Wildlife

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,...

 

CITES Ignores Illegal Import of Wild Elephants by China

CITES Ignores Illegal Import of Wild Elephants by China

  By Adam Cruise HARARE, Zimbabwe, February 20, 2018 (ENS) – In the last two years, China has imported more than 80 live Asian elephants from across its border in Laos and almost 100 juvenile African elephants from Zimbabwe. They...

 

Hong Kong Bans Trade in Elephant Ivory by 2022

Hong Kong Bans Trade in Elephant Ivory by 2022

  HONG KONG, February 5, 2018 (ENS) – The Hong Kong Legislative Council has voted to pass a bill that will end local ivory trade in Hong Kong by the end of 2021, with no compensation for ivory dealers, and an increase of maximum penalties...

 

Cougars Extinct in Eastern USA, Lynx Could Be Next

Cougars Extinct in Eastern USA, Lynx Could Be Next

  WASHINGTON, DC, January 31, 2018 (ENS) – Eastern cougars once inhabited all states east of the Mississippi River, but the last confirmed sighting of a cougar in this area happened 80 years ago. Now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service...

 

Beijing Zoo Pledges to Conserve African Wildlife

Beijing Zoo Pledges to Conserve African Wildlife

  BEIJING, China, January 22, 2018 (ENS) – The African Wildlife Foundation and the Beijing Zoo today launched a partnership intended to enhance China’s participation in sustainable conservation of Africa’s wildlife and wild...

 

Mammal Thought Extinct in New South Wales Rediscovered

Mammal Thought Extinct in New South Wales Rediscovered

  SYDNEY, Australia, December 28, 2017 (ENS) – A small carnivorous marsupial presumed extinct in New South Wales for more than century, has been discovered in Sturt National Park in eastern Australia. The Crest-tailed Mulgara, a mammal...

 

Ireland, India, Italy Ban Wild Animals in Circuses

Ireland, India, Italy Ban Wild Animals in Circuses

  DUBLIN, Ireland, November 13, 2017 (ENS) – December 2017 is the last month when wild animals in circuses can legally be shown to Irish audiences. Michael Creed, Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, has...

 

African Elephant Poaching Down, Ivory Seizures Up

African Elephant Poaching Down, Ivory Seizures Up

  GENEVA, Switzerland, October 26, 2017 (ENS) – Elephant poaching in Africa continued trending downward in 2016, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, CITES, reported this week. Records show the highest level...

 

Mexico Launches Vaquita Roundup Using U.S. Dolphins

Mexico Launches Vaquita Roundup Using U.S. Dolphins

  SAN FELIPE, Mexico, October 13, 2017 (ENS) – An international team of experts has gathered in San Felipe at the request of the Mexican Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, and has begun a unique plan to save from extinction...

 

Brothers in Wildlife Crime Arrested in Malawi

Brothers in Wildlife Crime Arrested in Malawi

  LILONGWE, Malawi, October 7, 2017 (ENS) – Two brothers who are among East Africa’s most wanted wildlife criminals were arrested in Malawi this week on charges of attempting to smuggle hundreds of elephant tusks, according to Interpol,...

 

Asian Songbirds Vanishing Into Cages

Asian Songbirds Vanishing Into Cages

  EMMEN, The Netherlands, October 1, 2017 (ENS) – The songbirds of Asia are disappearing from their native forests as increasingly wealthy Asians satisfy their desire to own a brilliantly colored singing bird. “The Asian songbird...

 

Snow Leopards Not ‘Endangered’ Yet Not Out of Danger

Snow Leopards Not ‘Endangered’ Yet Not Out of Danger

  NEW YORK, New York, September 14, 2017 (ENS) – The elusive snow leopards of the high Himalayas have been listed as Endangered for the past 25 years on the authoritative Red List of Threatened Species kept by the International Union...

 
 
 
 

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