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Thursday
Jul032008

Poaching gangs blamed for Tiger losses in Shuklaphanta, Nepal

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Poaching has decimated the number of Tigers in Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve, Nepal, over the last five years Click photo to enlarge © A. Cambone / WWF-Canon  
Cambridge, UK, 3 July 2008—Shuklaphanta, a Nepalese wildlife reserve that just five years ago boasted the highest density of Tigers in the world, today hosts perhaps just six animals, and the decrease is being blamed on poachers.

In 2004/05 Shuklaphanta in western Nepal held an estimated 27 tigers, at 17 animals per 100 km2, the highest Tiger density in the world. But recent surveys using camera traps in 93 locations recorded just five individual Tigers between December 2007 and March 2008 and WWF estimates there could be just seven animals left in the reserve. Government estimates put the figure at between six and 14 animals.

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Tuesday
Jul012008

Healthy living: wildlife use in traditional medicines in Cambodia and Viet Nam

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A selection of animal and plant products on sale as traditional medicines in Cambodia Click photo to enlarge © Mark Bezuijen   
Ha Noi, Viet Nam, 1 July 2008—TRAFFIC today published the results of field studies carried out between 2005 and 2007 examining the use of traditional medicine systems in Cambodia and Viet Nam.

The reports seek to improve the understanding of the use of natural resources in traditional medicine and enhance the management and regulation of traditional medicine networks to promote conservation and sustainability.

The scale of traditional medicine use in Cambodia and Viet Nam is significant, and both plants and animals play a critical role. In Cambodia, over 800 types of plants (approximately 35% of the country’s native species) are currently used in Traditional Khmer Medicine while in Viet Nam more than 3900 species of flora and 400 species of fauna are used in traditional remedies.

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Monday
Jun302008

Final call for pangolins

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It is now or never for pangolins: the poaching simply has to stop. Click photo to enlarge © TRAFFIC  
Singapore, 30 June 2008—The perilous situation facing pangolin populations in Asia comes under the spotlight this week during a meeting jointly organized by Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) and TRAFFIC Southeast Asia.

Pangolins or scaly-anteaters are caught for consumption of their meat and for their scales, which are used in traditional medicines. However, excessive poaching means numbers in the wild are dwindling rapidly.

Pangolins are the most numerous mammals found in confiscated illegal wildlife cargoes throughout Southeast Asia, despite a complete ban on their trade.

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Friday
Jun132008

Belgians urged to leave a future for souvenirs

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Every year, hundreds of illegal souvenirs made from wildlife products are confiscated from holiday makers returning home to Belgium Click photo to enlarge © Service Public Fédéral Belge  
Brussels, Belgium, 13 June 2008—As the most popular time for holidays approaches, the Belgian government has launched a campaign to encourage holiday makers to take great care over what souvenirs they buy to remind them of their travels.

The campaign, “Leave a future for your souvenir” was formally launched by Vice-Minister of Belgium, Laurette Onkelinx, and aims to ensure tourists don’t buy inappropriate or illegal souvenirs and thereby contribute to conservation problems for certain species or break local or international laws.

Information leaflets targeting tourists, developed by the Belgian government in collaboration with TRAFFIC and WWF, will be distributed at Brussels international airport, through travel agents and by WWF.

Every year, several hundred illegal souvenirs are confiscated from holiday makers returning home to Belgium—they include items made from coral and ivory. Since 2003, 307 pieces of ivory, 238 elephant hair bracelets and 15 tortoises have been confiscated at Brussels international airport.

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Friday
Jun132008

Viet Nam police arrest two suspects in separate smuggling incidents

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The increasing demand for wildlife parts, including mammal bones, for use in traditional medicine has important implications for the conservation of plant and animal species. Click photo to enlarge © Elizabeth Kemf / WWF-Canon  
Ha Noi, Viet Nam, 13 June 2008—On 7 June, police in Lao Cai, Viet Nam, arrested a man for illegally transporting five white rhinoceros horns into Viet Nam. The horns, weighing approximately 18 kg in total, were obtained during a hunting expedition in South Africa and smuggled into the country for use in traditional medicine. They are estimated to be worth USD200 000.

