New technology could reduce damaging impact of oil and gas noise pollution on whales and dolphins

Publication Date: 
July 7, 2017
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The seismic industry could reduce its impact on the marine environment, particularly on sound-sensitive whales and dolphins, by using new technology during oil and gas exploration, new research has found.

 

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London, UK
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Clare Sterling, IFAW UK
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+44 (0)7917 507717
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Hong Kong seizes 7.2 tonnes of elephant ivory

Publication Date: 
July 6, 2017
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Hong Kong seizes 7.2 tonnes of elephant ivory

Hong Kong has made the biggest ivory bust in more than 30 years, seizing 7.2 tonnes of ivory tusks disguised in a container of frozen fish.

 

The seizure was made on Tuesday, 4th July, Hong Kong customs officials announced today, and three people have been arrested. The ivory tusks were found hidden beneath boxes of frozen fish in a shipping container from Malaysia.

 

Press Location: 
Cape Town, South Africa
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Press Contact: 
Christina Pretorius, IFAW South Africa
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+27 82 330 2558
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Jason Bell appointed IFAW Vice President for Conservation and Animal Welfare

Publication Date: 
July 5, 2017
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Jason Bell appointed IFAW Vice President for Conservation and Animal Welfare

IFAW has appointed South African Jason Bell as Vice President for Conservation and Animal Welfare.

In his new role, Bell will lead all of IFAW programmatic work in the areas of Landscape Conservation, Community Animals, Animal Rescue, Marine Mammal Conservation and Wildlife Trade.

Previously Bell was Regional Director, Southern Africa and Director of IFAW’s Elephants Programme which has since evolved to become the Landscape Conservation Programme. Most recently he served as Vice President for International Operations.

Press Location: 
Cape Town, South Africa
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Press Contact: 
Christina Pretorius, IFAW South Africa
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+27 82 330 2558
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#NoIvoryInEu: An IFAW campaign to close the European ivory trade

Publication Date: 
July 3, 2017
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#NoIvoryInEu: An IFAW campaign to close the European ivory trade

A new campaign to end the sales of ivory in Europe is being launched today by the International Fund for Animal welfare. Elephants are in crisis.

Press Location: 
Brussels, Belgium
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Press Contact: 
Eleonora Panella-IFAW EU
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+32 472 52.23.72
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IFAW names Sonja Van Tichelen Vice President of International Operations

Publication Date: 
June 28, 2017
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IFAW names Sonja Van Tichelen Vice President of International Operations

Today International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) promoted Sonja Van Tichelen from European Union (EU) Regional Director to Vice President of International Operations to develop strategies that effectively address pressing international animal welfare and conservation concerns.

 

Press Location: 
Washington, DC
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Press Contact: 
Sylvie Vandereyd, Executive & Communications Assistant, EU Office
Kerry Branon, Communications Manager
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+32 2 230 97 17
+1 508 744 2068

Ifaw's investment for years in Kenya is finally paying off by an elephant populations increase in Tsavos

Publication Date: 
June 21, 2017
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Elephant populations in the Tsavos have increased to 12, 866 in the last three years. This is according to the aerial elephant census results officially announced at the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) headquarters by Director General Kitili Mbathi. Results of the 2014 census indicated numbers at 11, 076.

Press Location: 
Nairobi, Kenya
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Press Contact: 
Jacqueline Nyagah, Communications Manager - IFAW, East Africa
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+254 722 607640
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Research identifies illegal wildlife trade on the Darknet

Publication Date: 
June 14, 2017
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Research identifies illegal wildlife trade on the Darknet

Illegal wildlife traders may be turning their attention to the Darknet, a new INTERPOL research report has found.

Experts from the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation found limited, but clear evidence of criminals using the Darknet to sell illicit wildlife products from critically endangered species such as rhino horn, elephant ivory and tiger parts and products.

Press Location: 
London, UK
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Press Contact: 
Tania McCrea-Steele, Global Wildlife Project Lead – IFAW UK
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+44 (o) 7801 613 520
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Rehabilitated Amur tiger released back into the wild in Russia

Publication Date: 
April 29, 2017
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Rehabilitated Amur tiger released back into the wild in Russia

On April 29, 2017 a young, female Amur tiger named Filippa, was released into the Russian wilderness after almost two years of rehabilitation. She was raised and trained to survive in her natural habitat at the Center for Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers and Other Rare Animals (PRNCO Tiger Center) supported by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).

Press Location: 
Washington, DC
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Press Contact: 
Melanie Mahoney, IFAW Headquarters
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+1 (508) 815-7792
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First time ever training to prevent illegal wildlife trade in Morocco

Publication Date: 
April 25, 2017
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First time ever training to prevent illegal wildlife trade in Morocco

A specialized training of enforcement authorities in the prevention of wildlife trafficking is being carried out from April 24th to 28th by the High Commissioner for Waters and Forests and the Fight against Desertification of Morocco and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) in Tangiers, Kingdom of Morocco.

 

Press Location: 
Tangiers, Kingdom of Morocco
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Press Contact: 
Dr. Elsayed Mohamed, IFAW Regional Director Middle East and North Africa
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+971 50 787 0875
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Cheetah Cubs Rescued from Illegal Wildlife Trade in Somaliland

Publication Date: 
April 24, 2017
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Cheetah Cubs Rescued from Illegal Wildlife Trade in Somaliland

Nine cheetah cubs and one sub-adult were confiscated from illegal wildlife traders by the Somaliland Ministry of Environment and Rural Development (MoERD) with assistance from Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in El Sheik and Wajel, respectively, on 19 April.

The cubs were destined for the Arabian Peninsula where the illegal market for pet cheetahs is estimated at 300 animals per year. The three youngest cubs were found in extremely poor health, and every effort is being made to save them.

Press Location: 
Washington, DC
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Press Contact: 
Melanie Mahoney, IFAW HQ
Susan Yannetti, Cheetah Conservation Fund
Contact phone: 
+1 (508) 815-7792
+1 (202) 716-7756