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Apr15

Hunting responsible for sharp decline in tropical wildlife and birds with 83% and 58%

Saturday, 15 April 2017 Hits 2245 Categories Wildlife News | Bushmeat | In Focus

Hunting responsible for sharp decline in tropical wildlife and birds with 83% and 58%

Hunting is a major driver of biodiversity loss, but a systematic large-scale estimate of hunting-induced defaunation was lacking until now. In a new study published in Science, an international team of ecologists and environmental scientists warns that bird and mammal populations decline sharply in zones of 7 to 40 kilometers around villages and roads where hunters have access to nature.

 

Feb16

Endangered African penguins stuck in ecological trap due to overfishing

Thursday, 16 February 2017 Hits 2919 Categories Wildlife News | Birds

Endangered African penguins stuck in ecological trap due to overfishing

New research indicates that juvenile African penguins are continuously foraging in areas of low food availability due to climate change and overfishing. The research conducted by an international group of scientists over the span of three years, highlights alarming results for the already endangered African penguin species, the only penguin endemic to the African continent.  

Jan19

Impending extinction of the world’s primates due to human activities; immediate global attention is needed to reverse the trend

Thursday, 19 January 2017 Hits 4075 Categories Great Apes | Wildlife News

Impending extinction of the world’s primates due to human activities; immediate global attention is needed to reverse the trend

Nonhuman primates, our closest biological relatives, play important roles in the livelihoods, cultures, and religions of many societies and offer unique insights into human evolution, biology, behavior, and the threat of emerging diseases. They are an essential component of tropical biodiversity, contributing to forest regeneration and ecosystem health. Current information shows the existence of 504 species in 79 genera distributed in the Neotropics, mainland Africa, Madagascar, and Asia. Alarmingly, ~60% of primate species are now threatened with extinction and ~75% have declining populations. 

Dec14

It's time to stand tall for imperilled giraffes

Wednesday, 14 December 2016 Hits 5585 Categories Wildlife News

It's time to stand tall for imperilled giraffes

Pardon the pun, but it’s time to stick our necks out for giraffes. We have mistakenly taken the world’s tallest mammal for granted, fretting far more about other beloved animals such as rhinos, elephants and great apes. But now it seems that all is not well in giraffe-land, with reports emerging that they may be staring extinction in the face.

Dec13

Can Japanese Say No to Ivory Products?

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 Hits 3526 Categories Elephants | Wildlife News | In Focus | Ivory

I’m a Japanese woman married to a British diplomat.  We keep moving places every 3 to 4 years and currently live in Malawi after staying four years in Kenya.  Since our Kenya days, we’ve visited a number of national parks and game reserves in Kenya, Zambia and South Africa to appreciate rich African wildlife.  The sad thing is that wherever we go, we learn that parks are suffering from a serious problem of poaching.  The main victims are elephants and rhinos for their tusks and horns and Malawi is not an exception.  

 

Oct15

Wild Chimpanzee Mothers Teach Young To Use Tools, Video Study Confirms

Saturday, 15 October 2016 Hits 4379 Categories Great Apes | Wildlife News

Wild Chimpanzee Mothers Teach Young To Use Tools, Video Study Confirms

The first documented evidence of wild chimpanzee mothers teaching their offspring to use tools has been captured by video cameras set to record chimpanzee tool-using activity at termite mounds in the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in the Republic of Congo, according to new research from anthropologists at Washington University in St. Louis.

Aug31

Great Elephant Census Reveals Massive Population Decline in African Savanna Elephants

Wednesday, 31 August 2016 Hits 8849 Categories Elephants | Wildlife News | Ivory

Great Elephant Census Reveals Massive Population Decline in African Savanna Elephants

The alarming results of the Great Elephant Census (GEC), the first-ever Africa-wide survey of savanna elephants, were announced on Wednesday at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress by Paul G. Allen's Vulcan Inc.. The census shows a decline of 30 percent in African savanna elephant populations in 15 of the 18 countries surveyed.

 

Jul12

African lion and Mandrill honored with Discovery Endangered Species series of colorized silver coins

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 Hits 6566 Categories Wildlife News

African lion and Mandrill honored with Discovery Endangered Species series of colorized silver coins

In an effort to bring greater awareness to the plight of various endangered animal species around the world, the Discovery Channel has partnered with Gainesville Coins to develop the Discovery Endangered Species series of colorized silver coins. The series will eventually be comprised of seven different sets, one for each of the world's continents. The first release focuses on Africa with a pair of the continent's most vulnerable and recognizable animals, the African Mandrill and the African Lion.

