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US Deputy Sec. of State Burns calls for stop to wildlife trafficking

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns urges better education and cooperation to stop illegal wildlife trafficking worldwide

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Officials’ appetite for rare animals hinders conservation effort

Officials’ appetite for rare animals hinders conservation effort | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Little headway made on conserving endangered species as officials and the rich love consuming them.

Stuffed tigers, bears and rhinos that could have been used as evidence to track down notorious wildlife traffickers have instead ended up in the residences of state officials.

Such cases are not rare in Vietnam, but they rarely make headlines.

Rich businessmen often use such products - prized for their unproven medicinal properties - to flaunt their wealth and cement good ties with government authorities, one outspoken lawmaker said.

“Nowadays, bribes for officials are disguised in the forms of not only gifts, luxury vacations and cars, but also rhino horns, bear bile, or tiger bone paste,” said Le Nhu Tien, vice chairman of the National Assembly’s Committee on Culture, Education, Youth, and Children.
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Tanzania seeks support from US to protect wildlife parks from poachers

Tanzania seeks support from US to protect wildlife parks from poachers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
TANZANIA (eTN) - After meeting Tanzania’s Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Mr. Khamis Kagasheki, in Washington this week, Deputy Secretary of the US Department of the Interior, David Hayes, said American government will be helping Tanzania in fighting poaching incidences through logistical and technical support.

 

Hayes told the Tanzanian delegation led by Mr. Kagasheki at the Department’s Headquarters that his government is ready to work closely with Tanzania, because issues of natural resources are now facing global challenges, which need to be addressed immediately with various stakeholders.

 

“[The] US has a responsibility of fostering [a] cordial relationship with Tanzania so as to ensure sustainability of natural resources in the country,” said Secretary Hayes....

 

http://www.eturbonews.com/31681/tanzania-seeks-support-us-protect-wildlife-parks ;

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Shangai: Reptile poachers penalised

Imphal, October 11 2012: Cracking down against poaching of endangered animals, the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Thoubal has today imposed a penalty of Rs 10,000 each against two reptile poachers who were apprehended yesterday while transporting 30 Tokay Geckos.

 

The reptile species is considered to be rare and highly endangered but there had been a spurt in its poaching and trading for a mature reptile reportedly commands a high price in some of the South East Asian countries....

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Pictures from lost phone of a Chinese gangster: Cash stacks, Porsches and LV | Offbeat China

Pictures from lost phone of a Chinese gangster: Cash stacks, Porsches and LV | Offbeat China | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Lesson of the day? Take good care of your cell phone if you are a gangster or shoot photos without revealing your face.
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Arizona: Game and fish looks to public for help catching poachers

Arizona: Game and fish looks to public for help catching poachers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
KINGMAN, Ariz. - In light of recent poaching activity, Arizona Game and Fish Department is offering the public advice in helping to catch those committing an illegal act.

 

There are important "shoulds" and "should nots" in trying to assist in apprehending criminals that can help lead officers to suspects involved in poaching wildlife. In the Kingman area alone, officers are investigating the suspected poaching of two mule deer and an elk.

 

There are times when there is a witness to the crime, others when information is overheard in conversation, and occasionally poaching crimes can be discovered on social networking internet sites...

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Historic creation of a wildlife enforcement network begins in the Horn of Africa

Historic creation of a wildlife enforcement network begins in the Horn of Africa | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
I have just returned from Ethiopia where the International Fund for Animal Welfare teamed up with the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority, the Horn of Africa Regional Environmental Center and the U.S.
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Animals under threat in urban jungle

Animals under threat in urban jungle | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
DC reader Dr S. Vikram, MDS, is a dentist and a consultant at a private hospital

 

Wildlife Week celebrations have no meaning when rampant poaching of birds takes place in close proximity to forest offices.

The state forest office is situated in Saidapet - Panagal Maligai -which is 2 km from Adyar but poachers hunt birds like koel and myna and squirrel in large numbers daily.

 

Once I saw a boy having five koels, four mynas and four squirrels in a bag. I followed him on Kasturiba Nagar main road and saw him hunt with his catapult.

 

This is a common happening in Indra Nagar, Kasturiba Nagar and Gandhi Nagar because these places have a good number of trees.

