More than 400,000 have signed the petition asking for end to the legal trade in elephant ivory. Help us get to 500,000 by World Elephant Day on August 12! http://www.change.org/IvoryFreeCanada The ongoing slaughter of African elephants for their tusks has decimated elephant populations. Today, this magnificent animal is highly endangered and on the brink of […]
India has been boasting that the Tiger population within its jurisdiction has increased to over 3000 individuals. While this is good and requires congratulations, we should look at the not too distant past for a proper Tiger perspective.
It has been reported that British Colonial hunters, often riding on elephants, killed over 80,000 tigers in the 1920’s. In the late 1950’s there was a total world tiger population of 45,000, plus or minus.
In the 1940’s, the Balinese tiger became extinct. In the 1970’s the Caspian Tiger, which once roamed in Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, Turkey, southern Russia and elsewhere, became extinct. In the 1980’s the Javan Tiger became extinct. In the 1990’s the South China Tiger was last seen in the wild.
Today, the world Tiger population is believed to be below 5000. In Sumatra the population is believed to be 450-650, but under constant pressure from palm oil producers. The Tiger is extinct in Cambodia, there are 85 in Myanmar, 20 in Vietnam and 252 in Thailand.
Good for India in trying to bring back the populations there. But Tigers are still under siege in India and elsewhere, from hunting, the growth of agriculture, population development pressures, general habitat degradation, etc, etc.
August 12 is World Elephant Day! And Elephantopia is excited to be celebrating this global event here in the States raising funds for our partners in Zambia at the GRI Elephant Orphanage Project for Kavalamanja (an orphaned elephant victim of the ivory trade). We invite you to join us in Virginia with our board president…
Imagine Guyana and Dominica without forests and rivers, or Antigua, Barbados and St. Lucia without beaches, Desmond Brown writes in this article for the Inter Press Service. Atherton Martin, a conservationist and former minister of agriculture in Dominica, says climate change should be forcing Caribbean countries to take a hard look at how they are […]
Customs officials display red-eared slider turtles seized after a foiled smuggling attempt
The United Nations Development Programme’s excellent new educational booklet Burning Bright: UNDP and GEF in the Tiger Landscape, published April 13th 2016, is probably the best guide to the state of the world’s tigers. It shows the current and former ranges of these magnificent big cats, their principle threats and the ecological, cultural and economic importance of preservation of their […]
On International Tiger Day, UN calls for urgent action against illegal wildlife trade Bangkok, 29 July 2016 – The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office for Asia and Pacific today marked International Tiger Day with a call for urgent action to protect tigers and combat the illegal trade in wildlife. With only a few […]