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African elephant survival top at Botswana talks

African ministers and experts meet next week in Botswana to chart ways to stamp out a spike in elephant killings fuelled by a growing demand for ivory in Asia.
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What Exactly is Animal Poaching? | Nikela: Funding Wildlife Conservation & Education to Save Wildlife in Africa

What Exactly is Animal Poaching? | Nikela: Funding Wildlife Conservation & Education to Save Wildlife in Africa | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Part 2 in the Nikela Series on Animal Poaching, and what its doing to endangered species, rhino, leopards, and primates in South Africa.

 

The most comprehensive understanding of animal poaching and its impact on wildlife was found in Mike Cadman’s, “Consuming Wild Life...

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Can drones tackle wildlife poaching?

Can drones tackle wildlife poaching? | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

An eye in the sky that can help catch wildlife poachers is the dream of many conservationists in Africa.


That dream is closer to becoming a reality thanks to rapid advances in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), or drone, technology.

 

Ol Pejeta Conservancy, a Kenyan 90,000-acre reserve specialising in protecting white and black rhinos, has teamed up with San Francisco-based tech company Airware, which specialises in drone autopilot systems.

 

"With the blessing of the Kenya Wildlife Service we did 10 days of testing," Robert Breare, Ol Pejeta's chief commercial officer, told the BBC...


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Bushmeat Trade Now Bigger Than Elephant Poaching in Kenya

Bushmeat Trade Now Bigger Than Elephant Poaching in Kenya | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Trade in illegal bush meat may cripple the ailing tourism sector if not immediately checked, a report by task force on wildlife security warns.
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Numerous wildlife species seized in joint raid

The western region of Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, in a joint raid with Maharashtra forest department, seized two live baby crocodiles, 19 Indian tent turtles, 15 Indian star tortoises and 15 red eared sliders - an exotic species.
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Tiger Skins Are Like Fingerprints—Could That Help Stop Smugglers and Poachers?

Tiger Skins Are Like Fingerprints—Could That Help Stop Smugglers and Poachers? | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Last month forest rangers in India arrested a 21-year-old engineering student and his friend who had been caught carrying a tiger skin that they intended to sell for nearly $25,000. A few days earlier Indonesian police raided the homes of two suspected wildlife traffickers, where they confiscated a small menagerie of live animals, a number of wildlife parts and a stuffed Sumatran tiger. Around the same time police in Vietnam aborted their chase of a truckload of smugglers after the suspects threw two live, drugged tigers out of the back of the vehicle....

 

...They have a database of thousands of photographs of wild tigers, mostly taken through camera trapping.” Because each tiger’s stripes are as unique as fingerprints, seized skins could be compared with a database to hopefully determine where it came from. ...

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USAID Comes in on Fresh Legs to Help Save Wildlife

USAID Comes in on Fresh Legs to Help Save Wildlife | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Time is running out for wildlife. Now, like a World Cup footballer coming in for a late-game substitution, USAID enters the conservation game with new energy and some bold moves.
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UK Metropolitan Police's Call For Unwanted Wildlife Products

The Metropolitan Police Service Wildlife Crime Unit, in partnership with animal welfare and conservation NGOs, has announced a call for Londoners to donate items made from elephant ivory and other wildlife products from endangered species.
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Poaching and the illegal wildlife trade threaten Ontario turtle populations

Poaching and the illegal wildlife trade threaten Ontario turtle populations | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
TORONTO -- Turtle populations in southern Ontario are under threat by poachers, who sell the critters on the black market as aquarium novelties or for the dinner plate.
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Endangered Apes Victimized by Animal Trafficking

Endangered Apes Victimized by Animal Trafficking | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The Great Apes, chimps, bonobos, gorillas, and orangutans, are all endangered species exploited for illegal animal trade. But what about CITES?
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Tiger parts found on highway

Tiger parts found on highway | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
PHATTHALUNG — Suspected wildlife traffickers dumped three bags of tiger parts and fled on the Asian Highway on Tuesday when they came across a police checkpoint where they could have been arrested, police said.
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Scotland: Police on trail of 'pearl poachers' targeting Highland river

Scotland: Police on trail of 'pearl poachers' targeting Highland river | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
POACHERS trageting a critically endangered species on a Highland river are being targeted by police and bailiffs as part of a new crackdown.
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Newfoundland: Investigations lead to charges for salmon poaching

Four people have been charged with various offences related to illegal salmon fishing in central Newfoundland.
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Obama Urged to Sanction Mozambique over Elephant, Rhino Poaching

Obama Urged to Sanction Mozambique over Elephant, Rhino Poaching | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON, Jul 2 2014 (IPS) - Environmentalists are formally urging President Barack Obama to enact trade sanctions on Mozambique over the country’s alleged chronic facilitation of elephant and rhinoceros poaching through broad swathes of southern Africa.

 

Investigators say substantial evidence exists of Mozambique’s failure to abide by international conventions against wildlife trafficking, including to back up allegations of state complicity....

