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Horrific scale of SA’s live wildlife trade to China exposed

Chimpanzees, Bengal tigers, wolves, wild dogs and lions are among thousands of endangered wild animals exported, sometimes in contravention of CITES regulations, often in shameful conditions. At a time when the entire globe is reeling from a deadly disease that originated in wild animals and many species face the risk of extinction, a new report […]

Rhinos Are Also Coronavirus Victims

As Africa’s national parks and game reserves have emptied of tourists and reduced ranger patrols amid the coronavirus pandemic, conservationists say a troubling trend has taken root. Opportunistic poachers, taking advantage of the lull, are maiming and killing rhinos and other endangered creatures in areas usually considered safe from such attacks ― and there are […]

For Male Northern Cardinals, the Redder the Better

This audio story is brought to you by BirdNote, a partner of the National Audubon Society. BirdNote episodes air daily on public radio stations nationwide.… Transcript: This is BirdNote. Male Northern Cardinals, Scarlet Tanagers, and House Finches all have striking red plumage that’s thought to play a role in attracting mates. To develop red feathers, […]

What is a Tasmanian devil? Candid Animal Cam meets the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world

Camera traps bring you closer to the secretive natural world and are an important conservation tool to study wildlife. This week we’re meeting the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world: the Tasmanian devil. Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii) used to live in Australia but now they can only be found in the island state of Tasmania, […]

Petition: Great News! Dutch Parliament Votes to Close Mink Farms

Dutch Parliament voted on June 23 to shut down 128 fur farms in response to the coronavirus outbreaks, according to the Humane Society International (HSI). 17 fur farms experienced coronavirus outbreaks, including two workers that contracted the virus from mink. HSI praised the closures, saying it’s a necessary move for a cruel industry. Mink farming […]

Did China really ban the pangolin trade? Not quite, investigators say

In early June, it was widely reported that the Chinese government had banned pangolin scales in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), and that all pangolin species now had the highest level of protection within China. This news grabbed headlines around the world, and conservationists hailed the move as a positive step toward halting the illegal trade […]

‘My land is now owned by lions’: Maasai Mara farmers offer Kenya’s wildlife a lifeline

Parsaloi Kupai’s home, situated on the edge of Ol Kinyei conservancy near the Maasai Mara game reserve, is no different from any other Maasai homestead – oval-shaped huts with an almost flat roof and walls plastered with a mixture of water, mud and cow dung. At the centre of the homestead is a cattleboma, an […]

Petition: Research Finds World’s Most Expensive Coffee Kopi Luwak Linked to Transmitting SARS Virus to Humans

People around the world are paying exorbitant prices — and perhaps risking their lives — for the world’s most expensive and cruel drink: cat poop coffee. While it may sound like a silly gimmick, the kopi luwak industry is a very serious business, with a single pound of coffee selling for up to $600. And […]

Petition: Help Free Gorilla Kept in Department Store Zoo for Thirty Years!

While chimpanzees and bonobos are understood to be the animals that are most closely related to human beings, gorillas are not far off. From one look at a gorilla, it’s not hard to imagine. Gorillas are highly intelligent; they often use tools to perform various tasks and have a well-developed communication system. They also exhibit […]