WildScan is a comprehensive species identification and response mobile application designed to combat wildlife trafficking. The application is designed to help frontline wildlife law enforcement agencies correctly identify, report and handle marine, freshwater and terrestrial animals caught in the illegal wildlife trade. WildScan places critical information on endangered species, provided by leading experts in many fields, at the fingertips of those who need it most.WildScan is available for free on Android devices and will have multiple language support available in 2015.
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
Have an Android SMART phone?
Consider downloading this App and using it next time you visit a pet store or exotic animal/bird shop.
A repeat abalone poacher pleaded guilty to new charges this month, and this time, Wildlife Officer Pat Foy said, he faces landmark penalties. In 2013, with the abalone under siege in Sonoma and Mendocino counties, state wildlife officers made enforcing strict new laws, such as lower limits, a point of emphasis by putting up road checkpoints where every vehicle was stopped. Wildlife officers charged Nguyen with poaching abalone and selling them for personal profit, Foy said.
The Wildlife Conservation Society (http://www.wcs.org/) is partnering with the government of Mozambique, Paul G. Allen, and USAID (http://www.usaid.gov/) to conduct a national elephant survey to collect data essential to protecting Mozambique's highly threatened and diminishing savannah elephant population.
Filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow has directed her enormous talents to address a huge issue. Bigelow has made an effective and affecting three-minute PSA to support the cause of saving elephants in Sub-Sahan Africa, where poachers are slaughtering entire herds of the wonderful creatures for their ivory tusks — although international trade in ivory is universally illegal. Entitled Last Days, the PSA premieres at New York Film Festival on September 27 at Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center at NYC’s Lincoln Center...
Kenya Wildlife Service increased surveillance at the port of Mombasa has been recognised in a new report.
The report, Out of Africa: Mapping the Global Trade in Illicit Elephant Ivory, by Born Free USA, has tabulated the global ivory supply chain figures says that the Mombasa port registered the most illegal ivory seizures worldwide in 2013-2014.
The volume of seized ivory replaced Dar Es Salaam port, which had the highest number of seizures globally....
In the 1860s, poachers struck at night, sometimes in black-painted ships with darkened sails, outlaws raiding protected oyster beds.
Today, cannons are out and military-grade radar is in to protect Chesapeake Bay oysters.
Radar towers and infrared cameras form a surveillance network fully implemented for the first time last oyster season, October to March. It will be watching again Wednesday when oyster season reopens for tonging and diving (dredging begins Nov. 3)....
Amid the wildlife departments’ failure to determine the locations at which pangolins are being poached and whose hands are behind the smuggling of the animals’ scales, two Chinese citizens have approached customs officials to release the scales seized five months back.
Pakistan Customs officials had confiscated 145 kg of pangolin scales from the luggage of two Chinese nationals — Luo-Ruiyuan and Ying — at Benazir Bhutto International Airport Islamabad (BBIA) in April. The pair was later allowed to leave the airport after clearing customs formalities. According to an estimate, the value of the seized scales is approximately $150 million in international markets...
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
Aren't these the cutest little guys?
Hard to see how humans can be so heartless... boiling them alive!
KINIGI, Rwanda - For four decades Leonidas Barora was a renowned hunter, tracking animals in the lush forests of Rwanda. Now he only fires arrows to impress tourists, and to help protect the wildlife.Hundreds of ex-poachers have been persuaded to put down their weapons and support efforts to protect endangered mountain gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park, where thick jungle hills are shrouded in mist.
If you've never heard of the earless monitor lizard, you're not alone: this cryptic lizard has long-escaped the attention of the larger public. But over the past couple years its bizarre appearance has been splashed across social media sites for reptile collectors. While this decidedly-quirky attention may seem benign, it could actually threaten the species' existence.
Decline in biodiversity is a source of social conflict rather than a symptom, according to a UC Berkeley report. Zoe Loftus-Farren elaborates the issue
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
This confirms it...
"Obviously it is bad to be losing some of these species and impacting some of these populations, but it is much worse if we are losing these species…and on top of that, we are also seeing increased violence and increased social injustices like forced labour practices.” says Doug McCauley who participated in a recent study regarding resource depletion and its impact on social conflict.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, September 2014 – Thousands of holidaymakers at Southeast Asia’s largest travel and tourism fair earlier this month secured not just great deals, but also important advice – don’t ruin your holiday by getting caught with a souvenir made from wildlife parts....
The German Foreign Minister and the President of Gabon will jointly chair a high-level luncheon today at the UN Headquarters in New York on “Poaching and Illicit Wildlife Trafficking.” The main goal of the event will be to gain momentum for action by the international community to combat poaching and wildlife trafficking.
Nagpur: Poaching, prey depletion and habitat destruction have decimated the world's wild tiger population to fewer than 3,200. Poaching continues to be the key threat to tigers in India - home to more than half of the world's tigers, finds a latest study conducted by Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI) and Snow Leopard Trust. The study identified 73 districts in central and south India as current crime hot spots.
The study - Tiger poaching and trafficking in India: Estimating rates of occurrence and detection over four decades - by wildlife biologist Koustubh Sharma and Belinda Wright, Tito Joseph, Nitin Desai of WPSI, attempts to ascertain the probability of occurrence of tiger crime and detection between 1972 and 2012 in the 605 districts of India....
In the wake of revelations of animal abuse within the bear bile extraction industry, pharmacies are quickly joining a fast-growing boycott of the product. In roughly a year, the number of Chinese pharmacies that are boycotting bear bile products for animal welfare reasons went from 260 to 1,945.
Earlier this summer the heartbreaking story of Satao, one of Kenya's most well-known and beloved elephants, made headlines after he was killed by poachers in Tsavo East National Park. Now legislation introduced in his honor could impose trade sanctions on countries that continue to facilitate the bloody ivory trade.
US EMBASSY Manila -- The internet has added a burden to the enforcement of tracking down wildlife traffickers, a top official of the Biodiversity Management Bureau-Department of Environment and Natural Resources (BMB-DENR) said.
"It's more difficult now because these are being sold in the internet, like in Facebook," BDM-DENR director Theresa Mundita S. Lim said during the 3rd US Embassy Seminar held here with the theme "US-Philippines Relations: Good for the environment today, promoting resilience for the future"....