No 437 Wildlife Trade News: 22nd June

Another dose of bad news about poaching, wildlife and environmental crimes …

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in the spotlight today ……………………

Rhino horn demand plunges. VIETNAM

No 437 Wildlife Trade News: 22nd June


Once again, forestry department and CITES officials have seen these

photos several days before you have.

What action have they taken, if any?

photos: Scorpion

The cardboard boxes are what the birds and animals arrive in.

Synthetic rhino horns are being 3D printed in an effort to defeat poachers

Animal Rights Groups Urge Obama for Iceland Whaling Sanctions

A pair of female chimpanzees held illegally as tourist attractions at the Hotel Lediya Flats in Matadi, DR Congo, were seized recently by the Congolese wildlife authority (ICCN) — along with a crocodile and a black mangabey — and transferred to the Kinshasa Zoo. GRASP

Study: ’Without Any Significant Doubt’, Sixth Mass Extinction is Here

High demand for luxury wool prompts poachers to slaughter vicunas

Vicunas in the Andes in northern Chile are under threat from poachers who kill them for their pelts instead of herding and shearing them, as families have done for centuries. (Hernan Torres / For The Times)

Sri Lanka gives another elephant calf to Auckland Zoo

INDONESIA: Cutting down and dumbing down – Erik Meijaard. EXTRACT: Indonesia’s deforestation rates, the latest studies indicate that Indonesia lost some 14,700 sq km of forest annually between 2000 and 2010, increasing to about 20,000 sq km in 2011 and 2012. The Ministry of Environment and Forestry, however, estimated forest loss at 4,500 sq km per year in 2013. Now the discrepancies between these estimates have altogether different reasons. But that’s a story for another time.

Secret cameras capture preparations for China’s barbaric annual meat festival as tensions mount between traders and animal rights’ groups ahead of tomorrow’s official launch

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South Africa hunters say best way to save wildlife is to kill it

Prince Harry to pursue conservation passion in Africa

Japanese nationals held for wildlife trafficking

Zoo Miami director’s focus: conservation

extracts: I’m … very conservation oriented, so I wanted to come in and make changes that focus us more strongly as a conservation organization, one that focuses on animal interactions, public engagement, and just taking every opportunity to have an excellent guest experience every day and using every guest experience to connect people to nature.

The best practices in zoos, looking from an animal welfare and enrichment and training [perspective], are large, multi-species exhibits.

Other trends in zoos are to strengthen that conservation message: Why are you exhibiting this animal? What role do they play? Why are they here? They are ambassadors for their wild cousins and there needs to be a strong conservation message so that its purpose driven; we’re not just exhibiting an animal as a part of a collection.

The other one is public engagement, that’s the interactives. Everything, instead of passive exhibits, it’s more about experiences.
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