Bangkok, Thailand, 22nd January 2013—Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport has seen countless traffickers attempt to smuggle a myriad wild animals out in luggage, but never otters—until yesterday.
TRAFFIC aims to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature
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Bagaha, Bihar, India, January 2013—TRAFFIC in association with SSB (Sashastra Seema Bal) held a two day workshop on “Strengthening Wildlife Law Enforcement and Conservation along the Indo-Nepal Border” at Bagaha, Bihar, from 16-17 January 2012.
Deadline extended to 30th June 2013
Ha Noi, Viet Nam, 17th January 2013—The Vietnamese government’s Centre for Scientific and Professional Studies and Archives, Central Committee for Communication and Education (CCCE) is hosting a writing competition in collaboration with TRAFFIC to raise awareness of nature’s heritage and the pressure it faces from threats such as the illegal wildlife trade.
Gland, Switzerland, 15th January 2013—Escalating levels of poaching and illegal trade in rhino horns are seriously undermining rhino conservation efforts, putting the survival of these species at risk—according to a report by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and TRAFFIC.
Cape Town, South Africa, 10th January 2013—Rhino poaching statistics released today by the South African government reveal that a record 668 rhinos were killed across the country in 2012, an increase of nearly 50 per cent from the 448 rhinos lost to poachers in 2011. An additional five rhinos have been killed since the beginning of this year.
A majority of the rhino deaths, 425, occurred in Kruger National Park, South Africa’s premier safari destination. Poaching incidents in Kruger rose sharply from 252 in 2011.
La Paz, Bolivia—A crucial technical meeting of the Vicuña Convention took place in mid November, which for the first time brought together Vicuña producers with official delegations from each of the Convention’s five Member countries. TRAFFIC helped support and co-finance the meeting.
Nakhon Panom, Thailand, 3rd January 2013—Officials of two key provinces along the Thailand-Lao PDR border have met for bilateral enforcement discussions in an effort to stem the flow of illegally traded wildlife between the two countries.