Kenya's president set fire to 15 tons of elephant tusks during World Wildlife Day Tuesday to discourage poaching and trade in ivory.
Twenty-five years since ivory trade was banned, new demand from emerging markets threatens Africa's elephants and rhinos, President Uhuru Kenyatta said at the event. African countries are concerned about the scale and rate of the new threat to endangered wildlife species, he said....
In what perhaps may be the most shocking upset in the news this week, ecologist revealed last Friday, Dec. 5, that giraffes may be headed towards extinction – and it’s in part due to a lack of awareness of dangers facing the African species. While contemporary studies in Africa’s central savannahs have revealed the collected threats that human encroachment , habitat loss and black market poaching has posed to wildlife communities, researchers say that giraffes are amongst some of the hardest hit
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
Eating giraffe cures HIV/AIDS?
Another sad myth putting another species at risk of being wiped out!
PAG-ASA ISLAND, Palawan – More than 300 boats carrying foreign poachers can be seen every day in the Kalayaan Island Group but could not be arrested by government forces due to lack of equipment, officials said.
A live electric wire allegedly kept by poachers to catch wild animals resulted in the death of two girls at Shanigakunta village in the Agency mandal of Mangapeta in Warangal district late on Saturday night.
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
Not only is the wildlife at risk, so are domestic animals and now even children!
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 11 /CSRwire/ - WWF today announced Academy Award-winning actor, musician and director Jared Leto as a WWF Global Ambassador, focusing on the most urgent, pressing issues facing our planet. To start, Mr. Leto will bring attention to wildlife crime – a pivotal issue for WWF and the U.S. government. Today marks the one year anniversary of President Obama’s National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking....
At a wildlife crime meeting in South Africa, activists said poaching could not be tackled without addressing the needs of the people that live with wildlife, who are often disregarded or mistreated.
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
A bit of success.... love it!
"Not knowing what to do, the project's co-ordinator, Dr. Susan Canney, said that that was when they turned to local people for help.
Young, unemployed men were being persuaded to join the jihadis, with generous salaries of $30-$50 per day — a fortune in northern Mali. So the Mali Elephant Project started its own recruitment drive: it wanted a network of young people to look out for the elephants, and report killings or anything suspicious. It proved an incredible success.
The project could only pay them in food for looking out for the elephants and reporting their killers — far less than the jihadis were offering."
In support of international efforts to tackle unprecedented levels of poaching and to strengthen the role of tourism vis-a-vis wildlife crime, UNWTO is spearheading efforts to increase knowledge on the economic value of wildlife watching in Africa.
The President of the United Nations General Assembly called on Wednesday for a coordinated international response to the trafficking of wildlife that took aim at the both the supply and demand side of poaching and the illegal trade in animals.
"We need to strengthen our commitment and enhance cooperation among Member States, the United Nations system, NGOs and civil society to curb wildlife crime," said Sam Kutesa (Uganda) as the Assembly commemorated World Wildlife Day. ...
Bangkok, Thailand, 23rd February 2015—Ivory traffickers be warned: the Thai authorities have a powerful forensic tool in the country’s drive to detect ivory of illegal origin entering its markets and ensure domestic traders are complying with new laws.
A collaborative project between Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) and TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, has trialed forensic DNA examination of ivory products to assess the origin of elephant ivory products commonly available in local markets. ...
The rhino population in Manas National Park faces the threat of extinction in the next two to three decades if effective management steps are not taken, a specialist group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has warned.
Sea Shepherd Successfully Shuts Down Illegal Fishing Operations of the Thunder and Confiscates Illegal Fishing GearSea Shepherd Successfully Shuts Down Illegal Fishing Operations of the Thunder and Confiscates Illegal Fishing Gear...
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