April 2014: Six suspected poachers have been arrested in Kruger National Park, following the detection of three heavily armed groups by rangers, says South Africa National Parks’ spokesperson, Reynold Thakhuli.
He said these follow the arrests of two SANParks employees on 7 April 2014 on suspicion of poaching, bringing a total of arrests relating to suspected poaching to eight this last month. The incidents took place in the southern part of the park in the areas Crocodile Bridge, Kingfisherspruit, Tshokwane and Stolsnek.
Thakhuli said that the proactive actions of everyone involved had finally paid off and that the possibility of more arrests will not be ruled out as follow up investigations are underway.
“This is a clear indication that resilience and patience pays off and we are grateful that no lives were lost during an encounter with these heavily armed suspected poachers.”
A South Florida federal judge has imposed fines and three years of probation on Idaho Aquarium in an illegal wildlife trafficking case.
Under the sentence Tuesday, the aquarium in Boise must pay a $10,000 criminal fine, be placed on probation and submit a compliance plan. In addition, $50,000 in payments must be made to the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation for work with marine life and corals in the Florida Keys....
On February 17th, “little monsters” were in uproar: a poisonous primate had the audacity to bite Lady Gaga. A fuzzy prop in her latest music video, the offending slow loris nipped the star’s finger and was immediately returned to its box and carried away “in disgrace,” its role stricken from the video.
The media loved this story. Due to the victim’s high profile and the aggressor’s status as the “cutest animal in the world,” the incident appeared in print, on television, and all over the Internet. With the exception of conservation blogs, the majority of coverage laughed it off as entertainment, joke-fodder, and a segue into listing tour dates. Within days, it was old news, and nothing more than yesterday’s anecdote.
However, the story deserves more than cursory attention. The “disgraced” slow loris, reduced to nothing more than a badly behaved prop, is just one of thousands culled from the wild and forced into the exotic pet trade. A multi-billion dollar industry, this illegal trade of endangered species is fueled by YouTube videos (e.g. “tickling slow loris”) and uninformed celebrity endorsements (e.g. Gaga’s attempt to feature a loris in her music video) that are tickling species into extinction (Nekaris et al., 2013)...
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
Please don't do it!
Don't buy that cute little.. whatever it may be... it belongs in the wild.
It was probably stolen from a forest or Savannah somewhere.
NAIROBI—Earlier today, Belgian authorities publicly condemned the illegal ivory trade by destroying Belgium’s stockpile of seized ivory at an event in its capital city of Brussels. The country joins a growing list of nations—including the United States, China, Chad, and Kenya—that have condemned the illegal ivory trade by demolishing their ivory stockpiles and is only the second European Union (EU) country after France to destroy its ivory. The ivory demolitions in Belgium and France come at a time when the EU’s Brussels-based executive body, the European Commission, is pushing for a renewed strategy for combating wildlife poaching and trafficking. Tens of thousands of African elephants are killed every year to satisfy growing demand, particularly in Asia, for ivory products, and each year 2,500 seizures of illegal wildlife products occur in the EU....
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Dar es Salaam — The launch of the second national anti-poaching operation is in the pipeline during the next few weeks after some 26 elephants were killed and their tusks taken by poachers in two game reserves last week.
These hardcore suspects are said to be using sub-machine guns. Addressing reporters in Arusha soon after getting the news of the killing of the elephants and the capturing of the poachers, the furious Minister for Natural Resources and Tourims, Lazaro Nyalandu said "We shall soon launch the second phase of the 'National anti-poaching machinery,' (Operation Tokomeza Majangili - II) in line with the country's war against illegal wildlife hunting and ivory trading."...
enis Sassou Nguesso pointed out that terrorism, drug trafficking and piracy are the main security challenges to Africa which otherwise is undergoing rapid and dynamic development with one third of its population becoming a vibrant middle class - See more at: http://geeskaafrika.com/?p=2126#sthash.3EYNQkTB.dpuf
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
"Denis Sassou Nguesso pointed out that terrorism, drug trafficking and piracy are the main security challenges to Africa which otherwise is undergoing rapid and dynamic development with one third of its population becoming a vibrant middle class" - See more at: http://geeskaafrika.com/?p=2126#sthash.3EYNQkTB.dpuf
There are signs that Chinese crime syndicates have been infiltrating Namibia for a number of years and arming themselves with information about Namibia's rhino population, an environment specialist claims.
