tigers

Tiger protectors go without pay for over 3 months

Wildlife rangers in one of India’s newest tiger sanctuaries have not been paid for over 3 months. The 25 staff began work in November but have not been paid due to administration delays. It is not the first time that delays in pay have affected wildlife rangers in India as the country becomes increasingly known…
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SOCO to be exempt of tax for Virunga operations

A stabilisation clause in the agreement signed between oil exploration company SOCO International and the DR Congo government in 2010 means that SOCO is exempt from tax and environmental protection legislation in the country. While arguments rage between whether oil exploration should be allowed in the Virunga National Park or not the revelation that SOCO…
orangutan

Breakthrough as plantation workers jailed for killing orangutan

Conservationists at Sabah in Malaysia are celebrating a breakthrough sentence which has seen 2 palm oil plantation workers jailed for 2 years for killing an orang-utan. The Sabah Wildlife Department have also described the sentence as a ‘landmark decision’. The two workers pleaded guilty to killing the great ape with a parang – or machete type knife…
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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…
elephants

Chad to burn its ivory stockpile next week

The President of the Republic of Chad, His Excellency Idriss Déby Itno, has announced the imminent destruction of his country’s ivory stockpile, amongst a range of elephant protection measures to be implemented as Chad takes the lead in the fight to protect Central Africa’s savannah elephants.   Next week President Déby Itno will lead his cabinet…
tiger

EIA responds to London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade

The London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) broadly welcomes the outcomes of today’s landmark London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade as a strong indication that world leaders are finally getting serious about tackling international wildlife crime.  The new EIA report In Cold Blood – Combating organised wildlife crime, released just days before the Conference, examines wildlife…
apeApe GRASP

Going ape over apps

There is a new smartphone and tablet pc app on the market that is a must have for any wildlife lover. The new app, apeAPP, is free to download from the Apple Store or Google Play. It aims to keeps you in touch with great ape conservation. The app is produced by the Great Ape Survival…
elephant in bush

UK to fund power behind new anti-poaching stations in Uganda

As part of the £10 million fund to fight the illegal wildlife trade and poaching, which was announced recently, the UK government is set to fund solar power panels and geo-location cameras at new anti-poaching stations in Uganda. The new stations are due to open  in the Murchison Falls Conservation Area. The plans were announced at an…
forest elephant poaching

95% of DR Congo forests are empty of elephants

In March last year a paper published on Plos One demonstrated the impacts of poaching on Central Africa’s elephants. The paper highlighted that in just 10 years – between 2002 and 2011 – 62% of the forest elephants had been killed. At today’s wildlife symposium in London those figures have been updated to include the…
tiger bones

UK launches new programme to reduce demand for Tiger parts

The UK Government today announced its support for a programme to protect and recover wild Tigers by reducing the demand for their bones and other body parts. The commitment is part of the UK Government’s ongoing support for the Global Tiger Recovery Program (GTRP), endorsed by all 13 Tiger range countries at the ‘Tiger Summit’…
elephants

United States opens first shots in wildlife crime week

In a week that is sure to be full of announcements by politicians on how they are to combat the growing trade in wildlife the United States have opened the action with major boost to combat illegal wildlife trade. New proposals put forward by the Whitehouse will severely restrict the domestic trade in ivory. The…
elephant

23 NGOs say Ivory Trade Ban Essential to Save Elephants

As world leaders gather in London on 13 February to attend a summit – hosted by UK Prime Minister David Cameron and attended by Prince Charles and Prince William – to confront the escalating poaching crisis decimating the world’s iconic wildlife, 23 environmental, conservation, and animal welfare groups from 14 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe,…
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Global Re-introductions case studies published

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has released the latest volume of case studies involving the re-introduction of endangered species. The 298 page book is available to download free of charge in pdf format. It covers 236 re-introduction programmes and is the 4th in a series from the Reintroduction Specialists Group. The…
kenya elephants

Tsavo-Mkomazi ecosystem loses 1500 elephants in 3 years

The provisional results of the aerial survey of elephants in the Tsavo-Mkomazi ecosystem released today show that there is an elephant population of about 11,000.  That is a reduction of about 1,500 on the population from the last survey about 3 years ago. Considering the surge in global elephant poaching the ecosystem is currently holding…
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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…
sumatran tiger

EU wildlife trafficking consultation opens to the public

The EU has opened up a 2 month consultation period with the public and organisations interested in combatting wildlife crime and trafficking. The consultation opened today and will close  on 10 April 2014 – the day that an expert panel will be convened. The results of the panel and the consultation will form the basis…
iguana

National Wildlife Crime Unit secures more funding

The UK government has announced that it is to fund the National Wildlife Crime Unit for 2 years rather than the normal 1 year funding. The £500,000 grant will secure the unit until 2016 and allow it to plan for longer term operations than normal. The National Wildlife Crime Unit provides specialist support and advice…
pangolins

Police find 39 pangolins packed into car

Police in Guangxi province of China were suspicious of a car that looked heavier than it should be and discovered 39 pangolins packed into a compartment in the back of the vehicle. On Janauary 24th port officials in Fangcheng had their suspicions raised when a car carrying 2 people appeared to have fake licence plates.…