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The pangolin black market is fueled by its scales, not its good looks

May 15, 2019
Pangolin scales are in demand primarily for traditional Chinese medicine.
A baby Sunda pangolin nicknamed 'Sandshrew' is taken out for feeding by Serena Oh, assistant director and head vet of Veterinary Services in Wildlife Reserves Singapore, at the Singapore Zoo on June 30, 2017. Sandshrew was brought to the Wildlife Health and Research Centre on January 16, reportedly found stranded in the Upper Thomson area by a member of the public. Sunda pangolins are listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

That U.N. extinction report? There are real economic costs.

May 7, 2019
We could lose a million species on this planet because of human activity, according to the study.
An endangered Bornean orangutan at the Surabaya Zoo in Indonesia.
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Trump looks to add economic considerations into rules protecting threatened species

Jul 20, 2018
This week, the U.S. Department of Interior released proposed rule changes for the Endangered Species Act. It’s the 45-year-old act credited with reviving populations of bald eagles, gray wolves, lynxes and roughly 1,600 plants and animals at risk of extinction. Right now, the process used to protect species under the act requires only a scientific […]
The grey wolf is protected in the United States under the Endangered Species Act. 

Good news for giant pandas

Sep 6, 2016
And bad news for eastern gorillas.
Fu Ni the giant panda is treated to specially prepared panda treats for her birthday at the Adelaide Zoo on August 23, 2015, in Adelaide, Australia.
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Southern African countries are pushing to sell ivory again

Aug 12, 2016
While some countries burn ivory in a show of conservation, others say they should be able to decide whether or not to sell it.
Kenya Wildlife Services rangers stand guard around illegal stockpiles of burning elephant tusks, ivory figurines and rhinoceros horns at the Nairobi National Park on April 30, 2016. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta presided over the world's biggest ivory bonfire after demanding a total ban on trade in tusks and horns to end 'murderous' trafficking and prevent the extinction of elephants in the wild. 

A Texas safari club's solution to saving the rhinos? Kill one.

Jan 10, 2014
The Safari Club of Dallas, Texas wants to auction off the right to shoot an endangered black rhinoceros... for conservation purposes.

Crackdown on shark fishing opposed by Japan, China

Mar 14, 2013
Japan and China have failed to block new restrictions on shark fishing at an international conference in Thailand.

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Stopping Poaching with UAVs, and Shopping on Twitter

Dec 9, 2012
A new project from the World Wildlife Fund and Google aims to stop poaching with the help of drones.