Thailand’s infamous Tiger Temple plans to reopen under another name

An investigation by international animal welfare charity World Animal Protection (WAP) has exposed that Thailand’s controversial Tiger Temple Co. Ltd. is planning to reopen under the new name Golden Tiger (Thailand) Co. Ltd. WAP is extremely concerned about these developments given the appalling circumstances and conditions that led to the closure of Tiger Temple and … Continue reading Thailand’s infamous Tiger Temple plans to reopen under another name

Game Over: Nature and Markets Fight Back

The average price of a buffalo bull fell 71 percent, to 95,704 rand ($7,336), in 2016 and is now a fraction of the record 2.1 million rand set in 2013, according to Vleissentraal, an auction house. Prices of golden wildebeest, black impala and kudu bulls dropped 60 percent to 80 percent. “There has been an … Continue reading Game Over: Nature and Markets Fight Back

WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 22 January 2017

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, 22 January 2017: … Continue reading WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 22 January 2017

Travel trade industry joins coalition to combat wildlife trafficking world wide

Adventure Travel Trade Association American Society for Travel Agents and Cruise Lines International Association announced last week they will be working to help travelers recognize and avoid purchasing the illegal wildlife products that are decimating global populations of elephants, rhinos, tigers and other endangered species. These actions support the mission of the U.S. Wildlife Trafficking … Continue reading Travel trade industry joins coalition to combat wildlife trafficking world wide

United States trained Ugandans in combating wildlife trafficking

The U.S. has trained Ugandan authorities in wildlife crime to build their capacity to protect the country’s natural heritage and to combat illicit trafficking that threatens both Uganda’s abundant wildlife and security. The donation of 10 wildlife crime scene investigation kits by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) will assist several Ugandan agencies in … Continue reading United States trained Ugandans in combating wildlife trafficking

Leopards ~ The Tiger Substitute

After pushing the tigers into the endangered list, the global tiger trade syndicate have its eyes fixed on its “substitute” the leopard, leading to their rampant slaying in the wilds of Uttarakhand, which has almost porous borders with Nepal. The Times of India reported on Wednesday that the Uttarakhand forest department seized two more skins … Continue reading Leopards ~ The Tiger Substitute

China to phase out trade in ivory by the end of 2017

China announced late last week it will shut down its domestic ivory market by the end of 2017—a move designed to curb the mass slaughter of African elephants. Wildlife experts thought the international ban on ivory trade would slow or even stop the killing of elephants for their tusks; it did not in fact it … Continue reading China to phase out trade in ivory by the end of 2017

Oxford University professor who studied Cecil says strictly regulated hunting could help stop destruction of lion habitats

The Guardian reported last week on a new report by Professor David Macdonald, a scientist at Oxford University who studied Cecil the Lion years before the animal was killed by an American dentist. According to Macdonald, trophy hunting could help conserve lions. In his report for UK ministers, Macdonald concluded that strictly regulated hunting of … Continue reading Oxford University professor who studied Cecil says strictly regulated hunting could help stop destruction of lion habitats

Art dealer pleads guilty to trading endangered black rhino horns

A man accused of buying and selling horns of the endangered black rhinoceros pleaded guilty to wildlife trafficking, the Department of Justice announced. Fengyi Zhou, of Syosset, New York, a dealer in Asian art, admitted to purchasing as many as five rhinoceros horns, and sold them for $130,000, a Justice Department statement said last Tuesday. … Continue reading Art dealer pleads guilty to trading endangered black rhino horns

Average of 110 Tigers a year entering the illegal trade chain in Asia over 16 years

A comprehensive analysis of 16 years of Tiger seizures shows that Asia’s failure to ramp up enforcement, close Tiger farms, strengthen laws and reduce demand are to blame for the persistent illegal trade in Tiger parts, was published by TRAFFIC on last Wednesday. Reduced To Skin And Bones Re-Examined: Full Analysis released on the eve … Continue reading Average of 110 Tigers a year entering the illegal trade chain in Asia over 16 years