Mongabay.com: Wildlife forensics unmask poachers and traffickers

Mongabay WildTech 10th July 2015 / Laurel Neme When border agents seize two tons of smuggled ivory, how do they tell where it’s from? When meat on sale in Southeast Asia is suspected to be from a tiger, how can the police prove it? And when blood in a hunter’s truck is thought to come from a poached…

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Mongabay.com: World Ranger Day: honoring our wildlife protectors

World Ranger Day: honoring our wildlife protectors Commentary by: Laurel Neme July 31, 2014 Like Memorial Day, when we honor our nation’s military veterans, World Ranger Day is a day to recognize and celebrate the thousands of rangers who put their lives on the line as they protect wildlife and natural resources around the world.…

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Celebrate World Ranger Day

Published: Thursday, 31 July 2014   Written by Laurel Neme   World Ranger Day is a time to honor the people who put their lives on the line protecting wildlife. It doesn’t take much to say thank you. But it makes a difference. Saying thanks helps spread awareness about these unsung heroes. And it helps to…

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Mongabay.com: CITES 40th Anniversary: Reflections of CITES Secretary-General John Scanlon

By Laurel Neme, special to mongabay.com March 04, 2013 Part 3 of 3 The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) is often hailed by scholars and conservationists as the most effective international environmental agreement. On March 3, CITES celebrates its 40th anniversary. What accounts for its success? In the following interview, CITES Secretary-General John Scanlon…

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A Tree Calls for Help

A new wireless device, called Invisible Tracck, can deter illegal logging by allowing authorities to track illegally cut trees in Brazil. Brazilian authorities will attach this small device onto valuable trees that might be targets for illegal loggers. If and when that tree is cut down and moved, the device will wake up and send a signal to authorities when it comes into…

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Sumatran rhinos survive in northern Sumatra

Another piece of good news – this time related to the Sumatran rhino and reported on Mongabay.com. Using remote camera traps, wildlife rangers confirm the Sumatran rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) still inhabits the Leuser ecosystem in northern Sumatra, making that forest the only place on the Earth where Sumatran tigers, orangutans, elephants, and rhinos survive in…

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Mongabay.com: Elephant slaughter continues in Chad, another baby rescued

Laurel Neme, special to mongabay.comAugust 07, 2012 ‘Toto’, a 3-week-old male elephant rescued by SOS Elephants. Photo courtesy of SOS Elephants Elephant poaching persists in southwestern Chad as poachers slaughtered more elephants on August 3, the second time in less than two weeks. In the first attack, the week of July 23, poachers killed 34…

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Mongabay.com: President of Chad sends troops after elephant poachers

By Laurel Neme, special to mongabay.comAugust 03, 2012 Following the July 24 massacre of dozens of elephants in southwestern Chad, President Idriss Deby Itno sent helicopters to the Mayo Lemie – Chari Baguiri area to catch the poachers, according to Stephanie Vergniault, president of SOS Elephants, a wildlife NGO. President Deby also gave orders to check all the…

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Mongabay.com: Dozens of Elephants Massacred in Chad

Laurel Neme, special to mongabay.comJuly 26, 2012 Poachers killed at least 30 elephants in southwestern Chad during the early hours of Tuesday, July 24. During the night, Stephanie Vergniault, president of the organization SOS Elephants, described on her Facebook page how a group of armed horsemen chased a herd of elephants with “war weapons near…

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