Badger baiting rises in England and Wales but convictions drop.

Manifesto round up – policies for wildlife

With the general election looming and pretty much all the parties now having released their manifestos it’s a good time to take a look at what each party stands for from a wildlife and environment point of view. Obviously I can not take a look at every single party that is standing so I’ll take […]

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African Parks missing plane and pilot found

According to a Cameroonian online newspaper, The Cameroon Postline, a plane wreckage has apparently been found in the Bakossi Mountain area in the southwest of the country, and is believed to be that of the Cessna 172 flown by missing US pilot, Bill Fitzpatrick. The Bakossi area is included in the terrain that African Parks […]

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A love of elephants is not enough for film funders

The much-vaunted film of Richard Leakey that is set to be made by Angelina Jolie may not get off the ground. One of the major funders has decided that the love of elephants is not enough to make the film a success and the film should become a love story. Film funders Skydance Productions are […]

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UK Border Force wildlife seizures 2014

The UK Border Force has released the details of wildlife seizures under the CITES treaty for 2014. Attempted imports of traditional oriental medicines made up the bulk of the seizures with over 424,000 items of medicine containing derivatives of endangered species being seized. Over 1200 live animals or birds were also seized during 2014. Initially […]

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Prestigious nature festivals call on support for revival of wild foods and conservation of local food resources

Two of Scotland’s prestigious nature festivals are uniting in a call for people to support the revival of wild food trends and the conservation of food produced from our natural environment. As part of Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink, The Dumfries and Galloway Wild Spring Festival and the Scottish Borders Nature Festival today (Monday […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Interpol launches public appeal to track down environmental criminals

Interpol has called on the public to help them track down 139 fugitives who are wanted for environmental crimes. Under the guise of Operation Infra (International Fugitive Round Up and Arrest) Terra the international police organisation has asked the public to look out for the first 9 of 139 wanted criminals. Crimes committed by the 139 fugitives […]

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Wild Uncovered – Exciting talent supporting conservation in the heart of London

An exciting new exhibition from talented young wildlife artists Emily Lamb, David Filer and Simon Max Bannister opened in London on Tuesday evening (November 11). Showcasing the extraordinary work of three exceptional artists Wild Uncovered excited and delighted at the private preview at The Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch.  From the splintered simplicity of Simon Max Bannister’s […]

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Are environmental scientists holding back the science?

A new study seems to indicate the environmental science is not as effective or advancing as much as it could and it’s the scientists themselves that are holding the science back. The study by Michigan State University says that while environmental scientists are happy to share their results in publication they are not so happy […]

The killing fields of India – rangers under attack

Badly paid, ill-equipped and under resourced the wildlife rangers of India are now operating in the most dangerous place on Earth to be a ranger. A new survey released today says that so far in 2014 there has been 24 deaths of rangers and in the last 3 years 72 forest rangers have been killed […]

Network for Animals slammed by South African animal welfare organisation

British wildlife charity, Network for Animals, has been rebuked by the National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) for publishing misleading information on their website and fundraising campaign which could undermine a major elephant cruelty prosecution and have also been accused of trying to raise funds with claims of involvement in the case when they have played no role […]

Terrorism link to missing pilot discounted

The search continues for missing US pilot Bill Fitzpatrick but a link to a terrorist attack on Kano Airport in Nigeria has been discounted by those involved in the search. Radio communications confirm that Fitzpatrick had left Kano Airport successfully. Bill Fitzpatrick went missing on Sunday evening on 22nd June. He was working for African Parks […]

Tour operator hunted over double murder in tiger reserve

Could a gift of a vehicle to the forestry department at the Panna Tiger Reserve have led to a double murder of a park ranger and a forest guard. That appears to be one of the most likely motives as police in India hunt the owner of a tour operator business. The forest department used […]

End of an era as BBC plan to dumb down wildlife documentaries

For the last 30 years or so nature lovers across the world have been spoiled by the BBC and its high quality nature programming. All that is now to change as the BBC gets set to ‘dumb down’ its nature programming moving away from science and facts towards populist hyperbole and emotional anthropomorphism. In a […]

New initiative to protect Africa’s forests

A new multi-national initiative has been launched at the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) to try and protect what remains of east African forests and combat an illegal timber trade thought to be worth up to US$100 billion a year. The new action will involve Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda working together with Interpol and various UN […]

Chinese business commits to saying no to wildlife gifts

A new guide has been launched by TRAFFIC in China with the backing of 30 top influential business people to encourage businesses to stop using wildlife products as gifts. Despite being a relatively new phenomena the gifting of wildlife products plays a major role in wildlife crime in China. The new guide called  “Good for business, […]

Value of environmental crimes dwarfs global international aid

The scale of the problem of environmental crime was revealed today with the publication of a joint report from the United Nationals and Interpol. Globally environmental crimes have a value of up to US$213 billion a year – compare that to a combined global total of US$135 billion a year spent on overseas aid and the […]