Orangutan rescued in Tripa as palm oil plantations close in

images/stories/breakingnews/Orangutan-Resuce-Image.jpg Written by Orangutan Conservancy Today an orangutan rescue team from the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP), Yayasan Ekosistem Lestari (YEL) and BKSDA Aceh (the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry’s nature conservation agency in Aceh) successfully rescued a large adult male orangutan trapped in a small pocket of forest in the Tripa peat swamps, surrounded by […]

CITES INFILTRATED BY THE SHARK FIN INDUSTRY

images/stories/breakingnews/fin.jpg The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has recently called upon CITES (the UN Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species, Flora & Fauna) at a recent meeting of the Animals Committee in Geneva, to remove Singaporean Dr Giam Choo Hoo, the Alternate Representative for Asia based on an investigative report that clearly shows that Dr Giam […]

More than 100 Orangutans have been lost in Indonesian forest fires

images/stories/breakingnews/sepilok23.jpg JAKARTA, Indonesia—Fires raging in an Indonesian swamp forest may have killed a third of the rare Sumatran orangutans living there and all of them may be lost this year, conservationists warned on Wednesday. The Tripa swamp forest in Aceh province is home to the world’s densest population of critically endangered Sumatran orangutans. About 200 […]

Jail Time for Cell Phone Tiger Poachers

images/stories/breakingnews/hmong.jpg A Major Turning Point in Asia’s War Against Poaching: Jail Time For Thailand’s “Cell Phone” Tiger Poachers Two poachers get up to five years in prison – most severe sentences for poaching ever given out in Thailand WCS helped apprehend poachers last summer after a cell phone with images of dead tiger is found […]

Pangolins: Quietly Being Driven Towards Their Extinction

images/stories/breakingnews/image001.jpg The pangolin is a scaly anteater found in Southeast Asia and several African countries. These nocturnal mammals are often found burrowing or feeding on ants and termites with their incredibly long sticky tongues (up to sixteen inches in length). Pangolins are known for their vibrant and nearly impenetrable armor-plated scales. When they are threatened, […]

7 MILLION-YEAR-OLD ELEPHANT HERD REVEALED IN PRINTS

images/stories/breakingnews/7millionelephant.jpg The most extensive set of fossilized mammal footprints ever found has allowed scientists to recreate how elephants lived 7 million years ago. The footprints were discovered at a site called Mleisa 1 in the United Arab Emirates. The find was reported in a new study in the journal Royal Society Biology Letters. NEWS: Footprints Show How […]

Two held in killing of wild elephant in Phetchaburi; ivory buyer sought

images/stories/breakingnews/ivory.jpg Police say pair confess to killing beast after being approached by Karen man Phetchaburi police have asked the provincial court for permission to detain without bail two suspects accused of killing an elephant in Kaeng Krachan National Park while they search for the person who hired them and the intended buyer of the elephant’s […]

Majority of protected tropical forests “empty” due to hunting

Hunter in the Colombian rainforest. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler.  Protected areas in the world’s tropical rainforests are absolutely essential, but one cannot simply set up a new refuge and believe the work is done, according to a new paper in Bioscience. Unsustainable hunting and poaching is decimating tropical forest species in the Amazon, the […]

Police suspect illegal tiger meat haul came from zoo

images/stories/breakingnews/tiger-bkk-2.jpg Police are gathering evidence against a tiger zoo they suspect is the source of 400kg of tiger meat found in a house in Bangkok’s Min Buri district on Saturday. Pol Col Kiattipong Khawsamang, deputy commander of the Natural Resources and Environmental Crime Suppression Division, said police believed the carcasses of two male tigers found […]

Tiger parts seized at address in outer Bangkok.

images/stories/breakingnews/tigerbkk.jpg Officials today seized the freshly butchered bodies of several tigers and arrested 5 people in a house at 64/5 Soi Payasuren 12, Bang Chan, Klong Samwa. The tigers were being prepared to be stuffed when concerned locals reported bags of suspicious looking meat and a tiger head in plastic bags at the address.