Tragic losses in the heart of darkness

Thu, 06/28/2012
Tragic losses in the heart of darkness

Okapis are mysterious and rare dwellers of the forest only found in the DRC.Because the world’s most imperiled species are sometimes found in the world’s most dangerous places, the combustible mix of focused altruism and local desperation can collide and result in horrific tragedy. 

On the eve of Panama, yet another sorry note in the Japanese whaling saga

Wed, 06/27/2012
Japanese factory workers moving around the remains of a ‘scientific’ specimen.

Japanese factory workers moving around the remains of a ‘scientific’ specimen. Seventy five percent of Japan’s 2011 North Pacific whaling season meat went unsold despite thirteen separate public auctions.

Spotlight Peru: Oorzaak raadselachtige vogelsterfte nog onbekend

Fri, 06/22/2012
Pelikanen in het Paracas National Park in Peru. IFAW/S.Heredia

Dode pelikaan op een Peruaans strand. IFAW/S.HerediaZoals de meeste enthousiaste vogelaars krijg ik nooit genoeg van de pinguïns, pelikanen, rotspelikanen en de vele aalscholversoorten die in Peru voorkomen. Ik maakte me dan ook grote zorgen toen ik vernam, dat sinds begin 2012 duizenden zeevogels, voornamelijk pelikanen, het slachtoffer waren geworden van massale sterfte.

Spotlight Kenia: Kinderen laten hart en handen spreken

Fri, 06/22/2012
Spotlight Kenia: Kinderen laten hart en handen spreken

In één van Afrika's nationale parken liggen honderden olifantenslagtanden hoog opgestapeld op een brandstapel. Om het vuur staat een groep toeschouwers met somber gebogen hoofd. De rookpluim reikt tot in de hemel en in de rook lijken zich olifanten af te tekenen. Onopgemerkt door de omstanders lijken deze ‘olifantengeesten’ uitgelaten met hun poten te stampen.

As flood season hits in Assam, rehabilitation staff prepare to rescue animals

Wed, 06/27/2012
Nunai wants to play with the keeper Raju. c. IFAW/WTI - Reetika Maheshwari

An IFAW-WTI staff member installing instructional banners.When I woke up early in the morning yesterday and caught the morning news in the TV, a visual of an elephant with its calf stranded in a sandbar had me rubbing my eyes in sadness.

Gabon Torches Ivory to Protect Elephants

Publication Date: 
Wed, 06/27/2012
achive photo  © IFAW/S. Njumbi
 achive photo © IFAW/S. Njumbi

Nearly five tonnes of elephant ivory and thousands of ivory ornaments went up in smoke in Gabon, Central West Africa this morning.

The bonfire, lit by President Ali Bongo Ondimba, once and for all put Government stockpiles of legal and confiscated tusks and ivory items out of reach of the illegal ivory trade.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – applauded Gabon and said the gesture was powerful and symbolic of the desire by range states to protect their elephants from being killed for their ivory.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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Christina Pretorius (IFAW Southern Africa)
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Volunteer humpbacks take pride in waving Icelandic tourists away from eating whale meat

Tue, 06/26/2012

This video captures some of the tourists who were approached during the “Meet Us Don’t Eat Us” campaign efforts.

On Friday June 15, 13 volunteers from Korea, France, United Kingdom, China, Mexico, Ukraine, Russia, Spain and Slovakia, along with two International Fund for Animal Welfare humpback whales, marched from Reykjavík harbour to the Icelandic Ministry of Fisheries.

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In Sumatra, a horned little 60-pound bundle of hope for rhinos

Mon, 06/25/2012
In Sumatra, a horned little 80-pound bundle of hope for rhinos

On Saturday, June 23rd, hundreds of conservationists, veterinarians and rhino-lovers around the world waited for news from the deep jungles of Southeast Asia. A female Sumatran rhino living in a breeding facility in Way Kambas National Park, Sumatra, gave birth to a baby male rhino calf named Andatu (a combination of his parent’s names and a shortened version of the Indonesian expression for “gift of god”).