Wildlife

Poachers Killed 100,000 Elephants in Three Years

Poachers Killed 100,000 Elephants in Three Years

  NAIROBI, Kenya, August 19, 2014 (ENS) – Some 100,000 elephants were illegally killed for their ivory between 2010 and 2012, finds the first verifiable estimate of the impacts of the ongoing ivory crisis on Africa’s elephant populations. Published...

 

McCartney-Inscribed Martin Guitar Auctioned for Elephants

McCartney-Inscribed Martin Guitar Auctioned for Elephants

  ARLINGTON, Virginia, August 12, 2014 (ENS) – To mark World Elephant Day, August 12, The Nature Conservancy will auction a Martin D-28 left-handed guitar autographed by Sir Paul McCartney and provided by Martin Guitar, founding sponsor...

 

World’s Park Rangers Murdered in Widespread ‘Bush War’

World’s Park Rangers Murdered in Widespread ‘Bush War’

  GLAND, Switzerland, July 31, 2014 (ENS) – A war is underway across the world’s forests, grasslands and mountains – a war that pits park rangers against poachers. If the rangers win, tigers, elephants, lions, leopards,...

 

New Zealand Green Party Hopes to Save World’s Rarest Dolphin

New Zealand Green Party Hopes to Save World’s Rarest Dolphin

  WELLINGTON, New Zealand, July 30, 2014 (ENS) – Ahead of the 2014 New Zealand general election set for September 20, the Green Party today launched its plan to protect the world’s smallest and most endangered dolphin, the Maui’s...

 

Kenya Airport Police Intercept Ivory Declared as Live Dogs

Kenya Airport Police Intercept Ivory Declared as Live Dogs

  NAIROBI, Kenya, July 25, 2014 (ENS)- A consignment of contraband ivory was intercepted at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport today, although the smugglers tried to fool officials by declaring the 12 boxes to be full of...

 

Customs Agents Get Electronic Control Over Wildlife Trade

Customs Agents Get Electronic Control Over Wildlife Trade

  GENEVA, Switzerland, July 16, 2014 (ENS) – Customs authorities in countries across the globe will have a new e-permitting system to regulate the import and export of species such as tigers and elephants and their parts under a new...

 

Global Protection Strategy Proposed for Endangered Sawfish

Global Protection Strategy Proposed for Endangered Sawfish

  DURBAN, South Africa, June 5, 2014 (ENS) – A global strategy to prevent extinction and promote recovery of sawfishes, devastated worldwide by overfishing and habitat loss, was introduced today by the Shark Specialist Group of the...

 

Two Suspects Arrested in Shooting Death of Zambian Ranger

Two Suspects Arrested in Shooting Death of Zambian Ranger

  LIVINGSTONE, Zambia, June 2, 2014 (ENS) – Two men have been arrested in connection with the killing of Dexter Chilunda, the head of law enforcement at Liuwa Plain National Park. Chilunda was shot dead by suspected poachers while...

 

Zambian Park Ranger in Charge of Law Enforcement Shot Dead

Zambian Park Ranger in Charge of Law Enforcement Shot Dead

  LIVINGSTONE, Zambia, May 26, 2014 (ENS) – The park ranger in charge of law enforcement at Liuwa Plain National Park in Zambia was shot to death by suspected poachers Friday while investigating reports of gunshots in the park. Dexter...

 

Hong Kong Starts Burning Huge Stockpile of Seized Ivory

Hong Kong Starts Burning Huge Stockpile of Seized Ivory

  HONG KONG, China, May 15, 2014 (ENS) – The Hong Kong government today began the destruction of its giant ivory stockpile in a message to elephant poachers and illegal ivory traders that illegal ivory has no commercial value and...

 

Lemur Scientist Awarded $250,000 Indianapolis Prize

Lemur Scientist Awarded $250,000 Indianapolis Prize

  INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, May 13, 2014 (ENS) – American scientist Patricia Chappelle Wright is an expert on the lemurs of Madagascar, an island nation off Africa’s east coast inhabited by 103 species and subspecies of lemurs,...

 

World Migratory Bird Day Connects Tourists with Conservation

World Migratory Bird Day Connects Tourists with Conservation

  MADRID, Spain, May 12, 2014 (ENS) – Bird-loving tourists can help to conserve the birds that entice them far from home. This year, for the first time, World Migratory Bird Day is linking sustainable tourism with conservation of...

 

Australian Teacher Sentenced in Record Illegal Wildlife Bust

Australian Teacher Sentenced in Record Illegal Wildlife Bust

  SYDNEY, Australia, May 4, 2014 (ENS) – An Australian school teacher convicted of possessing a record number of wildlife body parts, including the skulls of bears, orangutans and tigers, was sentenced Friday to 12 months’ imprisonment,...

 

Malawi Clamps Down on Ivory Trafficking

Malawi Clamps Down on Ivory Trafficking

  By Victoria Mopiwa LILONGWE, Malawi, April 16, 2014 (ENS) – Several new cases of illegal ivory trafficking have come to light within a month of the official launch of Malawi’s “Stop Wildlife Crime” campaign, a...

 

African Poachers Beware: Billionaire Brandishes His Wallet

African Poachers Beware: Billionaire Brandishes His Wallet

  DAR es SALAAM, Tanzania, April 14, 2014 (ENS) – On a visit to Tanzania, Howard G. Buffett, the elder son of American investor and philanthropist Warren Edward Buffett, Thursday pledged to provide a helicopter for surveillance of...

 

Birds, Animals Pass Flu Viruses Across the Oceans

Birds, Animals Pass Flu Viruses Across the Oceans

  RESTON, Virginia, April 9, 2014 (ENS) – The North Atlantic region is a pathway for bird flu to move between Europe and North America, U.S. Geological Survey scientists and their Icelandic partners have discovered. Across the world,...

 

British Plan to Eradicate Bovine TB Backs Off Badger Cull

British Plan to Eradicate Bovine TB Backs Off Badger Cull

  LONDON, UK, April 4, 2014 (ENS) – A comprehensive strategy to eradicate bovine tuberculosis in England by 2038 was released Thursday by Environment Secretary Owen Paterson. Paterson’s strategy abandons previous plans to extend...

 

Extinction Threatens One-Quarter of Europe’s Bumblebees

Extinction Threatens One-Quarter of Europe’s Bumblebees

  GLAND, Switzerland, April 3, 2014 (ENS) – Seventeen of the 68 species of European bumblebees are threatened with extinction, finds a new study assessing the species group at the European level. “We are very concerned with these...

 

World Court Orders Japan to End Antarctic Whaling

World Court Orders Japan to End Antarctic Whaling

  THE HAGUE, The Netherlands, March 31, 2014 (ENS) – The UN’s International Court of Justice today ruled that Japan’s whaling in the Antarctic is not for scientific purposes  and violates the International Convention...

 

Australia, U.S. Collaborate to Restore Wild Tasmanian Devils

Australia, U.S. Collaborate to Restore Wild Tasmanian Devils

  SYDNEY, Australia, March 27, 2014 (ENS) – An American zoo is partnering with an Australian university to save the endangered Tasmanian devil in the wild, in the first initiative of its kind. A carnivorous marsupial, the Tasmanian...