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Malayan Box Turtle

Illegal trade in Malayan Box Turtles continues

The Malayan Box Turtle is disappearing across Malaysia despite a ban on its export, finds a new report by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network and a joint programme between IUCN and WWF. The turtles are in high demand in East Asia for their meat and for use in traditional Chinese medicine. …  

07 Jan 2009 | News story

Julia Marton-Lefevre and Gerard Dick sign new MOU between IUCN and WAZA.

Zoos and aquariums join forces with IUCN

IUCN and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) have teamed up to increase public awareness of conservation issues and improve access to research carried out in zoos and aquariums. The five-year Memorandum of Understanding, which was signed today between IUCN and WAZA, will also increase resources for conservation. …  

17 Dec 2008 | News story

Asian elephants

Myanmar emerges as ivory trade and elephant smuggling hot spot

About 250 live Asian Elephants have been smuggled from Myanmar in the past decade, mostly destined for “elephant trekking” tourism activities in neighbouring Thailand, reveals a report by the wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC, a joint programme of IUCN and WWF. …  

11 Dec 2008 | International news release

Pillar coral in Marine Protected Area, Bahamas

Fifth of corals dead: only emission cuts can save the rest, says IUCN

The world has lost 19 percent of its coral reefs, according to the 2008 global update of the world’s reef status. …  

10 Dec 2008 | International news release

Manatee

Migrating towards survival

Cheetahs, sharks, the Irrawaddy Dolphin, and the West African Manatee are just some of the 22 migratory species that will benefit from conservation proposals that were adopted at the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS). …  

09 Dec 2008 | News story

Dr. Peter Pritchard winner of the third annual Behler Award 2008.

Lifelong turtle conservationist honoured

The third annual Behler Award for freshwater turtle conservation has been presented to Dr. Peter Pritchard, at a joint symposium of the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA), and the IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group (TFTSG). 

01 Dec 2008 | News story

Florida softshell turtle (Apalone ferox)

Florida turtles need a reprieve

Several of the world’s leading turtle scientists have called on the Governor of Florida to end the commercial hunting of turtles which supplies eastern Asia. …  

25 Nov 2008 | News story

A close shot of medicinal plant Timur (zanthoxylum arnatum).

India’s wild medicinal plants threatened by over-exploitation

India is a hub of the wild-collected plant medicine industry in Asia, but key species have declined due to over-collection to supply domestic and foreign medicinal markets, according to IUCN and TRAFFIC researchers. …  

24 Nov 2008 | International news release

Green Turtle

Turtle troubles

Marine turtles in the Caribbean and off the shores of Latin America are under threat. Carlos Drews, from the WWF Regional Marine Programme, explains how fishing hooks and climate change spell double trouble. He explains why marine turtles are a flagship species for WWF and how the world can save them with simple methods such as using different fishing hooks and planting trees on nesting beaches to cool the temperature by two degrees. Click here to listen. 

14 Nov 2008 | Audio

Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) 2008 IUCN Red List Status: Endangered

Vaccine hope for endangered wolf

Scientists battle to save the world’s rarest wolf from rabies by creating ‘barrier’ of vaccinated wolf packs. …  

13 Nov 2008 | News story


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