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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…
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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…
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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…
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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,…
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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…
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No funds allocated for Natural World Heritage Sites in 2014-2015

Taking a look through some of the accounts of the World Heritage Committee it is surprising to see that there has been no funds allocated for international assistance for natural world heritage sites. This at a time of a poaching epidemic when more resources presumably are needed to keep the wildlife within World Heritage sites…
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SOCO International and WWF reach compromise over Virunga National Park

Following mediation at the UK National Contact Point (NCP) for the OECD Guidelines, oil exploration company SOCO International and conservation group WWF have reached a settlement. SOCO International has confirmed that once the Lake Edward seismic testing has been completed shortly they will not undertake the next stage of oil exploration unless agreement is allowed…
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Major in South Sudan Wildlife Service feared kidnapped

Local radio in South Sudan is reporting that a major in the South Sudan Wildlife Service has gone missing with reports that he may have been kidnapped. His last known movements was traveling on a motorcycle to the service headquarters to pick up wages for staff. Major William Kuol Angui is the commander of wildlife…
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2 arrested over Dexter Chilunda murder

Two men have been arrested in connection with the killing of Dexter Chilunda, the head of law enforcement at Liuwa Plain National Park. Dexter was shot by suspected poachers while investigating gunshots heard by park rangers in the park on Friday, 23 May 2014. The men were apprehended in the town of Lukulu, 35 kilometres…
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Tributes paid to conservation giant

African Parks sadly announces that Dr Anthony Hall-Martin, African Parks’ co-founder and conservation director, passed away on Wednesday, 21 May in Cape Town after a prolonged struggle with cancer. He was 68 years old. As tributes pour in from around the world, those who knew Dr Hall Martin have described him as a conservation giant…
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China announces $100 million aid for African wildlife

On his visit to the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Chinese President has announced that China will provide $100 million in aid for Africa in its fight against poachers and the continents attempt to conserve fast declining species. The amount came as part of an extra $12 billion dollars of aid announced…
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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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Two environmental activists murdered each week

A new report published today by Global Witness states that in the last 10 years 908 environmental activists have been killed and over the last 4 years the killings have averaged at 2 a week. At the same time only 10 of the killers have been caught and prosecuted. The report, Deadly Environment, has been published…
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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…
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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…