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Antique furniture like this Ming era Ta couch in the Shanghai Museum has inspired thousands of 'hongmu' copies among China's rich - and the demand is devouring forests across Southeast Asia. Photo: Gisling via Wikimedia Commons.

The rosewood massacre - China must act

Zuzana Burivalova

23rd July 2014

Surging Chinese demand for rosewood used in 'hongmu' furniture is ruining forests across southern Asia, writes Zuzana Burivalova. As demand surges, China must impose stricter regulations and harsher punishments or the forests may never recover. more...
Threat on the horizon. The iconic Serengeti - home to one of the world’s greatest wildlife migrations - could be bisected by a mining-boom highway. Photo: William Laurance.

Africa's ecosystems imperilled by mining frenzy

William Laurance

24th June 2014

Africa sustains some of the most spectacular ecosystems on the planet - from the Sergengeti to the Congo Basin to the Eastern Arc forests. But those ecosystems and their iconic wildlife are now facing their greatest peril, writes William Laurance - a mining boom of unprecedented intensity. more...
Tiger skin being processed at Xia Feng. Photo: © EIA.

China's lethal wildlife trade loophole

Vicky Lee

21st May 2014

A little-known licensing scheme allows over 100 Chinese companies to trade in wildlife products like tiger skins, ivory, bear bile and musk deer glands. Vicky Lee shows how the system provides cover for the lucrative illegal wildlife trade to reach wealthy buyers. more...
Minke whale meat for sale on Rakuten - rakuten.co.jp.

Rakuten pulls whale products - but ivory sales continue

The Ecologist

3rd April 2014

Internet retail giant Rakuten has announced it is terminating sales of whale products through its Japanese marketplace Rakuten Ichiba and has given merchants 30 days to remove them. But thousands of ivory products are still for sale. more...
Minke whale meat for sale on Rakuten - rakuten.co.jp.

Exposed - World's biggest seller of ivory and whale meat

The Ecologist

18th March 2014

Japanese retail giant Rakuten is exposed today as the world's biggest online marketplace for elephant ivory and whale meat products. more...
Disturbing evidence of an 8x10-foot section of 'poached' burl-wood. Photo: US National Park Service.

Redwood thieves force California forest curfew

Oliver Tickell

6th March 2014

Thieves are stealing valuable growths of bud tissue from the trunks of Coast redwood trees in California, putting their long term survival at risk. Park authorities have responded by closing a road used by the thieves at night. more...
Prince William in a pensive moment at the London Conference on wildlife trade. Photo: Zoological Society of London.

Prince William - we need new ideas to tackle wildlife crisis!

Paul Jepson

22nd February 2014

Prohibition - of alcohol, drugs and prostitution - has not worked. So, Paul Jepson asks, why did the London Conference insist it's the answer to saving rhinos, elephants and other endangered species targetted by the global trade in wildlife products? more...
Xoroxloo Duxee died of dehydration after the Bushmen's water borehole was disabled. Photo: © Survival

Bushmen are not 'poachers' - wildlife conference protest

The Ecologist

13th February 2014

The anti-poaching conference in London today was disrupted by protests at the Botswana delegation - who call the indigenous Bushmen of the Kalahari 'poachers' and are forcing them into death camps. more...

Ghost Tour

Lucy Anna Scott

7 February 2014

The Marsh sow-thistle, officially extinct in London, is having a revival after being reintroduced to the Thames Road wetland site and nurtured back to strength. more...
These contraband wildlife trade items were seized by the UK's Border Force. Photo: UK Home Office via Flickr.com.

WildLeaks launched - the WikiLeaks for wildlife

The Ecologist

7th February 2014

A group of organisations fighting wildlife crime have come together to launch WildLeaks - the first global, secure online whistleblower platform dedicated to wildlife and forest crime. more...
This tiger skin was seized by Border Force, which made more than 675 wildlife crime seizures last year. Photo: UK Home Office via Flickr.com.

