The number of elephants has been increasing in the vast wilderness stretching over 500-km borderline, separating Tanzania and Kenya, according to wildlife officials.
Head of Enduimet Wildlife Management Area, in Longido District, Komolo Simeli said on Friday that elephants and other wild animals have started replenishing in the wilderness where Wildlife Management Areas in Longido, West-Kilimanjaro and Engaresero (Lake Natron) operate....
Vultures are being poisoned because they alert game rangers to the presence of poachers. The decline of these scavengers fuels the spread of deadly disease. Urge officials to invest more resources into stopping this brutal slaughter.
WASHINGTON - A joint investigation between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States Coast Guard (USCG), and Interpol Washington (U.S. National Central Bureau) has led to the publication of the first-ever Interpol Purple Notice issued by the United States for a vessel believed to be engaged in illegal fishing activities.
According to the Purple Notice, the fishing vessel named 'Stellar' was sighted twice in May 2014 operating on the high seas of the North Pacific Ocean by the USCG. It appears to change its name, national registration and other identifying characteristics in order to hide illegal activity. 'Stellar' is suspected of engaging in illicit fisheries transshipment activities near the Russian Exclusive Economic Zone.
'Stellar' was last known to have arrived in the port of Busan, Korea on June 3, 2014. The USCG provided information to the Korean authorities regarding the suspicious activities of 'Stellar' and recommended the vessel be inspected for potential violations....
Professional poachers undoubtedly give little thought to anything beyond the desired immediate response to their nefarious acts, namely a monetary return. Aside from not dwelling on skirting the law, they are unlikely to care about their inhumane treatment of wildlife. The odds are also against them being concerned about potentially triggering an ecological chain reaction culminating in species extinction....
Large-scale ivory hauls in Africa have exceeded those in Asia for the first time, a report released last week says. The report by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora says the increase in seizures in Africa could be a result of stepped-up law enforcement efforts on the continent. Last week, police in Mombasa arrested two suspects for having 314 elephant tusks weighing 2,152kg. Eighty per cent of the seizures occurred in three countries: Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today adopted a lion cub in Nairobi National Park as a sign of support for efforts against the trafficking of animals around the world, following a week of high-level United Nations discussions on the environment.
Mumbai: It sounds pretty shocking but yes you can actually buy an unmanned aerial vehicle or drone at Chandni Chowk in Delhi for the price of a smartphone, however, the civil aviation is yet to issue strict guidelines its use.
A Mumbai-base pizza outlet claimed to use an unmanned drone to execute a delivery by taking the aerial route in May this year.
The claims created quite a buzz, but to our disappointment it was fake and the video was a promotional gimmick by the owners. ...
Today we turn to the issue of illicit wildlife trading. Think elephant poachers, illegal woodcutting, or in the Horn of Africa, coal smuggling. All of this was highlighted in a new report this week from the U.N. and INTERPOL.
Christian Nellemann heads the U.N. Environment Programme’s rapid response unit, and was the lead author of that report....
NEW YORK - The Wildlife Conservation Society honored Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation Chelsea Clinton, and WCS Trustee Diane Christensen for their commitments to saving elephants and protecting wildlife and wild places....
Three suspects have been arrested by Kenya Wildlife Services rangers in Mackinon in relation with the killing of Satao. Satao, the biggest elephant in Tsavo National Park, was killed by a poacher’s poisoned arrow on June 2. KWS deputy spokesperson Paul Muya said the three were tracked down by KWS security personnel following intelligence.
Following the announcement of the death of a beloved elephant in Kenya, two states in the U.S. have stepped up to help both elephants and rhinos survive by passing bills that will ban the sale of elephant ivory and rhino horns....
“New Jersey has a chance to be a global leader in elephant and rhino conservation by ending the ivory and rhino horn trade and setting an example for other states and nations to follow with the swift signing of this bill,” said Senate Economic Growth Chairman Raymond Lesniak.
New York – which is believed to be the biggest importer of ivory into the U.S. – also just passed legislation of its own today. New York’s bill will ban the buying and selling of elephant ivory and rhino horns, with a few exceptions, and has also gone to the governor for a signature....
A United Nations body that focuses on the environment and has representatives from all 193 UN Member States is meeting for the first time today in Nairobi, to discuss issues such as illegal wildlife trade, chemical waste and air pollution, and new universal development goals.
The UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) “places environmental concerns on the same footing with those of peace, security, finance, health and trade for the first time,” the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said in a news release from its headquarters in Kenya. “For many, the creation of UNEA is the coming of age of the environment as a world issue.”...
The Tanzanian Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism has taken delivery of an R44 helicopter from the Howard Buffet Foundation to provide aerial support for combating the escalating poaching in its game reserves.
NEW YORK - The U.S. government is stepping up its crackdown on the illegal trafficking of wild animal products across the nation's borders, saying some may be linked to terrorists, federal officials said Monday.
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
This is very good news!
As the second largest importer of wildlife products (according to former Sec. Hilary Clinton) it is crucial for the US to take wildlife trafficking very seriously.
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