Man Confesses to Killing Journalist and Indigenous Activist, the Police Say

Dom Phillips, a freelance reporter for The Guardian, and Bruno Araújo Pereira, a Brazilian expert on Indigenous peoples, have been missing in the Amazon since June 5.

#amazon-jungle, #brazil, #indigenous-people, #news-and-news-media, #pereira-bruno-araujo, #phillips-dom-journalist, #politics-and-government, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

Authorities Find Belongings of Missing Journalist and Expert in Amazon

Search crews found clothes and other belongings of the two men who went missing in the Amazon last week. Authorities are also testing blood from a suspect’s boat and human remains found elsewhere.

#amazon-jungle, #brazil, #indigenous-people, #news-and-news-media, #pereira-bruno-araujo, #phillips-dom-journalist, #politics-and-government, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

Scientists Uncover a Shady Web of Online Spider Sales

More than 1,200 species of arachnids are part of a largely unregulated global marketplace, according to a new study.

#animals, #collectors-and-collections, #communications-biology-journal, #conservation-of-resources, #convention-on-international-trade-in-endangered-species, #costa-rica, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #international-trade-and-world-market, #scorpions, #spiders, #united-states, #vietnam, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Climate Change Will Accelerate Viral Spillovers, Study Finds

In a warming world, bats in Southeast Asia will be especially prone to spreading viruses to other mammals, researchers found.

#bats, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #global-warming, #mammals, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-science

20 Percent of Reptiles Risk Extinction, From King Cobras to Geckos

The first global analysis of its kind found that logging and farming are taking away reptile habitat at an unsustainable pace, exacerbating a worldwide decline in biodiversity.

#biodiversity, #crocodiles, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #international-union-for-conservation-of-nature, #komodo-dragons-lizards, #nature-journal, #reptiles, #research, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

Kangaroos in India? Experts See Evidence of a Smuggling Trade

The animals are the latest exotic fauna to be smuggled into the country, possibly to be used as pets. Draft legislation would close loopholes in the roaring wildlife trade.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #india, #kangaroos, #smuggling, #west-bengal-india, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

Even the Cactus May Not Be Safe From Climate Change

More than half of species could face greater extinction risk by midcentury, a new study found, as rising heat and dryness test the prickly plants’ limits.

#amazon-river-basin, #atlantic-forest-brazil, #biodiversity, #brazil, #cacti-plants, #drought, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #nature-journal, #sonoran-desert, #southwestern-states-us, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

How Nature Becomes a Casualty of War

Research on past conflicts suggests that the war in Ukraine could have a profound environmental impact.

#angola, #animals, #biodiversity, #birds, #chernobyl-ukraine, #conservation-of-resources, #defense-and-military-forces, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #europe, #forests-and-forestry, #gorongosa-national-park-mozambique, #invasive-species, #korean-demilitarized-zone, #mousseau-timothy-a, #mozambique, #nicaragua, #nuclear-wastes, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #wildlife-sanctuaries-and-nature-reserves, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

U.S. Allows Hunters to Import Some Elephant Trophies From African Countries

After settling a lawsuit filed during the Trump administration, the Fish and Wildlife Service granted six permits to bring elephant parts into the country. It may approve more in the coming months.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #conservation-of-resources, #elephants, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #hunting-and-trapping, #namibia, #safari-club-international, #safaris, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-science, #zimbabwe

‘He Goes Where the Fire Is’: A Virus Hunter in the Wuhan Market

For years, Edward Holmes worried about animal markets causing a pandemic. Now he finds himself at the center of the debate over the origins of the coronavirus.

#content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #science-and-technology, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-science

Deforestation in Amazon Rainforest Threatens Indigenous Lands

Set aside for an isolated Indigenous group, the Brazilian preserve Ituna-Itatá has now been heavily deforested — a grim illustration of the intractable forces destroying the Amazon.

#altamira-brazil, #amazon-jungle, #belo-monte-dam-brazil, #bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #forests-and-forestry, #gold, #indigenous-people, #mines-and-mining, #native-americans, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #xingu-river-brazil

It Helped Catch Serial Killers. Can It Stop Elephant Poachers, Too?

