12th January 2012—Despite increased law enforcement efforts, rhino poaching accelerated in South Africa last year. The country lost 448 rhinos to poaching in 2011, official government statistics reveal. The total includes 19 critically endangered Black Rhinos, of which fewer than 5,000 remain in the wild.
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Port Klang, Malaysia, 9th January 2012—Malaysian Customs Department in Port Klang has seized close to half a tonne of ivory exported from Cape Town, South Africa; the third ivory seizure at this port in just over six months.
The Tiger Trade Leader will lead and co-ordinate the trade-related efforts of the Tigers Alive Initiative - one of 13 Global Initiatives within the WWF network conservation programme. The post holder will be based in the WWF Malaysia office.
Closing date for applications: 6th February 2012
Cambridge, UK, 29th December 2011—As the year draws to a close, TRAFFIC warns that 2011 has seen a record number of large ivory seizures globally, reflecting the sharp rise in illegal ivory trade underway since 2007.
Beijing, China, 21st December 2011—A kick-off meeting of China’s National Inter-Agencies CITES Enforcement Coordination Group (NICECG) was held in Beijing in order to enhance efforts by China’s responsible government agencies to combat smuggling and illegal wildlife trade in China.
Johannesburg, South Africa, 16th December 2011—South African authorities last week arrested two Vietnamese nationals at Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport as they attempted to smuggle rhino horns and elephant ivory.
Poznań, Poland, 15th December 2011—Representatives from nine Central and Eastern European countries, plus several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) including TRAFFIC met last week in Poznań, Poland, to examine ways of improving wildlife trade regulations in the region.
GFTN invites forest industry to participate in new free online legality course
Gland, Switzerland, 14th December 2011—The Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN), WWF´s initiative to eliminate illegal logging and drive improvements in forestry management and trade, and TRAFFIC, The Wildlife Monitoring Network, have launched a new multi-language online training module to increase awareness about the amended US Lacey Act and help ensure its compliance amongst exporters to the US.