Africa’s endangered species

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More than 150 bird species are known to have become extinct over the past 500 years, and many more are estimated to have been driven to extinction before they became known to science. The bulk of the recent bird extinctions has been on islands, where species are more susceptible to extermination due to smaller ranges, lower population sizes and a lack of adaptation for coping with introduced predators. The Northern Bald Ibis is listed as Critically Endangered.

Illegal Puma Skin Sent to India

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Central London Shop Raided for Illegal Wildlife Products

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Detectives seized 200 products believed to be made from endangered animals including musk deer, leopards and tigers. The raid took place on the day an amendment to the law controlling illegal trade in endangered species came into effect. Tags: wildlife crime UK wildlife trafficking Traditional Chinese Medicine tigers endangered species Not surprisingly, they raided a shop selling Chinese traditional medicines. From the Telegraph.

DNA Bar Codes Could Help Identify Illegal Bush Meat

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One of the major challenges in combating the bushmeat trade is identifying the source species for the meat and products. How is anyone to know if it came from a species that is protected under national or international law? According to a paper published in the September 1 online edition of the journal Conservation Genetics, DNA bar codes can be used to quickly and clearly distinguish the source species of meat or leather goods for many rare and threatened species.

Internet Exploits Cameroon's Primates

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Illegal wildlife traffickers provide fake credentials to establish that primates are being legitimately offered for sale. Their ads claim that the primate comes with "veterinary health documents, a "permit" from CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) and a year's health care guarantee. Just another threat to already endangered primates.

Ligers in China

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Both species are endangered and it is illegal to cross breed them. Cross-breeding two protected species is completely against nature. Tags: zoos taiwan tigers lion endangered species A private zoo operator in Taiwan cross-bred lions and tigers, resulting in three "liger" cubs. One died and the other two were seized for sheltering at a research institution. From Focus Taiwan.

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Rarer than Tigers: the Indian Wild Dog

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Birds included common species such as Black Drongos , Jungle Babblers and a Hoopoe. Well, one reason might be – this animal is not only endangered, but even rarer than the Tiger! These days, the species shares habitats with Tigers, Snow Leopard, Bears, etc. If they can survive next to such neigbours, how come they are endangered? Trips Dhole endangered species India MammalsIndia, February 2013.

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France's Ugly Secret: Eating Endangered Songbird

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Now France can add another to its long list of gastronomic sins.eating ortolan, an endangered songbird. The hunting and selling of ortolans, which have suffered a Europe-wide decline of 40-50% in the last 40 years, has been illegal in France since 1999. Tags: poaching france endangered species From the Guardian. In a co-ordinated protest, members of the League for the Protection of Birds (LPO) destroyed hundreds of traps and set free the birds inside.

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Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve: the Tiger Afternoon

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The problems restricting the number of the biggest of all cats alive include the spread of man-made infrastructure – especially roads and subsequent fragmentation of habitats; destruction of habitat by illegal logging or turning natural forests into commercial wood plantations, as well as illegal killing for vengeance, body parts used in traditional Chinese medicine (such body parts have no medicinal properties) or wine in which tiger bones have been steeped.

Demand for Wildlife Products on the Rise in China

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Profit from illegal trade can be up to 10 times the cost, with restaurant operators offering the exotic dishes usually aware of the violation but lured by the gains, Xu {Hongfa, director of the World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) TRAFFIC East Asia China Program} said. Illegal trade in tiger meat and bones is also alive, continuing to threaten the extinction of an already depleted species, he said. The Chinese want them for exotic foods and for medicine. From the China Daily.

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Virunga Wildlife Rangers On the Offensive Against Militias

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The move, undertaken in collaboration with the UN peace-keeping forces MONUC, follows a report by the United Nations Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of Congo identifying charcoal from Virunga National Park as a major source of revenue for illegal armed groups. Tags: virunga rwanda africa congo gorillas endangered species

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Wild Chimpanzees Threatened in the Congo

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Sadly, there is evidence that the bushmeat trade is spreading rapidly into the Bili and Rubi-Tele protected areas, both of which have been recently invaded by illegal miners. Tags: chimpanzees poaching congo endangered species Two of my favorite issues are chimpanzees threatened in labs and mountain gorillas threatened in the Congo. Let's combine the two and look at chimpanzees threatened in the Congo. Because they are in serious trouble there too.

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Will Environmental Laws Prevent a Wall Through Santa Ana NWR?