I even see small boys, many being narikuravas in the age group of 9-18 years, using catapult to hunt squirrels....

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Poachers electrocute two elephants in Ganjam

BHUBANESWAR: A female elephant and a six-month-old male calf died on Saturday after they came in contact with an electric trap laid by poachers in a forest in Ganjam district's Ghumsar area. The shocking incident came even as the government is celebrating Wildlife Week.

 

This, however, was not an isolated incident. The carcass of a tusker was recovered two days ago in a forest in Mayurbhanj district. This was preceded by the killing of two elephants for tusks at Buguda in Ganjam district last month. Every week, elephant poaching or electrocution incidents are reported from all over Odisha, not to speak of the countless poaching of wild boars, deer and other animals....

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JulietteSpeaks » Dear Secretary Hillary Clinton: Thank you. Love from the Elephants.

JulietteSpeaks » Dear Secretary Hillary Clinton: Thank you. Love from the Elephants. | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

On behalf of all of us at JulietteSpeaks, we wish to thank you for your recent pledge, along with other world leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, to better combat illegal trafficking in wildlife. JulietteSpeaks’ mission is to rescue and protect elephants and we applaud your insistence on increased laws and punishment for violators.

 

As you know, 2011 was the worst year on record for the slaughter of African elephants, fueled by Asian demand for ivory. The story of what is going on is spelled out in graphic detail in the New York Times article, Elephants Dying in Epic Frenzy as Ivory Fuels Wars and Profits (9/3/12) which also commends you for your bold advocacy work. It is also covered in National Geographic’s October 2012 cover story entitled Blood Ivory. In the face of the ongoing slaughter, poaching, capture and abuse of wildlife, I hope we can all work together to educate people to demand protection and change....

 

http://juliettespeaks.org/thank-you-hillary-clinton-love-from-the-elephants/ ;

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Law Enforcement Learns New Ways to Outwit Wildlife Traffickers

Law Enforcement Learns New Ways to Outwit Wildlife Traffickers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

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http://iipdigital.usembassy.gov/st/english/inbrief/2012/10/20121003137027.html#axzz28TXW8rub 

 

Illegal wildlife trade is a multibillion-dollar criminal enterprise that has a devastating impact on endangered animal populations.

 

According to the World Wildlife Fund, an estimated 23 metric tons of illegal ivory were seized in 2011. That represents the slaughter of 2,500 elephants. Rhino poaching averaged nearly one per day in 2010 in South Africa alone. Poaching threatens the estimated 3,200 tigers that remain in the wild.


The International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) is helping law enforcement to fight back. More than 30 law enforcement officers from Asia, Africa and the United States recently gathered at the ILEA in Bangkok to share new information and technology for better cross-border investigations into poaching gangs, wildlife traffickers and black-market dealers.


The ILEA in Bangkok, one of five around the world, is administered by the U.S. Department of State in cooperation with the government of Thailand. Its mission is to provide high-quality training to law enforcement and foster strong partnerships among countries in the fight against crime.

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Wildlife Trade News - Maritime Police foil bid to smuggle Philippine Forest Turtles out of Palawan

Wildlife Trade News - Maritime Police foil bid to smuggle Philippine Forest Turtles out of Palawan | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
27 Philippine Forest Turtles were recovered on Palawan, thanks to action by the Regional Maritime ...

 

Palawan, Philippines, October 2012—Regional Maritime Police have rescued 27 Philippine Forest Turtles stuffed in a bag and abandoned on a pier on Palawan, just two months after another smuggler was jailed for trafficking in this Critically Endangered species.

 

Acting on a tip off, two officers of the Philippine National Police Regional Maritime Unit 4B searched and recovered an abandoned bag at Liminancong Pier, on northwest Palawan last week....

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2 NV brothers guilty of poaching pregnant deer

2 NV brothers guilty of poaching pregnant deer Nevada Department of Wildlife Game Warden Rob Buonamici says the mule deer was pregnant with twins when Gonzalo Cossio and Jesus Cossio-Pitones illegally shot the animal near Holbrook Junction in March.
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Cabinet pass wildlife and mineral bills to boost sectors

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s Cabinet on Thursday passed wildlife and mineral bills and policies to speed up the conservation of the country’s wildlife resources and also to recognize the rapid expansion and importance of mining in the country.

