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TRAFFIC warns over 500 rhinos could perish this year

TRAFFIC warns over 500 rhinos could perish this year | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it

Global wildlife monitoring network TRAFFIC warned Tuesday that 515 rhinos could perish by the end of the year if no action is taken to stem the illicit trade in rhino horns....

 

South Africa, home to about three quarters of Africa's 20,000 or so white rhinos and 4,800 critically endangered black rhinos, has in recent years witnessed an unprecedented spike in sophisticated, violent and organised rhino-related criminal activities.

 

Last year 448 rhinos were killed compared to 13 animals in 2007.

South Africa has lately scaled up its fight against illegal poaching and trade in rhinos horns, arresting 176 suspects so far this year, more than the 165 arrested in the 12 months of 2010....

 

But she warned that even with the successful stories of high-value arrests the criminal syndicates appeared generally to be a step ahead -- better equipped, well funded.

 

"As anti-poaching security levels are stepped up, the poaching gangs become more aggressive and increasingly sophisticated," she said.

 

The report named Vietnam as the worst offender fuelling the trade in the black market for rhino horns.

 

"The bottom line is that we are not close to ending this crisis yet, we are probably going to get record numbers this year," warned the report's co-author Tom Milliken, who is also an expert on rhinos at TRAFFIC.

 

The grounded horn, which is believed by some to cure cancers, has taken on a new use and is now being pushed as a recreational drug mixed with drinks at elite "rhino wine associations" parties in the belief that it cures hangover.

 

The report says the only way to end illegal rhino hunting is to cut off the demand, by pushing Vietnam to boldly show commitment and decisively enforce laws that prohibit trade in the horns....


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Proposed wolf hunt draws cheers, criticism

Proposed wolf hunt draws cheers, criticism | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it
Some conservation groups have come out against the proposed legislation...
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Mongolia: Ulaanbaatar Signs Up Nature's Engineers to Restore River

Mongolia: Ulaanbaatar Signs Up Nature's Engineers to Restore River | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it
Ulaanbaatar is importing foreign experts to combat falling water levels in Mongolia's third longest river. Qualifications include sharp incisors, flat tails and webbed toes.

 

Meet the Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber). If all goes according to plan, the task of restoring the headwaters of the Tuul River will be left to these rotund rodents, with extra thanks to Germany and Russia. At home, due to poaching, their numbers have declined sharply in the past 20 years. But in May, Germany gifted 14, and Russia another 30—just for this special task.

 

With their sharp, ever-growing teeth, beavers fell trees and build dams to flood areas for protection from predators. Many scientists believe beavers can contribute to river ecosystem regeneration and restoration because their natural dams help maintain river levels during dry spells, while the flooded areas help nourish the soil and promote plant growth....


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USDA suspends slaughterhouse after video - USA TODAY

ABC NewsUSDA suspends slaughterhouse after videoUSA TODAYThe investigation will determine whether sick cows were slaughtered and whether meat products from the company should be recalled, a spokesman for the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service said.
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Are captive tuna farms a viable alternative to overfishing? - The Ecologist

Are captive tuna farms a viable alternative to overfishing? - The Ecologist | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it
The Kindai tuna, bred by scientists at Kinki University, Osaka, may lead the way for future large-scale tuna farms.
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Arctic cap on course for record melt: US scientists

Arctic cap on course for record melt: US scientists | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it
The Arctic ice cap is melting at a startlingly rapid rate and may shrink to its smallest-ever level within weeks as the planet's temperatures rise, US scientists said Tuesday.
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Wild Horse Freedom Federation to Deliver Letters to the President

Wild Horse Freedom Federation to Deliver Letters to the President | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it
Over the past several years the frustration and agitation surfacing in common everyday Americans over the rapid and unnecessary roundup and removal of federally protected wild horses and burros fro...
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Deadly human bacteria infects chimps, raising new worries

Deadly human bacteria infects chimps, raising new worries | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it
Experts say chimpanzees in African sanctuaries are catching human strains of drug-resistant staph — and they worry that even more dangerous strains of the disease could be passed back to humans.
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Ed Begley Jr., Raphael Sbarge Unite to Educate Public on the Effects of Fracking « EcoWatch: Uniting the Voice of the Grassroots Environmental Movement

Ed Begley Jr., Raphael Sbarge Unite to Educate Public on the Effects of Fracking « EcoWatch: Uniting the Voice of the Grassroots Environmental Movement | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it
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The US East Coast Can Kiss Its Marine Life Goodbye

The US East Coast Can Kiss Its Marine Life Goodbye | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it
As many activists  and charities ((both in the US and worldwide) prepare to protest another Taiji hunt that is about to start, the now almost inevitable assault on the US East Coast marine life is ...

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Hundreds gather for largest ever protest at Marineland

Hundreds gather for largest ever protest at Marineland | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it
After a flood of bad press all week, Marineland was met with its largest ever protest Saturday.
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Komodo Dragon an Endangered Species at Bagheera

Komodo Dragon an Endangered Species at Bagheera | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it
Bagheera is an educational web site about animals vanishing from Earth.

