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Wildlife protections tightened as southern Africa protests

Aug 29, 2019 - 12:14 AM

'Humanity needs to respond to the growing extinction crisis by transforming the way we manage the world's wild animals and plants,' says CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero

Wildlife meeting backs more protection for giraffes

Aug 23, 2019 - 12:41 PM

The African giraffe population as a whole has shrunk by an estimated 40% over the past 3 decades, to just under 100,000 animals, according to the best figures available to the International Union for Conservation of Nature

A picture taken on November 20, 2018 shows new-born giraffe Ella and her mother Amalka at their enclosure at Berlin's Tierpark zoo. - Five-year old giraffe Amalka gave birth to the baby on November 3, 2018. (Photo by Paul Zinken / dpa / AFP) / Germany OUT

More than 2,300 tigers killed and trafficked this century – report

Aug 21, 2019 - 2:49 PM

'It looks like we are losing this fight,' says the author of the report by the conservation group Traffic

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Global ban on sending wild elephants to zoos moves step closer

Aug 21, 2019 - 10:59 AM

A large majority of countries vote in Geneva to prohibit the transfer of elephants caught in the wild to so-called captive facilities – a practice animal protection groups have long described as 'cruel'

A herd of elephants raise their trunks on their way to a watering pan supplied with water pumped from boreholes powered by more than 45 diesel-powered generators which run continuosly to ensure a steady supply of water for animals in the arid Hwange National Park on September 6, 2012. The action seems to be working, so far this year around 17 elephants have died in the area due to the extreme heat and lack of water which last year lost 77 elephants due to dehydration. Though the water maybe helping to increase the elephant population this has conversely led to the destruction of the environment. AFP PHOTO/Jekesai Njikizana. / AFP PHOTO / JEKESAI NJIKIZANA

Wildlife meet mulls trade rules to counter 'unprecedented' species declines

Aug 17, 2019 - 8:22 PM

The devastation caused to many species by poaching and booming illegal wildlife trade will be in the spotlight during a meeting of conservationists and policymakers in Geneva

ELEPHANT IVORY. A girl holds up an elephant's ivory tusk during a ceremony by authorities to destroy confiscated ivory and wildlife parts in Yangon on March 3, 2019. Photo by Sai Aung Main/AFP

Palawan pangolin habitat eyed for conservation

Apr 20, 2018 - 9:43 AM

The establishment of critical habitats is part of the 25-year strategy designed to safeguard the future of the species

PALAWAN PANGOLIN. The Palawan pangolin or Balintong is a burrowing mammal found in the province’s secondary forests, grassland, open country, thick bush, shrubby slopes and subsistence farming areas. Balintong acts as pest control, regulating the population of termites and ants in the wild. Photo courtesy of PCSDS

Haul of dead sea turtles seized in Palawan town

Jul 07, 2017 - 12:39 PM

Authorities say the cargo of critically endangered Hawksbill turtles was bound for Balabac an island town in the southernmost part of Palawan known as a backdoor for wildlife trafficking

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Authorities identify the illegal haul as critically endangered Hawksbill Turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata). Photo from Frederic Cayao's Facebook page

World wildlife talks end with tighter conservation rules

Oct 05, 2016 - 7:26 PM

While the negotiations at times exposed bitter divisions campaigners hail increased protection for hundreds of plant and animal species

An installation showing a rhino and an elephant is seen in Mandela Square as part of the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild, Fauna and Flora) convention in Johannesburg on September 26, 2016. Marco Longari/AFP

Global trade in African grey parrots banned

Oct 03, 2016 - 12:55 AM

Delegates at the CITES meeting in Johannesburg vote 95 to 35 to enforce the ban and protect the prized parrots

African Grey parrots are displayed for sale at a bird market in Kuwait City on on May 5, 2012. AFP PHOTO/YASSER AL-ZAYYAT / AFP PHOTO / YASSER AL-ZAYYAT

African elephants 'suffer worst decline in 25 years'

Sep 25, 2016 - 8:20 PM

Poaching takes a dramatic toll on the elephant population in Africa with just around 415 000 elephants left

Elephants roam through trees and low bush on Septemebr 19, 2016 at the Pilanesberg National Park in the North West province, South Africa.    The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES 2016) conference will kick off in Johannesburg on September 24, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

PH asserts rights over claim as China deploys missile in disputed sea

Feb 17, 2016 - 7:09 PM

We are also witnessing very aggressive actions by our big neighbor the world’s second largest economy and a nuclear power at that President Aquino says at a forum in Los Angeles

WORLD AFFAIRS. President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech before the Los Angeles World Affairs Council at the Grand Ballroom of the Intercontinental Hotel on February 16, 2016. Photo by Joseph Vidal/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

Botswana conference heightens alarm over illegal wildlife trade

Mar 26, 2015 - 11:04 AM

The event comes up with few new ideas on how the tackle the damage wrought by illegal traffickers on species ranging from elephants and tigers to sea turtles and pangolins

CONTRABAND. Confiscated smuggled African elephant tusks hidden in a carry-on suitcase displayed during a press conference at Customs Department in Bangkok, Thailand, 30 August 2013. Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

