Sighting of super rare Chacoan fairy armadillo in Bolivia ‘a dream come true’

Podcast: Sighting of super rare Chacoan fairy armadillo in Bolivia ‘a dream come true’

The four-wheel-drive bumped over a rutted road. Rain that began as soon as they left the pavement was so thick that the road, compacted by traffic, became slippery, and the tires dug-in. It was 8 a.m. At the wheel was Nick Mcphee, Australian conservationist-turned Bolivian ecotourism uber-specialist, and with him were Bolivian biologist Huáscar Bustillos […]

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China still making pangolin-based treatments despite banning use of scales, report says

China still making pangolin-based treatments despite banning use of scales, report says

Pangolin scales — armor-like, keratin-based plates that cover a pangolin’s body — are still being used in medicines sold and produced by Chinese companies, a new report has found. This is being done despite the Chinese government banning pangolin scales from the official list of approved ingredients in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), and even giving […]

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‘We are all ecstatic’: Rescued wild pangolin gives birth to healthy pup

‘We are all ecstatic’: Rescued wild pangolin gives birth to healthy pup

Ally arrived at the veterinary hospital the way most rescued pangolins do: underweight, dehydrated and suffering from pneumonia. But a routine ultrasound revealed that Ally wasn’t a typical patient — she was also pregnant. In April, officials working for the South African Police Service’s Endangered Species Unit managed to rescue Ally, a wild Temminck’s pangolin […]

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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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Petition: How Traditional Chinese Medicine is Contributing to Species Extinction

Petition: How Traditional Chinese Medicine is Contributing to Species Extinction

Traditional Chinese medicine is flourishing at the expense of animals. Many traditional medicines require endangered animals and often runs rampant on rumors of effective treatment. Rhino populations quickly diminished as a rumor about a politician being cured of cancer by a rhino horn. Three species are now extinct thanks to demand for rhino horn. Demand […]

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