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Lady Gaga -- Dead Animals Make BEAUTIFUL Coats - TMZ.com

Lady Gaga -- Dead Animals Make BEAUTIFUL Coats - TMZ.com | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it
TMZ.comLady Gaga -- Dead Animals Make BEAUTIFUL CoatsTMZ.comBEAUTIFUL Coats. 0815_gaga_meat_dress_getty Lady Gaga is firing back at fur critics ... claiming militant animal rights activists are "childish" and "abusive" ...
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It's about time the animals had some "militants" on their side don't you think? ;)
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Yao's Journey to Africa

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Whale Watching A Dangerous Sport - Science News - redOrbit

Whale Watching A Dangerous Sport - Science News - redOrbit | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it
Tourists have been coming from around the world to the coast of California to catch a glimpse of whales this year.
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Beyond biodiversity: Sustainable development implications of South Africa’s “rhino wars”

“Our rhinos are part of our valuable ecotourism and safari industries. Their very existence creates employment and generates important tourism revenue,” says Mike Rumble of the African Conservation Trust.

 

In 2011, South African President Jacob Zuma announced six priority areas to boost job creation in South Africa, tourism being one of them. According to Zuma, for every 16 tourists that visit the country, one South African job is created....

 

“Ecotourism has a far greater potential for contributing to income and livelihoods in poor rural communities than what is realised,” says Edgar Kaeslin, from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

 

Tourists from all over the world visit South Africa to observe the country’s rich natural environment and rare species. Black rhinos - considered one of the rarest rhinos in Africa - are a main attraction in South Africa and are responsible for driving much tourism in the region....

 

But these ecotourism spin-off benefits are in jeopardy. The recent drop in numbers of black rhinos due to poaching has caused a spike in the value of their horns which, in turn, is stimulating the black market....

 

 


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Bands step up to rock for rhinos - Times LIVE

Bands step up to rock for rhinos - Times LIVE | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it
The first Rocking for Rhinos festival will be held on the rolling hills of the recreational park, located in Hoedspruit, Limpopo, over the weekend of World Rhino Day, September 22 to 23, with all profits raised going towards anti-poaching efforts.
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Dolphin risk could stop super-trawler

Dolphin risk could stop super-trawler | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it
Dolphin risk could stop super-trawler...
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URGENT ACTION ALERT: There’s A Hit Out On Washington’s Wedge Pack….

URGENT ACTION ALERT: There’s A Hit Out On Washington’s Wedge Pack…. | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it
So much for Washington State being progressive on wolves. As soon as a wolf looks sideways at a cow the ranchers start squawking and fish and game comes running. No matter ranchers lose thousands a...
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Managing the Ocean for Humans and Whales

Managing the Ocean for Humans and Whales | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it
Researchers seek the most protection for the North Atlantic's humpback whales at the least cost to the fishing and tourism industry.
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7 Animals Being Eaten To Extinction (PHOTOS)

7 Animals Being Eaten To Extinction (PHOTOS) | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it
With human populations increasing worldwide and consumers demanding rare and exotic meals, endangered animals are being hunted for food at an increasingly alarming rate.
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ARKive blog - Endangered Species of the Week: Bemaraha woolly lemur

ARKive blog - Endangered Species of the Week: Bemaraha woolly lemur | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it
ARKive - The ultimate multimedia guide to the world's endangered species - www.arkive.org...
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Woodside: Whales Do Not Breed In These Waters. Memo To Calving Whales: You Are Not Here.

Woodside: Whales Do Not Breed In These Waters. Memo To Calving Whales: You Are Not Here. | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it

Woodside wants to build its giant gas hub at James Price Point, and the company's survey says nearby waters are not a breeding ground for whales. The giant mammals beg to differ. They're not the only ones with an issue


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A New Ocean Health Index Shows Clean Water but Poor Management [Interactive]: Scientific American

We regularly hear calls to improve “ocean health.” Health is a powerful metaphor, but scientists have had no way to measure it and therefore no means to evaluate how the world's oceans are doing. More than 60 researchers from a cross section of disciplines and institutions, including the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at the University of California, Santa Barbara, have created the Ocean Health Index to do just that. It rates the health of ocean waters bordering 171 coastal countries and territories. Each nation's overall score is the average of scores for 10 widely held public goals for healthy oceans, including sustainable food provision, recreation, fishing opportunities and biodiversity.

 

The index, which was published in August in Nature, is not a measure of how pristine the ocean is. (Scientific American is part of Nature Publishing Group.) Instead it measures how sustainably the ocean is providing the things people care about. The goals are universal measures of ecosystem health—all 10 must be met for a country's ocean to be rated as healthy—but the relative importance of each goal can vary from place to place.

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Pregnant orang-utan hugs her daughter as bounty hunters in Borneo move in

Pregnant orang-utan hugs her daughter as bounty hunters in Borneo move in | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it
The pair who were 'minutes' away from death in a Borneo plantation field, were saved by a British charity.

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