from the California Native Plant Society California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the first piece of California legislation to specifically address plant poaching, making it illegal to remove dudleya from state and private lands. In recent years, law enforcement officials have documented an alarming increase in the large-scale harvest of these precious native succulents from California […]California Bans Plant Poaching of Dudleya — Natural History Wanderings
The New York Times reports Police search the desert trying to track down the poachers selling Conophytums to collectors worldwide, threatening to wipe out rare plants in the wild. Conophytum, a genus of flowering plants that consists of over 100 species — including several listed as endangered — are the latest victims of a global […]In South Africa, Poachers Now Traffic in Tiny Succulent Plants — Natural History Wanderings
The Revelator reports A rampant trade in Asian birds for their beautiful songs is emptying forests of sound and life. Read story at I Know Why the Caged Songbird Goes Extinct • The RevelatorI Know Why the Caged Songbird Goes Extinct — Natural History Wanderings
The International Union for Conservation of Nature has recently updated its red list of endangered species. Their assessment of 71,576 species concludes that 21,286 are now threatened with extinction. Some of their recent updates serious declines in the population of the Okapi (Okapia johnstoni), a close relative of the giraffe, unique to the rainforests of […]Endangered Species Updates — Natural History Wanderings
Black rhino The IUCN has just issued a Red List update for African rhinos. Black rhino numbers have steadily been increasing since 1995, so why are they still considered Critically Endangered? Of the five living rhino species, three – the black, Sumatran and Javan rhinos – are classified as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red […]What it Means to be Critically Endangered — The International Rhino Foundation Blog
Magnificent Maasai Mara! Bring full batteries and empty memory cards. Paxton images photo and copyright. When the Sun rises over the great mosaic of grassland and Acacia trees of Kenya’s Maasai Mara, as it has done since the dawn of mankind, the experienced eyes of wildlife rangers are alert for signs of poaching activities that […]Studying up before my Safari! — Wild Open Eye – Natural Vision, News from Wild Open Eye
John R. Platt (Scientific American) writes that “Dozens of frogs, fish, orchids and other species—many unseen for decades—may no longer exist because of humanity’s destructive effects on the planet.” His article lists the many species lost in 2020, including 32 orchid species in Bangladesh, the Smooth handfish from Tasmania, 65 North American plants, 22 frog […]What We’ve Lost: The Species Declared Extinct in 2020 — Repeating Islands
Extinction is a natural event: animals and plants disappear naturally as time goes by, but – unfortunately – natural extinction is accelerating, due to anthropic factors, involving an increasing number of animals and plants. Natural extionction is usually a consequence of a gradual process, in which the number of animals or plants, belonging to a […]WHY ARE SO MANY PLANTS AND ANIMALS ON THE BRINK OF EXTINCTION? — The Mirror
BBC News reports “Our planet is broken,” the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, has warned. Humanity is waging what he describes as a “suicidal” war on the natural world. “Nature always strikes back, and is doing so with gathering force and fury,” he told a BBC special event on the environment. Mr […]Humans waging ‘suicidal war’ on nature – UN chief Antonio Guterres — Natural History Wanderings
Tigers have become extinct in Viet Nam, Cambodia and Laos in the past 15 years due to poaching for trophies, capture or exotic dining. Habit loss plays a part, too!
A hundred years ago, there were about 100,000 tigers in Asia, now down to an estimated 3900 in the wild. British overlords took tens of thousands, hunting them from elephants, in colonial times in the earlier part of the twentieth century.