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Rhino horn trade pushed into the belly of the underworld

©Youth 4 African Wildlife

Ecologists argue that legalising trade in rhino horn won’t save the species, and that South Africa needs to be careful about decisions that they make.

Six pangolins rescued in Zambia


Zambia Wildlife Authority scale up their efforts to protect the world’s most trafficked animal.

South African government and US hunters plot future of wildlife

©Michael Lorentz, Conservation Action Trust

The nature of the African Wildlife Consultative Forum that is currently taking place in South Africa makes it difficult not to infer a conspiracy between hunters and government.

Chinese traditional medicine industry says NO to illegal wildlife trade

According to China’s Criminal Law, those who are engaged in the purchasing, transporting and trading of tiger products shall be sentenced to 5 years or more in jail. Photo courtesy of TRAFFIC

The traditional Chinese medicine sector pledges zero tolerance to purchasing and selling products made from wildlife from illegal sources.

Is it possible to save Congo’s parrots?

African Grey Parrots descend to the ground at the Aikongo forest clearing, northwest of the Lomami Park. © A Bernard

An examination of the African grey parrot populations in the DRC and suggestions of what can be done to prevent their extirpation.

Are we condemning forest elephants by ignoring evidence?

Forest elephants are smaller than savanna elephants and sport straighter tusks among other physical differences. © Carlos Drew/WWF

Could recognising forest elephants as a distinct species be the first step on the path to saving them?

Plan B for rhinos


Enjoy a talk in Cape Town that will discuss the solutions to saving rhinos.

Global organisations step up fight against illegal wildlife trade

© Shutterstock

MOU signed to help the aviation industry to play a role in stopping the scourge of illegal wildlife trade.

Rhino horn trade debate will fuel poaching

Rhino taken by Conservation Action Trust

By working on a proposal to CITES to legalise trade in rhino horn, South Africa could actually be fuelling rhino poaching.

Thailand makes its biggest ivory bust in history


Thai customs officials have seized four tons of ivory worth $6 million in the largest bust of its kind in Thailand’s history.

EU puts the squeeze on illegal hunting trophy imports

The European Commission has closed a major loophole exploited by criminal gangs trafficking in high-value hunting trophies that carry tusks and horns.

Mozambique dragging its heels – no real effort to combat elephant poaching

Without committed policing and law enforcement Mozambique’s declarations of efforts to end poaching are little more than window dressing to gloss over the decimation of elephants.

Remains of 12 lions found in Senegal crackdown

Remains of 12 lions found with 2 600 animals parts, as five arrested in Senegal crackdown

Elephants worth more alive than dead

A living African elephant has 76 times the value of one poached for ivory…

Head of CITES says no to rhino trade

An interview with the CITES Secretary-General, John E. Scanlon, about trade in wildlife products and poaching of wild animals.

Legalising the trade in rhino horn and a wilderness of greed

South Africa is pushing hard for the legalisation of trade in rhino horn. With more than 20 tonnes of stockpiled horn the country stands to make a fortune if the CITES ban on the trade is lifted.

Ivory Trade Nations Face Threat of Sanctions

Original source Top conservation organizations warned Wednesday that the illegal ivory trade is hastening the decline of Africa’s already endangered elephant population, and said they are ready to punish nations that are lax in fighting the problem. “Globally, illegal ivory

Tanzania Withdraws Proposal to Downlist Elephants

Earlier this year Tanzania applied to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) for permission to hold a one-off sale of 101 tonnes of stockpiled ivory and to reduce protection for its elephant

Bleak News For Rhino – Vietnam Fails to Sign

The Mail & Guardian has reported that Vietnam has FAILED to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with South Africa that would have addressed the rhino poaching crisis. According to Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) spokesperson, Roopa Singh, the MoU wasn’t signed

Elephant Ivory – the deadly new currency in China

The demand for elephant ivory in China is growing as wealthy Chinese citizens begin to see the ‘white gold’ as a private and business investment option. This coincides with a rise in poaching that is, arguably, as high as those

More lion statistics

The CITES stats I referred to in a previous blog are a comprehensive set of numbers covering everything from trophies to the export of claws and other body parts for 2008/9. They make for astounding reading and give a clear

Canned lion hunting in Botwana?

I have for a number of years been warning that canned hunting is on its way to Botswana. After taking a thorough look at the latest export and import statistics for lion Panther leo issued by CITES in South Africa,

Ivory traders get tusked

Ring one up for the elephants! The most recent CITES meeting in Doha, Qatar has drawn to a close and amongst the numerous resolutions, there was a significant victory for elephants and those opposed to the ivory trade. The proposals

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