According to reports in the Earth Times, Customs police originally seized the horns at Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, but did not arrest the suspect until the horns were confirmed as originating from White Rhinoceros.

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Monday
Jun092008

Bank aims to restore wild Tigers

Tiger experts welcome World Bank’s commitment to Tiger conservation

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A World Bank initiative aims to restore numbers of wild Tigers; currently fewer than 4,000 remain. Click photo to enlarge © Martin Harvey / WWF-Canon  
Washington, USA, 9 June 2008—The World Bank has announced a global joint venture to help reverse the decline in numbers of Tigers in the wild—the first-ever species initiative by the Bank.

The initiative aims to create a "Tiger restoration filter” to ensure that future World Bank projects do not harm wild Tigers but instead help restore their populations through increasing the political will to reverse the decline in wild Tigers and creating innovative funding mechanisms to support Tiger conservation.

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Wednesday
Jun042008

Authorities act against Tiger poachers in Sumatra

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Indonesian police have arrested suspects allegedly in possession of Sumatran Tiger skins. Click photo to enlarge © Mike Griffiths / WWF-Canon  
Cambridge, UK, 4 June 2008—An Indonesian sergeant major and three other suspects have been arrested by local police as they escorted a consignment of Sumatran Tiger skins to Medan, the capital of northern Sumatra, Indonesia. The Tigers were believed to have been poached in Leuser National Park, Aceh Province. In a separate event,  two people were arrested in North Sumatra on 3 June for trading stuffed Sumatran Tiger cubs, also believed to have originated in Leuser.

Earlier this year, a TRAFFIC report identified Medan as a hub for the illegal sale of Tiger parts in Sumatra after surveys found body parts representing at least 23 Tigers on sale in 28 cities and towns across the island.

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Saturday
May312008

South Asian ministers pledge regional co-operation in tackling illegal wildlife trade

South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network to be established

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Seized wildlife products in Nepal: In a Ministerial statement, the "Jaipur Declaration", countries in South Asia pledged to work together to tackle wildlife crime in the region. Click photo to enlarge © Jeff Foott / WWF-Canon  
Jaipur, India, May 2008—The eight member countries of the South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP) have pledged to work together to tackle illegal wildlife trade in the region.

In a Ministerial statement, known as the “Jaipur Declaration”, countries in the region have supported the development of a South Asia regional strategic plan on illegal wildlife trade and the establishment of a South Asia wildlife enforcement network (SAWEN). Countries also endorsed a South Asia regional strategic plan on illegal wildlife trade that will focus on key areas of work, including co-operation and co-ordination; effective legislation, policies and law enforcement; sharing knowledge and effective dissemination of information; intelligence networks and early warning systems; and capacity building.

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Friday
May302008

Tough penalties for organized smuggling gang

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Some of the 480 bear paws seized in August 2007: the smuggling gang involved received jail sentences of up to 8 years   Click photo to enlarge © TRAFFIC
Moscow, 30 May 2008—The Primorskii regional court has handed out stiff penalties on six men—three each from China and the Russian Federation—after they were found guilty of attempting to smuggle bear paws, Amur Tiger and other wildlife parts from the Russian Far East into China.

Their arrest, in August 2007, followed a six month operation by Customs and the Frontier Service in the Russian Far East Primorskii Province which uncovered the entire smuggling chain, from source to destination.

In total around 900 bear paws of Brown and Asiatic Black Bears, 4 Amur Tiger skins, more than 60 kg of Tiger bones and 531 Saiga horns were involved. TRAFFIC and WWF experts were asked for independent evaluations of the confiscated wildlife products, and estimated the commercial value to be more than USD200,000.

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