Pangolins, a scaly anteater long prized in China and Vietnam for their meat and scales, are being ‘eaten to extinction’, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), who compile the Red List of endangered and threatened species. There are eight species of pangolin, with the Chinese, Sunda, Philippine, and Indian being […]Read more "China: Eaten into oblivion"
Drones, which are essentially remote controlled aircraft fitted with cameras, sensors, and other technology, are increasingly being deployed by environmental groups and governments to aid conservation efforts. In Belize, for example, drones are used to monitor illegal fishing activities over a wide stretch of ocean and shoreline, which would be too resource intensive for boats […]Read more "Africa: How drones can save wildlife"
A South African rhino poacher has been sentenced to 77 years in prison. Madla Chauke was arrested in 2011 in Kruger National Park, for the killing of three rhino calves. Chauke was also convicted of the murder of an accomplice, who was shot by park rangers. Chauke argued that he was coerced into poaching by his […]Read more "South Africa: poaching means murder"
Poachers killed 4 rhinos at a game reserve in Kenya on July 9th, one of the worst attacks in recent times, Bloomberg reports, bringing the number of rhinos killed in Kenya this year to 22, and reducing the number of the animals left there to 1,037. Poaching of rhinos and elephants is fuelled by demand […]Read more "Africa: Another 4 dead rhinos"