Wildlife

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...

 

Japanese Whalers Depart Southern Ocean Sanctuary for the Year

Japanese Whalers Depart Southern Ocean Sanctuary for the Year

  MELBOURNE, Australia, March 19, 2014 (ENS) – The Japanese whaling fleet has left the waters of the Antarctic Treaty Zone, ending whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary for this season, according to data from the whale defense...

 

U.S. Designates Critical Habitat for Endangered Jaguars

U.S. Designates Critical Habitat for Endangered Jaguars

  PHOENIX, Arizona, March 5, 2014 (ENS) – Endangered jaguars will have 1,194 square miles of critical habitat in southern Arizona and New Mexico for their recovery, under a rule finalized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday. The...

 

Inaugural World Wildlife Day Brings Dire Warnings

Inaugural World Wildlife Day Brings Dire Warnings

  GENEVA, Switzerland, March 3, 2014 (ENS) – “Some of the world’s most charismatic animals are in immediate danger of extinction as a result of habitat loss and illicit trafficking,” warned UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon,...

 

Chile Safeguards Blue Whales With New Marine Park

Chile Safeguards Blue Whales With New Marine Park

  VALDIVIA, Chile, February 28, 2014 (ENS) – Endangered blue whales and 12 species of dolphins will flourish in the waters of south-central Chile after the government this week inaugurated the largest Marine Protected Area in continental...

 

Night Battle Erupts in Southern Ocean Whale War

Night Battle Erupts in Southern Ocean Whale War

  MELBOURNE, Australia, February 25, 2014 (ENS) – What has become an annual battle between the Japanese whaling fleet and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society over the taking of whales by the Japanese in the Southern Ocean Whale...

 

Indonesia Creates World’s Largest Manta Ray Sanctuary

Indonesia Creates World’s Largest Manta Ray Sanctuary

  JAKARTA, Indonesia, February 24, 2014 (ENS) – Indonesia has announced legislation that will protect all manta rays within its nearly six million square kilometer exclusive economic zone, creating the world’s largest sanctuary...

 

Asian Elephants Console Other Elephants in Distress

Asian Elephants Console Other Elephants in Distress

  BANGKOK, Thailand, February 24, 2014 (ENS) – Asian elephants reassure other elephants in distress with physical touches and vocalizations, finds a study that provides the first evidence of consolation in elephants. “Humans...

 

Global Wildlife Crime Sting Arrests 400+ Suspects

Global Wildlife Crime Sting Arrests 400+ Suspects

  NAIROBI, Kenya, February 17, 2014 (ENS) – Working together, law enforcement officers from 28 countries have made over 400 arrests of wildlife crime suspects and more than 350 wildlife seizures in a one month operation code-named...

 

Canadian Groups Win At-Risk Species Protection Case

Canadian Groups Win At-Risk Species Protection Case

  VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada, February 14, 2014 (ENS) – The Canadian Federal Court ruled today that two Cabinet ministers acted unlawfully in delaying for several years the production of recovery strategies for four at-risk...

 

Forty-Six Nations Agree to Stamp Out Illegal Wildlife Trade

Forty-Six Nations Agree to Stamp Out Illegal Wildlife Trade

  LONDON, UK, February 14, 2014 (ENS) – Wildlife poachers watch out! At the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference, held Thursday in London, world leaders from 46 nations agreed on“decisive and urgent action” in a concerted effort...

 

Obama Bans U.S. Commercial Trade of Elephant Ivory

Obama Bans U.S. Commercial Trade of Elephant Ivory

  WASHINGTON, DC, February 12, 2014 (ENS) – The Obama administration Tuesday announced a new National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking that marshals the resources of all executive branch agencies. As part of the new strategy,...

 

Nations, Groups Unite to Fight Criminal Wildlife Trade

Nations, Groups Unite to Fight Criminal Wildlife Trade

  LONDON, UK, February 12, 2014 (ENS) – To combat a global epidemic of criminal wildlife poaching and trafficking, the leaders of 50 countries are meeting this week at the London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade, convened...

 

New Species of Deep-diving Beaked Whale Identified

New Species of Deep-diving Beaked Whale Identified

  SYDNEY, Australia, February 6, 2014 (ENS) – A species of beaked whale that was previously misnamed has been correctly identified as a new species, based on the study of seven whales stranded on remote tropical islands in the Indian...