The BBC reports A record number of elephants – 361 – have died in Sri Lanka during 2019, environmental groups say. It is highest figure of elephant deaths to be reported since Sri Lanka became independent in 1948, conservationists said. Most were killed by people. There are an estimated 7,500 wild elephants in Sri Lanka. Killing […]Sri Lanka elephants: ‘Record number’ of deaths in 2019 — Natural History Wanderings
This video says about itself: 2 November 2017 Researchers at the University of Zurich have discovered a new species of orangutan. The new species, Pongo tapanuliensis (Tapanuli orangutan), live in remote areas of rainforest in Batang Toru, on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. From ScienceDaily: Newly discovered orangutan species is ‘among the most threatened great […]
Article and photos from hienalouca.com The world’s only known albino orangutan has been released back into the Borneo jungle after she was found starving in an Indonesian village. Alba spent more than a year in captivity getting back to a healthy weight and the Borneo Orangutan Survival foundation released her back into the wild on Wednesday. The orangutan was named Alba, which means white in Latin, after thousands worldwide responded to an online petition.
Thomas Gray, science director with conservation group Wildlife Alliance, which operates in Cambodia, says that snares — simple traps made of wire and rope — have become the single biggest threat to ground-dwelling animals in Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos over the last decade. But the tragic thing about snares, says Gray, is that “they take […]
(from the blog of netzfrauen.org) A truck containing rosewood suspected to have been logged illegally in Kampong Thom province sits on the side of the road near an economic land concession belonging to Try Pheap in 2013. PHOTO SUPPLIED The destruction of nature has taken on a gigantic dimension. If humans had […]
The Mekong River in Laos is undoubtedly beautiful, but beyond the gorgeous sunsets, happy pizza parlours and sedate stilt houses, lies the irreparable threat of extinction. I came to Don Det in the 4,000 islands after reading the blogs, seeing the photographs and pretty keen to see the dolphins and then go swing in a […]
Customs Authorities in Hong Kong have seized the world’s largest ever haul of contraband shark fins.
Mech Dara The Phnom Penh Post November 19, 2019 US Ambassador Patrick Murphy meets with Minister of Environment Say Sam Al to discuss the protection and management of Cambodia’s biodiversity on Monday. Photo supplied Cambodia and the US continue to strengthen cooperation in the management and conservation of natural resources. Minister of Environment Say Sam […]
from The Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology This bird has eluded scientists for the last 130 years. The South Philippine Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx mindanensis) was first described 130 years ago during the Steere Expedition to the Philippines in 1890. The bird is the tiniest species of forest kingfisher in the Philippines, and is characterized by its striking […]
In the war-like ‘theatre’ of organised wildlife crime, versus the authorities and anti-poaching units, where is the current ‘balance’ in this blood filled battle? Ultimately, where are we heading with regard to threatened species? Elephant Poaching Based on CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna) data, African elephant poaching […]