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A growing number of Tiger farms in Asia and the sale of Tiger bone wine are fueling illegal wildlife trade, ITV News investigation finds

Animal campaigners such as the WWF and Environmental Investigation Agency believe an international commercial trade in parts and derivatives from tigers is fulling the growth in tiger farms. The sale of tiger bone wine was banned in China in 1993, but a tiger park visited by ITV this month in Harbin is claiming to sell … Continue reading A growing number of Tiger farms in Asia and the sale of Tiger bone wine are fueling illegal wildlife trade, ITV News investigation finds

12 animal traffickers nabbed—RM2mil worth of parts

New Straits Times reports from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia that the Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) arrested 12 men and seized a variety of smuggled animal parts worth RM2 million (US$491,000.00) in a special operation known as Ops Chameleon. Perhilitan director-general Abdul Kadir Abu Hassan said in the raid conducted last month, about 300 animal … Continue reading 12 animal traffickers nabbed—RM2mil worth of parts

IUCN Approves Motion 009

IUCN Approves Motion 009 to terminate the practice of breeding lions in captivity for the purpose of canned shooting On the opening day of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s World Conservation Congress, the IUCN approved Motion 009 terminating the practice of breeding lions in captivity for the purpose of “canned shooting,” also known … Continue reading IUCN Approves Motion 009

WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ September 4, 2016

WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society ~ WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ 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, September 4, 2016: … Continue reading WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ September 4, 2016

Paleo-genetics confirm that the cave lion was a species all its own

This week, Scientific American reviewed a new study: Mitogenomics of the extinct cave lion, “Panthera spelaea” and resolve its position within the Panthera cats’ species. From western Europe to the Yukon, the grasslands of the Northern Hemisphere used to belong to the cave lion. The bones of this massive and maneless cat, larger than today’s … Continue reading Paleo-genetics confirm that the cave lion was a species all its own

Could reintroducing the puma in New England save lives by controlling the deer population?

Every year, thousands of deer are killed on roads and highways. Those collisions can lead to costly insurance claims, injuries, and deaths which made scientists wonder what would happen to deer, and to us, if an elusive carnivore came back to the northeast. In a WNPR interview, Laura Prugh, a wildlife ecologist at the University … Continue reading Could reintroducing the puma in New England save lives by controlling the deer population?

Personality assessments of certain captive wildcats

Personality is one of the strongest and most consistent predictors of well-being in humans. In a study published in the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare, M.C. Gartner and colleagues explore this concept with certain captive wildcats. In a Comparison of Subjective Well-Being and Personality Assessments in the Clouded Leopard (Neofelis nebulosa), Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia), … Continue reading Personality assessments of certain captive wildcats

WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ August 21, 2016

WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society ~ WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ 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, August 21, 2016: … Continue reading WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ August 21, 2016

Protection of the African Lion: A Critical Analysis of the Current International Legal Regime

A new study by Samantha Watts, from the University of Cape Town, Protection of the African Lion: A Critical Analysis of the Current International Legal Regime explores the current international regime that pertains to the African lion—a species that needs adequate protection across its range—a range that does not adhere to state boundaries. Ms. Watts’ … Continue reading Protection of the African Lion: A Critical Analysis of the Current International Legal Regime

Poison trap for lions kills 119 vultures in Maun

The Mmegi, Botswana’s daily news, reported last week at least 119 vultures were killed in a poisoning incident recently in Maun, after farmers laced cattle carcasses with a chemical in order to eliminate troublesome lions attacking their livestock. Birdlife Botswana director, Kabelo Senyatso told Mmegi the incident was the latest in a string of poisonings … Continue reading Poison trap for lions kills 119 vultures in Maun