Up to 36 million birds are being are stolen or killed annually, according to the UNEP report. Photograph: Petros Karadjias/AP UN report warns crimes such as logging and poaching are putting ‘high pressure’ on ecosystems in 15 countries in the Danube-Carpathian region
November 22, 2017 — An environmental “looting” spree is threatening biodiversity and pristine forests across 15 countries in central and eastern Europe, the UN has warned.
Continue reading ‘Looting’ spree threatens wildlife and forests across eastern Europe SEIZED. Indonesian officials discover more than 100 pangolins on Tuesday, October 24, in a raid on a fishing boat off the east coast of Sumatra island. Screenshot from AFP Pangolins – docile animals with a thick armor – are indigenous to parts of Southeast Asia and Africa and are the world’s most trafficked mammal
PEKANBARU, Indonesia (Oct. 29, 2017) — Indonesian authorities have seized more than 100 pangolins, all of them alive, an official said Wednesday, October 25, a haul of the critically endangered species that conservationists estimate to be worth about $1.5 million.
Continue reading Indonesia seizes 101 pangolins on fishing boat A Mbuti pygmy hunting camp in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve outside the town of Epulu, Congo. Photograph: Rebecca Blackwell/AP An ambush by local rebel forces led to five deaths in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve, while another ranger died in Virunga
July 17, 2017 — Four Congolese park rangers and one porter have been killed in an ambush in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Continue reading Five park rangers killed in DRC in tragic weekend for wildlife defenders This November 21, 2015 handout photo provided by the US Fish and Wildlife Service(USFWS) shows Wisdom (L), the world’s oldest known banded bird in the wild, with her mate on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge/Battle of Midway National Memorial. AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / US FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE / KIAH WALKER More than 30% of animals with a backbone – fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals – are declining in both range and population
PARIS, France (Jul. 12, 2017) — The sixth mass extinction of life on Earth is unfolding more quickly than feared, scientists have warned.
Continue reading ‘Sixth extinction’ of wildlife faster than feared – scientists