The wRap Indonesia: Oct. 1, 2014

Oct 01, 2014 - 9:56 AM

Yudhoyono s attempt at damage control first ever arrests of illegal manta ray traders young lovers caned publicly in Aceh and more

A Muslim pilgrim feeds pigeons as worshipers arrive for a prayer at Mecca's Grand Mosque, home of the Kaaba, on September 29, 2014 as hundreds of thousands of Muslim worshipers started pouring into the holy city for the annual hajj pilgrimage. Mohammed al-Shaikh/AFP

New curbs on trade in threatened sharks

Sep 12, 2014 - 6:54 PM

A landmark agreement aimed at afeguarding the world s oldest predator takes effect Sunday September 14

Thailand faces trade ban over ivory failings – CITES

Jul 12, 2014 - 8:19 AM

UPDATED Bangkok is under additional pressure to report back by next January on the steps it has taken to bolster recent laws that CITES claims are insufficient

PH to build elephant monument from destroyed ivory

Mar 13, 2014 - 8:40 PM

The ash will be mixed with concrete to build a giant sculpture of a mother elephant protecting her calf an environment department official says

CRUSHING CRIME. A road roller destroys elephant tusks that have been seized from illegal shipments since 2009 and are kept in storage at the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau-Department of Environment and Natural Resources (PAWB-DENR) in Quezon City. Photo courtesy of EPA

UN Security Council declares war on ivory poachers, traffickers

Feb 03, 2014 - 2:53 PM

Two resolutions adopted by the council last week state that the trade in illegal wildlife is fueling conflicts in the region and bankrolling organized crime

CRUSHED. The face of a crushed confiscated ivory trinket, estimated by US wildlife officials to be from around 2,000 elephants, is crushed at the National Wildlife Property Repository, Denver, Colorado, USA, 14 November 2013. Alex Hofford/EPA

P420-M worth of ivory tusks crushed in symbolic act

Jun 21, 2013 - 1:32 PM

The Philippines becomes the first Asian country to destroy its multi million dollar stockpile of ivory tusks

CRUSHING CRIME. A road roller destroys elephant tusks that have been seized from illegal shipments since 2009 and are kept in storage at the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau-Department of Environment and Natural Resources (PAWB-DENR) in Quezon City. Photo courtesy of EPA

PH to destroy 5 tons of ivory tusks

Jun 11, 2013 - 1:49 PM

The Philippines says it will destroy five tons of confiscated elephant tusks as part of a global campaign to raise awareness against the illegal trade of so called blood ivories

ILLEGAL: Trading in ivory is illegal since 1989. Photo courtesy of CITES

Demand for exotic pets pushes species to the brink

Mar 13, 2013 - 12:41 PM

With high price tags luring criminal gangs conservationists are calling for increased efforts to crack down on the illegal trade of exotic pets fueled by the demands of collectors

SAVED FROM ILLEGAL TRADE. This file picture taken on July 4, 2007 shows seized star tortoises at the Nehru Zoological park in Hyderabad. AFP PHOTO / FILES / Noah SEELAM

Heat on Thailand as wildlife conference starts

Mar 03, 2013 - 7:49 AM

Global conservationists will converge in Bangkok for the start of key endangered species talks on Sunday March 3 as host Thailand faces pressure to curb rampant ivory smuggling through its territory

This picture taken on February 27, 2013 shows a pedestrian walking past a shop window displaying a carved ivory tusk in Hong Kong. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez

Charging China demand drives deadly ivory trade

Feb 28, 2013 - 1:11 PM

Surging demand for ivory and rhino horn in Asia is behind an ever mounting death toll of African elephants and rhinos conservationists say as authorities fail to rein in hugely lucrative international smuggling networks

This picture taken on February 27, 2013 shows a pedestrian walking past a shop window displaying a carved ivory tusk in Hong Kong. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez

Thai cop arrested with 20 elephant tusks

Feb 03, 2013 - 8:54 PM

The haul was discovered when the suspect in plain clothes but driving a police van was stopped at a checkpoint

ILLEGAL TRADE. Signed and ratified by the Philippines, an international convention has banned ivory trade since 1989. Photo courtesy of CITES

Ivory trade ban up for vote at UN wildlife summit

Oct 06, 2012 - 9:26 AM

A UN regulator will vote on extending the ivory trade ban which incidentally is controversial issue in the Philippines after a priest was tagged in ivory smuggling

BOC: Ivory smuggling gone in Cebu

Sep 28, 2012 - 10:03 AM

But Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon admits it is difficult to monitor ivory smuggling in the Philippines

PH probes alleged Church link to ivory

Sep 26, 2012 - 2:03 PM

Authorities will investigate the possible involvement of Catholic priests in the illegal trade of African ivory in the Philippines

NBI asked to probe ivory trade in PH

Sep 25, 2012 - 3:48 PM

The NBI will investigate the illegal ivory trade in the Philippines now linked to its use in religious carvings like Santo Niño

TRADING IN IVORY IS ILLEGAL SINCE 1989. Photo courtesy of CITES