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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

Scientists a step closer to saving northern white rhino from extinction

Aug 24, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Eggs are harvested from Najin, 30, and daughter Fatu, 19, the last two northern white rhinos left on the planet

Najin (foreground), 30, and daughter Fatu, 19, two female northern white rhinos, the last two northern white rhinos left on the planet, graze in their secured paddock on August 23, 2019 at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Nanyuki, 147 kilometres north of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. - Veterinarians have successfully harvested eggs from the last two surviving northern white rhinos, taking them one step closer to bringing the species back from the brink of extinction, scientists said in Kenya on August 23. Science is the only hope for the northern white rhino after the death last year of the last male, named Sudan, at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya where the groundbreaking procedure was carried out August 22, 2019. (Photo by TONY KARUMBA / AFP)

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

Endangered sea turtle rescued in Siquijor

Aug 12, 2019 - 5:53 PM

About 8 sea turtles have been found dead in the Tañon Strait, a protected sea area between Negros and Cebu, over the past two years

RESCUED. A sea turtle washes ashore in San Juan, Siquijor. Photo courtesy of Police Regional Office-7

Right whale likely died off Canada after collision with ship, says official

Jul 01, 2019 - 9:54 AM

Preliminary findings on one of the dead whales are 'highly compatible with death due to blunt trauma, consistent with vessel strike,' says Fisheries and Oceans Canada

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Experts peg the current population of North Atlaintic right whales to less than 500. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Groups step up effort to save critically endangered species in Western Visayas

Jun 29, 2019 - 6:28 PM

Groups map out a conservation plan to help save critically endangered species in the region from extinction

SAVE ME. The Visayan spotted dear is among the critically endangered species in Western Visayas. Photo courtesy of Talarak Foundation

Poachers threaten precious Madagascar forest and lemurs

Apr 27, 2019 - 10:01 PM

Madagascar's 9 million hectares of forests are shrinking each year by between 50,000 and 100,000 hectares. A football field is roughly one hectare.

A Lemur Vari sits on a branch near the Vohibola forest, Madagascar, on March 23, 2019. The lemurs of this forest are in danger of extinction since the Vohibola Forest, one of the last primary forests in eastern Madagascar, has been illegally felled for charcoal production and the sale of rare wood for several years. Some kill the harmless creatures for food, others sell them as pets -- and to get to their prey, they chop down precious tropical trees. RIJASOLO / AFP

DENR to monitor Taal's endangered tawilis population

Jan 25, 2019 - 7:10 PM

Philippine researchers estimate that harvest has declined by about 49% over the past 10 years

ENDANGERED SARDINE. Photo of Fried Tawilis on the foreground and Taal Lake view in the background. Photo by Eric Linatoc at Pusod TLCC in Mataasnakahoy, Batangas.

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

Cats kill one million birds a day in Australia

Oct 04, 2017 - 5:30 PM

Researchers find evidence of cats killing 338 bird types – almost half of Australia's native species, including 71 threatened species

In this undated handout photo from The Threatened Species Recovery Hub recieved on October 4, 2017 shows a feral cat with a dead Rozella bird in its mouth.  Cats kill more than one million birds in Australia every day, new research showed on October 4, 2017 with the staggering slaughter driving the decline of many species. / AFP PHOTO / The Threatened Species Recovery / Handout

Bangladesh hopes to rekindle passion to save rare crocodiles

Aug 13, 2017 - 11:05 PM

To save the nearly extinct gharials or fish eating crocodiles conservationists bring together a male and a female hoping they will mate

A 36-year-old female Gharial crocodile is released in the zoo of Bangladesh's northeastern city of Rajshahi o August 13, 2017. Bangladeshi conservationists introduced two rare river-dwelling crocodiles to potential mates Sunday in a last-ditch attempt to save the critically-endangered species from extinction. A 36-year-old female gharial -- a fish-eating crocodile once native to rivers across the Indian subcontinent -- was brought from a zoo in northeast Bangladesh to the capital Dhaka, where it is hoped she will mate with an older male to repopulate the species.   / AFP PHOTO / -

