Apple iPad/iPhone Whale Alert app story has massive media appeal

Wed, 04/18/2012
A screen grab from the new Whale Alert app.

Two weeks ago today, the International Fund for Animal Welfare and our proud partners unveiled a new Apple iPad and iPhone app to help mariners protect endangered right whales from collision with large ships moving up and down the East Coast of the United States.  

We were all thrilled to show and share this incredible breakthrough at our press conference in Boston.  But we had no idea the “whale app” story would meet with such massive media appeal!  Print, online and broadcast media all chipped in to take the whale app story global.

Kenya Wildlife Service complete historic elephant collaring in Tsavo National Park

Tue, 04/17/2012
Kenya Wildlife Service complete historic elephant collaring in Tsavo National Pa

Two weeks ago nine elephants were successfully fitted with satellite-radio tracking collars in Kenya’s vast Tsavo East and West National Parks by a combined team of International Fund for Animal Welfare and Kenya Wildlife Service staff.

Spotlight South Pacific Island Nations: Breaking the wildlife crime chain

Tue, 04/17/2012
Spotlight South Pacific Island Nations: Breaking the wildlife crime chain

Stuffing a deadly snake down your trousers and taking a 12 hour flight may not be in your top ten list of things to do before you die but for some ruthless (and either desperate or ignorant) criminals this dangerous activity can pay off big time.

Wildlife crime is an international industry made up of a chain of criminal acts – poaching is followed by illegal transport, processing, smuggling, sales, money laundering and so on – a deliberate sequence of criminality involving many sets of grubby hands.

Spotlight Asia: Make wildlife criminals pay!

Tue, 04/17/2012
In August of 2010 Anson was arrested in Malaysia for smuggling snakes in his lug

In August of 2010 Anson was arrested in Malaysia for smuggling snakes in his luggage.We don’t meet or talk to criminals often. But that’s exactly what I did last November in Bangkok.

VIDEO: Slow start to Canadian seal hunt as sealers stay home

Fri, 04/13/2012
VIDEO: Slow start to Canadian seal hunt as sealers stay home

There is nothing more frustrating than being prepared to document the commercial seal hunt and being kept down by one thing we have absolutely no control over – weather. 

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The killing spree is over but it’s no time to celebrate

Thu, 04/12/2012
The killing spree is over but it’s no time to celebrate

The poachers rode into the park on horseback from Chad and Sudan, armed with automatic weapons and a single purpose: Kill as many elephants for their tusks as possible.

Indonesia quake scare shows evolution of response preparedness

Thu, 04/12/2012
Goats walk amid debris from the devastating tsunami of 2004.

Goats walk amid debris from the devastating tsunami of 2004.On Wednesday, a large 8.6 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia triggered widespread panic as residents feared a repeat of 2004. Nearly 230,000 people and an untold number of animals lost their lives back then after the 9.1 magnitude quake spawned a deadly tsunami.

WATCH: New BBC Panorama documentary examines rising ivory trade

Thu, 04/12/2012
WATCH: New BBC Panorama documentary examines rising ivory trade

Along with many of you, I have found the recent reports on the continuing plight of elephants in Africa particularly distressing. You may have seen from my colleague’s blogs, in the past few months alone, we were on the ground in Cameroon documenting heart-breaking scenes of massacred elephants.