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Vietnam Destroys More Than Two Tons Of Ivory And Rhino Horns

With elephants and rhinoceroses facing an increasing poaching crisis, Vietnam today destroyed 2,177.5 kg of elephant ivory, 70.1 kg of rhinoceros horns, together with a number of specimens from wild tiger and bear, that were confiscated from the illegal trade. The destroyed ivory and horn – estimated to be worth more than USD 7 million.

WCS Campaigns Against Nigeria’s Superhighway

The Wildlife Conservation Society has launched an international campaign to urge the Nigerian government into rethinking its plans of constructing a ‘superhighway’ that threatens to displace local communities, and fragment gorilla and elephant habitat.

WWF Living Planet Report: Wildlife Numbers Have Plummeted

World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF) Living Planet Report 2016 reveals the challenges humanity is bound to face unless urgent, collective action is taken.

IWC Calls For Urgent Action To Save The Critically Endangered Vaquita

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) has adopted a resolution to save the critically endangered vaquita, only 60 of which still survive, from extinction. Proposed by the USA and European Union, the proposal was adopted at IWC’s 66th meeting in Slovenia.

World Gives The Paris Climate Agreement An Official Voice

In December 2015, a record 195 countries agreed upon a historic climate deal that aims to curb the rise in global temperature within the two degree Celsius limit of the pre-industrial temperature standard.

Wildlife Tourism Pioneers Honoured At Toftigers Awards 2016

The TOFTigers Wildlife Tourism Awards 2016, in association with Sanctuary Asia, were held at a well-attended dinner on September 23, 2016, at the residence of the British High Commissioner in New Delhi. Under the Chairmanship of world-renowned wildlife cinematographer, Mike Pandey, the judging committee said they had a really difficult task honing in on the handful of awards presented. This is a good sign,…

Highlights From The CITES Meeting 2016

The Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) is underway in Johannesburg, South Africa. Called COP17, this is the largest world wildlife conference, with delegates from over 180 countries in attendance. On the agenda are 62 proposals to change CITES trade controls that affect almost 500 wild species.

Historic Call For Ban On Domestic Ivory Trade At The IUCN World Conservation Congress

Last week, at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress in Hawaii that concluded on September 10, 2016, a landmark motion was agreed upon by hundreds of conservationists, decision-makers and leaders who attended the three-day event from around the world. The motion involved a call on the ban on domestic ivory trade and markets at a global scale to tackle the severe poaching…

Sundarbans Tourists Rescue Turtles

Tourists on a weekend trip to the Sundarbans Tiger Reserve in West Bengal turned wildlife rescuers when they chanced upon two olive Ridley turtles entangled in the remains of a fishing net.

More Pilot Whales Slaughtered In The Faroe Islands

For the third time this year, pilot whales have been slaughtered in the Danish Faroe Islands. The ordeal began when a pod of 40 pilot whales was reported to local authorities off Skálatoftir, on the island of Borðoy on August 26. The pod was then driven by 12 Faroese boats to Hvannasund for slaughter.