Emmanuel de Merode

Virunga National Park chief warden shot in ambush

Emmanuel de Merode, Chief Warden of Africa’s oldest national park – Virunga – has been shot in an ambush while driving to the Congolese national park head quarters in Rumangabo. His vehicle was ambushed by unknown gunmen. The Belgian foreign minister has stated that the country will launch an inquiry into the ambush of its…
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Call for conservationists to acknowledge local experts

A group of wildlife researchers are calling on the academic world to consider giving greater priority to acknowledging the role that local experts and guides have in contributing to scientific research. Many conservation research projects are dependant on local – but non-academic – people or success. These experts though are rarely given credit in paper…
Chris O'dowd

Did you give to a charity saving made up animals?

You may need to read it twice before you actually believe it but Irish actor Chris O’Dowd has admitted that when working in a call centre raising money for a wildlife charity he made up species to get people to donate money to the cause. The actor has claimed he raised hundreds of thousands of…
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UK extends CITES regulations to Anguilla

William Hague has announced the British overseas territory Anguilla is to be bought into the CITES treaty. He has written to the Swiss government who acts as the depository of signatories to the convention to inform them that Anguilla is to be covered by the UK’s ratification of the CITES agreement. William Hague said.  ”In…
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Cobra 2 leads to big wildlife trade busts

Chinese led wildlife trafficking operation Cobra 2 has led to over 400 arrests, recovery of 3 tonnes of ivory and 36 rhino horns and other wildlife products. Details of the success of Cobra 2 were released today by authorities in Beijing. Cobra is the name of a series of operations led by China and involving…
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Wildlife charity spent 90% of income on fundraising fees and staff

West Yorkshire wildlife charity Wildlife Rescue Sanctuaries have been accused of spending 90% of its income on external fundraising organisations following the publication today of a report by the Charities Commission. The organisation has now severed ties with the fundraising consultants over the costs. The charity runs a wildlife and animal hospital in Keighley and…
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Former timber kingpin a threat to orangutans and investors

Potential investors should steer clear of a US$90 million initial public offering (IPO) in an Indonesian palm oil company due to the involvement of a former illegal logging kingpin and the potential impact on precious orangutan habitat, the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) warned today. The company, Sawit Sumbermas Sarana (SSMS), currently holds a land…
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New Crowdfunding for Wildlife and Nature

Wildlife News has now launched a new section of the web site to help wildlife organisations and people to connect directly with the public and raise funds for the project. With Wildlife News heading towards 18 years of operation next year it was time to step it up a gear and move the web site…
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Copernicus to go open souce for the public

Europe’s premier environmental monitoring system, Copernicus, is set to become a major source of free information for business, the public and statutory authorities. The European Commission has announced that from next month data from the programme is to become open source. The new open data dissemination regime will help citizens, businesses, researchers and policy makers to integrate an…
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Ozone hole smaller than average in 2013

This year’s Antarctic ozone hole has been smaller than the average for modern times. NASA has just released the measurements for the 2013 winter season and the ozone hole covered an area of 8.1 million square miles compared to  8.7 million square miles average since the 1990′s when the ozone hole stopped growing. NASA scientists said…
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New hope for rural families as village green scams come to an end

New regulations come into force today that offers hope to young rural families who are in desperate need of a home. The new regulations will prevent objectors to new housing from launching malicious applications for the land to be designated as a village green. The latest regulations supports those that were bought in at the start…
Prince Williams love for wildlife normally comes via the sights of a double barrel shotgun

Prince William PR machine steps up a gear

The British monarchy is never one to miss a trick – it’s one of the reasons why they still continue to drain the tax-payer of millions of pounds each year. With a million pound house make-over paid for by the public and a child that the country will fund to the tune of millions it…