Wildlife

Tanzania’s Elephants Fall to Corrupt Officials, Chinese Gangs

Tanzania’s Elephants Fall to Corrupt Officials, Chinese Gangs

  LONDON, UK, November 6, 2014 (ENS) – Chinese-led criminal syndicates are conspiring with corrupt Tanzanian officials to traffic huge amounts of ivory, a trade that has caused half of Tanzania’s elephants to be poached in the past...

 

Protected Areas Failing Earth’s Vulnerable Animals, Plants

Protected Areas Failing Earth’s Vulnerable Animals, Plants

  NEW YORK, New York, November 5, 2014 (ENS) – The Wildlife Conservation Society, which manages New York City’s zoos and aquarium plus 200 million acres of protected lands around the world, today sounded the alarm that the...

 

African Lion ‘Threatened’ Listing Proposed Under U.S. Law

African Lion ‘Threatened’ Listing Proposed Under U.S. Law

  WASHINGTON, DC, October 27, 2014 (ENS) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed listing the African lion as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, saying its analysis finds the lions are “in danger of extinction...

 

Cameroon Creates a Sanctuary for World’s Rarest Ape

Cameroon Creates a Sanctuary for World’s Rarest Ape

BUEA, Cameroon, October 19, 2014 (ENS) – Cross River gorillas, the world’s rarest apes, have a newly protected area that will better enable these unique primates to survive as a species. Prime Minister of Cameroon Philemon Yang Friday...

 

Half Earth’s Wildlife Gone, Governments Meet to Save the Rest

Half Earth’s Wildlife Gone, Governments Meet to Save the Rest

  PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, October 14, 2014 (ENS) – Global wildlife populations have declined, on average, by 52 percent in the 40 year period since 1970, reports the global conservation nonprofit WWF. Habitat loss and degradation...

 

Malawi Court Convicts Chinese Ivory Trafficker

Malawi Court Convicts Chinese Ivory Trafficker

  By Charles Mkoka LILONGWE, Malawi, September 29, 2014 (ENS) – A Malawi judge Friday convicted Chinese business national Axin Shang, 25, of ivory trafficking and fined him the maximum allowed by law, MK1 million (US$2,440). In default,...

 

Buffalo Restoration Treaty Signed by Tribes, First Nations

Buffalo Restoration Treaty Signed by Tribes, First Nations

  BOZEMAN, Montana, September 24, 2014 (ENS) – Native groups from the United States and Canada Monday signed a treaty to establish intertribal alliances to restore the American buffalo on Tribal and First Nations Reserves or co-managed...

 

Japan Defies Whaling Commission, Vows to Resume Antarctic Hunt

Japan Defies Whaling Commission, Vows to Resume Antarctic Hunt

  PORTOROZ, Slovenia, September 18, 2014 (ENS) – The International Whaling Commission voted Thursday against Japan’s plans to resume “scientific” whaling in the Antarctic next year, but Japan said it would go ahead...

 

Climate Change Threatens North American Birds With Extinction

Climate Change Threatens North American Birds With Extinction

  NEW YORK, New York, September 9, 2014 (ENS) – At the current pace of climate change, 314 species of North American birds could lose half or more of their livable ranges by the year 2080 if nothing is done to stop the release of...

 

Six Elephant Poachers Caught in Mozambique Reserve

Six Elephant Poachers Caught in Mozambique Reserve

  MARRUPA, Mozambique, September 8, 2014 (ENS) – Six suspected poachers were arrested in Marrupa on Sunday in a joint operation conducted by the Mecula  District police, Luwire scouts and Niassa National Reserve Wildlife Conservation...

 

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...