- 26 elephants are killed in the Central African Republic’s famous Dzanga Bai National Park. The killings were allegedly carried out by the new Central African Republic government’s Seleka alliance, who entered the park best known for its location called “The Village of Elephants”. This places ever greater pressure on central African forest elephant.
- Concerns rise that Hong Kong’s rare pink dolphins are on the a freeway to extinction. This comes after one of the white dolphin’s natural habitats, an area in the vicinity of Hong Kong’s enormous international airport, is threatened by upgrades to the airport requiring land reform.
- The species is estimated to have about 80-140 individuals left in Pearl River area of Hong Kong. Spatial and sonar interference by human expansion into the ocean has led the subs pieces demise.
- This comes as another bitter pill to swallow as the Bajji or Chinese river dolphin was declared extinct in 2006.
- See video at: http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/animals/mammals-animals/dolphins-and-porpoises/dolphin-pink-river/
- CITES calls for nations to view wildlife and forestry crimes as organised transnational offences. According to the latest United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime report on transnational organized crime in East Asia and the Pacific
- Total value of the illegal wildlife trade is at $2.5 billion
- Illegal trade in wood-based products is worth $17 billion.
- Juxtaposed against the entire region’s illicit market of $90 billion, this market share is comparable to the trafficking of people, drugs and counterfeit goods
- Russia and Japan increase penalties on criminals convicted of smuggling endangered animal products. TRAFFIC says these initiative by two nations previously often associated with animal smuggling mirrors a “shift in global perceptions about the endangered wildlife trade”.
- South Africa declares its offshore islands in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Prince Edward and Marion Islands, to be Marine Protected areas. This makes South Africa the first African nation to declare such a reserve. The WWF heralds this a step for marine conservation and research.
- Hong Kong is becoming the Ivory Trade’s “Fort Knox” according to a CNN report. CNN said that US$ 6 million (or 6 tonnes) worth of ivory had been confiscated by customs officials in the last six months alone. This poses a problem as countries are losing ivory quantities from their stockpiles of legally acquired ivory. While Chinese consumerism is driving the upward trend of ivory trading, China is doing more than any other country when it comes to seizures.
- Elephants killed from the sky in East Africa in ‘single worst elephant killing ever‘
- View the fascinating videos that are included in this article. The growth in economic power in the Far East nations has allowed consumers to afford luxuries such as ivory. For traders, it appears that the fewer elephants there are, the higher the prices are for an individual tusk. Which means that poaching is indirectly driving up the prices ivory.
- Marauding lions kill 2 in Zimbabwe and are still on the loose
- Poison is increasingly being used to kill tigers inThailand, threatening the last remaining population of tigers in that country
- Elephant migration in Sri Lanka: a happier story amongst all the dead ivory? An annual migration of elephants in northern Sri Lanka, something that has been happening for centuries, is attracting tourists from all over in this CNN special report