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Meet the Pangolin, Another Animal Threatened by Traditional Asian Medicine


In May 2011 Indonesian customs officials inspecting a shipment of fish and turtle meat bound for Vietnam came across a gruesome discovery: 5.9 metric tons of pangolin meat and another 790 kilograms of pangolin scales hidden within the cargo. It was just one of the nearly four dozen illegal pangolin shipments seized in Indonesia, Vietnam, [...]

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Zimbabwe’s rhinos face poaching crisis

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More than 80 critically endangered black rhinos (Diceros bicornis) have been poached for their horns in Zimbabwe in the past 12 months, double the number killed in the previous year, a situation that the Convention on International Trade on Endangered Species (CITES) has now decided to disucss at its next meeting. Rhino horns are highly [...]

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Zimbabwe Takes Tollbooths Off the Grid


In Zimbabwe, a major road upgrade project will use off grid tollbooths to recoup a portion of the project’s costs. Made possible by the combined use of energy efficient design, solar power, and diesel generators, these tollbooths are believed to be the first ever to supply 100% of their power without an electric grid. The [...]

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