Training workshop for Eastern, Central and Southern Africa Wildlife Crime busters

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Tue, 10/12/2010
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Jointly organised by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org) and the Lusaka Agreement Task Force (LATF), the training will specifically tackle issues on wildlife trade status by species, wildlife crime and enforcement, international trade conventions and organisations, inter-agencies cooperation and national legislations and enforcement.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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Elizabeth Wamba (IFAW, Kenya)
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INTERPOL Arrests Break Key Tiger Smuggling Routes

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Fri, 10/08/2010
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The two-month operation involved national enforcement agencies in six tiger-range countries (China, India, Nepal, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam) and was coordinated by INTERPOL’s Environmental Crime Programme at its headquarters in Lyon, France. “International collaboration in wildlife crime enforcement is critical to protecting species like tigers that are on the brink of extinction,” said Fred O’Regan, President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW - www.ifaw.org).

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LYON, France
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Erica Martin (IFAW, Headquarters)
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New Report Shows Sharp Declines in Populations of Wild Cats and Dogs

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Mon, 07/26/2010
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Eighty percent of all wild cat species are experiencing population declines, as are 25 percent of wild canids - the family of foxes, wolves and wild dogs. The report looks beyond the raw numbers and delves into the plight of 15 of these species that are considered ecologically vital, detailing their current numbers in the wild, changes to the population in the last ten years, and conservation solutions for improving their status.

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Washington, D.C.
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Abby Berman (The Rosen Group)
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Rare clouded leopards released back to the wild for first time in India

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Tue, 05/04/2010
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The radio-collars will help rehabilitators track the movement of the cubs as they become completely independent of human care and begin exploring on their own. 

An extremely shy, nocturnal, and tree-dwelling species found in India’s northeast region, the clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa) is in peril today with only about 10,000 remaining in the wild. The clouded leopard is listed in Schedule I of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and is classified ‘vulnerable’ in IUCN Red List of threatened species.

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Manas, India
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Chris Cutter (IFAW &#8211; U.S.)
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1-508-744-2066
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CITES conservation crisis

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Thu, 03/25/2010
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“Short -term profits rather than long-term conservation has once again been the theme of this meeting,” said Azzedine Downes, Head of IFAW’s CITES delegation.

“The biggest losers at this meeting include polar bears, bluefin tuna and all the sharks – with Parties refusing to acknowledge the science showing drastic declines in populations.  Urgent action to curb and control international trade is desperately needed for these species, yet CITES Parties collectively turned their backs.

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Doha, Qatar
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Erica Martin (IFAW, Doha)
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Hammerheads miss out at CITES

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Tue, 03/23/2010
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“The rejection of this proposal does not make any sense at all,” said Dr Ralf Sonntag, IFAW marine biologist and Germany Director.

“Some populations of the scalloped hammerhead shark have declined by 80 to 90 per cent and yet Parties have not seen fit to uplist the species to Appendix II – this decision may lead to the disappearance of this charismatic species.”

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Doha, Qatar
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Erica Martin (IFAW Doha)
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Sharks sold out at CITES

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Tue, 03/23/2010
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“CITES Parties voted by the slimmest of margins to protect porbeagle sharks, but rejected all other shark proposals at this meeting,” said Dr Ralf Sonntag, Director IFAW Germany. “An Appendix II listing would have given sharks a fighting chance against the devastation that shark finning is causing around the world.”

“Sharks have been sold out today. Short-term profits have won again at CITES.”

With more than 100 million sharks caught each year, some species are estimated to have declined by as much as 80 per cent in the past decade.

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Doha, Qatar
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Erica Martin (IFAW Doha)
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IFAW rescues dolphins stranded off coast of Cape Cod

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Fri, 03/12/2010
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IFAW’s Marine Mammal Rescue team mobilized after reports that a pod of dolphins were trapped in the mud flats off Wellfleet, MA. A total of sixteen dolphins were found stranded in two locations, ten in Drummer’s Cove and six in Loagy Bay.

In Loagy Bay, four of the dolphins were rescued but one was found dead and another was in such poor health it had to be euthanized. In Drummer’s Cove, two dolphins were rescued but rescuers were unable to free eight others from waist-deep mud.

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Yarmouth Port, Mass.
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Chris Cutter (IFAW, Headquarters)
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Startling lack of ice in Gulf of St. Lawrence could be deadly for harp seals

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Tue, 02/23/2010
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According to Environment Canada data, such a severe lack of ice has not been observed in eastern Canada in the past 30 years. IFAW experts are warning that the profound shortage of breeding habitat will have a lethal effect on harp seals.

“We are extremely concerned,” said Sheryl Fink, IFAW Senior Researcher. “Historically this is the week when harp seals begin to give birth to their pups in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Without ice, many mothers will be forced to abort their pups in the water.”  

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Guelph, Canada
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Sheryl Fink (IFAW - Canada)
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Philippine volcano expected to erupt, IFAW to evacuate animals

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Tue, 12/29/2009
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For the last two weeks, the 8,070-foot Mayon volcano has been spewing smoke, rock, and burning mud. The volcano recently pushed a cloud of ash nearly a mile into the air and geologists point to the volcano’s continuous lava flows, sulphuric dioxide emissions, and frequent tremors as indications that an eruption is looming.

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Yarmouth Port, Mass
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Chris Cutter (IFAW, U.S)
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