We want to give our thanks to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) for providing PoachingFacts with detailed poaching statistics for elephants and rhinoceroses up to and through 2018. We would also like to thank Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI) for the basic data on leopard and tiger poaching in India through early 2019, as well as detailed mortality statistics for both species (through 2017), which have also been updated thanks to their respective reports. These data sets have been added to our ever-expanding database of wildlife poaching statistics and corroborate earlier statistics on file.
We have released a new, in-depth article in our “Buyers of” series on wildlife trafficking. The article “Buyers of Pangolin Scales” focuses on the high-value pangolin trade and the consumers who have historically and recently purchased pangolin scales, meat, and other parts. The article pieces together the scope of pangolin exploitation by summarizing historical and modern reports on the subjects of pangolin poaching, trafficking, demand drivers, and African and Asian end-consumers.
All eight species of pangolin are currently being exploited in their native African and Asian range states, primarily for use by consumers in China and Vietnam as well as the international Chinese pharmaceutical industry. Ignorance of these species and their cultural importance to some groups has allowed poaching, habitat degradation, and deforestation to play key roles in the enrichment of organized crime syndicates and the population decline of these little-known species. Recently international regulations on commercial trade have been put in place, but it remains to be seen what enforcement countries opt to put in place.
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We’re very pleased to add Wildlife Vets International to our list of incredible front-line conservation & anti-poaching groups. WVI has a massive impact on wildlife species in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Programs in the United Kingdom, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia’s Sumatra, Mauritius, Russia, Seychelles, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe provides veterinary assistance to a wide variety of wildlife and support scientific research. They strive to conserve and protect the habitats of endangered wildlife and provide data and information on the health and management of endangered species, with particular focuses on painted dogs, Amur leopards, tigers, turtles, and birds of prey. WVI is a registered charity in the United Kingdom.
Painted Dog Conservation is the latest front-line conservation organization to be added to our list of conservation & anti-poaching groups. Since 2002 PDC has operated a rehabilitation facility and clinic in Zimbabwe to support the health and future of African painted dogs (also called painted wolves). They also monitor wild packs of painted dogs for their safety while also collecting behavioral and genetic information to better understand the species and develop management plan for ecosystems with painted dogs. PDC has their own anti-poaching unit working closely with the Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Management Authority and Forestry Commission to provide direct-action against poaching and to reduce human-wildlife conflict. A visitor center in Zimbabwe is open to the public.
Painted Dog Conservation is registered as a charity in Australia, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and United States. They have tax-deductible status in the United Kingdom and United States.
We’re very excited to add Cheetah Conservation Fund, an organization we know very well, to our list of front-line conservation & anti-poaching groups. CCF takes a holistic approach to conservation in Namibia and works to both save the remaining cheetah, conserve their environment for the future, and to support and educate the local communities who are part of that ecosystem. The organization continues to work hand-in-hand with numerous communities to improve their agricultural techniques, initiated a phenomenal Livestock Guarding Dogs program to protect the livelihoods of farmers without risking the safety of wildlife, and generally supports coexistence of people and wildlife in ways that not only have a short-term impact, but secure a long-term future for all inhabitants.
So strong is CCF’s commitment to the future coexistence that their Future Conservationists of Africa wildlife education and outreach initiative has reached 550,000 Namibian youth and adults. CCF also funds long-term genetic research into cheetah by supporting researchers along with a fully-equipped, in-situ genetics lab, the only one of its kind in Africa, and has collected biological samples from more than 1,000 cheetahs from the past 40 years. Their facility in Namibia is available to the public for visits. CCF is a registered as a charity in Namibia and the United States. In Australia, Canada, and Europe tax-deductible donations may be available if made through partnered non-profits noted on their website.
Mongabay has finished publishing their latest series of articles on Asian rhinos. This is an excellent and accessible series and offers insights into the challenges, successes, and failures of captive-breeding programs in general and the specific challenges faced by an international captive breeding program for the Sumatran rhino beginning in 1984.
Part One: 1984: the meeting that changed everything for Sumatran rhinos – The untold story of two days in Singapore that launched a wildly ambitious, and calamitous, captive breeding program.
Part Two: A Herd of Dead Rhinos – Capturing Sumatran rhinos was one thing. Keeping them alive turned out to be another thing entirely.
Part Three: The Great Rhino U-turn – After 17 years, researchers finally unlock the mysteries of Sumatran rhino reproduction.
Part Four: The Rhino Reckoning – The Sumatran rhino captive breeding plan is poised for a re-evaluation — and a relaunch.
We’re very pleased to add Sea Turtle Conservancy, among the most well-known wildlife NGOs in North America, to our list of front-line conservation & anti-poaching groups. Founded in 1956, STC has seen great success in preventing the Caribbean green turtle from becoming extinct and in improving populations of numerous turtle species throughout Central America, the Caribbean, and Florida. Advocacy and policy initiatives backed by scientific research in addition to direct habitat conservation have made STC an incredibly successful organization. Education and outreach programs have reached over half a million children worldwide and continues to teach the importance of protecting the regions’ habitats and beaches. Management and stewardship programs, as well as hands-on volunteering opportunities, allow people of all ages and skill-levels to get involved in sea turtle conservation. Sea Turtle Conservancy is a registered tax-deductible charity in the United States.