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How to save both elephants and the ivory trade

How to save both elephants and the ivory trade | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Because of British currency restrictions enacted just before World War II, my father had to come up with an innovative way of getting his cash out of England when, fearing a German invasion, we immigrated to the United States. He settled on silver. Before leaving, he purchased all the Georgian silver objects he could find, with the idea of selling them once the family reached America.
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Sales Of Animal Body Parts Can Be More Lucrative Than Cocaine

Sales Of Animal Body Parts Can Be More Lucrative Than Cocaine | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The global trade in illegal wildlife is now estimated to be valued at $10 billion per year. TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, compiled a chart of the street value of animal parts, to show how demand is pushing some species to the brink of extinction.
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Illegal wildlife trade along the Burma-China border - in pictures

Illegal wildlife trade along the Burma-China border - in pictures | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The town of Mong-La in Burma's Shan state, close to the border with China, is at the crossroads of illegal wildlife trade routes from India, Burma, Laos and Thailand
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India: Sixty-two star tortoises seized in Nagaland

India: Sixty-two star tortoises seized in Nagaland | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Sixty-two star tortoises seized in Nagaland - Sixty-two live star tortoises were seized from the Railway Parcel Office in Dimapur by the Wildlife Crime Control Branch (WCCB), a WCCB official said on Tuesday.
The tortoises were found concealed under fruits in two fruit crates parcelled from Delhi, said the Officer-in-Charge, Wildlife Crime Control Branch, Ailong Phom, who led the seizure.
The seizure was made on July 12 with the assistance of the Railways Protection Force and cooperation of the parcel office staff, Phom said.
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Cheetah smuggling driving wild population to extinction, report says

Cheetah smuggling driving wild population to extinction, report says | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

The rising trade in cheetahs for luxury pets in the Middle East is helping to drive critical populations of the wild cats to extinction, according to new research. The report also reveals the gruesome toll of the trade, with up to two-thirds of the cheetah cubs being smuggled across the war-torn Horn of Africa dying en route. However, the nations at both ends of the trade have now agreed that urgent action is needed.

 

Cheetahs, famous as the world’s fastest land animal, have lost about 90% of their population over the last century as their huge ranges in Africa and Asia have been taken over by farmland. Fewer than 10,000 remain and numbers are falling. There is an ancient tradition of using trained cheetahs as royal hunting animals in Africa but, more recently, a growing demand for status-symbol pets in the Gulf states has further reduced populations....

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Endangered iguanas smuggled to Heathrow in socks return to the Bahamas

Endangered iguanas smuggled to Heathrow in socks return to the Bahamas | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Twelve of the rare creatures were brought into the UK by two women who are now serving 12 month sentences for smuggling
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Poachers in Thailand kill and steal tusks of elephant featured in movie 'Alexander'

Poachers in Thailand kill and steal tusks of elephant featured in movie 'Alexander' | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

BANGKOK - A conservation centre in Thailand says poachers have killed and sawed the tusks off a 50-year-old elephant that performed in royal processions and was even featured in Oliver Stone's 2004 movie "Alexander."...

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Poachers Are Killing Thousands of African Vultures to Hide Evidence of Their Crimes

Poachers Are Killing Thousands of African Vultures to Hide Evidence of Their Crimes | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The scavengers show where to find illegally killed wildlife. Now they face extinction, with dire consequences for humans.
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Yao Ming meets with US Sec State Kerry to continue fight to end wildlife trafficking

Yao Ming meets with US Sec State Kerry to continue fight to end wildlife trafficking | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

BEIJING (AP) — Yao Ming is putting on the full-court press against wildlife trafficking....

 

Joining him Wednesday was U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, in Beijing for this year's "Strategic and Economic Dialogue" with China. The U.S. and China are top destinations for wildlife trafficking...

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Tiger skin trader Lala granted bail in Delhi

NAGPUR: In a setback to the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB), Delhi, notorious tiger skin and body parts trader Naresh Lala, who was arrested with 18kg tiger bones in September last, was granted bail by a Tis Hazari Court on Thursday.

WCCB, is a statutory multidisciplinary body established under the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF), to combat organized wildlife crime in the country. Lala, who is also facing trial in Nagpur for his role in trafficking five tiger skins from here, was on Thursday granted bail by Shail Jain, special judge, Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS)....

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Turtle troubles: undercover officers after poachers and smugglers

Turtle troubles: undercover officers after poachers and smugglers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

The meeting of strangers in a parking lot looks like a typical undercover bust until the dealer reaches for his Tupperware container.

 

Inside is a northern map turtle and before the turtle snatcher can tuck more than $100 into his pocket, he’s being arrested.

 

If it was a rarer turtle, he’d have wanted a trade, maybe a couple of endangered snakes. And that could tip off undercover officers to a larger black market poaching or smuggling operation warranting more surveillance or a joint investigation with U.S. officials.

 

Whether it’s a poacher involved in the illegal pet trade or a cottager unwittingly snatching an endangered turtle, these are the types of scenarios undercover officers with the Ministry of Natural Resources have confronted as they stepped up their enforcement in the last decade....

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'Slavery' driving apes to extinction as multi-million dollar illegal trade prospers: conservationists

'Slavery' driving apes to extinction as multi-million dollar illegal trade prospers: conservationists | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Thousands of great apes are killed or trafficked into "slavery" each year in a multi-million dollar illegal trade that is driving some of man's closest relatives towards extinction, conservationists said on Tuesday.
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Rhino to Elephant Poaching Prompts Namibia to Deploy Army Unit

Namibia has deployed soldiers to combat the threat posed by poachers to elephants and the world’s largest population of black rhino in national parks that stretch along the country’s borders with Angola and Botswana.
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