sloth bear

India launches specialist team to protect sloth bears

After a recent surge in poaching of sloth bears the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh has set up a special investigation team to track down the poachers and traders involved. The team has been drawn from specialists at the Forestry Department. It follows on from the discovery of sloth bear carcases found across the state…

changbai bear

Chinese police on the hunt for bear poachers

When Chinese wildlife blogger, Hu Donglin, heard that there were remains of bears in the hills and forests of Jilin Province in China he decided to head out and look for evidence. After posting photographs of the remains on his microblog at Sina Weibo local authorities have begun an investigation. A team from the local police and Changbai…

tokay ghecko

The wacky world of HIV and gecko spit

The poor old Tokay lizard has yet another problem to deal with. It would appear that the latest crazy wonder drug is an enzyme from it’s saliva that is reputed to be able to cure HIV. Such magical properties has seen the value of a Tokay gecko in the Asian countries go so high that…

bear bile

Vietnam cracks down on bear bile tourism

Collecting bear bile seems to be a rather strange way to spend your holidays but for some tourists that visit Vietnam it is an attraction. The tourists involved in the questionable activity tend to be from Korea and stay at Ha Long city tourist resorts.

Dendrobium officinale

CAN$100,000 fine for orchid importer

For the first time in Canada an importer has been fined a six figure sum for the importation of endangered orchid species. The species, Dendrobium, is commonly used in the traditional Chinese medicine market and the importer Sun 2006 Import and Export Ltd was a wholesaler to the market.

The tiger countdown begins

It’s a big weekend for tigers as people from across the world start to converge on St Petersburg for the International Tiger Summit. Will this meeting of politicians, conservationists and lobbyists be able to turn around the declining numbers of tigers and start to rebuild populations in the 13 countries which currently have wild tigers…

Manta rays ruled the night

The Natural World on BBC2 tonight was fascinating – an entire programme dedicated to those enigmatic fish the manta rays. the programme followed the research of biologist Andrea Marshell and featured not just the reef mantas but also enormous giant mantas of the Indian Ocean. At 7.5 metres the giant manta had to be the…