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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Venezuelan Amazon deforestation expands due to lawlessness, mining, fires: Reports

Venezuelan Amazon deforestation expands due to lawlessness, mining, fires: Reports

More than 140,000 hectares (346,000 acres) of primary forest in the Venezuelan Amazon were lost between 2016 and 2020, deforestation that was driven by illegal mining, agricultural expansion, and fires. This is according to a report generated using extremely high-resolution satellite images and published by the Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP). This significant […]

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Petition: Urge Facebook to Enforce Policies to End Wildlife Trafficking

Petition: Urge Facebook to Enforce Policies to End Wildlife Trafficking

Despite Facebook’s promises to fight the illegal wildlife trafficking industry, it persists and continues to profit from the imprisonment and neglect of helpless animals. A recent report by Avaaz claims that Facebook remains a popular platform for cruel animal traffickers. The researchers found that Facebook’s algorithms “help criminals grow their business.” It should not be […]

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Many hunters leave hippos’ corpses behind and return home with just 12 teeth as their “trophies.”

Many hunters leave hippos’ corpses behind and return home with just 12 teeth as their “trophies.”

Hippos are one of the most recognizable creatures on the planet, with their barrel form, massive teeth, and jaws that can expand to nearly 180 degrees. Hippos are also a keystone species because their behavior, as “ecosystem engineers,” helps form and preserve landscapes and ecosystems while also promoting biodiversity. Their presence is vital to the […]

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