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Korean move to scrap whaling plans welcomed

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Je, 07/12/2012
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The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has welcomed news that the Republic of Korea will abandon plans to conduct so-called scientific whaling.

According to a statement by Australia’s Foreign Minister, Senator the Hon. Bob Carr, Korean Foreign Minister, Mr Kim Sung-hwan, indicated in a meeting at today’s East Asia Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, that plans for scientific whaling would not proceed.

Press Location: 
Sydney, Australia
Contact presse
Contact presse: 
Garth Peacock (IFAW, AU)
Contact phone: 
+61 (2) 9288 4973
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+61 410 913 238
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Canadian Northern Dogs: the one who almost got away….

Je, 07/12/2012
Canadian Northern Dogs: the one who almost got away….

Thor.The second community clinic started early with a snowy drive. Like last year when the Northern Dogs team visited the communities in April, in the north, winter is not over in April. 

One thing you can almost always count on is poor weather on those days when you have to drive. 

Havana, we have a problem – wild animals belong in the wild!

Me, 07/11/2012
Havana, we have a problem – wild animals belong in the wild!

I don’t know about you, but when I think of Cuba, I think music, revolution, passion, and of time stood still.  I have never thought lions, elephants, rhinos, or of springbok pronking around the Cuban plains. 

That’s Africa man!

Ivory Busts – Cape Town a New Transit Point for Trafficking?

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Me, 07/11/2012
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Yesterday’s seizure of 46 elephant tusks in Cape Town, the latest ivory related crime linked to the metropole, is fuelling concerns the South African city may be a fast developing cog for ivory transit in the wheel of wildlife crime.

Customs officials found the tusks – valued at about US$1,5-million - hidden behind boxes of wine in two shipping containers destined for Hong Kong. Two men were arrested and were to appear in court today.

Press Location: 
Cape Town, South Africa
Contact presse
Contact presse: 
Christina Pretorius (IFAW Southern Africa)
Adrian Hiel (IFAW EU)
Contact phone: 
+27 21 701 8642
+32 (0)473 86 34 61
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+27 82 330 2558

Spotlight Europe: Think Twice event at the Brussels Airport

Ma, 07/10/2012
Spotlight Europe: Think Twice event at the Brussels Airport

A picture of the IFAW Think Twice campaign signage in the Brussels airport.Monday 2 July, Brussels Airport, gate 43: “Ladies and Gentlemen, our Brussels – Nairobi flight is now ready for boarding. But before, may we have your attention please?

WATCH: elephants are architects of the savannah, gardeners of the forest

Ma, 07/10/2012

Elephants are a keystone species that play a vital role in maintaining the biodiversity in the areas where they range.

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Who’s who in Amboseli National Park (OR Getting know elephants as individuals)

Je, 07/12/2012

I’ve mentioned before how important it is to understand that elephants are individuals, as different from one another as you and I may be from our friends or other family members.

You may wonder how we tell individual elephants apart. In the same way when you start work at a new place you might remember people by their hair color or style, or how tall they are, when we start to get know elephants, we look at their ears, tusks and tails.

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Spotlight New England: Successful encounters with graceful long-winged whales

Me, 07/11/2012
Spotlight New England: Successful encounters with graceful long-winged whales

Feeding humpie.After a week based in Boston, Song of the Whale and team headed out to Stellwagen Bank, off Cape Cod, to help conduct a tracking and photogrammetry (making measurements from photographs) project on humpback and fin whales. 

Counting animals during the European Union's Sustainable Energy Week

Me, 06/20/2012
Counting animals during the European Union's Sustainable Energy Week

EU Sustainable Energy Week is currently running here in Brussels and across the EU. It’s a good week – shining a light on what kind of energy we use, how we use it and, of course, how we can minimise the environmental impact of the energy we use. I’m lucky enough to have a green energy supplier at home so the majority of my power comes from wind. It’s a bit more expensive in the short term but I can’t think of a more worthwhile long term investment.