A statement issued in Nairobi after the Cabinet meeting said the Wildlife Policy and Wildlife Bill 2012 will provide a comprehensive institutional framework for managing wildlife, human wildlife conflict, and compensation and ensures that wildlife is beneficial to those who live with the wildlife.

"The Bill establishes that the Kenya Wildlife and Forestry Regulatory Council; County Wildlife Conservation Committees; Wildlife Conservation Fund and restructures the Kenya Wildlife Services to fit within the new regulatory framework," the statement said.

Kenya wildlife enthusiasts have been banking on the passage of the new Wildlife Bill 2011 to reduce the rising cases of poaching in the East African nation.

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Officials’ appetite for rare animals hinders conservation effort

Officials’ appetite for rare animals hinders conservation effort | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Little headway made on conserving endangered species as officials and the rich love consuming them.

Stuffed tigers, bears and rhinos that could have been used as evidence to track down notorious wildlife traffickers have instead ended up in the residences of state officials.

Such cases are not rare in Vietnam, but they rarely make headlines.

Rich businessmen often use such products - prized for their unproven medicinal properties - to flaunt their wealth and cement good ties with government authorities, one outspoken lawmaker said.

“Nowadays, bribes for officials are disguised in the forms of not only gifts, luxury vacations and cars, but also rhino horns, bear bile, or tiger bone paste,” said Le Nhu Tien, vice chairman of the National Assembly’s Committee on Culture, Education, Youth, and Children.
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Panthera Report: Wildlife trade Crisis and solutions

Panthera Report: Wildlife trade Crisis and solutions | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
A new report published today by Panthera confirms that widespread illegal hunting and the bushmeat trade occur more frequently and with greater impact on wildlife populations in the Southern and Eastern savannas of Africa than previously thought, and if unaddressed could potentially cause a ‘conservation crisis.’ The report challenges previously held beliefs of the impact of illegal bushmeat hunting and trade in Africa with new data from experts.


While the bushmeat trade has long been recognized as a severe threat to the food resources of indigenous peoples and to wildlife populations in the forests of West and Central Africa, far less attention has been focused on the issue in African savannas, in part due to the misconception that illegal hunting for bushmeat in African savannas is a small-scale phenomenon practiced for subsistence living....

 

...the report highlights the impact of the bushmeat trade on food security within local communities. While the bushmeat trade currently contributes to household protein needs in many local regions, the practice is not sustainable, due to wasteful and unselective hunting methods, and a lack of regulation of harvest. By contrast, the report explains that regulated legal hunting of wildlife has the potential to sustainably generate massive quantities of meat protein for local households....

 

...the report outlines a variety of solutions required to mitigate illegal bushmeat hunting and trade, including: land use planning to ensure retention of wilderness areas far from human populations; measures to enable communities to benefit legally from wildlife in a sustainable way; improved legal protection of wildlife and law enforcement; the provision of alternative livelihoods and food sources; and measures to reduce the availability of wire to create snares.
 

Read more at http://scienceblog.com/57129/illegal-hunting-wildlife-trade-may-cause-conservation-crisis/#WgoEGhipSKduIQMg.99 ;

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Where's My Mama campaign asks Vietnamese to consider impact of their purchases on Bears and Rhinos

Where's My Mama campaign asks Vietnamese to consider impact of their purchases on Bears and Rhinos | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

by Traffic Southeast Asia on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 7:03pm •

Shared with permission

 

The posters produced by The Body Shop and TRAFFIC Southeast Asia to raise awareness about the perils of the Bear bile and Rhino horn trade on these wildlife species
After a two-year run in Malaysia, TRAFFIC and The Body Shop have expanded their successful Where’s My Mama? campaign to Viet Nam, highlighting the plight of two iconic species threatened by the global illegal wildlife trade – the White Rhino and Asiatic Black Bear. The campaign that draws attention to the countless wild animals orphaned when their mothers are killed or poached for the illegal wildlife trade was first launched in Malaysia in 2011.


The campaign launched in Viet Nam on October 4th, in conjunction with World Animal Day and focuses on the illegal slaughter of these threatened species to feed the demand for traditional medicine products and the plight of the young victims left in the wake of this mindless killing and illicit trade.


