Wildcat News Brief & Chat

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

Florida panther relased back into the wild

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced this week that a 2-year-old Florida panther is now back in the wild at its new home in Big Cypress National Preserve. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), and National Park Service staff successfully released the panther Wednesday afternoon near … Continue reading Florida panther relased back into the wild

Ohio passes felony animal cruelty law

May 26, 2016: Ohio lawmakers passed a law that would make it a fifth-degree felony to knowingly harm a pet by inflicting pain or depriving it of food, water, or shelter for a first offense. On Wednesday, House Bill 60 passed through the state Senate unanimously with a 33-0 vote, and the House approved of … Continue reading Ohio passes felony animal cruelty law

Ohio Supreme Court rules exotic animals do not have to be returned to Stump Hill Farm

On May 19th, the Ohio Supreme Court overruled a Stark County judge who ordered ten exotic animals be returned to Stump Hill Farm after they were seized by the State Department of Agriculture earlier this month. Stark County Common Pleas Judge Frank Forchione signed the search warrant that gave the agency permission to go onto … Continue reading Ohio Supreme Court rules exotic animals do not have to be returned to Stump Hill Farm

Wildlife crime assessed globally for the first time in new United Nations on Drugs and Crime Report

The UNODC on May 24, 2016 launched its inaugural World Wildlife Crime Report, highlighting how the poaching and illegal trade of thousands of different species across the globe not only present real environmental dangers but ultimately undermine the rule of law by potentially fuelling conflict. The report, part of UNODC’s ongoing Global Programme on Wildlife … Continue reading Wildlife crime assessed globally for the first time in new United Nations on Drugs and Crime Report

A rare Lykoi kitten found by animal rescue group in Cape Town

A rare Lykoi kitten found by an animal rescue group in Cape Town, South Africa. This extremely rare cat breed comes from a naturally occurring gene in feral cats, according to the International Cat Association. According to Tears Animal Rescue, “The cat, found under a bush, is the only natural-born Lykoi on record in South … Continue reading A rare Lykoi kitten found by animal rescue group in Cape Town

Two incidents involving humans entering lion exhibits at zoos in India & Chile led to lions being shot

Last week in India at the Nehur Zoo Park, a visitor, who was allegedly drunk, was arrested after he was caught on camera trespassing into a lion exhibit. According to The Hindu, the 35-year-old man entered the exhibit that was located more than 12 feet below ground level. He approached the lions and put his … Continue reading Two incidents involving humans entering lion exhibits at zoos in India & Chile led to lions being shot

Amur leopards experience a “cub boom”

News from the UK this week reports that in 2007 there were only 30 wild Amur leopards in the Russian Far East and extinction seemed all but inevitable, but in recent months eight births took place. 16 cubs were spotted in a nature reserve set up by Vladimir Putin to ensure their survival. Camera traps … Continue reading Amur leopards experience a “cub boom”

More reports on tiger populations in India reserves

The Times of India reported on May 23, 2016 that the 344 sq km Nameri Tiger Reserve (NTR) in Assam’s Sonitpur district has an estimated five to eight tigers, according to the latest assessment of predators and prey status report. The assessment, carried out between 2012 and 2014, confirmed that NTR, located on the northern … Continue reading More reports on tiger populations in India reserves