China Announces Ban on Domestic Ivory Trade by End of 2017

  China decided to join other countries that ban ivory trade .   China announced that the country will shut down it domestic ivory trade by end of 2017.  China is believed to support 70% of the overall ivory market.  China currently has 34 ivory production companies and 134 ivory retail shops.   Last year, China's President … Continue reading China Announces Ban on Domestic Ivory Trade by End of 2017

Venus Flytraps Being Poached to Extinction in North Carolina

Venus flytrap is a carnivorous plant that grows in the wild only within 90-miles of Wilmington, North Carolina.  The plant catches insects and uses them for nutrition.  The plants leaves have hair.  When an insect contacts a hair on the leaf, the trap closes if a another hair is contacted within twenty seconds of the first … Continue reading Venus Flytraps Being Poached to Extinction in North Carolina

Tiger population in the wild growing for the first time in 100 years

Tiger populations have been in steady decline for almost a century.  Tiger populations in the wild reached a low of 3200 in 2010 but have increased back up to 3,890 in 2016.  The countries with tiger populations came together in 2010 to come up with a goal of reaching 6000 tigers in the wild by … Continue reading Tiger population in the wild growing for the first time in 100 years

Relocating Rhinos from Africa to Australia for a Breeding Program

Poaching has caused rhino population to reach close to extinction levels in South Africa.  The Australian Rhino Project is an unconventional approach to relocate the endangered rhinos from Africa to Australia for a breeding program.  The plan is to move 80 rhinos from Africa to Australia starting in 2016. The project plans on establishing breeding herds of white … Continue reading Relocating Rhinos from Africa to Australia for a Breeding Program

WWF uses thermal infrared cameras to catch poachers

Poachers take advantage of cover of night to evade rangers.  WWF installed a thermal infrared camera that can sense poachers in darkness using their body heat. This is a game changer for rangers and allows them to track down poachers through darkness. According to Colby Loucks, lead of the WWF’s Wildlife Crime Technology Project, “Poachers … Continue reading WWF uses thermal infrared cameras to catch poachers

500 Elephants Relocated from Parks with Surplus of Elephants to Park Where They Were Almost

In an effort to reduce the risk of elephant extinction, African Parks, in collaboration with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW), is moving 500 elephants from Liwonde National Park and Majete Wildlife Reserve in southern Malawi to Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve in northern Malawi.  In 2016, 250 elephants will be moved from Liwonde, and … Continue reading 500 Elephants Relocated from Parks with Surplus of Elephants to Park Where They Were Almost

DiCaprio’s “The Ivory Game” Exposes the World of Illegal Ivory Trade

"Ivory game," a Netflix documentary from executive producer Leonardo Di Caprio and directors Richard Ladkani and Kief Davidson exposes the underground world of ivory trafficking. The directors filmed the movie undercover for 16 months with a team of intelligence operatives, conservationists, and wildlife activists.  The team followed poachers and tracked the illegal trade from Africa … Continue reading DiCaprio’s “The Ivory Game” Exposes the World of Illegal Ivory Trade