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Nat Geo: 6 Bizarre Animal Smuggling Busts Stories

Nat Geo: 6 Bizarre Animal Smuggling Busts Stories | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Officers in Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport recently discovered 11 live otters in a piece of unclaimed luggage left at the oversized baggage area.



The six smooth-coated otters (Lutrogale perspicillata)—Southeast Asia's largest otter—and five oriental small-clawed otters (Aonyx cinerea), the world's smallest otters at less than 11 pounds (five kilograms), are under threat in Southeast Asia.

 

Demand for their pelts and organs for clothing, food, and medicine—in addition to habitat destruction and environmental pollution—have diminished both populations. (Read an exposé of the world's most notorious wildlife dealer, from National Geographic magazine.)

 

But otters aren't the only victims of the illicit wildlife trade. Stuffed into carry-ons, packed into suitcases, and bundled into crates, traffickers have tried to smuggle all kinds of wild animals through airports.

"The U.S. seizes over $10 million worth of illegal wildlife each year, but this only scratches the surface," said Edward Grace, deputy chief of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement. "[On] any given day, someone, somewhere in the world, is poaching or smuggling wildlife."

Here are six other kinds of wild animals that people have tried to sneak past customs.

 

Birds: To smuggle more than a dozen hummingbirds (family Trochilidae) past customs, a Dutchman at an airport in French Guiana (map) wrapped each bird in cloth and hid them in a pouch sewn into the waist of his pants in 2011. He even taped the tiny bundles to keep the birds from escaping. His fidgeting led French customs officers to discover the birds.

 

Monkeys: In 2002, a Los Angeles man returning from Bangkok (map) owned up to hiding two endangered pygmy monkeys, called slow lorises (Nycticebus spp.), in his underwear. His confession came after officials opened up his luggage and a bird of paradise (Paradisaeidae spp.) flew out. He was also traveling with 50 rare orchids.

 

Crocodiles: A crocodile smuggled on board a domestic flight in 2010 from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (map) was blamed for a plane crash that killed 20 of 21 passengers. The reptile escaped from a duffel bag in the cabin and panicked the passengers and crew, according to news reports from the sole human survivor. The animal survived the crash but was later killed with a machete.

 

Snakes and Other Reptiles: An exotic animal salesman attempting to transport 247 reptiles and spiders to Spain was caught by x-ray technicians in Argentina in 2011. The exotic and endangered species included boa constrictors, poisonous pit vipers, and spiders. They were packed inside plastic containers, bags, and socks.

 

Tropical Fish: In 2005, customs officials in Melbourne, Australia, (map) stopped a woman who had arrived from Singapore after hearing mysterious "flipping" noises coming from around her waist. They found an apron under her skirt designed with pockets holding 15 plastic bags filled with water and 51 tropical fish.

 

Big Cats: In 2011, a United Arab Emirates man at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport packed two leopards and two panthers into his luggage—as well as an Asiatic black bear and two macaque monkeys. Every animal was under two months old, and had been drugged for the journey. Some of them were stored in flat cages, while others were placed in canisters with air holes. (See pictures of other animals smuggled through Bangkok International Airport.)

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12 Nat Geo Stories That Exposed Wildlife Exploitation

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About African Elephants Paying the Price for Ivory - Info, Images, Videos

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African elephants are paying the price for ivory and time is running out as poaching, wildlife trafficking continues to threaten this iconic species.
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Utah technology aiding anti-poaching efforts in South Africa

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A Davis County company is using its technology in the fight against illegal poaching of threatened and endangered species. Ogden-based International Armoring Corp. has contracted to outfit four helico
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Good news for Africa’s elephants: China is losing its taste for ivory

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A new report shows the price of ivory in China is plummeting as the government closes down factories.
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The woman risking her life to save Africa's elephants

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Georgina Kamanga is on a mission to show the world that Africans are passionate about protecting wildlife
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Man admits to 'biggest protected wildlife seizure' in Australia

A Darwin man pleads guilty to more than 370 charges of poaching protected wildlife including wedge-tailed eagles, brolgas and falcons.
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Woman fined $75K for importing jewelry made from endangered species

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Xiu Mei Cui had jewelry and carvings made from elephants, lion and white rhinoceros.
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Five rangers die in grim month for wildlife protectors

Five rangers die in grim month for wildlife protectors | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Rangers lost their lives in Kenya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and India
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8B DanielO's curator insight, March 3, 12:22 AM
This article is about rhino poaching. Recently rhino poaching had dropped significantly by 10 percent. This may sound like a good news, but this actually means that over the decade, rhino’s total population had been dropping, making it harder for poacher to find rhino, resulting a 10% decrease. This problem happens though each year, resulting near extinction of rhinos in Africa. It is known to be true that anti poaching and rangers might have dropped rhino poaching rate, but it is still clear that rhino population had dropped significantly over the few years. This is all because of the illegal horn customers who risks to buy horn, or basically risking to go to jail. 

This article helps me understand Africa because recently there were a lot of news about animal poaching Africa. This article help me understand that Africa is still going through troubles when it comes to animal poaching. It also helps me realize that there are groups of people who are trying to stop animal poaching. This article relates to what we are studying about because we recently studied about problems in Africa and animal poaching was one of them. I hope animal poaching could really stop and I hope people will care about animals and our world.
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More Than Two Tons of Animal Parts Seized in China Poaching Raid

More Than Two Tons of Animal Parts Seized in China Poaching Raid | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Police in China's Sichuan province have seized more than two tons of animal parts and whole carcasses, in a large-scale wildlife poaching arrest in the city of Mianyang.

