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Critical conference maintains global momentum to curb wildlife crime

Heads of State, ministers and officials from 31 governments meeting today in Kasane reaffirmed their determination to scale up their response to the global poaching crisis, and adopted crucial new measures to help tackle the unprecedented surge in illegal wildlife trade. During the one-day meeting, governments reported on their progress since the London Conference on […]


Kasane conference shows much more needs to be done to fight illegal wildlife trade

The Kasane Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade concluded in Botswana today with the adoption of a statement which galvanises the high-level political commitment to combat the “scourge of illegal wildlife trade”.  Building on the London Declaration on Illegal Wildlife Trade of February 2014, the Kasane Statement recognises the efforts made to date by participating governments […]


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 […]


UK to provide extra £3 million to tackle wildlife trade

 Justine Greening MP, International Development Secretary, has announced a new £3 million boost to funds to tackle wildlife poaching and trading. The announcement was made during the wildlife trade conference in Botswana. The funding will be used to help communities affected by illegal poaching to find new ways of producing income from wildlife conservation. Justine […]

KFC joins McDonalds in helping hedgehogs

KFC joins McDonalds in helping hedgehogs

From today you may notice a slight difference to the lids of Kentucky Fried Chicken Krushems milkshake. The hole at the top is smaller to help prevent hedgehogs getting their heads trapped. Of course the best way to stop hedgehogs being killed by litter is not to throw it away in the first place but […]

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Chinese courts accepts first environmental lawsuit

A new law enacted in January has been used for the first time by a Chinese NGO against a polluting factory. The Chinese courts have accepted a case put forward by the All-China Environment Federation against a factory for failing to take action on air pollution. The factory,  Zhenhua Co, produces glass and has consistently […]


Tribes call on world leaders to recognize their right to hunt

Indigenous organizations and thousands of people from around the world have called on delegates attending a major conference on the illegal wildlife trade to recognize tribal peoples’ right to hunt for their survival. Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights, indigenous organizations from Brazil, Cameroon, Kenya and many other countries, and over 80 […]


New report provides background to illegal wildlife trade

On Wednesday, March 25, 2015, the follow-up to the London Conference on the Illegal Trade in Wildlife will take place in Kasane, Botswana. The landmark London Conference in February 2014 brought together heads and representatives of governments to discuss the rise in the illicit trade in wildlife and its negative social, environmental and economic impacts. […]


Poachers buy Kaziranga forest guards for £1,000

The arrest of a poacher last week in Nagaland, India reveals that forest guards are being bought for just over £1000 in order to allow poachers to kill rhinos in the national park. Information from the accused poacher, Bhagirath Jamal, revealed that forest guards were being bought of 1 lakh rupees (approx. £1,075) for help […]

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Parrots need your votes

An ambitious plan is underway to recover the native habitat of the vulnerable Yellow-shouldered Amazon parrot, but needs YOUR vote to succeed. Have you ever caught the bright flash of color and echoing call of a parrot as it darts into the trees, but you can’t follow it because the vegetation in front of you […]


15 species certain to go extinct

A new study has put forward 15 species that are the most likely to go extinct in the near future. The 15 species are at the most risk of extinction from a list of 841 highly endangered species. The study is published in Current Biology and uses a “conservation opportunity index” to determine which of the 841 […]


Elephant populations decline again in 2014

Official figures from the CITES Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) programme show that in 2014 there was no change in the killing of elephants on 2013. This means that for a another year the killing of elephants has exceeded natural birth rates and populations are falling. While the figures show a decline on […]

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Hong Kong intercepts 2 tons of pangolin scales

Hong Kong customs department has announced that on Tuesday its officials intercepted and confiscated 2 tons of pangolin scales. The scales have been valued at over USD 1.2 million and originated from Nigeria. Customs officials at the Kwai Chung Customhouse Cargo Examination Compound became suspicious of the container as it arrived in Hong Kong and […]


Ethiopia burns its 6 tons of ivory

Ethiopia has become the latest country to take the stand against the illegal trade in ivory by burning its stockpile of 6.1 tons of ivory and elephant tusks. In a public display the country shows that it has no interest in the commercial value of dead elephants. The ivory bonfire was set ablaze in the […]

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On Eve of Tokyo Wildlife Symposium, Environmentalists Call on Japan to Ban Domestic Ivory Trade

Environmentalists today called on the Government of Japan to ban domestic ivory trade to prevent the extinction of Africa’s highly endangered and rapidly disappearing forest elephants (Loxodonta cyclotis). The continent’s population of forest elephants, a distinct species from savanna elephants (Loxodonta africana), plummeted by 65 percent between 2002 and 2013 due to ivory poaching. As […]

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Three countries receive CITES trade bans for failing elephants

Three countries have been placed on a trade ban list for failing to meet their obligations to protect elephants and deal with the rampant illegal ivory trade. Notices were issued today by CITES recommending that signatories no longer permit trade with Nigeria, Laos and DR Congo. During the July 2014 meeting of CITES tackling the […]


Marine wildlife gets boost from budget

There is no extra money and enforcement costs will have to be met from already stretched Royal Navy budgets but in his last budget of this parliament George Osborne has created the world’s largest marine reserve. 322,000 sq miles of remote and pristine ocean around the Pitcairn Island are to be designated as a marine […]


Massive reforms to China’s forestry industry put in motion

The Chinese authorities have put in motion major reforms to the forestry sector which will include a ban on logging of natural forests in important areas and ordering state forestry plantations to cut back harvesting by 20% each year. In addition the authorities have announced a major reforestation programme that will see 6.6 million hectares […]


Thailand could be ready to begin burning ivory stockpile

The Department of National Parks Wildlife and Plant Conservation is seeking permission from the Prime Minister of Thailand to burn its stock of confiscated ivory. Thailand currently has an estimated 12 tons of ivory with 5 tons being held jointly by the parks department with the Customs department. The remaining 7 tons is held by […]

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