All Eyes on Countries Fuelling Illegal Ivory Trade

Forest elephant male.

February 21, 2013 – The international body that regulates wildlife trade should begin proceedings to impose sanctions on the countries most complicit in the illegal trade of ivory, which causes the deaths of up to 30,000 African elephants each year. WWF and TRAFFIC are urging the 177 governments gathering in Bangkok early next month under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to begin a formal procedure that would lead to strict trade restrictions against the worst offenders in the illicit ivory trade.…

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Endangered Mountain gorilla population grows slightly since 2010

November 15 – According to the survey from Ugandan Wildlife Authority, carried out in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, the total number of the critically endangered Mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) has risen to 880. This number represents an increase of more than 10% in relation to the previous estimates of 786 individuals from only two years ago. Mountain gorilla lives in only two locations in the world – Uganada’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the Virunga Massif area, which spans parts of Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda and Rwanda.…

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