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Afghanistan gets its first National Park

In a land ravaged by the Taliban and tribal warlords, wildlife and environment protection has little meaning. The establishment of Band-e-Amir as a national park is therefore particularly poignant. A stunningly-beautiful region of turquoise lakes, it is located near the Bamyam Valley, where the 1,500-year-old Buddha statues were destroyed by the Taliban.

Where is the money?

Money released by the Ministry of Environment and Forests for anti-poaching operations in the Manas Tiger Reserve is yet to reach park officials.

Tiger parts seized in Manipur

In mid-February, a huge consignment of animal parts including two tiger skulls, two tiger paws, 16 kg. of tiger bones, 340 kg. of pangolin shell and 191 deer antlers was confiscated by the Assam Rifles’ 20 battalion in Manipur’s Chandel district.

Northern jaguar future bleak?

Most people are aware that jaguars are found in South America but few know that the northern species of this cat once ranged from the Bay area of California to the Appalachian Mountains. Unfortunately, the only wild jaguar to be captured and fitted with a radio-collar in the U.S. was recently euthanised in Phoenix, Arizona after it was diagnosed with kidney failure.

Okhla under threat

Concerned citizens have filed a petition with the Supreme Court appointed Central Empowered Committee against the construction project adjacent to the Okhla Bird Sanctuary.

The translocation fad

There seems to be a new solution to tiger conservation problems in India – just reintroduce an animal from another reserve.

Obama sets it straight

In a welcome move, President Barack Obama reversed a last-minute Bush administration regulation that would have made it easier for federal agencies to skip consultations with government scientists of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or the National Marine Fisheries Services before launching projects that could endanger wildlife.

Balkan lynx on the brink

Once killed as a pest, the Balkan lynx, a subspecies of the European lynx, and the largest of the wild cats found in Europe, is now being hunted for its prized fur. Populations of this stunningly beautiful spotted golden-brown cat hover at below 80 in Albania and Macedonia with even smaller numbers distributed in Montenegro and Serbia.

War on wildlife

Eighty-one per cent of major armed conflicts from 1950 to 2000 occurred in countries that contain one of the 34 identified biodiversity hotspots, reveals a new study by Russell Mittermeier and Michael Hoffmann published in Conservation Biology.

Ecosystem markets rising

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is creating the first office dedicated solely to market-based conservation strategies.