Trafficked: Kidnapped chimps, jailed rhino horn traffickers, and seized donkey parts

Trafficked: Kidnapped chimps, jailed rhino horn traffickers, and seized donkey parts

LUBUMBASHI Democratic Republic of Congo Three chimpanzees have been kidnapped and are being held for ransom after intruders broke into a primate sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Franck Chantereau, founder of the J.A.C.K. Primate Rehabilitation Centre, says the kidnappers got into the 7-hectare (17-acre) facility in the southern city of Lubumbashi at around 3 […]

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Big data monitoring tool aims to catch up to Indonesia’s booming online bird trade

Big data monitoring tool aims to catch up to Indonesia’s booming online bird trade

JAKARTA — Researchers in Indonesia have harnessed the power of big data to monitor the flourishing online trade in songbirds, proposing it as a critical conservation tool in the absence of any other platform to crack down on trafficking. The researchers, from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), developed their “Support Vector Machine,” or […]

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Southeast Asia’s big cats like their prey rare — as in really elusive

Southeast Asia’s big cats like their prey rare — as in really elusive

Tigers and clouded leopards are two of Southeast Asia’s most threatened and enigmatic big cat species. With the numbers of both in sharp decline across the region, leaving their remaining populations small and fragmented, it’s unsurprising that scientists know very little about basic things — such as what they eat. But now, a new study […]

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Turtle DNA database traces illegal shell trade to poaching hotspots

Turtle DNA database traces illegal shell trade to poaching hotspots

A hawksbill turtle’s protective shell is in some ways its greatest weakness. Exquisitely patterned and thick enough to sculpt, hawksbill shells are the most popular type of tortoiseshell, a material coveted for centuries to make all manner of objects, from jewelry and trinkets, to spectacle frames and an entire genre of Japanese handicrafts called bekko. […]

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Indonesian official charged, but not jailed, for trading in Sumatran tiger parts

Indonesian official charged, but not jailed, for trading in Sumatran tiger parts

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia — Authorities in Indonesia have charged three men, including a local political leader in Sumatra, with selling body parts from a Sumatran tiger, a critically endangered and protected species. Ahmadi, 41, the former head of Bener Meriah district in Aceh province, was arrested by provincial police along with two alleged accomplices while […]

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