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Madagascar’s largest tortoise could become extinct in 2 years
(September 27, 2016, 7:17 am) Fewer than 100 ploughshare tortoises remain in the wild, conservationists estimate, and continued poaching of these animals for the illegal pet trade is likely to wipe out the last few individuals in the next two to three years.
The Nicaraguan frontier: a treasure trove under siege
(September 26, 2016, 9:38 pm) Nicaragua is home to what is perhaps the last wild frontier of Central America — but its wild areas are under siege by forces that threaten the future of regional biodiversity.
Indonesia seeks foreign funds to aid peat restoration drive
(September 26, 2016, 8:18 pm) The cash-strapped Southeast Asian nation is trying to rehabilitate 2 million hectares of damaged peatlands in the wake of last year’s devastating wildfires.
The thriving oysters of Wellfleet Harbor
(September 26, 2016, 6:46 pm) Richard Elson is a filmmaker who will be presenting his work at next month’s Wildlife Conservation Film Festival in New York City.
Amazon radio network unites regional opposition to Tapajós basin dams
(September 26, 2016, 5:33 pm) A regional news network is energizing Amazonian people, helping them take informed action regarding plans to turn the Tapajós River and its tributaries into a dammed industrial waterway.
Searching for sawfish following the clues of environmental DNA
(September 26, 2016, 4:13 pm) Scientists are sampling largetooth sawfish DNA soup to identify this highly threatened species’ habitat and inform conservation.
Lao PDR commits to shut its commercial tiger farms
(September 26, 2016, 7:48 am) Last Friday, Lao PDR announced that it was intent on “looking for ways to phase out tiger farms”. Conservationists have applauded this decision.
Alaska’s salmon and Vietnam’s doucs: wildlife narratives by Producer Tim Plowden
(September 26, 2016, 12:26 am) Tim Plowden is a nature filmmaker who will be presenting his work at next month’s Wildlife Conservation Film Festival in New York City.
How’s my target species recovering? A new tool to help you evaluate
(September 24, 2016, 4:10 am) A short biodiversity monitoring manual is now freely available online
‘We are revolutionaries’: Villagers fight to protect Myanmar’s forests
(September 23, 2016, 9:20 pm) A community-run conservation initiative in southern Myanmar is using local knowledge to preserve both the environment and their ways of life.
Calls for CITES to address the corruption fueling the illegal wildlife trade
(September 23, 2016, 8:30 pm) CITES’ seventeenth major Conference of the Parties (CoP17) begins in Johannesburg, South Africa tomorrow, and it represents a key opportunity to address the corruption fueling the illegal wildlife trade, experts say.
Lao PDR failing to curb pangolin and hornbill trafficking: new reports
(September 23, 2016, 11:21 am) Porous border, gaps in the country’s laws, as well as a lack of law enforcement, are impeding Lao PDR’s efforts to tackle wildlife trafficking, three new reports conclude.
Whalesong, interrupted
(September 23, 2016, 1:17 am) The U.S. recently released a strategy to study and quiet the rising cacophony of underwater noise pollution. But in the absence of widespread regulation, some researchers are holding out hope that whales might be able to adapt in order to make their voices heard.
Land grabbing and environmental destruction could now be prosecuted under international law
(September 22, 2016, 8:14 pm) The International Criminal Court, housed at The Hague, has signaled that it could soon begin investigating crimes such as land grabbing, environmental destruction, and forced evictions.
Amazonian bat identification takes flight with new interactive guide
(September 22, 2016, 8:10 pm) New open-access, interactive, downloadable, digital Field Guide to Amazonian Bats, designed for tablets or smartphones, could herald the future of wildlife field guides.
China considers a huge national park for Amur tigers and leopards
(September 22, 2016, 3:35 pm) A proposed national park spanning nearly 6,000 square miles would be dedicated to protecting Amur tigers and Amur leopards as part of the Chinese government’s grand vision for its new national parks system.
Efforts to conserve Asia’s rhinos meet successes, setbacks
(September 22, 2016, 2:44 pm) As conservationists mark World Rhino Day, each of Asia’s three rhino species faces unique challenges.
Indian rhino horns being smuggled to China via Myanmar
(September 22, 2016, 9:32 am) Due to increased anti-poaching measures in Nepal, wildlife smugglers in India are now using Myanmar as a transit point to send rhino horns to China.
Peru’s Goldman Prize winner Máxima Acuña denounces attack
(September 21, 2016, 11:29 pm) Yanacocha mining firm’s security staff attacks environmental leader and leaves her injured.
Proposed sale of timber from palm oil concession sparks alarm in Liberia
(September 21, 2016, 8:26 pm) A move by Liberia to open up oil palm concessions to the timber market is riling conservationists who say this could give logging companies a big loophole around forest protection regulations.