The campaign urges consumers in Viet Nam – major users of rhino horn and bear bile - to consider the impact their purchases have these species. The White Rhino, the largest of the world’s five Rhino species, faces tremendous poaching pressure, especially in South Africa.

 

Illegal hunting and trade in this species is fuelled by Asia’s demand for the animal’s horn. Historically horn had limited use used in traditional medicine. More recently, however, consumption has skyrocketed on new beliefs that horn has broad detoxifying properties and on users’ desires to show status and wealth. Many of the slain rhinos are mothers with calves, leaving countless young rhinos orphaned, defenceless and with little chance of survival.


“It is important that greater action is taken in Viet Nam to detect, arrest and prosecute sellers and consumers of illegal wildlife products, including those trading in rhino horn and bear products. The Body Shop is taking an important step to help raise awareness of this important issue with the greater public in Viet Nam. This should be seen as a starting point for greater social and political effort to combat this situation” said Dr. Naomi Doak, Coordinator of TRAFFIC’s Southeast Asia-Greater Mekong Programme.


Asiatic Black Bears are illegally killed, hunted for their gall bladder, their meat and body parts. Bear gall bladder and bile are common ingredients in traditional medicine treatments. Orphaned cubs are captured for the pet trade, to be put on display in zoos or are caged in bear farms for years where their bile is harvested cruelly for use in traditional medicines. This practice persists in spite of readily available herbal-based alternatives.


Messages on The Body Shop bags will urge the public to stop using products containing parts of these two threatened species, and to report illegal wildlife trade to the Wildlife Crime Hotline 1800 1522 run by Education for Nature Viet Nam (ENV).


The Body Shop has always been an advocate of Animal Protection. Being the first cosmetic company in the world to not test on animals, this cosmetic company continues its fight to protect the planet with various campaigns and awareness programmes. “Animal protection is not something new to us. The Body Shop was after all the first beauty and cosmetic company to ban animal testing in our products. Since, we have come a long way in trying hard to protect our planet and in ensuring that the animals in it see the light of day. At The Body Shop, not only are all our products 100 % Vegetarian, but we choose to use our brand as an advocate to raise awareness about wildlife trafficking and how the public can make a difference to put an end to this,” explains Datin Mina Cheah-Foong, Managing Director of The Body Shop, Viet Nam.


The “Where’s My Mama” campaign runs on www.facebook.com/Trafficsea  and in The Body Shop stores in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

 

The Body Shop paper bags also carry the messages of the campaign
For more information, please contact:
Brett Tolman, Communications Officer, TRAFFIC–Greater Mekong Programme Tel. +84 4 3726 5026, E-mail: brett.tolman@traffic.org 
Loshini Catherine John, Marketing, Values & Communications Manager, The Body Shop (West Malaysia) loshini.john@thebodyshop.com.my 

 

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Kenya arrests 32 suspected poachers, recover ivory pieces

Kenya's authorities have arrested 32 suspected poachers and recovered an M16 rifle with nine rounds of ammunition, six pieces of ivory and 300 kg of assorted bushmeat during the past one week of anti-poaching operations across the country.
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#Canada:Three #poachers fined a total of $12,900

#Canada:Three #poachers fined a total of $12,900 | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Three men — two from La Scie and one from Brent’s Cove — were fined a total of $12,900 recently in provincial court in Corner Brook for nine offences under the Wildlife Act, the provincial government announced.
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VIDEOS: Ex-child-soldier: 'Shooting became just like drinking a glass of water' - CNN.com

VIDEOS: Ex-child-soldier: 'Shooting became just like drinking a glass of water' - CNN.com | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

As a teenager in war-ravaged Sierra Leone, Ishmael Beah was brainwashed, drugged and forced to kill. Now he works to rehabilitate child soldiers....

 

Wildlife Margrit:

We're told that these very same ruthless armies/terrorists are involved in wildlife trafficking, thus we share this story here.

 

VIDEOS and story...

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/10/08/world/africa/ishmael-beah-child-soldier/index.html 

 

 

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Investigation in tiger poaching case hits roadblock

BHOPAL: Investigations into the tiger poaching case that hit headlines after the arrest of a 11-member gang from Linga in Chhindwara district in May have slowed down after having hit a roadblock. The report of the state wildlife cell about animal hair was conclusive in pointing out that it belonged to blue bull. Meanwhile the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun, refused to carry out another test, said sources.

