Controversial bee project buzzing with success

Controversial bee project buzzing with success

A bee re-introduction plan in Kent which led to outrage in Sweden appears to be working as researchers discover workers in the fields – a sure sign of the queen bees having bred. There has been a number of failed attempts at reintroducing the short-haired bumblebee to Kent in this year it may have finally…
One tenth of bird species flying under the conservation radar

One tenth of bird species flying under the conservation radar

More than 350 newly recognised bird species have been assessed by BirdLife International for the first time on behalf of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Worryingly, more than 25% of these newly recognised birds have been listed as threatened on the IUCN Red List – compared with 13% of all birds – making…
Court orders police investigation into bird charity

Court orders police investigation into bird charity

Intense lobbying by a hunting group in Malta has led to the magistrates court ordering police to investigate international wild bird charity Birdlife. The case involves Birdlife volunteers who handled protected species after rescuing them. Police had previously investigated the case and dropped the investigation quickly. In October 2012 6 volunteers from Birdlife were photographed…
93% of logging in Mozambique is illegal

93% of logging in Mozambique is illegal

Insatiable Chinese demand for timber is driving a grossly unsustainable illegal logging and timber smuggling crisis which threatens to undermine Mozambique’s forest resources. Launching the new report First Class Crisis today, the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) revealed that a staggering 93 per cent of logging in Mozambique during 2013 was illegal. Research, undercover investigations and…
African Conservationists Call on Retailer to Cease Sales of Elephant Ivory

African Conservationists Call on Retailer to Cease Sales of Elephant Ivory

Conservationists from leading African organizations are appealing to internet retail giant Rakuten to immediately cease sales of elephant ivory products during the current poaching epidemic. Rakuten is stimulating market demand for elephant ivory by facilitating the sale of tens of thousands of ivory products. “We appeal to Rakuten to help protect Africa’s elephants by banning…
Gang of 8 becomes Gang of 19

Gang of 8 becomes Gang of 19

The so-called ‘Gang of 8′ which were singled out by CITES as not doing enough to tackle the illegal ivory trade has seen its number swell by another 11 countries. The latest meeting of CITES which ended yesterday has ordered 11 more countries to develop national action plans on how they plan to protect elephants…
Desert elephant controversy reignited after hunter trampled

Desert elephant controversy reignited after hunter trampled

The trampling of a Namibian trophy hunter by an elephant has reignited the heated debate around hunting permits issued for the country’s gravely endangered desert elephants. In a strange twist of fate earlier this month, a young bull elephant in the far north of the country trampled a Namibian professional hunter assisting a German trophy…
Chinese flock to France for ivory auction but prices crash

Chinese flock to France for ivory auction but prices crash

An ivory auction held in Cannes, France yesterday saw a ton of tusks being sold entirely to Chinese buyers. Despite willing buyers the price of the ivory was over 30% lower than the last auction in March when prices reached $1,000 a kilo. All the tusks on sale at the auction had certificates to show…
Tour operator hunted over double murder in tiger reserve

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…