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One might assume that construction of a border wall through a sensitive national wildlife refuge would be prevented, or at least slowed, by a thicket of lawsuits under statutes such as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA). More than 20 years ago, Congress passed the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA). Conservation Border Endangered Species Act Mexico Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge

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China Gets to Buy Elephant Ivory

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The UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) meeting in Geneva voted in favour of China becoming a licensed importer. The African states say they need to sell the stockpiles to finance the conservation and management of their elephant populations but critics say it will give illegal traders the opportunity to launder poached ivory. I don't know how to call this one.will it help or hurt the elephant population in the long run?

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Suit Against Circus Owners Goes to Trial

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employee, claims the defendants inhumanely and illegally mistreat their Asian elephants and have done so for decades. According to the complaint, the defendants routinely beat elephants, violating the 1973 Endangered Species Act by hitting them with bull hooks. Finally, a cruelty suit against Feld Entertainment, which owns Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, is coming to trial. A U.S.

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Parrots in My Costa Rican Neighborhood

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With 18 species of native Psittacids to choose from, birding in Costa Rica is always a thrill, especially for someone who grew up in parrotless Niagara Falls, New York! At least one of these species has adapted to nesting on buildings and a few others can nest in large parks.

Environmental Groups Call For End To USDA Wildlife Killing

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Animals killed also include threatened and endangered species, a number which has steadily increased since 2005. In 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency charged Wildlife Services for its illegal placement of a sodium cyanide M-44 (a highly lethal booby trap) on public land, which harmed a U.S. Lethal control efforts of WS professionals typically remove less than 5 percent of a species' overall population.

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I Remember Elephants

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We are facing a plague of poaching that is again decimating the species. Will the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) conference delegates up-list them to Appendix I of the Convention, forbidding any future sale over international borders? Indeed, the proposal to up-list four southern African populations to Appendix I could well have opened a back door to illegal international trade.”.

Peregrine Falcons at the National Wildlife Refuges

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The name Peregrine means “wanderer,” and northern-nesting Peregrines are among North America’s long-distance migratory species, some moving 25,000 kilometers every year. I’m sure most of you know that the Peregrine Falcon became an endangered species because of the use of organochlorine pesticides, especially DDT, during the 1950′s, 60′s, and 70′s. They were officially listed as Endangered in 1970 in the U.S.

Bird Litigation: Wind Turbine Near Ottawa NWR

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The American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) recently filed a lawsuit against the federal government arguing that a planned wind turbine near the famed birding hotspot of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is illegal. FWS evidently objected to this proposal, noting the proximity to the refuge and the area’s importance as a migratory corridor for many species of birds.

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Ten Ways To Be A Better (Online) Birder

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Don’t even bring up using tapes on endangered species. It’s illegal, it disturbs birds, and if you do admit to doing this, you are only going to encourage others to make the same mistake. Report the rare birds you see, including known “continuing” rarities. This is a no-brainer. Sometimes, report the rare birds you DON’T see. This could be very helpful to those debating a chase trip. 3.Quit being so anal retentive.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes 2015 Expansion of Hunting and Fishing Opportunities on National Wildlife Refuges

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The Refuge is now home to nearly 200 species of birds, over 50 species of mammals, 25 species of reptiles and amphibians, and a wide variety of insects, fish and plants. The Sacramento River NWR was established 1989 by the authority provided under the Endangered Species Act, Emergency Wetlands Resources Act, and the Fish and Wildlife Act. The Louisiana black bear’s threatened status warrants protection under sections 7 and 9 of the Endangered Species Act.

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Endemic Birds of Cuba: A Book Review

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Fernandina’s Flicker, a tongue-twisting alliterative name for one of the most endangered woodpeckers in the world! Navarro’s exceptional drawings illustrate the species accounts. Forty-eight species. Each species account starts with names–family name at the top of the page, followed below by English name of the species, alpha code, scientific name, local name in Cuba and the standard name as accepted by the Sociedad Española de Ornitología (SEO).

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Ghana – Rainforest Birding on the Brink by Adam Riley

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Nineteen days later we had racked up an amazing list of 436 species, including some of Africa’s least known birds such as Congo Serpent Eagle , Yellow-footed Honeyguide , Tessmann’s Flycatcher , Yellow-bearded Greenbul , Black-collared Lovebird and much besides. Blue-moustached Bee-eater is rainforest species occurring in just a few scattered sites in Ghana, it was previously considered a subspecies of Blue-headed Bee-eater.

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