 

The officials are now analyzing call details record (CDR) of the suspects. According to records of the accused's cell phone tower locations- before their arrest - they were near Bhopal, Pipariya and Hoshangabad.

 

During initial investigations the gang leader, Sanjesh, had confessed to his role in killing an adult tiger at Shivpuri and having sold its skin for Rs 7,000. Several premises were raided on the basis of his information, but to no avail. Later the accused - currently in jail-changed his statements several times....

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Eco Rock Stars: People Doing Good for Wildlife

Eco Rock Stars: People Doing Good for Wildlife | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Dr. Amy Dickman. Tanzania.
Kaplan Senior Research Fellow. Ruaha Carnivore Project
WildCRU. Oxford University.
www.ruahacarnivoreproject.com

I have been passionate about, and enthralled by, big cats for as long as I can remember. Their power, beauty, and sheer wildness is completely awe-inspiring. I find it terrifying that species as iconic as lions and tigers are in such danger and that it falls upon us, right now, to decide whether or not they survive. Tanzania’s Ruaha landscape holds some of the most important big cat populations left in the world, and our team at the Ruaha Carnivore Project is working in partnership with local communities to encourage simultaneous wildlife conservation and human development in this critically important area.

Photo Credit: Pat Erickson

Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka. Uganda.
Founder + CEO. Conservation Through Public Health.
www.ctph.org

My wildlife veterinary career started with setting up the Uganda Wildlife Authority veterinary department, where I led a team that investigated a fatal scabies skin disease outbreak in the critically endangered mountain gorillas. The disease was traced to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park communities who only have limited access to basic health services. This made me realize that you cannot protect gorillas without improving the health and livelihoods of the people whom they share their fragile habitat with. This led to the establishment of Conservation Through Public Health, a grassroots non-profit that works with people and wildlife in and around Africa’s protected areas.

Emmanuel de Merode. Democratic Republic of Congo.
Chief Warden. Virunga National Park.
www.virungacrisis.org

I decided to commit my life to the protection of African wildlife when, as an 11 year old child, I saw an elephant that had been killed by poachers. From then, my school education became an unfortunate obstacle to the life of choice which took me to the forests and savannas of Congo. Over twenty years of working for Congo’s national parks, I witnessed the pains, struggles, and triumphs of their wildlife rangers, who through their self-sacrifice, achieved the greatest of results in modern conservation history, the survival of the Mountain Gorillas through the Congo’s Civil War.

Lindsey Sterling Krank. Colorado.
Director. Prairie Dog Coalition. The Humane Society of the US.
www.prairiedogcoalition.org

Ever since I was driving in the family station wagon through national parks and wildlife areas, I have been drawn to the outdoors. I would stare out the window and think, “I want to get out there, right in the middle of all that beauty.” I’m drawn to working to protect these places and animals that call them home. Working with the Prairie Dog Coalition has given me the opportunity to protect a keystone species. Not only do we conserve this animal but the many species who depend on them, including black-footed ferrets, swift foxes, burrowing owls, and golden eagles.

Madelaine Westwood. United Kingdom.
Founder. Great Apes Film Initiative. (GAFI)
www.gafi4apes.org

As a longtime wildlife filmmaker, I took on the massive decline in endangered species. It seemed impossible to change, but I used my skills to create the Pedal Powered Cinema to screen conservation films where people live with the issues. They come, often a thousand at a time, to see the screenings. GAFI works in 15 countries across Africa and SE Asia and has screened films to 300 million people. As a result, children plant trees and communities protect forests. I learned one individual can create change, and if everyone used their skills to help, we will keep our extraordinary world.

Carmina Gutiérrez + Miguel Gómez. Sonora. Mexico.
Jaguar Guardians. Northern Jaguar Project + Naturalia
www.northernjaguarproject.org

Revered for its strength, beauty, and grace, the jaguar is an emblem of species conservation in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. Much of the work to protect and provide refuge for this northernmost jaguar population lies with its guardians, Carmina Gutiérrez and Miguel Gómez. They mirror the strength and grace of the jaguars they protect. This engaging duo has taken the northern jaguar under their wing, working tirelessly to protect these endangered cats and ensure their safe haven. Both know where the jaguars roam and diligently follow their tracks throughout the remote, rugged landscape of the 50,000 acre Northern Jaguar Reserve. A deep passion for wilderness and wildlife carries Carmina and Miguel always forward.