UK's Wildlife Crime Unit secures two years' funding

The Ecologist

6th February 2014

The National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) will be able to tackle wildlife crime for a further two years after the UK government announced more than £500,000 funding until 2016. more...
Whale shark butcher at work. Photo: Wildlife Risk.

World's largest whale shark slaughterhouse uncovered in China

Sophie Morlin-Yron

3rd February 2014

The world's biggest slaughterhouse for endangered whale sharks has been uncovered in southeast China, writes Sophie Morlin-Yron. It's products are being traded across the world in health and cosmetic products. more...

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A bird egg collection (this one doubtless legitimate). Photo: thekirbster via Flickr.com.

Sweden: 3 wild egg collectors convicted after UK investigation

The Ecologist

3rd February 2014

An enquiry which started in the UK in 2009 involving the collecting and trading of wild birds' eggs, has led to the conviction of three Swedish egg collectors - and reveals the international scope of the wild egg trade. more...

Hong Kong to destroy 28 tonnes of ivory

The Ecologist

23rd January 2014

In a landmark decision, the Hong Kong Endangered Species Advisory Committee has voted to destroy almost the entire ivory stockpile, 28 of its estimated 33 tons. more...
Ivory carvings depicting various sex acts on sale in Bangkok, November 2010. Photo: Thomas Quine via Flickr.com.

Give elephants a future!

Dominic Dyer

24th January 2014

Protestors will gather on Saturday at the Chinese Embassy in London to call for an end to the global ivory trade, writes Dominic Dyer. But it's not just China - the UK must also pay its part to save Africa's elephants. more...

China destroys 6 tonnes of ivory

The Ecologist

6th January 2014

The Government of China today destroyed over 6 tons of ivory and other wildlife products confiscated from the illegal trade. But is it a PR move or a sign of a serious clamp down? more...
Elephants at Sangha-Mbaéré, Central African Republic. Photo: Nicolas Rost via Flickr.com.

Africa's elephant massacre and the growing ivory frenzy

Richard Schiffman

6th January 2014

Carved ivory elephants may already outnumber living elephants, which are being slaughtered at the unsustainable rate of 35,000 per year. Richard Schiffman reports from the Central African Republic. more...

Bob Brown: Australia's first leader of the Greens

Elizabeth Claire Alberts

30th December 2013

It’s a critical time for the Tarkine, the last great wilderness in NW Tasmania, and former Senator Bob Brown is still fighting hard to protect it more...

Homebuyers willing to pay more for proximity to wildlife

Andrea Gear

25th November 2013

Despite hard economic times, a recent survey shows that two thirds of UK homebuyers would consider paying more for a house with a wildlife-friendly garden ... more...

Poaching - the cheetahs of the Serengeti face extinction

By Verity Largo

16th November 2013

Wildlife crime is a multi-million dollar globalised business, ranked fourth in transnational crime in the world, with an international network sprawling across continents. Verity Largo reports from Tanzania ... more...

Killer cuteness: how YouTube sent an endangered species to the brink of extinction

Professor Anna Nekaris

14th November 2013

There is nothing endearing about the truth behind the 'cute' YouTube videos of Slow Loris, a critically endangered species. Still, video clips of species of conservation concern may have a positive flip side ... more...

Tuberculosis, tracking devices, and the social lives of badgers

Nicola Weber

4th November 2013

As the UK's badger cull sputters to its dismal conclusion, wildlife researcher Nicola Weber explains why the killing may lead to more, not fewer, tubercular infections of both badgers and cattle. more...

Amazon: 441 new species discovered in four years

Oliver Tickell

23 October 2013

"Most of the recently discovered plants and animals are thought to be endemic to small parts of the Amazon rainforest." more...

'Badgers are moving the goalposts' says Owen Paterson of cull

Damien Carrington for the Guardian

9th October 2013

Cull branded 'farce' after marksmen seek extensions to kill the minimum number of badgers required more...

The Rediscovery of the Wild

October 3rd, 2013

By Martin Spray

Martin Spray reviews a book that presents varied perspectives on the essence of true 'wildness' and the necessity of connecting with 'wild' nature..... more...

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