Group to gov't: Punish Vietnamese fishermen for Palawan shark slaughter

Aug 12, 2017 - 1:12 PM

We urge the government to take swift legal action against them to send a strong message that we will not let the rape of our Philippine seas continue says Save Philippine Seas Executive Director Anna Oposa

SHARK HAUL. Authorities check the sharks in a Vietnamese fishing boat intercepted in Palawan waters. The big shark is believed to be a tiger shark. Photo from PAO WESCOM

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

Mexico to use dolphins to save endangered vaquita porpoise

Jul 01, 2017 - 10:11 AM

Scientists estimate there are just 30 remaining vaquitas the world s smallest porpoise a species found only in the waters of the Gulf of California

Hope, love prevail in conserving endangered Philippine cockatoo

May 02, 2017 - 11:09 AM

How an endangered species is being saved by the same community that once hunted it

ENDANGERED. The Philippine cockatoo, locally known as the katala. Photo courtesy Peter Widmann/KFI

Endangered species poached in protected areas – WWF

Apr 18, 2017 - 10:55 AM

Species listed by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species CITES face the threat of illegal harvesting and trafficking in 45 of the more than 200 natural world heritage sites on the planet WWF says

FURTHER ENDANGERED. The species most at risk because of illegal activity within natural world heritage sites is probably the vaquita, the world's smallest porpoise, which is indigenous to Mexico's Gulf of California. Photo by Paula Olson, NOAA/Public Domain

Dead pangolins found in Negros Occidental

Mar 18, 2017 - 5:47 PM

At least 15 frozen pangolins with no internal organs are found at the roadside in Bacolod City

SMUGGLED? About 15 dead pangolins are found in Bacolod, Negros Occidental on March 18, 2017. Photo by John Dale Salazar

Chinese police probe endangered animal banquet

Feb 09, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Government officials are accused of feasting on pangolins the most trafficked mammal on earth

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY MARLOWE HOOD (FILES) This file photo taken on September 22, 2016 shows a Zimbabwe game reserve guide touching "Marimba", a female pangolin weighing 10kgs that has been nine years in care at Wild Is Life animal sanctuary just outside the country's capital Harare. Two studies published on January 11, 2017 by Britain's Royal Society nicely illustrate how Nature imposes choices that determine whether a specimen -- or a species -- will thrive, or just barely survive. Examining 647 types of mammals, Theodore Stankowich and Ashly Romero from California State University Long Beach discovered that those boasting impressive protective gear were also not the brightest of beasts.  / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai Njikizana

Sumatran tiger mauls Indonesian man to death

Jan 12, 2017 - 6:55 PM

The group of men were leaving the Sembilang National Park on Sumatra island after night fell when the 25 year old victim suddenly let out a scream as the tiger pounced

ATTACK. A Sumatran tiger in Indonesia mauls a 25-year-old. File photo by Dick Mudde via Wikimedia Commons

Cheetahs 'sprinting' towards extinction – wildlife study

Dec 27, 2016 - 10:45 PM

A new study estimates that just 7 100 cheetahs remain in the wild occupying just 9 of the territory they once lived in

(FILES) This file photo taken on February 18, 2016 shows a captive cheetah licking her sibling in an enclosure at the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Otjiwarongo, Namibia, on February 18, 2016. Cheetahs are "sprinting" to extinction due to habitat loss and other forms of human impact, according to a new study out at the end of December 2016 which called for urgent action to save the world's fastest land animals. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Canada caribou, monarch butterfly 'endangered' – experts

Dec 06, 2016 - 8:27 AM

Canada s caribou and the monarch butterfly are classified as endangered according to a committee of scientific experts

A Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) alights on a flower at the Chapultepec Zoo on March 19, 2015 in Mexico City. Yuri Cortez/AFP

