The BBC reports The wildlife charity the RSPB says it has been “overrun” by reports of birds of prey being illegally killed since the lockdown started six weeks ago. Species of raptors (birds of prey) that had been targeted include hen harriers, peregrine falcons, red kites, goshawks, buzzards and a barn owl. The wildlife charity […]

via ‘Surge’ in illegal bird of prey killings since lockdown — Natural History Wanderings

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 […]

via ‘Barbaric’ snares are wiping out Southeast Asia’s wild animals — Pattaya News – PattayaToday

Last month, with information from an informant, the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (Cambodia’s multi-agency wildlife law enforcement unit which is run with technical and financial support from Wildlife Alliance) investigated an ivory carving shop in Phnom Penh. The WRRT, accompanied by local police, local Forestry Administration officials, and the Deputy Prosecutor of Phnom Penh Court, […]

via Phnom Penh Ivory Shop Owner Arrested — Wildlife Alliance

Last Post for a While…but remember the Gorillas

During this troubled time we are going to take a break from our regular wildlife and environmental postings. In the meantime, we are concerned about the ability of the covid-19 virus’s ability to jump to the gorilla population and the populations of other great apes.
Uganda, and hopefully other African countries, is closing to the piblic the reserve where that country’s population lives. With only an estimated 1000 mountain gorillas in the wild any additional protection is most welcomed. Other risks to all gorilla populations in Africa include illegal ‘bush meat hunting’…

Western Lowland Gorilla

Raptor Persecution UK was one of a number of organisations giving evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform (ECCLR) Committee last week on the proposed increase in penalties for wildlife crime. The Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections & Powers) (Scotland) Bill was introduced by Environment Cabinet Secretary Roseanna Cunningham on 30th […]

via Scottish Parliament evidence session on proposed wildlife crime penalties increase — Raptor Persecution UK

Banner Image: Wild-caught young elephants are held captive in a fenced boma by Zimbabwe authorities awaiting shipment to China in October 2019 © Oscar Nkalain / Humane Society International/Africa – “Opinion: Zimbabwe’s shameful export of baby elephants under the guise of ‘sustainable use’,” Africa Geographic, 18 November 2019 Posted at EMS Foundation, 11 December 2019 Dated […]

via The Free Elephant Network Calls For The End To The Live Elephant Trade Between Zimbabwe and China — International Wildlife Bond