First hornbill reintroduction project launched in northern Thailand

The first project to reintroduce hornbills back into the ancient forests of northern Thailand was launched today by Dr Pilai Poonswad, Thailands foremost expert and researcher on hornbills and Mr Demis Galli, the Flight of the Gibbons Director of Conservation.  After an initial assessment this year of the local forests around Mae Kampong, a small village 50km […]

Conservationists discover tigers in Thailand’s WEFCOM

The Zoological Society of London   2 June 2015 The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has, for the first time, captured photographs of tigers in the southern region of Thailand’s Western Forest Conservation Complex (WEFCOM) using camera traps. Until now, there has been no formal record of tigers in the southern Protected Areas of WEFCOM, […]

KWCI partners with Asian Ranger Federation

The Karen Wildlife Conservation Initiative (KWCI) has recently become an official member of the Asian Ranger Federation (ARF) and the International Ranger Federation (IRF). The ARF and IRF aim to raise awareness of and support the critical work that the world’s park rangers do in conserving our natural and cultural heritage. Founded in 1992, the […]

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 ones left and they are incapable of breeding due to health problems. State Tourism, Culture […]

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 to various conservation organisations and enforcenment agencies into its illegal wildlife trade. Laos is also […]

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 bears, oh my!” will truly be over the rainbow. And that’s just for starters. To […]

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 help forest protection staff reduce poaching of wildlife, and destruction of their habitats.  The training […]

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 rhinos survive in a single ecosystem, though all remain Critically Endangered. An ongoing survey by […]

Endangered Sumatran rhino gives birth in Lampung

New rhino: In this 2010 file photo released by the Indonesian Rhino Foundation, locally known as Yayasan Badak Indonesia (YABI) and the International Rhino Foundation (IRF), a female Sumatran rhino named Ratu is seen at Way Kambas Rhino Reservation in Lampung, Indonesia. An Indonesian official said that 12-year-old Ratu has given birth to a male […]