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

Wildlife meeting weighs how to save endangered species

Sep 24, 2016 - 11:30 AM

The plight of Africa s rhino and elephants targeted for their horns and tusks is expected to dominate much of the 12 day meeting

Giant pandas no longer 'endangered' in China – officials

Sep 05, 2016 - 11:12 AM

The improvement for the giant panda Ailuropoda melanoleuca is announced as part of an update to the International Union for Conservation of Nature IUCN Red List

WE'RE SAFE! Giant panda Mei Xiang(L) and her cub Bei Bei play in their enclosure August 24, 2016 at the National Zoo in Washington, DC. Karen Bleier/AFP

Illegal bird trade threatens Indonesian species – report

Aug 11, 2016 - 2:19 PM

Bird keeping has long been part of Indonesia s national culture but increasing demand for some species as pets has led to dramatic population declines

This photograph taken on January 7, 2016 shows a man spraying water at a lorikeet bird before it performs for a singing contest in Jakarta. Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific bans shark fins

Jun 22, 2016 - 6:40 PM

UPDATED Marine conservationists praise the airline for its decision adding that more Hong Kong businesses should follow suit

epa03522251 A shark fin workers is seen arranging fins as thousands of shark fins are left out to dry on top of a roof top in Hong Kong's Kennedy Town district, Hong Kong, China, 02 January 2013. Shark fin traders have taken to drying freshly sliced fins from sharks on roof tops in the city, since a public outcry in 2010 over them drying the fins on public sidewalks forced them to move the trade out of sight. EPA/PAUL HILTON

World tiger count rises for first time in 100 years

Apr 12, 2016 - 12:05 AM

UPDATED The global population of wild tigers rises to around 3 890 – the first time the count has gone up since 1900

epa05253882 (FILE) A file photograph showing tigers at the Xiongsen Bear and Tiger Mountain village, home to about 1,400 reserve tigers in Guilin, China, 24 August 2007. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) states on 11 April 2016 that after a century of constant decline, global wild tiger populations are on the rise. According to the most recent data, around 3,890 tigers now exist in the wild?up from an estimated 3,200 in 2010. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Cambodia rescues smuggled tortoises, pythons

Mar 29, 2016 - 11:00 PM

The 102 elongated tortoises and 17 pythons found in a cargo truck will be released back into the wild

Cambodian authorities handle smuggled elongated tortoises after the animals were confiscated in Kandal province on March 29, 2016. Cambodian authorities rescued more than half a tonne of live tortoises and pythons stolen by smugglers, a forestry official said March 29, the latest haul in a country with a thriving illegal wildlife trade. The animals -- 102 elongated tortoises and 17 pythons -- weighed a total of 570 kilos.   / AFP / TANG CHHIN SOTHY

Taiwan arrests 41 Chinese poachers in South China Sea

Mar 28, 2016 - 8:00 PM

A harvested coral reef endangered turtles and chemicals used to kill fish are seized from the poachers

Orangutans burnt to death in Indonesia

Mar 03, 2016 - 3:40 PM

The charred bodies of the endangered Bornean orangutans believed to be a mother and her two daughters were discovered among fire blackened remains of trees their limbs outstretched and grimaces of pain on their faces

ENDANGERED. Orangutans in Indonesia lose their habitats and their lives to forest fires. File photo by EPA/BARBARA WALTON

Philippine eagle fighting for survival after being shot

Feb 24, 2016 - 8:09 PM

Two men are under arrest over the shooting of the endangered bird in Davao City

Indonesia foils bid to smuggle baby turtles to China

Feb 24, 2016 - 1:29 PM

Some turtle species are popular in China as exotic food or for use in traditional medicine

STRUGGLING FOR SURVIVAL. A hatchling crawls to the Sulu Sea after around 60 days of incubation. After leaving the nest, it must escape predators. Image courtesy of Coral Triangle Initiative Southeast Asia

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

Another Philippine eagle hatches in captivity

Feb 08, 2016 - 5:08 PM

The eaglet which emerged from its shell on Thursday February 4 is the 27th hatched in captivity