May13

DANIEL FENTON IS WALKING 922KM IN THE HOPE FOR HORNS

Friday, 13 May 2016 Hits 6477 Categories Rhinos | Wildlife News

DANIEL FENTON IS WALKING 922KM IN THE HOPE FOR HORNS

On the 1st of May, 23 year old game ranger Daniel Fenton, from Ngala Private game reserve in South Africa, started his 922km walk from Phinda Private Nature Reserve in Kwazulu Natal to Botswana’s Ramatlabama Border gate. The 45-day walk will raise awareness for his campaign “Hope for Horns” which was established to help ”Rhinos Without Boarders”. His campaign will be running alongside “Our Horn is NOT Medicine” who’s message focuses on Rhino horn not being a medicine. 

Mar05

International Elephant Film Festival Winners announced at UN Headquarters on World Wildlife Day

Saturday, 05 March 2016 Hits 5693 Categories Elephants | Wildlife News

International Elephant Film Festival Winners announced at UN Headquarters on World Wildlife Day

The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) teamed up in organizing an International Elephant Film Festival to raise global awareness of the various challenges facing the African and Asian elephants, as a highlight of UN World Wildlife Day on 3 March. The Festival received more than 250 entries into the film competition, which were reviewed by over 75 preliminary judges over six weeks before the short list was passed on to the final judging panel.

Dec08

Legendary South African Vet Dr. Hym Ebedes Passes Away, Leaving a Legacy for Future Generations

Tuesday, 08 December 2015 Hits 7375 Categories Wildlife News | In Focus

Legendary South African Vet Dr. Hym Ebedes Passes Away, Leaving a Legacy for Future Generations

Dedicating 56 years of his life to animal welfare and conservation, South African vet Hymie Ebedes  became world-renowned for his expertise and pioneering work across not only the African continent, but also in countries such as China, Israel, Australia and Spain. Therefore, the 24th November 2015 will not just be the day a family unite to mourn the loss of a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, but the day the world mourns the loss of one of its finest forerunners of veterinary care. 

 

Dec07

Demise of Elephants and Honeyguide Foundation’s Conservation Efforts in Northern Tanzania

Monday, 07 December 2015 Hits 5857 Categories Elephants | Wildlife News | Ivory

Demise of Elephants and Honeyguide Foundation’s Conservation Efforts in Northern Tanzania

The future of elephants in Tanzania is bleak and it isn’t going to improve. But, there is a gleam of light in this ever so, proverbial, dark tunnel. The light comes in the form of Honeyguide Foundation. Founded in 2007, Honeyguide’s inception began with a small team of people looking to improve tourism in northern Tanzania that would be beneficial to local tribes and villages. Jobs were created, revenue was raised and as the foundation grew. So did their responsibilities and capabilities. Now, Honeyguide protects several parts of northern Tanzania and works across five of its community-based conservation areas.

Sep19

Malawi: Another Ivory Burn Postponed

Saturday, 19 September 2015 Hits 4607 Categories Elephants | Wildlife News | In Focus | Ivory

Malawi: Another Ivory Burn Postponed

The planned destruction of 2.6 tonnes of ivory was blocked yesterday by Tanzanian authorities who argued that the tusks were needed as evidence for prosecution of suspected poachers. The ivory in question had been seized by Malawi Revenue Authority in 2013 from two wildlife traffickers, Patrick and Chauncy Kaunda, and the High Court of Mzuzu had ordered its destruction as part of the sentencing on 28th July this year.

Sep07

Ancient Egyptian raptor mummy from South Africa yields a world first

Monday, 07 September 2015 Hits 4962 Categories Wildlife News

Ancient Egyptian raptor mummy from South Africa yields a world first

An ancient Egyptian raptor mummy from Iziko Museums of South Africa in Cape Town has yielded a world first when researchers discovered the remains of at least two house mice and a small sparrow in its stomach.

Aug05

Malawi: Mzuzu Ivory Sentencing a Disappointment

Wednesday, 05 August 2015 Hits 6259 Categories Elephants | Wildlife News | Ivory

Malawi: Mzuzu Ivory Sentencing a Disappointment

Last Tuesday two brothers were fined MK2.5 million ($5,500) each for trafficking 2.6 tonnes of ivory by the High Court of Malawi.  Patrick and Chancy Kaunda pleaded guilty to charges of ivory trafficking and money laundering and chose to pay the fine instead of serving the 7 year jail term. ‘To say we were disappointed with the sentence would be an understatement.’ said Hon Werani Chilenga, MP, the Chair of both the Natural Resource Committee and the newly formed Malawi Parliamentary Conservation Caucus (MPCC).

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