Whale of a rescue

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Fri, 03/18/2005
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On 12 March, three young pilot whales became trapped in a lagoon on the coast of Vava'u in the Kingdom of Tonga. It is believed that they had followed three adult whales into a lagoon, seeking shelter following an attack by sharks.

The three adult pilot whales stranded on the beach and did not survive. However, for the past week the smaller, younger whales have been swimming freely in a lagoon, which is surrounded by reef off the main Vava'u island.

Today, following many attempts to help the animals back to the open ocean, the efforts succeeded.

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Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga
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Bears Released Back to Wild in India for First Time

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Thu, 03/10/2005
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After undergoing rehabilitation for more than two years at the Center for Bear Rehabilitation and Conservation (CBRC) at Pakke in the north eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, it was possible for the first time in India to return orphan bears back to their natural habitat.

Lucky and Leela were three months old when they were rescued by staff of the forest department in Itanagar Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Khari Pong, Arunachal Pradesh, India
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IFAW in India's team successfully released two Asiatic black bear to the wild in India.

Kiribati joins the International Whaling Commission

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Mon, 01/17/2005
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“Sadly, there is the real threat that, for the first time in the IWC’s recent history, the number of pro-whaling countries will outnumber those opposed to whaling. Given the delicacy of the current position, Kiribati’s vote could tip the scales either way. We implore Kiribati to vote for whale conservation, not whale exploitation,” said IFAW Asia Pacific Marine Campaigner, Darren Kindleysides.

Kiribati is the second Pacific Island Country to have joined the IWC in the last year.

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Sydney Australia
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Limerick Conference to Highlight “Sustainable Use” as Major Threat to Animals

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Sun, 06/13/2004
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‘Wildlife Conservation: In Pursuit of Ecological Sustainability’ is the first in a series of international forums being hosted by IFAW, (International Fund for Animal Welfare www.ifaw.org/forum). The IFAW Forum at Limerick will run from June 16 to 19 in the Jean Monet Theatre at the University.

Dr David Lavigne, one of the world’s leading marine mammal scientists, is among the array of eminent international experts presenting papers at the forum.

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Limerick, Ireland
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IFAW Concerned About Lifting Wildlife Trade Ban in China

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Tue, 07/22/2003
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Only two days ago, IFAW applauded initiatives taken by the Beijing Forestry Bureau to ban the eating of wildlife in Beijing restaurants and markets. But, at a seminar held recently in Beijing by the State Forestry Administration in Beijing talk of lifting the ban emerged from discussions with the wildlife industry on how to utilize wildlife species.

At the seminar, more than 30 provinces submitted their shortlists of species they intend to trade and consume.
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Beijing, China
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Radios Donated to Battle Poaching in Africa

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Tue, 07/22/2003
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“We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with the Canadian government in this important project,” IFAW Canada campaigner Barbara Cartwright said.

The Canadian Wildlife Service recently retired 228 Motorola PT 300 radios used to protect wildlife between 1973 and 2000, and approached IFAW in hope that they could find suitable anti-poaching agencies in Africa in need of radios.

IFAW identified wildlife agencies in Chad, Mali, Ghana, Senegal, Tanzania and Nigeria interested in receiving the radios.
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Ottawa, Canada
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IFAW Applauds Beijing’s Ban of Wildlife from Menu

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Mon, 07/21/2003
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The municipal order bans the eating and serving of more than 1800 species of wildlife in restaurants and street stands. The prohibition list includes key protected species such as snakes, civet cats, pangolins and turtles as well as those that are not on the country’s wildlife protection law, including sparrows, mynahs, green peacock and hedge pigs.
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Beijing, China
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IFAW Rushes Experts and Urgently Needed Supplies to Baghdad Zoo Animals

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Tue, 06/17/2003
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The five-person expert IFAW team began to arrive in Baghdad a week ago, and now includes vets and logistical experts and has many years experience in handling difficult and dangerous situations to bring care to animals in need. The international IFAW team includes Amed Khan, a logistical expert with former UN disaster relief experience from the U.S.; Mariette Hopley, a specialist from South Africa who assisted in the management of the rescue of 20,000 penguins devastated by a massive oilspill there; Dr.
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Baghdad, Iraq
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Spanish Wildlife Islands Now Engulfed By Oil – Rare Species At Risk Warns IFAW

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Thu, 12/05/2002
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Three islands - Ons, Cies and Salvora – form the new National Maritime Atlantic Islands Park and are the most important nesting and migration locations for birds in the region.

Tens of thousands of birds inhabit and visit the island and nearby peninsular around Grove. IFAW is holding an urgent meeting tonight with the local wildlife authority Xunta to discuss how the search and rescue for birds can be improved in the maritime park.

“Several species, including the rare yellow-legged gull, are found nowhere else in the world.
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Pontevedra, Spain
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Baby Chimp Orphaned by Bushmeat Trade in Africa, Airlifted to Safety by IFAW

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Thu, 04/04/2002
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The chimpanzee, nicknamed “Commando” and of the sub-species Schwienfurthii, is roughly two years of age, based on dental development, but due his poor state of health is so severely stunted in growth, that rescuers initially estimated him to be four months old. Poachers had killed his mother to fuel the growing illegal bushmeat trade, leaving him orphaned.

The African Rainforests and Rivers Conservation (ARRC), a U.S.-based conservation group working in CAR, initially removed the young chimpanzee from its abusive and illegal owner.
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Yarmouthport, MA
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