DELICATE. The newly-hatched Philippine eagle. Photo courtesy Philippine Eagle Foundation

Indonesian birds on the brink as forests plundered

Jan 25, 2016 - 2:49 PM

Once common bird species are being driven to the brink of extinction as an obsession for bird keeping and even avian singing contests fuels unprecedented demand

CAGED. This photograph taken on January 7, 2016 shows a man spraying water at a lorikeet bird before it performs for a singing contest in Jakarta. Bay Ismoyo / AFP

Over half of world's primates on brink of extinction – experts

Nov 24, 2015 - 6:42 PM

Species long known to be at risk have been joined on the most endangered list for the first time by the Philippine tarsier and the Lavasoa Mountains dwarf lemur from Madagascar

Rare white rhino dies in US

Nov 23, 2015 - 10:58 AM

The 41 year old female known as Nola saw her health take a quick turn for the worse

Nola, the northern white rhinoceros at the San Diego Zoo. Image courtesy San Diego Zoo Global © 2014

Male rhino arrives in Indonesia to mate with his endangered species

Nov 02, 2015 - 9:30 PM

We hope he will be able to breed and boost the Sumatran rhino population here

MATING MISSION. Harapan the Sumatran rhino is flown from the United States to Indonesia, in hopes of him mating with his critically endangered species. Photo from AFP/Cincinnati Zoo

Vandals scrawl "Lion killer" at home of US trophy hunter

Aug 06, 2015 - 2:59 AM

The dentist and avid trophy hunter is not seen since furor erupted over news he had killed the famous lion

Zimbabwe parks confirm Jericho the lion alive amid Cecil furore

Aug 02, 2015 - 7:48 AM

UPDATED Zimbabwe wildlife authorities dismiss rumors that a second lion known as Jericho has been slain

ICON. Cecil the Lion was known for his signature black mane. Photo by EPA

Cecil the lion's hunter: 'I did nothing wrong'

Aug 01, 2015 - 4:05 AM

I don t believe I failed in any duties at all I was engaged by a client to do a hunt for him and we shot an old male lion that I believed was past his breeding age

Dentist who killed Cecil the lion poached in US

Jul 30, 2015 - 9:31 AM

Walter Palmer 55 boasted that he is a bow hunting purist who doesn t carry a gun as backup when pursuing big game

PROTEST. People protest against poaching after the death of Cecil the lion, in the parking lot of Dr. Walter Palmer's River Bluff Dental Clinic on July 29, 2015 in Bloomington, Minnesota. Adam Bettcher/Getty Images/AFP

And then there were 4: rare rhino dies at Czech zoo

Jul 29, 2015 - 9:00 AM

The animal born at Dvur Kralove zoo in the country s north died from complications of a ruptured cyst the zoo says

RARE. A zoo handout photo provided 18 December 2009 shows a Northern White Rhino named Fatu, walk into a practice transport box at the zoo in Dvur Kralove nad Labem, Czech Republic, 16 December 2009. Zoo handout/EPA

US dentist killed Zimbabwe's Cecil the lion

Jul 29, 2015 - 7:58 AM

The lion a popular attraction among international visitors to the Hwange National Park was lured outside the park s boundaries by bait and killed earlier this month by Walter James Palmer

GONE. An undated handout photo provided by the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority on July 28, 2015 shows Cecil, one of Zimbabwe's most famous lions, who was reportedly shot dead by US hunter Walter Palmer, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, according to reports in the UK media. Cecil was allegedly shot with a crossbow on July 6. Handout/EPA

DENR seeks review of case vs 'killers' of endangered birds

Jul 13, 2015 - 5:00 PM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 7 office wants the justice department to review the decision of a local prosecutor who earlier junked the case

DEAD. One of the taxidermied black sharma birds. The specimens were confiscated from the researchers by the DENR-PAWD last year. File Photo Courtesy of DENR-7 PIO