With just 3,900 wild tigers (Panthera tigris) left, a new analysis was released today by TRAFFIC highlighting persistent tiger trafficking as especially serious, over two per week have been seized since the turn of the century
Customs officials display red-eared slider turtles seized after a foiled smuggling attempt
One of of 37 spotted seal pups rescued from traffickers splashes into the water after being released back into the wild by officials in the north-eastern Liaoning province.
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The Kenyan Wildlife Service has arrested five men for smuggling finished ivory products. Since 2009, ten tons of raw and worked ivory has been illegally harvested from Kenyan sources.
In 2012, 384 Elephants and 19 Rhinos were lost to poachers, the previous year’s tally was 289 Elephants and 29 Rhinos. Four Kenyan Game Rangers have been killed in this same period.
Policing this illegal trade has been difficult as sophisticated organized crime groups dominate this illicit trade, and this is a serious problem throughout Africa.
More aggressive policing on the ground with heavily-armed game wardens in the field, and the use of trained sniffer dogs at shipping points will hopefully help stem this serious trade.
A man adds wood to the fire as elephant tusks are burned during a ceremony to destroy confiscated wildlife parts. Elephant skin, clouded leopard parts and tiger bone were among the hundreds of animal parts worth $1.3m razed in the first public display of action against its prolific illegal wildlife trade.