New law will end captive possession of exotic wildlife in the UAE

A long awaited change to laws regulating captive possession of exotic wildlife in the UAE was announced this week as the Federal National Council on Tuesday passed a draft law that will stop individuals from owning wild and other domesticated but dangerous animals such as lions, tigers, cheetahs, apes and monkeys, as well as pit … Continue reading New law will end captive possession of exotic wildlife in the UAE

Humans and wildlife often come into conflict as habitat loss provokes big cats to expand their ranges

Humans and wildcats often come into conflict as habitat loss provokes big cats to expand their ranges–finding easy prey…resulting in deadly consequences for all… As is the case in India’s Gir forest. The BBC reported earlier this week that a pride of 18 lions in western Gujarat state were captured after three people were killed … Continue reading Humans and wildlife often come into conflict as habitat loss provokes big cats to expand their ranges

WildCat Chat ~ Zoological Parks: Educators? Conservationists? Living Museums? Entertainers? ~ June 16, 2016

Zoological Parks: Educators? Conservationists? Living Museums? Entertainers? Recent events at zoological parks around the world piqued my curiosity (yet again) in how these institutions actually serve as educators, contribute to the conservation of endangered species in the wild and how the public engages with and views the parks. What are the purposes of zoological parks? … Continue reading WildCat Chat ~ Zoological Parks: Educators? Conservationists? Living Museums? Entertainers? ~ June 16, 2016

WildCat News Brief ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 06.12.16

WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society ~ WildCat News Brief ~ with host Alex Warner Our weekly podcast provides a recap of the week’s top news stories affecting all wildcats around the world. The series also highlights work performed by WCCLAS, featured interviews, commentaries and special reports. Top News Stories for Sunday, June 12, 2016: ~ … Continue reading WildCat News Brief ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 06.12.16

More horrific news unfolds as the investigation into the Tiger Temple continues…

Tiger Temple investigators find suspected slaughterhouse–four live tigers and 12 empty cages were found during police raid at house 30 miles from temple in western Thailand, Guardian News and Media reported on June 7th. Thai police found what they believe is a slaughterhouse and tiger-holding facility used in a suspected animal trafficking network. Acting on … Continue reading More horrific news unfolds as the investigation into the Tiger Temple continues…

The Rise of Environmental Crime

Earlier this week the United Nations Environment Programme and INTERPOL published a comprehensive report on environmental crime The Rise of Environmental Crime: A Growing Threat to Natural Resources, Peace, Development and Security. With an ever increasing threat of mass extinction of iconic species including elephants, rhinos, and tigers, through illegal wildlife trade, the illegal destruction … Continue reading The Rise of Environmental Crime

Exotic Feline Rescue Center providing a home for unwanted captive big cats

An article in the The Star Press this week focused on the work being performed by the Exotic Feline Rescue Center (EFRC) in Center Point, Indiana. Joe Taft, director of the EFRC, said the facility is one of the largest of its kind and receives big cats from all across the U.S. “A lot of … Continue reading Exotic Feline Rescue Center providing a home for unwanted captive big cats

All tigers seized from Tiger Temple ~ charges for illegal practices filed against members

A week long endeavor to remove 137 tigers from the Tiger Temple in Thailand that began on Monday, May 31, concluded on Saturday, June 6. During the operation to seize the tigers from Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua, also known as the Tiger Temple, wildlife officials made some gruesome discoveries. Wildlife officials found 40 dead … Continue reading All tigers seized from Tiger Temple ~ charges for illegal practices filed against members

U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance completes near total elephant ivory ban

June 2, 2016: The Administration Takes Bold Step for African Elephant Conservation: Completes Near-Total Elephant Ivory Ban to Cut Off Opportunities for Traffickers ~ Special rule for African elephants under the Endangered Species Act contains limited exemptions for bona fide antiques and items with small amounts of ivory that are not drivers of poaching. In … Continue reading U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance completes near total elephant ivory ban

Saving lions: Africa agrees on ways forward

June 1, 2016: First African Lion Range States meeting led by CITES and CMS brings about constructive outcomes in the lead up to CITES CoP17 and CMS COP12. In a historic move, representatives of 28 African lion Range States have reached broad agreement to secure the survival of this iconic species in the wild across … Continue reading Saving lions: Africa agrees on ways forward