Prince Charles and Prince William are calling upon world leaders to place the battle against wildlife trafficking at the top of the global agenda. At a May 21st, 2013, event in London hosted by HRH The Prince of Wales and the UK government, Prince Charles said: “As a father and a soon-to-be grandfather, I find it inconceivable that our children and grandchildren could live in a world bereft of these animals.
It seems that no pangolin population is safe from the deadly illegal trade: During the final ten days of April 2013, pangolins and scales were seized in the Philippines, India, Cameroon, and France. On April 20th — just days after the shocking discovery of 2,000 frozen pangolins on a Chinese fishing vessel which ran aground in Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park — the Philippine Coast Guard seized another 23 pan
A conservative estimate of pangolin trafficking from 2011 through April 20th, 2013, suggests that more than 100,000 of these small mammals could have been killed in less than three years. Since most illegal wildlife trade is undetected, we based our estimate on seizures reported by the media for the 28-month period — a total of 17,812 pangolins, accounting for scales and parts. Considering that seizures general
The 16th Conference of the Parties (CoP16) to CITES concluded in Bangkok, Thailand, on March 14th, 2013, with mixed results for the world’s most threatened species. After experiencing the spectacle of a CoP firsthand, I can say with certainty that overcoming the wildlife trade cartels who have exploited the Convention to line their pockets will take some strategic maneuvering! We were proud to add our voice to
Although 2012 was an undeniably difficult year for the elusive pangolin, there is indeed hope for this unique species. Between January and July 2012, at least 43 pangolin seizures were made across eleven countries, representing approximately 2,550 pangolins (scales, flesh and whole pangolins, dead and alive). Although it was too late for most of the confiscated pangolins, some were released; little is known about sur
Despite the tragic news that South Africa’s rhino death toll reached 633 in mid-December 2012, the year actually marked extraordinary achievements in worldwide rhino conservation. In addition to the exciting conservation success stories of 2012, critical steps were taken to disrupt and dismantle criminal networks responsible for trafficking rhino horn, and the rhino crisis received unprecedented media coverage.
The indigenous Tharu tribe living next to Suhelwa Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttar Pradesh will play a pivotal role in protecting tigers, thanks to a joint initiative between forest officials and local conservationists. Located near India’s border with Nepal, Suhelwa is under constant threat from wildlife traffickers who target the big cats and smuggle their parts into neighboring China. However, members of the Thar
Police in Assam have arrested suspects from two rhino horn trafficking gangs, believed to be responsible for killing rhinos in Kaziranga National Park. Most of the suspects are from the Karbi Anglong district. Gang leader Lyngdoh Rongpi was arrested in the Jamelangshu hills, and his accomplices (perhaps as many as 17) were later arrested at a Bokolia village, according to The Hindu. An axe, one AK-47 rifle, 37 rounds
A study conducted by the wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC has revealed that an alarming number of leopards are victims of illegal trade in skins and body parts. Researchers used statistical analysis to arrive at the figure of an “estimated 4.4 leopards” killed per week, compiled from 420 seizures of leopard parts in 209 localities for the period 2001 — 2010. Northern India was found to be a
A female tiger named “Oni” was found dead in her enclosure at the Itanagar Zoo in Arunachal Pradesh, where intruders managed to shoot her in the head and carve up her body before security guards returned from a dinner break. A necropsy revealed two bullet wounds from a .22 rifle in Oni’s skull, according to NDTV. Although no arrests were made, three zoo employees have since been fired, and a forest