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
A turtle trafficker identified as David Feltenberger of Okeechobee, Florida, has been sentenced to 90 days in prison followed by 90 days of house arrest, three years of supervised release, 250 hours of community service, and a $20,000 fine for exporting wild-caught turtles to China. An undercover investigation by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service found that Feltenberger was using his FWCC Turtle Aquaculture Brood
A frozen tiger carcass, tiger bones, and turtle shells have been confiscated in Vietnam’s Quang Binh Province, while two suspects identified as Ho Van Bang and Nguyen Van Ngon were arrested. Police also found “bones of unidentified animals”, along with military and government license plates, inside the pair’s SUV, according to Thanh Nien Daily. The contraband was stuffed in bags, and the suspe
Rather than allocate funds for its own imperiled species such as Sumatran rhinos, Malayan tigers and tapirs, Borneo pygmy elephants, turtles and tortoises, orangutans, sun bears, and pangolins (just to name a few), the Malaysian government has announced plans to take on a pricey “loan” of two pandas from China. In addition to the investment required for building a suitable panda enclosure and acquiring (o
New Study Finds Illegal Trade in Threatened Turtles and Tortoises Thriving in Indonesia (via Planetsave) The latest report published by the wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC reveals that an alarming number of protected and endangered tortoises and freshwater turtles are openly for sale in Indonesia. Although Indonesian laws to combat illegal wildlife trade have been strengthened, and an increased…