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Vietnam claims drop of 77% in rhino horn demand in a year

After a 12 month advertising and communications campaign in Vietnam a recent survey has shown that the number of people who  buy rhino horns and preparations from rhino horn has dropped by 77% and the number of people who believe that rhino horn has medicinal powers has dropped by 60%. These were the figures stated by […]

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Singapore makes biggest ivory seizure since 2002

Authorities in Singapore have announced that they have made the largest seizure of ivory and other wildlife products since 2002. The shipment contained 3.7 tonnes of ivory, 4 rhino horns and 22 big cats teeth. The shipment was on route from Mombasa in Kenya to Vietnam. The ivory comprising 1,783 pieces of raw ivory tusk […]

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Rejecting extinction: beaver reintroduction offers major benefits to Scotland

The potential reintroduction of beavers to Scotland after almost 500 years is a historic opportunity that could bring major environmental and economic benefits to Scotland – including by generating millions of pounds through eco-tourism, said award-winning conservation charity Trees for Life today. This week or next, Scottish Natural Heritage is due to report to the […]

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Zambia begins hunting of big cats again

On Friday, Tourism and Arts Minister, Jean Kapata announced that the ban on hunting of lions and leopards is to be lifted in the country. The ban has been in place since 2013. Lion can be hunted again from next year and leopards can be hunted and killed from later this year. The ban on lion […]

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Rhino relocations not sustainable for Manas

With the next meeting of the World Heritage Site Committee just weeks away the State of Properties reports are being scrutinised and finalised. The latest report for Manas National Park and World Heritage Site  sees a warning from the IUCN Conservation Breeding Specialist Group that rhino relocations to Manas is not sustainable unless poaching is […]

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Vietnamese man arrested in Russia with body of Siberian tiger

Russian police have raided premises in Moscow and arrested a Vietnamese citizen with the head and skin of a critically endangered Siberian tiger. Following a search of the property they also found 59 big cat teeth and four bones. They are currently awaiting expert identification on these body parts to determine if they came from […]

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Vietnamese man caught with rhino parts and lion teeth at Kenyan airport

A Vietnamese citizen travelling from Maputo in Mozambique to Hanoi has been intercepted by Kenyan customs officials at Jomo Kenyatt International Airport. He was carrying rhino horn, rhino tails and lions teeth. The items were worth almost £80,000. Vuanh Tuan, 47 was transferring to his flight to Vietnam when the items were discovered in his […]

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Mozambique raids wildlife house of horror

Mozambique police and wildlife officials have made their biggest wildlife bust ever after raiding a house belonging to a Chinese national. Hidden in the house of horror was 340 elephant tusks and 65 rhino horns. “Undoubtedly, this is a case that is related to poaching. Some of the ivory tusks still have fresh blood, a […]

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Emirates SkyCargo bans transport of hunt trophies

Momentum is building  in ending the wildlife trade and protecting endangered species from both poachers and unsustainable hunting of wildlife as a second major international airline bans the transport of hunt trophies. Emirates SkyCargo one of the biggest international cargo carriers and part of the world’s biggest airline has said that from Friday 15th May […]

Badger baiting rises in England and Wales but convictions drop.

Badger campaigners intellectually dishonest

Finally a number of the memos and letters written by Prince Charles to the government have finally been published . The memos cover a wide range of topics including farming and the environment. One exchange of letters covered subjects as diverse as hill farms, lynx helicopters in Iraq and the badger cull. The exchange was […]

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Is Extinction Forever?

“Is extinction forever?” is not a question that should be asked. Why? Because there should be no doubt that extinction is utter destruction and therefore irreversible. And yet, there is much confusion over what extinction is. We all understand that dinosaurs no longer exist but do we fully grasp that other species, ones we know […]

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Panda poaching culprits busted by China

Forestry officials and police in Yunnan province of China have busted a 10 member gang of people involved in the killing and butchering of an endangered panda bear in Southern China. he raid by officials from  Zhaotong City  at a location in a nearby village recovered: a giant panda skin, almost 10kg of panda meat 2 leg […]

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Rhino deaths soar in Etosha poaching crisis

Since the discovery of 31 rhino bodies in a week at the Etosha National Park in Namibia the number of dead rhinos have soared. While officially the number of rhino bodies discovered so far this year is 54 unofficial local sources have put the figure at 85. The new bodies have been discovered since the […]

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China rejects elephant summit claims

China has rejected claims made in the pro-hunting newsletter ‘African Indaba’ that it asked questions about trading in parts of elephants including reproductive organs at the Kinsane Elephant Summit.  The claims were made by the representative of the hunting organisation CIC International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation. The Chinese delegate, Sun Guoshun, from the […]

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African-led Strategy, Action Plan to Combat Illegal Trade in Wild Fauna and Flora

Today, April 30, concludes the four-day International Conference on Illegal Trade in Wild Fauna and Flora in Africa in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. The conference brought together regional and international stakeholders to develop an African-led strategy and action plan for combating the illegal trade in the continent’s natural resources.  The Action Plan calls on stakeholders to strengthen the institutional and legal framework for handling wildlife […]