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Camera traps confirm that Sumatran rhinos still roam Leuser rainforest
Written by Jeremy Hance mongabay   
Sunday, 12 August 2012 00:00

With the help of remote camera traps, wildlife rangers have confirmed that the Sumatran rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) still inhabits the Leuser ecosystem in northern Sumatra, making the forest the only place on the Earth where Sumatran tigers, orangutans, elephants, and rhinos survive in a single ecosystem, though all remain Critically Endangered.

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Endangered Sumatran rhino gives birth in Lampung
Written by Associated Press, Jakarta | Archipelago   
Saturday, 23 June 2012 00:00

New rhino: In this 2010 file photo released by the Indonesian Rhino Foundation, locally known as Yayasan Badak Indonesia (YABI) and the International Rhino Foundation (IRF), a female Sumatran rhino named Ratu is seen at Way Kambas Rhino Reservation in Lampung, Indonesia. An Indonesian official said that 12-year-old Ratu has given birth to a male calf on Saturday. It's only the fifth known to have been born in captivity. (AP/Indonesian Rhino Foundation and International Rhino Foundation)

A highly endangered Sumatran rhinoceros gave birth to a calf Saturday in western Indonesia, a forestry official said. It is only the fifth known birth in captivity for the species in 123 years. The mother, Ratu, delivered the male calf after a nearly 16-month pregnancy at Way Kambas National Park in Lampung province, said Novianto Bambang, director of biodiversity conservation at the Forestry Ministry.

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Men Jailed for 8 Months for Killing 20 Orangutans
Written by Tunggadewa Mattangkilang - Jakarta Globe   
Thursday, 19 April 2012 00:00

Tenggarong, East Kalimantan. Four men were sentenced to eight months in prison on Wednesday for slaughtering protected orangutans on an East Kalimantan palm oil plantation.

The sentences are likely to anger environmental and animal rights groups, which had demanded that the defendants receive the maximum penalty of five years in prison for killing an endangered species.

Imam Muhtarom and Mujianto, who were convicted of carrying out the actual killings, were also fined Rp 20 million ($2,200) each.

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Orangutan rescued in Tripa as palm oil plantations close in
Written by Orangutan Conservancy   
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 00:00

Today an orangutan rescue team from the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP), Yayasan Ekosistem Lestari (YEL) and BKSDA Aceh (the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry’s nature conservation agency in Aceh) successfully rescued a large adult male orangutan trapped in a small pocket of forest in the Tripa peat swamps, surrounded by encroaching palm oil plantations.

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CITES INFILTRATED BY THE SHARK FIN INDUSTRY
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 30 March 2012 00:00

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has recently called upon CITES (the UN Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species, Flora & Fauna) at a recent meeting of the Animals Committee in Geneva, to remove Singaporean Dr Giam Choo Hoo, the Alternate Representative for Asia based on an investigative report that clearly shows that Dr Giam is a representative of the Shark Fin Industry.

This is a clear Conflict of Interest. However, unlike other UN bodies, CITES voted against having Conflict of Interest provisos at their meetings, which has now backfired in their face with the recent exposure of Dr Giam Choo Hoo, the longest serving member in CITES as a representative of the Shark Fin Industry inside CITES.

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More than 100 Orangutans have been lost in Indonesian forest fires
Written by AP   
Thursday, 29 March 2012 00:00

JAKARTA, Indonesia—Fires raging in an Indonesian swamp forest may have killed a third of the rare Sumatran orangutans living there and all of them may be lost this year, conservationists warned on Wednesday.

The Tripa swamp forest in Aceh province is home to the world’s densest population of critically endangered Sumatran orangutans. About 200 still live there, out of a world population estimated at 6,600, the conservationists said.

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Jail Time for Cell Phone Tiger Poachers
Written by Wildlife Conservation Society   
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 00:00

A Major Turning Point in Asia’s War Against Poaching: Jail Time For Thailand’s “Cell Phone” Tiger Poachers Two poachers get up to five years in prison – most severe sentences for poaching ever given out in Thailand WCS helped apprehend poachers last summer after a cell phone with images of dead tiger is found

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Pangolins: Quietly Being Driven Towards Their Extinction
Written by Cody Urban   
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 00:00

The pangolin is a scaly anteater found in Southeast Asia and several African countries. These nocturnal mammals are often found burrowing or feeding on ants and termites with their incredibly long sticky tongues (up to sixteen inches in length). Pangolins are known for their vibrant and nearly impenetrable armor-plated scales. When they are threatened, they roll into a ball and use these sharp scales to protect them. This defensive mechanism works very well against most predators, but illegal poaching and trading have been killing off these fascinating creatures at an alarming rate.

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7 MILLION-YEAR-OLD ELEPHANT HERD REVEALED IN PRINTS
Written by WJennifer Viegas Discovery   
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 00:00

The most extensive set of fossilized mammal footprints ever found has allowed scientists to recreate how elephants lived 7 million years ago.

The footprints were discovered at a site called Mleisa 1 in the United Arab Emirates. The find was reported in a new study in the journal Royal Society Biology Letters.

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Two held in killing of wild elephant in Phetchaburi; ivory buyer sought
Written by KHANATHIT SRIHIRUNDAJ, THE NATION   
Sunday, 19 February 2012 00:00

Police say pair confess to killing beast after being approached by Karen man

Phetchaburi police have asked the provincial court for permission to detain without bail two suspects accused of killing an elephant in Kaeng Krachan National Park while they search for the person who hired them and the intended buyer of the elephant's ivory and other parts.

After a 9am press conference at police headquarters, suspected wild-elephant poachers Lukkaew Chan-upatham, 28, and Chan Kuanphu, 28, were taken for interrogation at Phetchaburi Police Office at 11am.

