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Massive herds of animals found to still exist in Southern Sudan

...are now being used by unauthorized individuals for poaching and commercial, unsustainable hunting. The international aid community is building roads, hospitals, schools and commercial networks in the area without determining how this will affect the wildlife and without appropriate environmental impact assess...

In Iran, cheetahs collared for the first time

...an ranged from 100 to 400 animals. But widespread poaching of cheetahs and their prey during the early years of the 1979 revolution, along with degradation of habitat due to livestock grazing, have pushed this important predator to the brink of extinction. Historically cheetahs have played a significant rol...

Tibetan antelope slowly recovering, WCS says

...the Tibetan antelope -- once the target of rampant poaching -- may be increasing in numbers due to a combinati...eam witnessed no direct evidence of the widespread poaching that was evident just a few years ago. "China has made a major effort to control poaching," sai...

Cambodian vulture nests offer hope for species

...diately set-up 24-hour protection measures against poaching and egg collecting, and are now working with local communities to ensure that they are involved in—and support—longer-term conservation measures. "We already have a successful WCS model working in the Northern Plains where local people benefit from c...

Uganda's mountain gorillas increase in number

...armers and rebels into the parks, and a few recent poaching events, Virungas?mountain gorillas are persisting as well, thanks to sustained conservation efforts by the guards and staff members within that landscape. The current total of mountain gorillas at both locations brings the worldwide tally to approxim...

NASA snow data helps maintain nation's largest, oldest bison herd

...survive since prehistoric times. Hunting and later poaching dwindled their number down to fewer than 50 animals by 1902. Prior to 1700, millions of bison roamed through Montana, Wyoming and Idaho in areas that later became Yellowstone National Park, the world's first national park. The bison herd at Yellowsto...

Scientists crack rhino horn riddle

... is to strengthen rhino populations and reduce the poaching of horn for the black market. "Ultimately, we think our findings will help dispel some of the folk wisdom attached to the horn. The more we can learn about the horn, the better we can understand and manage rhino populations in the wild and in capt...

Ongoing collapse of coral reef shark populations

...ake zones, suggesting that even moderate levels of poaching can derail attempts to protect shark populations. These observations, coupled with population modeling showing ongoing, rapid declines in population size in fished areas, lead the authors to conclude that reef sharks are approaching “ecological extin...

Wild tigers need cat food

...early a quarter of their population each year from poaching and natural mortality, yet their numbers remain st...way or die each year from either naturally or from poaching outside of the park, yet total numbers remained high. "This study shows that even well-protected ...

Asia's odd-ball antelope gets collared

...ated one million animals just 15 years ago, due to poaching for Chinese medicines and competition with livesto... immediate actions to protect habitat and stop and poaching for saiga horns, while improving the conditions and resources of park rangers who are spending their...

Serengeti patrols cut poaching of buffalo, elephants, rhinos

...that enforcement patrols are effective at reducing poaching of elephants, African buffaloes and black rhinos i...istine preserves. "The animals are 'telling' us poaching is down now that there are 10 to 20 patrols a day compared to the mid-1980s when there might be 60 o...

Scientists describe new African monkey genus ?first in 83 years

...agmented and vulnerable. Logging, charcoal making, poaching and unmanaged resource extraction are common. Without intervention, both forests will be further fragmented, the authors note in their paper. The main predators of Kipunji are crowned eagles and possibly leopards. But humans also hunt and kill Kipunj...

Gorilla susceptibility to Ebola virus: the cost of sociality

...ainst the other primary threats to their survival: poaching and logging. ...

WWF captures first-ever photo of wild rhino on Borneo

... The main threats to the last rhinos in Sabah are poaching ?its horn and virtually all of its body parts are valuable on the black market ?and loss of its forested habitat due to conversion of the land to other uses. WWF is working with the Sabah Foundation and the Sabah Wildlife Department to establish a "R...

Brighter future for giant panda?

... of natural reserves and strictly enforced bans on poaching and deforestation. However, given the variable accuracy of traditional ecological population recording methods, scientists from Cardiff's School of Biosciences working with a team in China used a novel approach to accurately estimate population siz...

Elephants, large mammals recover from poaching in Africa's oldest national park

...e mammals in the world before a wave of unrest and poaching descended upon the region. Since the 1960s, the pa...declined dramatically, with the heaviest levels of poaching occurring in 1980s and during the past 10 years since the beginning of the country's civil war in 19...

Widespread elephant slaughter discovered in Chad

... them missing only their tusks -- a sure sign that poaching is on the upswing just outside of this renowned pr...eographic, was commissioned to assess the level of poaching during the wet season, when the elephants wander outside park limits to forage and are vulnerable to...

Rhinos clinging to survival in the heart of Borneo, despite poaching

... survey from the island of Borneo which found that poaching has significantly reduced Borneo's population of S...f rhinos is to have a healthy future in Borneo the poaching must be stopped immediately. Their numbers are so small that losing one or two rhinos to a poacher ...

Genetic analysis of Asian elephants in India reveals some surprises

...on, capture and domestication, and, more recently, poaching of males for ivory. To combat these declines, India established 11 so-called "elephant ranges" that incorporate more than half of the known elephant habitat. Fewer than half of these ranges, however, offer the much stricter protections provided by ...

Siberian tigers hang tough

...vernment officials here in Russia. Despite massive poaching pressures in the 1990s, we have been able to turn back the tide, and retain our tiger population." John Seidensticker, of the Save the Tiger Fund, a partnership between Exxon Mobil, U.S. National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the Critical Ecosyst...

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