Only three Sumatran rhinos left in Sabah

Only three Sumatran rhinos left in Sabah

Ruben Sario – Star Asia News Network KOTA KINABALU – Sabah wildlife experts are for the first time acknowledging the grim fate of the state’s Sumatran rhinos. They are now certain that the three rhinos in captivity are the only […]

Laos’ special economic zone a black hole for illegal wildlife trade

Laos’ special economic zone a black hole for illegal wildlife trade

The Kings Roman casino complex in Laos’ Special Economic Zone in Boten province has been operating for over 5 years since it was approved by the Lao government in 2007. There has been many reports and investigations made and submitted […]

A ravenous market for wildlife parts is pushing Earth’s biota to the brink

A ravenous market for wildlife parts is pushing Earth’s biota to the brink

LA Times, March 15, 2015  By WILLIAM DEBUYS The illegal traffic in wildlife, a nearly $20-billion-a-year business, adds up to a global war against nature. Unchecked, it will give us a most un-Disneyesque future in which Dorothy’s “Lions and tigers and […]

TIGERS AND ELEPHANTS IN THAILAND PARK RESCUED BY GOVERNMENT TRAINING PROGRAM

BANGKOK. The future for dwindling populations of tigers and elephants in Southeast Asia looks brighter today following the launch of a special training operation for forest protection staff. The exercise, conducted in Thailand’s Khao Yai National Park, was designed to […]

Camera traps confirm that Sumatran rhinos still roam Leuser rainforest

Camera traps confirm that Sumatran rhinos still roam Leuser rainforest

With the help of remote camera traps, wildlife rangers have confirmed that the Sumatran rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) still inhabits the Leuser ecosystem in northern Sumatra, making the forest the only place on the Earth where Sumatran tigers, orangutans, elephants, and […]

Welcome to Wildlife 1.org

Wildlife 1 is a dedicated resource and reporting mechanism for monitoring wildlife trade and conservation issues in Asia. Education and transparency are keys to changing attitudes. A sustainable wildlife resource base is vital to ensure biodiversity, human health and food security.

Wildlife 1 brings you the latest from the front line in the battle for conservation and protection of Asia’s remaining wildlife and habitats, with intelligence, news updates and cutting edge photography from across the region.

Wildlife is in crisis all over the world, especially in Asia, with many animal and plant species driven closer to extinction every day. Less than nine percent of the earth has been set aside for protected areas and there is constant pressure from rampant development and commercial activities to reduce these areas even further. Poaching and the black market trade in wildlife has become a massive, multi-billion dollar business, with trafficking routes extending from remote national parks and reserves, where animals are trapped and killed, to major urban centres where they are sold and consumed.

We encourage you to join our network and support our work. With your interest and support the current situation can change for the better. Wildlife crime is a dark and destructive business. Unfortunately it continues to thrive and is destroying our earths biodiversity and its ability to support all living things including us.

The reporting mechanism within this website is one easy way you can make a difference. If you hear or see anyone killing or abusing wildlife or selling or transporting wildlife products you can inform us safely and discreetly. The information you provide will be investigated and immediately passed on the the relevant authorities if applicable.

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The Global Situation

For the first time in human history, more people now live in urban environments than rural ones. Collectively we are rapidly losing the close relationship we once had with the natural systems that support us all and thus our basic respect and appreciation for these systems. As a result of this the majority of people are unaware of the great loss that is currently occurring on our planet.

Earth was until very recently covered largely in ancient forests rich with an incredible diversity of species. People enjoyed rivers and wetlands full of fish and forests teaming with a seemingly endless amount of natural resources that were an intergral part of culture and society.

Now as we enter the the 21st century, the world faces an unprecedented human challenge. The loss of species due largely to a massive global trade is now seriously threatening the viability of ecosystems. The same ecosystems our lives depend on.

Wildlife is in crisis all over the world, especially in Asia, with many species driven closer to extinction every day. Less than 9 percent of the earth has been set aside for protected areas and there is constant pressure from development and commercial activities to reduce these areas even further.

The business of selling wildlife is now so rampant and the volumes involved so large there is a real and imminent threat that if it is not stopped or significantly reduced very soon we will lose the natural diversity that is essential for earth to function effectively.

The content on this site is testament to both the beauty and the destruction. There is much at stake. Attitudes must change if the human enterprise is to proceed. The choice is ours.

Tiger skin for sale in Mong La, Special Region 4, Burma/China border. Copyright 2015 © Adam Oswell