Peter Lalampaa. Kenya.
Senior Manager. Grevy’s Zebra Trust.
www.grevyszebratrust.org

My passion is conservation of biodiversity because there is a link between pastoral livelihood and ecosystem health. I address habitat loss for wildlife and secure grass for livestock. We need to view things from a wide, bird’s-eye view. “It is not just me, but it is us.” Natural resources scarcity leads to inter-tribal clashes for grass and water for their livelihood, their cattle. I work on community education and awareness to address range land degradation and secure wildlife resources, as well as give a smile to the pastoral community through securing pasture for their livestock.

The Grevy’s Zebra Trust was established in January 2007 to address the urgent need to conserve Grevy’s zebra (Equus grevyi) in the community range lands of Kenya. It is an independent wildlife conservation Trust registered in Kenya.

Rebecca Klein. Botswana.
Founder + Managing Director. Cheetah Conservation Botswana.
www.cheetahbotswana.com

I wanted to work in wildlife conservation ever since I can remember. After graduation, I volunteered for a year at Mokolodi Nature Reserve, where I met two cheetah brothers whose mother had been killed by a farmer. I cared for them, and we developed a strong bond. I was surprised to learn cheetah were considered a pest amongst rural communities. One of Africa’s most elegant cats was being trapped, shot, run down, and killed. Here was my chance to make a difference! I founded Cheetah Conservation Botswana to use community outreach, education, and research to ensure the cheetah’s survival.

Rebecca and her team work to ensure survival of free ranging cheetah, ensuring the spirit of the Kalahari, its wildlife and culture, remains for future generations.

D. Simon Jackson. Canada.
Founder + Chairman. Spirit Bear Youth Coalition.
www.spiritbearyouth.org

Since the age of 13, I’ve dedicated my life to saving Canada’s highly endangered white Kermode, or spirit bear, a genetically unique subspecies of the black bear that numbers fewer than 400. In the process of creating the now six-million-strong Spirit Bear Youth Coalition, we helped shape what was North America’s largest land protection measure, helping protect two-thirds of this bear’s last intact habitat. Our positive, solutions-based campaign strives to complete our vision of sanctuary for the spirit bear by producing a Hollywood animated movie to raise funds to help the region’s economy and finalize the bear’s conservation. 

 

http://www.originmagazine.com/2012/09/22/eco-rock-stars-9-people/ 

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‘Poaching poses threat to dolphins’

Sometime back, when Union Minister Jairam Ramesh visited Bihar and wanted to see dolphins in the Ganga, he, in a lighter vein, asked, “Where is our Dolphin Man?” The minister was referring to Dr Ravindra Kumar Sinha, Professor at Patna University’s Zoology Department.

 

Dr Sinha accompanied him to the confluence of Ganga and Gandak where they saw families of Ganges dolphin. Through his tireless effort, dolphin was given the status of National Aquatic Animal by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on October 5, 2009. A pioneer researcher and conservationist for this cetacean species, Sinha has spent the better part of his life sailing in rivers....

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New Anti-Snare Collar Saves Wild African Painted Dogs in South Africa

A new anti-snare collar designed by conservation volunteer group Wildlife ACT has saved the lives of three endangered African Painted dogs in South Africa.
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Poaching threatens Africa elephants and tourism

Poaching threatens Africa elephants and tourism | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

TANZANIA (eTN) - Making a visit in Tanzanian wildlife parks, elephants make one out of five attractions tourists would like to watch, as a herd of jumbos stride elegantly with their calves between them...

 

 The growing demand for ivory in China and other Far Eastern countries has been identified to decimate African jumbos with negative impacts on tourism development on this continent counted to be the number one tourist destination in this century.

 

China and Vietnam are the two South Asian states accused of pushing for illegal ivory trade with corrupt elements and lawless countries in Africa, doomed with poverty and wars....

 

http://www.eturbonews.com/31557/poaching-threatens-africa-elephants-and-tourism ;

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