Trafficking of thousands of songbirds highlights rampant trade in Indonesia

Trafficking of thousands of songbirds highlights rampant trade in Indonesia

MEDAN, Indonesia — Smugglers managed to ship more than 7,000 birds, including wild-caught songbirds, by air from Sumatra to Java in Indonesia, highlighting the country’s weak enforcement against the deeply entrenched bird trade. Indonesian authorities said the birds were transported in several batches on flights on June 11 and 12 from Medan in North Sumatra […]

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Calls for swift action as hundreds of elephants die in Botswana’s Okavango Delta

Calls for swift action as hundreds of elephants die in Botswana’s Okavango Delta

Nearly 400 elephants have died in Botswana’s Okavango Delta since March, in what wildlife experts say is one of the largest elephant mortality events ever recorded. Conservationists have criticized the government’s handling of the matter and are urging them to speed up investigations. Botwsana’s environment ministry registered the first of these unexplained elephant deaths in […]

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What is a Tasmanian devil? Candid Animal Cam meets the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world

What is a Tasmanian devil? Candid Animal Cam meets the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world

Camera traps bring you closer to the secretive natural world and are an important conservation tool to study wildlife. This week we’re meeting the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world: the Tasmanian devil. Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii) used to live in Australia but now they can only be found in the island state of Tasmania, […]

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‘It’s a success’: Pangolins return to a region where they were once extinct

‘It’s a success’: Pangolins return to a region where they were once extinct

Pangolins have been locally extinct in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province for the last 30 or 40 years, experts say. But now, local conservationists are working to slowly reintroduce these shy, sensitive animals in a world-first effort to reinstate wild populations. The eight species of pangolins together are considered to be one of the most widely […]

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