UN wildlife meeting ends with conservation agreements

2016-10-04 22:17

A UN wildlife conference has ended in Johannesburg after agreements to implement stronger protections for a number of threatened species, including the pangolin, the African grey parrot, some sharks and certain types of timber.

Global trade in African grey parrots banned

2016-10-02 19:33

Delegates at a global wildlife conference in Johannesburg have voted to ban international trade in African grey parrots, one of the world's most trafficked birds.

All global trade banned in endangered pangolins

2016-09-29 21:10

The shy, scale-covered pangolin is to receive the highest level of protection against illegal trade to try to save it from extinction, after a vote by delegates at a global conference.

Poachers target 'ivory on wings'

2016-09-27 16:15

Some call it "ivory on wings" - part of the bill of a critically endangered bird in Southeast Asia that is sought by poachers and carved into ornaments for illegal sale to Chinese buyers.

African elephants 'suffer worst decline in 25 years'

2016-09-25 19:32

Africa's elephant population has suffered its worst drop in 25 years, the International Union for Conservation of Nature has said, blaming the plummeting numbers on poaching.

Horn trade debate to hot up this week

2016-09-18 06:00

Debates about legalising rhino horn trading set to be top on the agenda at a convention on endangered species in Sandton this week.

Spanish police seize 74 African tusks

2016-05-26 23:15

Police in Spain have seized 74 African elephant tusks from a man who was allegedly trying to sell them with a fake permit.

Sri Lanka destroys giant illegal ivory haul

2016-01-26 16:04

Sri Lanka's government has destroyed its biggest ever illegal ivory haul in the first public crushing of poached tusks in South Asia.

SA judge lifts domestic ban on rhino horn trade

2015-11-26 12:22

A South African judge has lifted a domestic ban on trade in rhino horns, in a direct challenge to government policy put in place in 2009 to try to stem rocketing poaching numbers.

French customs seizes 115 live scorpions

2015-10-01 18:38

French customs have seized 115 live scorpions headed from Cameroon to US, perhaps for Internet sale.


Swazi bid to sell rhino horn fails at CITES

2016-10-03 22:15

Swaziland's bid to sell rhino horn stockpile has failed at the CITES meeting in Johannesburg.

Wildlife delegates call for end to ivory markets

2016-10-02 16:36

Delegates at a UN wildlife conference in Johannesburg are pressuring countries with ivory markets to close them because of the slaughter of tens of thousands of elephants in recent years.

Thailand suspends seahorse trade

2016-09-29 19:17

Thailand has suspended the seahorse trade amid conservation concerns.

Shy pangolins need world spotlight to survive

2016-09-25 22:16

Reclusive, gentle and quick to roll up into a ball, pangolins keep a low profile. But they are also the world's most heavily trafficked mammal and experts at the CITES conference are ringing alarm bells over their survival.

Elephants divide meeting aimed at saving species

2016-09-25 16:07

African countries, including South Africa, have lashed out at Western charities for "dictating" how they should protect their elephants as the world's biggest conference on the international wildlife trade got underway in Johannesburg.

State representatives attending CITES meeting granted immunity - Government Gazette

2016-05-30 18:24

Representatives of countries attending the 17th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora will enjoy diplomatic immunity, according to the Government Gazette.

Kenya readies to torch tusks

2016-04-28 18:17

Thousands of elephant tusks are being piled high into pyres as Kenya prepares to torch its vast ivory stockpile hoping to stop trafficking and prevent extinction of elephants in the wild.

Bottom beginning to fall out of ivory market

2016-01-12 22:46

Global efforts to crack down on illegal ivory trafficking are eating away at prices, a wildlife trade regulator says.

Danish auction house stops ivory sales

2015-11-23 21:26

Denmark's second largest auction house has stopped selling ivory products amid a social media storm over its planned sale of two tusks.

Cat out of the bag: Trophy hunting fuels Asian lion bone trade

2015-08-13 14:34

In the first full research report of its kind, the trophy hunting industry in South Africa has been exposed as the main source of the lion bone trade.

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