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Police suspect illegal tiger meat haul came from zoo
Written by Bangkok Post   
Tuesday, 07 February 2012 00:00

Police are gathering evidence against a tiger zoo they suspect is the source of 400kg of tiger meat found in a house in Bangkok's Min Buri district on Saturday.

Pol Col Kiattipong Khawsamang, deputy commander of the Natural Resources and Environmental Crime Suppression Division, said police believed the carcasses of two male tigers found at the house came from a tiger zoo in Chon Buri's Si Racha district, but they have not yet obtained evidence.

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Tiger parts seized at address in outer Bangkok.
Written by Wildlife 1   
Sunday, 05 February 2012 00:00

Officials today seized the freshly butchered bodies of several tigers and arrested 5 people in a house at 64/5 Soi Payasuren 12, Bang Chan, Klong Samwa.

The tigers were being prepared to be stuffed when concerned locals reported bags of suspicious looking meat and a tiger head in plastic bags at the address.

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DNA database to protect elephants
Written by The Nation   
Friday, 27 January 2012 00:00

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Preecha Rengsomboonsuk has vowed to solve within a year issues related to Thailand's elephants.

Preecha planned to build a DNA database on 4,000 or so domesticated elephants in order to stop people taking over identity papers of deceased pachyderms and replacing them with elephants taken in the wild.

After a Wednesday press conference to discuss the February 35 elephant fair at the Elephant Conservation Centre in Lampang's Hang Chat district, Preecha said he would contact the Interior Ministry, which is in charge of issuing elephant identification papers, for information about the beasts living in camps and elsewhere nationwide.

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‘Medicinal Use’ Pangolin Farms in China? [Photos & Video]
Written by Project Pangolin   
Monday, 16 January 2012 00:00

Are pangolins being farmed for China’s traditional medicine industry?

Project Pangolin has uncovered disturbing information which strongly suggests that “medicinal use” pangolin farms are already operating in China.

The emergence of pangolin farming may help provide insight into why the world is losing its pangolins at such an alarming rate (an estimated 40,000 killed in 2011) and why China’s appetite for pangolins continues to increase.

Project pangolin discovered pangolin farming is promoted as an investment opportunity due to continued high demand from the traditional Chinese medicine industry, and we also located photos and videos of a pangolin farm on a Chinese business website.

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First images of newly discovered primate
Written by Ally Catterick   
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 00:00

Researchers working in Northern Myanmar have captured the first photographs of the recently discovered Myanmar snub-nosed monkey.

Announced today in Yangon, Myanmar, a joint team from Fauna & Flora International (FFI), Biodiversity And Nature Conservation Association (BANCA) and People Resources and Conservation Foundation (PRCF), caught pictures of the monkey on camera traps placed in the high, forested mountains of Kachin state, bordering China.

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Smuggling ring threatens wild elephants
Written by MCOT   
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 00:00

Thailand’s wild elephants are at an increasingly higher risk of extinction than ever before despite being officially protected. On average three of the giant animals have been hunted down and killed in each of the past two years, according to statistics from the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation.

The carcasses of four male pachyderms were found only a few days after the New Year in the western province of Phetchaburi's Kaeng Krachan district, where the incident took place close to the road. Hunters shot the animals with a powerful gun in their foreheads, while destroying  evidence by cutting out the front of the skulls, burning bullet holes, and the elephant corpses themselves. Ivory tusks, tails, and sexual organs were taken.

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Poachers suspected of killing elephants
Written by The Nation   
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 09:18

Ivory poachers have apparently slaughtered at least one elephant from Phetchaburi's Kaeng Krajan National Park.

After a 3pm report of the discovery of a carcass in tambon Pateng, police, park officials and villagers rushed to the scene near the Krarang 3 Reservoir and found an elephant burned on a pyre of rubber tyres.

Officials suspect the hunters took the tusks and then tried to conceal the crime.

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Big Cat Scat: Grant Boosts Critical Research
Written by American Museum of Natural History News   
Thursday, 08 December 2011 00:00

For the past five years, Museum scientists, in collaboration with the Panthera Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting big cats in the wild, have been tracking tigers, lions, jaguars, and snow leopards through DNA in scat, or fecal specimens, gathered in the field. Now, through a generous grant from the Leslie and Daniel Ziff Foundation, the Global Felid Conservation Genetics Program can accelerate the pace of this important work by expanding the program’s laboratory component.

“We’re very excited about it,” says George Amato, director of the Museum’s Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics and the Center for Conservation Genetics, which is responsible for sequencing the big cats’ DNA and analyzing the results. “In terms of scale, it is now the largest project of its kind in the world.”

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Japan uses $28.5m in disaster funds for whaling
Written by Andrew Darby in Hobart SMH   
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 01:28

A growing number of Japanese environmental and consumer groups are joining in protest against the use of disaster recovery funds to subsidise the loss-making whaling fleet.

The government recently gave the whalers 2.28 billion yen ($28.5 million) as part of a special budget for recovery from the March 11 triple disaster.

Much of the extra funding will go towards security forces for the whaling fleet, which left Japan yesterday for the Antarctic, where conflict is expected with Sea Shepherd activists.

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'It's really good stuff': undercover at a Chinese tiger bone wine auction
Written by Jonathan Watts : guardian.co.uk   
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 00:00

Sales of such products are forbidden – but buyers turned up in droves and uniformed police were conspicuous by their absence

One-year-old cubs at Xiongsen bear and tiger park where tigers are bred to produce tiger bone wine. Photograph: Sinopix/Rex Features

Is China serious about ending the trade in tigers and other endangered animals?

The question posed itself last Saturday as I sat at an auction in Beijing watching the hammer go down on cases of spirits and tonics fortified with tiger, rhino horn and pangolin.

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