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Thai tycoon convicted, bailed in black leopard poaching case

Kanchanaburi - A Thai tycoon accused of killing a black leopard was sentenced to 16 months in jail on other poaching-related charges Tuesday but allowed to go free pending an appeal, in a case that has caused an outcry in a country fed up with impunity for powerful f...

Hong Kong seizes record eight tonnes of pangolin scales

Fpo - A record eight tonnes of pangolin scales found in a container from Nigeria was unveiled by Hong Kong officials Friday, underscoring the city's central role in the booming illegal wildlife trade.

Crocodile mauls woman to death in Indonesia

Menteng Dua - An Indonesian woman has been mauled to death by a huge pet crocodile on the island of Sulawesi, officials said Wednesday.Deasy Tuwo, the head of a laboratory at a pearl farm in Minahasa in North Sulawesi, was killed by the 4.

Dutch build artificial islands to bring wildlife back

Lelystad - Dutch ranger Andre Donker sighs as he looks out at the rippling grey waters of the Markermeer, one of Europe's largest freshwater lakes. "Once upon a time it was teeming with fish here," he says.

Great snakes! Indonesians wrestle with giant python

Pariaman - A viral video showing a gigantic python wrapping itself around an Indonesian villager has secured more than a million views, after locals wrestled with the serpent before successfully caging it.

Sotheby's latest auction house to end rhino horn sales

Fpo - Sotheby's on Saturday became the latest international auction house to end the sale of rhino horn artefacts, withdrawing antique lots from an upcoming event in Hong Kong following an outcry from environmental groups.

Cubs of Indian tiger shot in controversial hunt spotted alive

New Delhi - The orphaned cubs of a man-eating tiger killed in a state-sanctioned hunt have been spotted in a forest in western India and could be rescued and rehabilitated, officials said Thursday.

WWF report: Dramatic decline in world's wildlife seen since 1970

"Exploding human consumption" has caused a massive drop in global wildlife populations in recent decades, the WWF conservation group reports in its bi-yearly "Living Planet Report."

Vietnam makes fresh ivory, pangolin haul from Nigeria

Hanoi - Vietnam has seized eight tonnes of pangolin scales and elephant ivory shipped from Nigeria, police said Friday, the second such haul in a week in a country which both consumes and trafficks huge volumes of endangered African wildlife.

Myanmar torches $1.3m of illegal wildlife parts

Nay Pyi Taw - Elephant skins, clouded leopard remains and tiger bones were among a $1.3 million haul of illegal wildlife incinerated Thursday in Myanmar's first ever public event of its kind against the illicit trade.

Sri Lanka police seek villagers who beat leopard to death

Colombo - Sri Lankan authorities were seeking Friday nearly a dozen men who beat a leopard to death after it strayed into a village and attacked people, a minister said.

Malaysia seizes over 600 protected animals

Kuala Lumpur - More than 600 protected animals, including geckos, snakes and tarantulas, have been seized in a series of raids in Malaysia, officials said Friday.

Philippines seizes hundreds of smuggled animals

Manila - Authorities seized on Tuesday hundreds of exotic pets smuggled into the Philippines, which is a regional hub in the illicit animal trade.

Hi-tech conservationists fight Indonesia wildlife crime

Jakarta - From cutting-edge DNA barcoding to smartphone apps that can identify illegal wildlife sales, conservationists are turning to hi-tech tools in their battle against Indonesia's animal traffickers.

Illegal South African abalone flowing into Hong Kong: report

Hong Kong - Illegally poached abalone from South Africa is pouring into Hong Kong where the gastronomic gastropods are a traditional and expensive banquet favourite, a new study warned Friday.

Red pandas rescued in Laos stir fears over exotic pet trade

Bangkok - The rescue in Laos of three endangered red pandas trafficked from China has raised fears the rare animals are increasingly being coveted by exotic pet owners.

Thai construction tycoon accused of poaching leopard

Bangkok - A Thai construction tycoon has been arrested for poaching in a protected wildlife sanctuary, police said Tuesday, as photos of hunting equipment and animal carcasses including a black leopard circulated on social media.

Dutch police ground drone-fighting eagles

Den Haag - Dutch police have clipped the wings of their airborne drone-fighting force of eagles, and fired their winged warriors deeming them too expensive and too unruly to be effective.

Lovelorn koala nabbed after zoo escape in hunt for mate

Sydney - Australian wildlife staff needed a crane to rescue a lovelorn female koala who escaped from her enclosure at the start of her first mating season, impatient to find a partner.

Malaysia seizes rare animal parts worth almost $1 mn

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia has seized elephant tusks and pangolin scales from Africa worth almost a million dollars, an official said Wednesday, highlighting the country's role as a hub for smuggling rare animal parts.

Three tonnes of ivory seized in Vietnam

Hanoi - Vietnamese authorities have seized nearly three tonnes of ivory hidden among boxes of fruit, officials said Sunday, the latest haul to spotlight the country's key role in the global wildlife smuggling trade.

Yellowstone grizzly bear removed from endangered list

Washington - Grizzly bears native to Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding area are being removed from the endangered species list, the US government said Thursday, calling efforts to replenish the population a major success.

Uganda probes Chinese diplomats over ivory trafficking

Kanpala - Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has ordered an investigation into possible collusion between the country's wildlife agency and two Chinese diplomats in the trafficking of ivory.

Japanese man held for wildlife smuggling in Indonesia

Jakarta - A Japanese man has been arrested in Indonesia for allegedly trying to smuggle hundreds of reptiles out of the archipelago, including snakes, lizards and turtles, authorities and environmentalists said Friday.

Florida wildfires forcing wildlife from their natural habitats

Tampa - Florida wildfires continue to burn, leaving homeowners worried over the necessity of evacuating and firefighters in danger of serious injury as they battle to contain the blazes. Now, there is an added risk to everyone - Wildlife fleeing the fires.

Malaysia seizes big shipment of rhino horns at airport

Sepang - Enforcement officials in Malaysia have seized 18 rhinoceros horns imported from Mozambique, weighing 51.4 kg and worth 13.7 million ringgit ($3.1 million), a senior customs official said Monday.

Nepal's rhinos on road to recovery with cross-country move

- All hell broke loose as the one-horned rhino stepped out of the crate, the powerful male charging elephant-mounted mahouts relocating him to a new home in Nepal's far west in the hope of shoring up the vulnerable species.

Rare one-horned rhino killed by poachers in Nepal

Kathmandu - Poachers have shot dead a one-horned rhinoceros at a national wildlife park in Nepal, officials said Sunday, spotlighting the threat faced by the rare animals.

Rare one-horned rhino killed by poachers in Nepal

Kathmandu - Poachers have shot dead a one-horned rhinoceros at a national wildlife park in Nepal, officials said Sunday, spotlighting the threat faced by the rare animals.

Rare one-horned rhino killed by poachers in Nepal

Kathmandu - Poachers have shot dead a one-horned rhinoceros at a national wildlife park in Nepal, officials said Sunday, spotlighting the threat faced by the rare animals.
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