IFAW names Sonja Van Tichelen Vice President of International Operations

Publication Date: 
Jun 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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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: 
Jun 21 2017
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Ifaw's investment for years in Kenya is finally paying off by an elephant popula

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.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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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

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Jun 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.

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London, UK
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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: 
Apr 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).

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

Africa’s protected areas have just a quarter of the elephants they should

Publication Date: 
Apr 20 2017
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Africa’s protected areas have just a quarter of the elephants they should

A new study from the Conservation Ecology Research Unit (CERU) at the University of Pretoria predicts how many elephants there should be in 73 protected areas spanning 21 African countries. The research concludes that, largely due to poaching, protected areas are missing 75 per cent of their elephants, some 730,000 individuals. One-third of protected areas have less than five per cent of the elephants they should. 

However, for the first time, we know which places deserve priority for conserving elephants.

Press Location: 
Cape Town, South Africa
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Press Contact: 
Christina Pretorius, IFAW Southern Africa
Rudi van Aarde
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27 (0)82 330 2558
+27 082 908 7313

U.S. Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for Giraffes - Wildlife Groups Seek to Save Species from Silent Extinction -

Publication Date: 
Apr 19 2017
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U.S. Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for Giraffes

In response to recent scientific consensus on giraffes’ vulnerability to extinction, five wildlife protection groups today petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect Earth’s tallest land animal under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

 

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WASHINGTON, US
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Abby Cohen, IFAW
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(646) 695-7044
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Minke whaling season due to begin in Iceland

Publication Date: 
Apr 13 2017
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Minke whaling season due to begin in Iceland

The minke whaling season is expected to start imminently in Iceland, with whales being cruelly harpooned so their meat can be sold in restaurants and supermarkets.

 

Iceland’s self-allocated kill quota for each year is 224 minke whales, with a fraction of this quota usually taken. In recent years the number of minkes killed annually has been between 24 and 30, although last year whalers harpooned 46 minke whales.

 

Press Location: 
London – 13 April 2017
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Press Contact: 
Clare Sterling, IFAW UK
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+44 (0)7917 507717
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Japan’s ‘scientific’ whaling further criticised by expert panel

Publication Date: 
Apr 3 2017
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Japan’s ‘scientific’ whaling further criticised by expert panel

Japan’s so-called scientific whaling has received further criticism from international experts who found Japan does not need to kill whales for ‘scientific research’.

In a report published today (Monday) the Expert Panel appointed by the International Whaling Commission’s (IWC) Scientific Committee concluded that Japan’s ‘lethal sampling’ of whales, which it will continue to hunt with explosive harpoons in the North Pacific under its ‘NEWREP-NP’ programme, was not justified.

Press Location: 
Tokyo, Japan – 03 April 2017
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Press Contact: 
Clare Sterling, IFAW UK
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+44 (0)20 7587 6708
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