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It Shouldn’t Suck to be an Elephant: Speaking Up For Elephants event in NYC on 10/4

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Between the government shutdown and the public uproar over the National Zoo Giant Panda Cam going dark (“PANDA!  PANDA!” screamed the general public), you might not have noticed a few more elephants in the news. I’m not talking about fluff pieces with adorable elephants and their big ears that according to BuzzFeed, “We Would Like [...]

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Expeditions

Call of the Orangutan: A Camera Trap Menagerie

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In order to get more information about the forest here at the Sikundur research station in North Sumatra, I’ve set up four camera traps, which I’m using to get a better look at the wildlife around the site. The traps have been so successful in such a short time period that together with another graduate [...]

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Extinction Countdown

Is Chocolate Driving Monkeys into Extinction?

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Ten years ago the forests of Ivory Coast were full of the hoots and howls of more than a dozen primate species. No more. Today the west African nation is much quieter. The forests are mostly gone and the monkeys that they once held aren’t far behind. Several species have become critically endangered. One may [...]

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Extinction Countdown

Species Snapshot: Sunda Pangolin [Video]

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Today is World Pangolin Day, an occasion to recognize the rapidly impending extinction of the eight species of scaly anteaters from Africa and Asia. Let’s take this as an opportunity to get a glimpse of one of the most endangered of these wonderful and barely understood creatures. Species name: Sunda pangolin (Manis javanica), also known [...]

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Extinction Countdown

Tiger Populations in Nepal Can’t Grow without More Food and Space

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Nepal has a lofty goal: The country wants to have at least 250 Bengal tigers (Panthera tigris tigris) within its borders by the year 2022. They’ve already made pretty amazing progress, growing the population from 121 in 2009 to 198 in 2013. Earlier this week conservation groups praised Nepal for its efforts to reduce poaching, [...]

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Extinction Countdown

1,215: The Record Number of Rhinos Poached in 2014

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South Africa has finally finished compiling its report on the number of rhinos poached in the country last year and, as expected, the news is terrible. All-told, 1,215 rhinos were killed by poachers in South Africa in 2014, the highest number ever and an increase of 21 percent over 2013. By comparison, just 13 rhinos [...]

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Extinction Countdown

Venus Flytraps Risk Extinction in the Wild at the Hands of Poachers

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Earlier this month four men were arrested for poaching on the Holly Shelter Game Land preserve in North Carolina. Their arrest made national headlines, and history, as they became the first people charged with a felony for stealing Venus flytrap plants (Dionaea muscipula) from the wild. Yes, Venus flytrap poaching is a thing. Not only [...]

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Extinction Countdown

The Real Paddington Bear: Cute, Unique and Endangered

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As the new “Paddington” movie opens in U.S. theaters today, let’s take a look at the real-life endangered species that inspired author Michael Bond’s beloved books: the Andean spectacled bear. Species name: Andean or spectacled bear (Tremarctos ornatus), sometimes referred to as the Andean short-faced bear for its unique abbreviated snout. The bears are the [...]

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Extinction Countdown

Giraffes under Threat: Populations Down 40 Percent in Just 15 Years

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One of the world’s most iconic and beloved animals is quickly disappearing. Fifteen years ago about 140,000 giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis) roamed the plains and forests of Africa. Today that number has plummeted by more than 40 percent, according to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF). As with so many other species, the causes of this decline [...]

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Extinction Countdown

Elephants are Worth 76 Times More Alive Than Dead: Report

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Ivory from a poached elephant sells on the black market for about $21,000. A living elephant, on the other hand, is worth more than $1.6 million in ecotourism opportunities. That’s the conclusion of a new report from the The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. The report—“Dead or Alive? Valuing an Elephant” (pdf)—follows on the heels of [...]

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Extinction Countdown

Sloth Bears Confirmed Extinct in Bangladesh

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A massive project to assess the health of wildlife in Bangladesh has confirmed conservationists’ longstanding suspicions that sloth bears no longer exist in that country. Sloth bears (Melursus ursinus) could once be found throughout India, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. (A separate subspecies lives on the island nation of Sri Lanka.) Overhunting during the British colonial [...]

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Extinction Countdown

Why Is Namibia Killing Its Rare Desert Elephants?

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On Saturday, June 21 one of the Republic of Namibia’s rare desert elephants was felled by a hunter’s rifle. Unlike most of the other elephants that die on any given day in Africa, this particular elephant was slain legally. Namibia has reportedly sold nine hunting permits to foreign hunters for undisclosed amounts. Two of the [...]

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Observations

Poaching Could Drive Elephants Extinct in Decades

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Two or more dead elephants in one place means one thing: poaching by professional killers. Another tip-off is the lack of a face, as poachers hack off the tusks to be sold for ivory. That ivory is then made into valuable trinkets in Asia or even parts of violin bows in Europe and North America. [...]

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Observations

China Crushes Ivory, but Must Do More to Fight Wildlife Crime

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In a development that has conservationists abuzz, Chinese officials crushed 6.1 tons of confiscated elephant ivory earlier today in a ceremony in Guangzhou. The move comes two months after the U.S. pulverized its six-ton stockpile of ivory contraband to signal that it will not tolerate the illegal wildlife trade, and one month ahead of a [...]

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Can We Avert the End of Elephants?

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Within the next 10 years, Africa could lose 100,000 elephants—a fifth of  the population—to poachers if the slaughter for their ivory tusks continues at current rates, according to a new analysis.  Some 22,000 elephants were killed in 2012. And large-scale seizures of illegal ivory (those that involve at least 500 kilograms in a single transaction) [...]

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