DNA database to protect elephants

images/stories/breakingnews/dnaelephant.jpg Natural Resources and Environment Minister Preecha Rengsomboonsuk has vowed to solve within a year issues related to Thailand’s elephants. Preecha planned to build a DNA database on 4,000 or so domesticated elephants in order to stop people taking over identity papers of deceased pachyderms and replacing them with elephants taken in the wild. After […]

‘Medicinal Use’ Pangolin Farms in China? [Photos & Video]

images/stories/breakingnews/pagolin.jpg Are pangolins being farmed for China’s traditional medicine industry? Project Pangolin has uncovered disturbing information which strongly suggests that “medicinal use” pangolin farms are already operating in China. The emergence of pangolin farming may help provide insight into why the world is losing its pangolins at such an alarming rate (an estimated 40,000 killed in […]

First images of newly discovered primate

images/stories/breakingnews/snub-shot-2small.jpg Researchers working in Northern Myanmar have captured the first photographs of the recently discovered Myanmar snub-nosed monkey. Announced today in Yangon, Myanmar, a joint team from Fauna & Flora International (FFI), Biodiversity And Nature Conservation Association (BANCA) and People Resources and Conservation Foundation (PRCF), caught pictures of the monkey on camera traps placed in the high, forested […]

Smuggling ring threatens wild elephants

images/stories/breakingnews/elephant3.jpg Thailand’s wild elephants are at an increasingly higher risk of extinction than ever before despite being officially protected. On average three of the giant animals have been hunted down and killed in each of the past two years, according to statistics from the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation. The carcasses of […]

Poachers suspected of killing elephants

images/stories/breakingnews/Elephant-killing-1.jpg Ivory poachers have apparently slaughtered at least one elephant from Phetchaburi’s Kaeng Krajan National Park. After a 3pm report of the discovery of a carcass in tambon Pateng, police, park officials and villagers rushed to the scene near the Krarang 3 Reservoir and found an elephant burned on a pyre of rubber tyres. Officials […]

Big Cat Scat: Grant Boosts Critical Research

images/stories/breakingnews/iStock_Ammit-250.jpg For the past five years, Museum scientists, in collaboration with the Panthera Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting big cats in the wild, have been tracking tigers, lions, jaguars, and snow leopards through DNA in scat, or fecal specimens, gathered in the field. Now, through a generous grant from the Leslie and Daniel […]

Japan uses $28.5m in disaster funds for whaling

images/stories/breakingnews/whaling.jpg A growing number of Japanese environmental and consumer groups are joining in protest against the use of disaster recovery funds to subsidise the loss-making whaling fleet. The government recently gave the whalers 2.28 billion yen ($28.5 million) as part of a special budget for recovery from the March 11 triple disaster. Much of the […]

‘It’s really good stuff': undercover at a Chinese tiger bone wine auction

images/stories/breakingnews/Xiongsen.jpg Sales of such products are forbidden – but buyers turned up in droves and uniformed police were conspicuous by their absence One-year-old cubs at Xiongsen bear and tiger park where tigers are bred to produce tiger bone wine. Photograph: Sinopix/Rex Features Is China serious about ending the trade in tigers and other endangered animals? […]

Hong Kong rhino horn seizure a unique enforcement opportunity

images/stories/breakingnews/blur.jpg TRAFFIC in Enforcement, Mammals – rhinos, Smuggling in Africa, Smuggling to Asia Forensic analysis of the 33 rhino horns and 885 ivory pieces seized in Hong Kong could provide vital clues as to their origin Click image to enlarge © Hong Kong Customs & Excise Cambridge, UK, 16th November 2011—Tuesday’s seizure by Hong Kong […]

Deep Intellect

Inside the Mind of the Octopus ON AN UNSEASONABLY WARM day in the middle of March, I traveled from New Hampshire to the moist, dim sanctuary of the New England Aquarium, hoping to touch an alternate reality. I came to meet Athena, the aquarium’s forty-pound, five-foot-long, two-and-a-half-year-old giant Pacific octopus. For me, it was a […]