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Rhino Crisis Round Up: S African Death Toll Rises to 80 & More

It’s just 61 days into 2012 and at least 80 rhinos have already been killed in South Africa. South African National Parks (SANParks) released the grim tally earlier this week, along with the news that four Kruger National Park employees have been arrested for suspected involvement with rhino killings. Dr. David Mabunda, the Chief Executive […]

Rhino Crisis Round Up: US Busts Rhino Horn Smuggling Ring & More

Great news! The United States Fish and Wildlife Service has cracked a major international rhino horn trafficking ring and arrested several people across a dozen states. The undercover investigation called “Operation Crash” also resulted in the seizure of more than 30 rhino horns, over $1 million in cash, and $1 million in Rolex watches, gold […]

February 23rd


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February 20th

The Green Economy and I, Robot

{Note to the reader: this is my entry into the UNEP’s World Environment Day (WED) blogging competition, addressing the 2012 theme: The Green Economy – Does It Include You? After considering many examples of who the ‘you’ in the title could refer to, I’ve decided to hand over this blog entry to my GAIA (General […]

February 10th

Rhino Crisis Round Up: Four Arrested in Nepal, Sumatran Rhino Pregnancy & More

Photo © International Rhino Foundation This week, authorities in Nepal confiscated a rhino horn and arrested four people, including three policemen. The Himalayan Times identified the suspects as Constable Dambar Bahadur Tamang, Head Constable Bhupal Thapa, Constable Bishnu Subedi and Solti Gurung. It was noted that Thapa and Subedi had previous departmental violations. Deadly shootout […]

February 8th

Rhino Crisis Round Up: Parliamentary #rhinohearing in South Africa & More

In a matter of hours, the highly anticipated Parliamentary discussion about South Africa’s horrific rhino situation will commence in Cape Town. Public hearings on potential solutions to the country’s rhino crisis are expected to begin Thursday at 9:30 AM SAST. The Department of Environmental Affairs (the Department), and other relevant government state holders will commence […]

January 25th

South Africa: 448 Rhinos Killed in 2011 [Warning: Graphic]

© / Mark Carwardine / WWF An announcement made today by WWF confirms that 2011’s rhino death toll in South Africa reached a record-breaking 448. Of the 448 rhinos murdered for their horns, 19 were critically endangered black rhinos. 252 of the rhino killings occurred in Kruger National Park, where eight rhinos were found […]

January 12th

Rhino Crisis Round Up: Hope for Asian Rhinos & More

The New Year seems to be starting off on a positive note for Asian rhinos, with encouraging news about greater one-horned, Javan, and Sumatran rhinos. Meanwhile, a new initiative in South Africa is launched to rehabilitate rhino calves orphaned by the continuing killing spree. ‘Missing’ rhino located A straying greater one-horned rhino was found after […]

January 5th

Four Ivory Smugglers Arrested with 44 Elephant Tusks in Cameroon

African elephants continue to fall victim to the Chinese demand for ivory, as 44 tusks were reportedly seized near Lobéké National Park in Southeast Cameroon. Four people, including a “businessman” who is believed to have arranged the deal, were arrested after the tusks were found in a truck transporting cocoa. WWF’s project manager in Lobéké, […]

December 18th

Rhino Crisis Round Up: Prominent South African Veterinarian Appears in Court, Arrests in Nepal & More

Another link between South Africa’s wildlife industry and the country’s rhino killing spree was revealed when South African veterinarian Dr. Douw Grobler appeared in the Pretoria North Magistrate’s Court last week. Although Grobler was not formally charged with a crime, his appearance was apparently part of an investigation into the activities of Hugo Ras, a […]

December 1st

Study Reveals Hundreds of Orangutans Killed Annually in Indonesia

A recently published study has uncovered disturbing information regarding the survival of orangutans in Kalimantan, Indonesia. In addition to facing habitat loss due to forest exploitation, hundreds of orangutans are intentionally killed every year by people who live within the orangutan’s distribution range. Killing a ‘major threat’ to wild orangutans The killing of orangutans is […]

November 28th

Creative Experts Meet to Devise Plans for Stopping Illegal Trade in Tigers, Rhinos & Other Endangered Species

Earlier this week, more than 20 participants from diverse areas – including advertising, public health, and wildlife trade – met at a workshop in Hong Kong to discuss strategies for reducing the demand for products made from endangered species. The seemingly inescapable appetite for endangered species is driven by the economic boom in countries such […]

November 25th

Thank You

I have great thanks today and every day for our amazing readers and writers (you). I’m so thankful that I can work with you all to try to make this world a more positive place, a healthier place, a safer place, and a more inspirational place. You all are wonderful and I could never give […]

November 24th

No Excuses: Wildlife Protection Billboards Installed in Malaysia

In Malaysia, wildlife criminals can no longer claim ignorance as an excuse for their destructive activities, thanks to the installation of billboards in the heart of illegal wildlife trafficking hotspots. Photo © WWF-Malaysia The huge signs are located near the Belum-Temengor Forest Complex, one of the world’s oldest rainforests, located in northern Peninsular Malaysia. “The […]

November 22nd

Rhino Crisis Round Up: Western Black Rhino Declared Extinct, Rhino Killed in India & More

Another rhinoceros subspecies gone forever: The IUCN has confirmed that the Western black rhino (Diceros bicornis longipes) is indeed extinct. Just like the recent extinction of the Vietnamese Javan rhino (Rhinoceros sondaicus annamiticus), “lack of political will” is cited as a contributing factor. The Diceros bicornis longipes page on the IUCN Red List of Threatened […]

November 10th

Breaking News: Javan Rhino Declared Extinct in Vietnam

EXTINCT: Vietnam’s last rhino was a victim of the illegal rhino horn trade. Photo © WWF-Greater Mekong WWF and the International Rhino Foundation (IRF) have confirmed the extinction of the Javan rhino (Rhinoceros sondaicus annamiticus) in Vietnam. DNA match On April 29th, 2010, the body of a female Javan rhino was found in Cat Tien […]

October 25th