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IUCN recognises endangered forest and savanna elephants as distinct species

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The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) announced on Thursday, March 25, 2021 that it now recognises two distinct species of African elephants: The Forest Elephant and the Savanna Elephant. Forest elephants are poached for their ivory and skin, and threatened with extinction The revised assessment of African elephants also has found that the Forest Elephant is Critically Endangered ...

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Customs Service intercepts pangolin scales, others worth N952m

Pangolin scales

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Apapa Area Command has intercepted pangolin scales and other mixed endangered species meant for export, worth N952 million. Bags of Pangolin scales siezed from traffickers Comptroller Mohammed Abba-Kura said at a media briefing on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 in Lagos that the items were contained in a one unit 20 feet container with number CSLU ...

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New film documents efforts to save Ethiopia’s endangered elephants

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The federal authority responsible for managing national parks, the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority (EWCA), has released “Ethiopia’s Elephant Crisis”, a documentary on its efforts to save its endangered elephants. Poached for their ivory and skin, elephants are threatened with extinction The Elephant Protection Initiative Foundation (EPI), an alliance of 21 African countries with common policies on elephant conservation, has lauded the venture. Since ...

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40% of plant species at risk of extinction – Study

Plant Species

About 40 per cent of the world’s 500,000 identified plant and fungi species are at risk of extinction, according to a study published on Wednesday, September 30, 2020. 40 per cent of the world’s 500,000 identified plant and fungi species are at risk of extinction More sophisticated techniques for assessment and analysis had allowed the scientists to “correct biases” of ...

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Kenya says a rare white giraffe spotted in a conservancy

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 reported the sighting of a rare white giraffe in a privately-owned conservancy in the north-eastern county of Garissa that neighbours Somalia. Rare white giraffe in a private Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy in Kenya According to KWS, the white giraffe, whose gender had not been verified, was spotted foraging at Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy ...

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Endangered butterfly species thought to be extinct sighted in Czech reserve

For five decades, the steppe type of landscape surrounding the current large ungulate reserve at Milovice, close to Prague in the Czech Republic, lacked one endangered butterfly species – the Adonis blue. It was last recorded by experts in 1967. However, scientists have spotted them in the pastures again last year. Adonis blue. Photo credit: European Wildlife / Martin Hrouzek ...

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Leaders told to take concrete action to save the snow leopard

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As leaders from the 12 snow leopard range countries prepare to meet this month to further deliberate on the future of the endangered cat, conservationists have called on them to take the next step and pledge concrete action to ensure the animal’s survival. The snow leopard lives in the Himalayas, the mountains of Central Asia and the Mountains of Southwest China as ...

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Farm practices must change to protect endangered species, habitats

Scott Vaughan

Sustainable agriculture practices must be widely implemented in order to stem an alarming loss of biodiversity and to protect endangered species. This is according to the “Standards and Biodiversity” report released recently by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). Agricultural production currently accounts for 40 per cent of global land surface and is responsible for 70 per cent of projected losses ...

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225 smuggled pangolins tracked down in Indonesia


Indonesian authorities have seized a haul of hundreds of critically endangered pangolins and scales worth $190,000, officials said on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. The authorities say they arrested two suspected wildlife smugglers after a raid on a port warehouse in Sumatra uncovered more than 200 pangolins, many of them dead from stress and dehydration. Ministry of Environment and Forestry official ...

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Orangutans threatened by forest fire, deforestation in Borneo


On a typical day, veterinarians of International Animal Rescue (IAR) make their way through choking smoke, weighed down with medical supplies, a safety net, animal carrier and face masks. They are called out almost daily to rescue orangutans and other animals trapped by forest fires and attend to their medical needs. The forest had been burning for five days and ...

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