In an interview with The Namibian last week, Mike Knight, chairman of the IUCN SSC African Rhino Specialist Group, an organisation reporting directly to CITES, said that the recent arrests of four Chinese nationals in possession of rhino horns are a strong indication of international crime syndicates being active in Namibia.
Knight pointed out that the involvement of "foreign Asian nationals is very worrying as it indicates the possible involvement of transnational organised crime in these poaching incidents"....
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has seized four illegal boats carrying hundreds of illegally-harvested giant clams and sea cucumbers (trepang) in Northern Australia following a coordinated operation by Border Protection Command (BPC), including the Royal Australian Navy, the Department of the Environment and AFMA. The seized vessels have been destroyed....
Pangolins are scaly, slow-moving anteaters that don’t have teeth. Their long-tongues have a sticky saliva that helps them catch bugs. They are shy and nocturnal.
Besides these endearing quirks of biology, there’s a lot we don’t know about pangolins. That makes protecting their wild population particularly challenging and breeding in captivity difficult. According to the Pangolin Specialist Group of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, there are no populations estimates “for any species of pangolin anywhere.”...
Uganda's rhino population has more than doubled in recent years, renewing hope the endangered animal will be able to roam free....
Poached to total extinction 30 years ago, wild rhinos have not been seen in Uganda since 1983.
But Uganda's Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, which aims to reintroduce rhinos into the wild, is hopeful of remedying the situation.
From an initial core breeding herd of six adult rhinos in 2006, the sanctuary has witnessed nine births and is now home to 15 rhinos. The latest addition, a female calf named Lunar, was born last week....
Ninety-six African elephants are killed by poachers every single day, slaughtered for their ivory tusks and left to rot in the continent’s forests and savannahs.
That works out to four elephants per hour, every day, around the clock, all year, every year — a trend that has continued for decades, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society....
New York City is one of the world’s leading hubs for the trade of illegal ivory, which shows up in city shops as trinkets, chess pieces and jewelry. A 2008 Wildlife Conservation Society study of the U.S. ivory trade found 124 shops that sold more than 11,300 ivory products in Manhattan alone....
Making matters worse, the funds earned from illegal elephant ivory poaching and sales enable human atrocities as they support drug trades, warlords and terrorist groups worldwide....
"New York City is one of the world’s leading hubs for the trade of illegal ivory, which shows up in city shops as trinkets, chess pieces and jewelry. A 2008 Wildlife Conservation Society study of the U.S. ivory trade found 124 shops that sold more than 11,300 ivory products in Manhattan alone."
Over the weekend CABS volunteers filmed two trappers who tried to catch rare Eurasian Curlews, Black-tailed Godwits and Black-winged Stilts in Zejtun and on the Delimara peninsula.
According to CABS the men used plastic decoys and illegal bird callers imitating plovers and the three protected species mentioned above.
CABS said that its team reported both cases to the police who apprehended one man and seized the lures as well as two sets of clap nets. The trapper is expected to face trial soon.
CABS said that during the operation in Zejtun one man threathened its volunteers with a bludgeon. Furthermore individuals unknown obstructed the passage of a police car by placing a load of boulders on the countryside road leading to the trapping site. Both incidents have been recorded on video...
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
Way to go volunteers!
Putting themselves in harms way didn't deter a group of volunteers when they saw poachers attempting to catch rare waterbirds.
A Tacoma man described as “one of the largest illegal wildlife traffickers in Washington state history” was sentenced Friday to 30 days of community service and 60 days’ home detention for selling deer, elk and sturgeon in violation of state law.
2 Romanian women who were caught trying to smuggle 13 endangered iguanas through Heathrow airport have been jailed for 12 months. The women were caught during border checks at Terminal 5 on 3rd February.