceland reprimanded by 35 countries over whaling

A formal diplomatic protest, known as a démarche, was today delivered to the Icelandic Government in Reykjavik. The top-level protest registered countries’ “strong opposition” to Iceland’s continued whaling, particularly of endangered fin whales. The démarche also objects to Iceland’s international trade in whale products, stating: “Fin whales and minke whales are listed under the Convention…

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Will the vaquitas go extinct this month?

A new report about the situation of the world’s smallest porpoise raises concerns over the survival of the species. With fewer than 25 breeding females estimated to be left and the totoaba fishing season about to get underway this month could determine the future of the species. The report, produced with the help of the…

Oceanic White Tip Photograph

Historic day as sharks and manta rays receive UN protection

On Sunday 14th September, five species of sharks and two manta ray species will receive protection under the United Nation’s Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) when formal measures to regulate their international trade come into effect. The five sharks and two manta rays species include Scalloped Hammerhead…