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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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Interpol launches specialist wildlife crime unit in Africa

Interpol has announced the formation of a specialist team to be based in Nairobi, Kenya, which will target wildlife criminals such as ivory poachers and rhino horn smugglers. The team will be an extension of the established Environmental Crime Unit based in Lyon, France. The dedicated team will help to co-ordinate activites of law enforcement…

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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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The hunt and not the chase puts cheetahs at risk

New research into the lifestyle of the cheetah seems to indicate that cheetahs are using more energy looking for food than they use in super-fast chases when they catch their prey. It’s this hunt for food that is the greatest risk to the cheetah. This contradicts current wisdom that says the cheetah is heading towards…