NAIROBI – Kenyan police arrested a Thai woman at Nairobi airport as she checked in for a flight to Bangkok with 20 kilograms of illegal ivory, the wildlife service said on Dec. 26. The woman was arrested Christmas night while in transit from Maputo in Mozambique with 105 pieces of ivory jewelry and raw ivory. She was to be arraigned before a magistrate Dec. 27, Kenya Wildlife Service said in a statement.
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The U.S. Senate this week toughened laws against shark finning, hoping to save the ancient fish which experts fear is on the brink of extinction due to growing demand in Chinese restaurants. Tens of millions of sharks are killed each year by fishermen who slice off their fins — a delicacy in Chinese cuisine — and leave them to die in the water. Sharks live long and have few offspring, compounding risks to their survival.
Link: AFP/Yahoo News!
While most of us are used to seeing wolves in grey and black, new images from Yellowstone National Park show them in a range of psychedelic colors. This is not a new species of wolf, but part of a study to research disease in the park's grey wolf population.
The state of Alaska filed a lawsuit Dec. 14 in an effort to stop a federal agency's plan to protect endangered sea lions by restricting fishing in the western Aleutian Islands. Gov. Sean Parnell said the National Marine Fisheries Service failed to make a rational connection between what it found and the conclusion it reached that fishing needs to be curtailed in because sea lions aren't getting enough to eat.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced Dec. 13 that the wolverine warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act, but the listing will be delayed because other species take higher priority. Wolverines, who are members of the weasel family, are only a candidate for listing, and their status will be reviewed annually, the agency said.
Link: The Denver Post
Tiger tourism in India and Nepal can only help to protect the species from extinction if it is community-led, said a leading wildlife agency. Speaking at a Save The Wild Tigers forum in London, Debbie Banks, head of tiger campaigns at the Environment Investigation Agency, said these countries lack tourist products that sufficiently benefit local communities.
Link: TTG Live
Some of the most powerful voices in world wildlife welfare have banded together with leading zoo professionals to stop New Zealand's Auckland Zoo from forming a herd of elephants in inner-city Western Springs Park.
Link: The Aucklander