According to the Huaxi City Daily, the seizure is the culmination of a six-month investigation and was 2016's largest wildlife parts arrest.

In total, 193 animal carcasses or parts were seized, from a wide variety of animals. Included were 9 bear heads, 11 bear claws, 42 owl bodies, eagle bodies, 3 crocodile parts and a collection of pangolin scales.
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Wildlife Trafficking: The Sordid Connection | Daily Maverick

Wildlife Trafficking: The Sordid Connection | Daily Maverick | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The shadowy collusion of South Africa with Mozambique, Laos and Vietnam is satiating Asia’s great thirst for illegally trafficked wildlife, writes ADAM CRUISE.
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Elephant poacher shot dead 

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“Are these people killing our animals to deliberately drive them to extinction?” he wanted to know. “We are not only protecting rhino and elephants, but all animals that are protected under law. We are here to protect all wildlife to save them from perishing, for future generations.”
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Four countries are acting as safe havens for African elephants

Four countries are acting as safe havens for African elephants | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
African elephants are crossing borders to escape lawlessness and fighting. They seem to be heading to Botswana, Gabon, Namibia and Uganda. These countries are bucking the trend of elephant declines elsewhere, due in part to their political stability, relatively sparse populations and low levels of government corruption.

With about 100 elephants slaughtered for ivory every day in Africa, they could disappear within decades across much of their range.
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Three suspected poachers gunned down in Aberdare National Park

Three suspected poachers gunned down in Aberdare National Park | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Three suspected poachers were gunned down at Aberdares National Park after a fierce exchange of fire with KWS rangers on Sunday night.  An AK-47 rifle, two rounds of ammunition, a spear, an axe and a weighing machine were recovered from the suspects. Paul Udoto, Kenya Wildlife Service communications manager,  said the agency has intensified patrols and intelligence information gathering within the Aberdare ecosystem.
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What is Wildlife Poaching and how can we diminish it in Africa?

What is Wildlife Poaching and how can we diminish it in Africa? | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Wildlife poaching is not new, it has taken on many forms over the eons of time, yet today is more destructive than ever before.
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Spy arrests lift lid on Botswana’s silent trafficking threat

Spy arrests lift lid on Botswana’s silent trafficking threat | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Botswana has a global reputation for zero tolerance of poaching and wildlife crimes. In recent years, however, it has become vulnerable to insider wildlife crimes committed by rogue securit
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LionAid - Ten things you did not know about the bushmeat trade

LionAid - Ten things you did not know about the bushmeat trade | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Recent illegal wildlife trade summits, like those in Botswana and London, hardly address the bushmeat trade – their agendas were captured by NGOs promoting the need to tackle the illegal ivory trade and to a lesser extent the rhino horn trade. Yet the illegal bushmeat trade is by far the most significant threat to the survival of Africa’s wildlife – within and without protected areas.
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African Elephants Paying the Price for Ivory

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African elephants are paying the price for ivory and time is running out as poaching, wildlife trafficking continues to threaten this iconic species.
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Poached: why international conservation efforts are failing to protect wildlife

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Photographer and wildlife guide Paul Goldstein condemns inadequate international efforts to protect tigers, rhinos and other wildlife, and calls for tougher measures
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Ivory poachers using drones and heavy artillery to hunt animals

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The recent horrific attack on a white rhino in a Paris zoo is just one example of a new, extreme era of hunting
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Notorious Tanzanian ivory trafficker jailed for 12 years » Capital News

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Botswana's Elephant Refugee Crisis - Conservation Action Trust

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Photo Credit: Elephant Without Borders Mention the word refugees, and the image that comes to mind is that of humans that have been forced to leave their countries due to war, persecution or natural disaster. Botswana, a landlocked country in Southern Africa, is facing a different kind of refugee crisis – one caused by theRead More
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Why Are Most of Tanzania's Elephants Disappearing?

Why Are Most of Tanzania's Elephants Disappearing? | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Tanzania's elephant population has plummeted by more than 60 percent during the past five years, the country's government announced this month.

Elephants in this East African country—a major, if not the world's biggest source of illegal ivory—were estimated to number only 43,330 at the end of 2014, down from 109,051 in 2009.

Tanzania's Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism, Lazaro Nyalandu, says the drastic decline might be because elephants had migrated into neighboring countries. The ministry, he said recently, is trying "to find out what happened to these elephants."
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8b NanoW's curator insight, February 9, 10:57 PM

The article is about the lack of elephants in Tanzania, even though some suspect that the elephants just moved out of the country but it still might be an issue that needs to be addressed. This article helps me understand Africa because animal population or animals in existence.

 

I think that these animals in Africa should be treated better and not be treated and killed for money or for their ivory. I feel that this is very sad because these animals are rare and are running out.

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Chinese Embassy Organizes Street Protests Against Ivory Trade in Tanzania

Over five hundred people, many of them Chinese, took to the streets of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on Saturday to protest illegal ivory trade in the country.
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US funding new soldiers in wildlife trafficking war: giant rats

US funding new soldiers in wildlife trafficking war: giant rats | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Elite rat team to begin by spotting illegal shipments of pangolins, the world’s most trafficked animal, at ports in Tanzania
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Poachers kill 26 elephants in Chobe National Park

Poachers kill 26 elephants in Chobe National Park | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
A horrific scene as poachers in Chobe National Park kill 26 elephants for their ivory.
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