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The vaquita is the world's smallest porpoise and with less than 100 remaining its future may not be certain. Living only in the Upper Sea of Cortez the porpoise is threatened by the gillnets used by fishermen to catch the totoaba fish. With just 25 breeding females in the population any more lo
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Three badger baiters from Rotherham have been sent to prison for 12 weeks after DNA forensic evidence was used for the first time. The RSPCA used the skills of the Scottish Government Science and Advice Service for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) to place the men at the scene of the crime. Antonio Migu
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There was no big announcement and the source was a small article in the state run Legal Evening News but China has just made a major policy decision for elephants. The country has  - from immediate effect - banned the import of ivory and elephant tusks for 12 months. Is this just a short term meas
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First ever illustrated world bird classification published - Lynx Edicíons and BirdLife International have published the first ever Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. The checklist classification uses new criteria and recognises 462 new species which were previously treated as ‘races’ of other forms. The new total of 4,549 non-passerines implies that previous classifications have undersold avian diversity at the species http://ow.ly/2Mk1jO
Lynx Edicíons and BirdLife International have published the first ever Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. The checklist classification uses new criteria and recognises 462 new species which were previously treated as ‘races’ of other forms. The new total of 4,549 non-passerines implies
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The story behind mpalalive.com - This short video (3:12) from NTV Kenya show the story behind the latest webcam craze sweeping through the conservation world. mpalalive.com gets you up close to Africa's wildlife. http://ow.ly/2M9DW3
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Over half of South Africa's 'evacuated' rhinos head to hunting ranches http://ow.ly/2M1RMz
The Public Protector has been requested to investigate the sale of 260 rhinos by SANParks to hunting companies. On the 20th July 2014 the Sunday Times published an article about the relocation of 500 rhinos out of Kruger National Park (KNP). SANParks vehemently denied these allegations but on the 1
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As the deadline looms for Thailand to get it's domestic ivory trade in order or risk trade bans under CITES the number of ivory traders in Thailand's main ivory market has dropped by 85%.  As traders have not been able to provide sufficient evidence of the source of their ivory the number
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A new satellite based study has shown that deforestation rates have soared by 62% since the 1990's. During the 2000-2010 period 6.5 million hectares of primary forest was lost each year. An area equivalent to Norway being cleared every 5 years. The new study overturns claims by the U.N.'s
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Elephant population triples in Serengeti Maasa Mari are they fleeing poachers? http://ow.ly/2McUQ5
Are elephants fleeing Kenya for the relative safety of Tanzania in the Serengeti? That is the question being posed as a new survey released this week shows that
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Parts of 2800 bears seized in Asia over a 12-year period - A new TRAFFIC analysis of hundreds of seizures sounds the alarm on Asia's ongoing widespread bear trade and the need for immediate international action. The findings are published in Brought to Bear: an Analysis of Seizures across Asia (2000–2011) which studied bear seizures made over a 12-year period in 17 countries and territories across Asia http://ow.ly/2M96ka
A new TRAFFIC analysis of hundreds of seizures sounds the alarm on Asia's ongoing widespread bear trade and the need for immediate international action. The findings are published in Brought to Bear: an Analysis of Seizures across Asia (2000–2011) which studied bear seizures made over a 12-yea
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UK rejects claims of funding ivory stockpiles - The Foreign Office has rejected claims made by Tanzanian officials, including ministers, and reported in the media that the UK was to fund the storage costs of Tanzania's ivory stockpile for 10 years. The information from the Africa Desk confirms that the UK will fund an inventory of Tanzania's stockpile but will not be funding http://ow.ly/2LYKgp
The Foreign Office has rejected claims made by Tanzanian officials, including ministers, and reported in the media that the UK was to fund the storage costs of Tanzania's ivory stockpile for 10 years. The information from the Africa Desk confirms that the UK will fund an inventory of Tanzania&#
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