Wildlife

Whales to Be Freed From Russian Whale Jail This Summer

Whales to Be Freed From Russian Whale Jail This Summer

  NAKHODKA, Russia, April 9, 2019 (ENS) – Officials in Russia have agreed to free almost 100 whales held in cramped sea pens in the Russian Far East for nearly a year after being caught for sale to foreign aquariums, especially in...

 

Japan Restricts Its Whalers to Japanese Waters

Japan Restricts Its Whalers to Japanese Waters

  TOKYO, Japan, April 7, 2019 (ENS) – Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary, Yoshihide Suga, issued a written statement in the last week of 2018 announcing the government’s decision to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission,...

 

Extinction Looms for World’s Smallest Porpoise

Extinction Looms for World’s Smallest Porpoise

  LA JOLLA, California, March 18, 2019 (ENS) – Only 10 vaquita porpoises likely remain in the world, marine mammal scientists reveal in a new report,  warning that the animal’s extinction is certain without bold, immediate action...

 

Race to Protect 30 Percent of the Planet by 2030

Race to Protect 30 Percent of the Planet by 2030

  WASHINGTON, DC, February 6, 2019 (ENS) – A group of 13 conservation organizations with a combined presence on all eight continents have issued a joint statement, calling upon global decision makers to safeguard the Earth’s remaining...

 

What Motivates Congo’s Wildlife Conservation Rangers?

What Motivates Congo’s Wildlife Conservation Rangers?

  KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, January 22, 2019 (ENS) – Being a conservation ranger is one of the most difficult and dangerous jobs on Earth. Rangers risk their lives every day in the ongoing conflict with gangs of poachers...

 

High-Level Panel to Review South Africa’s Lion Bone Trade

High-Level Panel to Review South Africa’s Lion Bone Trade

  CAPE TOWN, South Africa, January 10, 2019 (ENS) – South Africa’s new Minister of Environmental Affairs Nomvula Mokonyane says the agency will appoint a high-level panel to review policies and legislation on matters related...

 

UK Bans Ivory Sales to Save Elephants

UK Bans Ivory Sales to Save Elephants

  LONDON, UK, December 21, 2018 (ENS) – One of the world’s strictest bans on ivory sales became law in the United Kingdom today as the Ivory Bill gained Royal Assent to become the Ivory Act 2018. Since the Bill was introduced on...

 

Inslee Budgets a Billion for Washington’s Orcas, Salmon

Inslee Budgets a Billion for Washington’s Orcas, Salmon

  OLYMPIA, Washington, December 14, 2018 (ENS) – Washington Governor Jay Inslee Thursday announced an unprecedented $1.1 billion investment to protect the 74 Southern Resident orcas in Washington State waters and increase their number...

 

Congo Hands Elephant Poachers Maximum Prison Sentence

Congo Hands Elephant Poachers Maximum Prison Sentence

  BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo, November 30, 2018 (ENS) – Four poachers responsible for killing elephants on the edge of the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park were sentenced to five years’ imprisonment by the local district court...

 

Zinke Cedes Federal Wildlife Protection to the States

Zinke Cedes Federal Wildlife Protection to the States

  WASHINGTON, DC, September 11, 2018 (ENS) – Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has handed federal wildlife protection powers over to the state governments. On Monday, Zinke announced a “commitment to defer” to state hunting...

 

U.S. Judge Halts Grizzly Bear Hunting for Two Weeks

U.S. Judge Halts Grizzly Bear Hunting for Two Weeks

  MISSOULA, Montana, August 31, 2018 (ENS) – A federal judge Thursday granted a temporary restraining order stopping Wyoming and Idaho’s planned grizzly hunt that was set to start September 1. The order grants the bears a reprieve...

 

South Africa Licenses Leopard Hunting

South Africa Licenses Leopard Hunting

  By Janine Avery PRETORIA, South Africa, August 17, 2018 (ENS) – South Africa has opened hunting season on leopards after two years of grace. The Department of Environmental Affairs has given permission to shoot two leopards in KwaZulu...

 

Trump Attacks Endangered Species Act

Trump Attacks Endangered Species Act

  WASHINGTON, DC, July 23, 2018 (ENS) – The Trump administration is proposing new rules for implementing the Endangered Species Act, ESA, that will make it more difficult to recover Threatened and Endangered species across the country. Conservation...

 

Amur Leopards Could Go Extinct as Numbers Dwindle

Amur Leopards Could Go Extinct as Numbers Dwindle

  VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, July 15, 2018 (ENS) – Only 84 Critically Endangered Amur leopards, Panthera pardus orientalis, remain in the wild along the southernmost border of Primorskii Province in Russia and Jilin Province of China, according...

 

Zambia Authorizes Killing Thousands of Hippos

Zambia Authorizes Killing Thousands of Hippos

  LUSAKA, Zambia, June 10, 2018 (ENS) – In a move that the Zambian government had tried to keep secret, fee-paying trophy hunters will be allowed to kill up to 2,000 hippos over the next five years. This new policy is no longer a...

 

Peruvian Conservationist Suffers Assassination Attempt

Peruvian Conservationist Suffers Assassination Attempt

  By Craig Downer SULLANA, Peru, June 3, 2018 (ENS) – On April 14, Alejandro Zegarra-Pezo and his son were invited by people they believed to be trustworthy to enjoy a turkey sandwich in their home town of Sullana, in Peru’s...

 

Trump Sued to Restore Migratory Bird Protections

Trump Sued to Restore Migratory Bird Protections

  WASHINGTON, DC, May 24, 2018 (ENS) – A coalition of national environmental groups today filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of New York challenging the Trump Administration’s move to eliminate longstanding protections for...

 

Tanzania Opens Pristine Reserve for Logging, Hydropower

Tanzania Opens Pristine Reserve for Logging, Hydropower

  By Adam Cruise DAR es SALAAM, Tanzania, May 16, 2018 (ENS) – Tanzania is proposing large-scale logging in the middle of the Selous Game Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most iconic wildlife areas in Africa. Tender...

 

Rare Dancing Birds to Get Recovery Plan

Rare Dancing Birds to Get Recovery Plan

  GUNNISON, Colorado, April 30, 2018 (ENS) – Four conservation groups today reached an agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to stay their legal action while the agency prepares a recovery plan for the Gunnison sage grouse....

 

Legal East Asian Markets Are Gutting Africa’s Wildlife

Legal East Asian Markets Are Gutting Africa’s Wildlife

  By Don Pinnock CAPE TOWN, South Africa, March 15, 2018 (ENS) – Quite apart from the decimation of illegal poaching, legal export to Asian markets is tearing the wild heart out of Africa. Each year thousands of tonnes of live animals,...

 
 
 
 

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