May 17, 2013, marks the 8th annual national Endangered Species Day, with special events and other programs throughout the United States to recognize conservation efforts aimed at helping the country’s imperiled species. This year also commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act. Endangered Species Day is celebrated on the third Friday in May. It honors the importance of protecting America’s
The United States, China, Vietnam, and Japan have submitted a total of 11 proposals to amend the CITES Appendices for nearly 50 tortoise and freshwater turtle species adversely affected by trade. An estimated 48 — 54% of the world’s 328 tortoise and freshwater turtle species are significantly threatened. Millions of turtles end up in China each year, where they are eaten and used in traditional medicines.
Thanks to a grant from Google’s Global Impact Awards, WWF will receive $5 million for “conservation drones” and other innovative tools to protect endangered species in Africa and Asia. WWF will use the “umbrella of technology” grant to develop a global system which will detect traffickers, monitor wildlife, and boost the effectiveness of ranger patrols. Remote aerial survey systems, wild
December 4th marks Wildlife Conservation Day — and the launch of a global outreach campaign in conjunction with United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s call for a multilateral coalition against wildlife trafficking. Our embassies will use every tool at their disposal to raise awareness about this issue, from honoring local activists, to spreading the word on Facebook and Twitter. We want
The rise of China as an economic superpower has impacted the entire world — including wildlife. Although economists and investors have been studying — and profiting from — China’s powerful trend, Barron‘s stated in its July 2 cover story (“Falling Star“) that the Chinese economy is slowing and hard times are ahead. Many investors have recently questioned China’s continu
The world’s only known Pinta Island tortoise, dubbed “Lonesome George”, has died, leaving the subspecies Chelonoidis nigra abingdoni extinct. Lonesome George’s age was estimated to be at least 100 years old, although the subspecies can live twice that long. Officials at the Galapagos National Park in Ecuador told BBC News that the beloved tortoise was found dead in his corral by his caretaker,
A guilty plea has been entered following a lengthy federal investigation into the intentional killing of an endangered Florida panther in October 2009. According to court documents, Naples hunter Todd Alan Benfield shot the Florida panther with a bow and arrow, and then returned the next day and tried to hide the animal’s body. I shot the Forida panther because I thought the Florida panther was competing and in