Increased Poaching of Critically Endangered Orangutans During Pandemic

Increased Poaching of Critically Endangered Orangutans During Pandemic

“Critically endangered orangutans, tigers, elephants and subsistence farmers, are now all struggling to survive in remnant forests,” said Leif Cocks, founder of The Orangutan Project, in an emailed statement. “Over 80% of native forest in Sumatra and Borneo have been cleared for large plantations. When you add in a global pandemic which has plunged more […]

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Organizations aim to block funds for East African oil pipeline

Organizations aim to block funds for East African oil pipeline

National and international NGOs from around the world have asked more than two dozen banks not to finance a 1,445-kilometer (898-mile) pipeline to shuttle oil from fields in Uganda to a port on Tanzania’s coast. The groups contend that the project is already impinging on communities and exacerbating poverty in the region. Their representatives also […]

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Saving Africa’s biodiversity is a challenging but urgent necessity, says Rodger Schlickeisen

Saving Africa’s biodiversity is a challenging but urgent necessity, says Rodger Schlickeisen

Rodger Schlickeisen made a name for himself in conservation circles from the early 1990s thanks to his leadership at Defenders of Wildlife, which grew rapidly in membership and influence during his 20 years at the helm. The group became known as a staunch advocate for wildlife via its defense of the U.S. Endangered Species Act […]

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Jaw Traps and Snares: The Terrible Threat to India’s Wildlife

Jaw Traps and Snares: The Terrible Threat to India’s Wildlife

Today, the wild animals of the world face myriad threats that are steadily wiping out populations across the planet. As a wildlife conservation charity, Wildlife SOS comes across many animals that find themselves in inconceivable situations, oftentimes due to human interference. One of the most dangerous threats that we have rescued many animals from, is […]

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Electronic ears listen to poachers in a key Central American jaguar habitat

Electronic ears listen to poachers in a key Central American jaguar habitat

A gunshot explodes through the rainforest, followed by what sounds like branches falling from a tree. A dog barks. “Tito, did I hit it?” a man asks his companion in Spanish. “Oh yes, I did hit it. Look, there is blood dripping. I shot it from over there.”  These sounds were recorded on an […]

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Jaguars in Suriname’s protected parks remain vulnerable to poaching

Jaguars in Suriname’s protected parks remain vulnerable to poaching

In mid-June 2012, a few months after she started monitoring the jaguars inside Brownsberg Nature Park in Suriname, biologist Vanessa Kadosoe saw Amalia for the first time. Through the pictures from a camera trap, she observed the little jaguar cub walking beside her parents, Máxima and Willem Alexander, the monarchs of the jungle until then. […]

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Fake it till you save it? Synthetic animal parts pose a conservation conundrum

Fake it till you save it? Synthetic animal parts pose a conservation conundrum

Twice a year, thousands of members of South Africa’s Nazareth Baptist Church clothe themselves in spots and walk to their holy grounds in KwaZulu-Natal province to take up a dance. Following the swell of horns and the pounding of a drum, more than 1,500 male dancers move together, their stamping feet and upraised arms swinging in […]

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Bodies of drowned deer recovered from frozen lake after being scared by poachers

Bodies of drowned deer recovered from frozen lake after being scared by poachers

Warsaw, Poland – Polish rescuers recovered the bodies of a herd of drowned deer on Thursday after illegal poachers scared the animals with firecrackers and drove them onto a frozen lake where the ice then broke. The rescuers, from the Szczecin fire brigade, managed to rescue 13 deer from the lake, partly by lassoing them […]

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