Scientists used a genetic investigation technique with the aim of helping turn the tide against illicit hauls of ivory and other animal parts.

#animals, #conservation-of-resources, #elephants, #forensic-science, #genetics-and-heredity, #ivory, #nature-human-behaviour-journal, #organized-crime, #research, #smuggling, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Joe Exotic Is Resentenced to 21 Years for ‘Tiger King’ Murder-for-Hire Plot

Last year, a federal appeals court vacated the initial sentence for the plot, which was featured in the Netflix series “Tiger King.” Petitions for pardons from two presidents have also failed.

#baskin-carole, #maldonado-passage-joseph, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #television, #tigers, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

Sculptor, 93, Still Works in Ivory

Pierre Heckmann, 93, is among the last “ivoiriers,” or sculptors of ivory, in Europe.

#church-of-st-sulpice-paris-france, #content-type-personal-profile, #heckmann-pierre, #ivory, #jewels-and-jewelry, #paris-france, #sculpture, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-fashion

Inside the Campaign to Save an Imperiled Cambodian Rainforest

Deep in the Southern Cardamom Mountains, former loggers and poachers have assumed new roles as protective rangers and ecotourism guides. Can their efforts help preserve a vast stretch of wilderness?

#agriculture-and-farming, #animals, #cambodia, #conservation-of-resources, #environment, #forests-and-forestry, #koh-kong-province-cambodia, #logging-industry, #phnom-penh-cambodia, #southeast-asia, #travel-and-vacations, #wilderness-areas, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

After 8 Wolves Are Poisoned, Oregon Police Ask for Help

From February to July, an entire pack and three other wolves were found dead from poisoning, according to the authorities.

#endangered-and-extinct-species, #hunting-and-trapping, #oregon, #poisoning-and-poisons, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #wolves

First Known Covid Case Was Vendor at Wuhan Market, Scientist Claims

A new review of early Covid-19 cases in the journal Science will revive, though certainly not settle, the debate over how the pandemic began.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #politics-and-government, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #world-health-organization, #wuhan-institute-of-virology-china, #your-feed-science

Women’s Role in Conservation Lags, Despite Success

When women lead in conservation, indicators of success often go up — yet they are routinely excluded. Could a group of local leaders in the Philippines provide a model?

#biodiversity, #conservation-of-resources, #discrimination, #philippines, #sexual-harassment, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #women-and-girls

2 Ivory Smugglers Captured in International Operation, U.S. Says

The undercover joint operation by the U.S. and Congolese governments also resulted in the seizure of millions of dollars’ worth of illegal wildlife plunder.

#africa, #animals, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #elephants, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #homeland-security-department, #ivory, #money-laundering, #pangolins, #rhinoceroses, #smuggling, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

Tuskless Elephants Escape Poachers, but May Evolve New Problems

Scientists identified the genes that played a role in many female elephants of Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park being born without tusks.

#elephants, #evolution-biology, #genetics-and-heredity, #gorongosa-national-park-mozambique, #ivory, #mozambique, #research, #science-journal, #teeth-and-dentistry, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

A Taste for Pangolin Meat and the Fall of an African Wildlife Cartel

Yunhua Lin and associates had turned Malawi into an ivory, rhino horn and pangolin scale trafficking hub. His prison sentence could aid the fight against poaching.

#conservation-of-resources, #elephants, #ivory, #lin-yunhua, #malawi, #pangolins, #rhinoceroses, #sentences-criminal, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-science

Wayward Zebra Found Dead in Illegal Snare Trap in Maryland

The state’s Natural Resources Police said they did not know who had set the illegal trap on private property in Upper Marlboro, about 20 miles southeast of Washington.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #maryland, #upper-marlboro-md, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #zebras

The Warnings About the Coronavirus That Were Ignored

Even if the coronavirus did not emerge from a lab, the groundwork for a potential disaster had been laid for years, and learning its lessons is essential to preventing others.

#bats, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #daszak-peter, #genetic-engineering, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #shi-zhengli, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #wuhan-china

Scientist Finds Early Coronavirus Sequences That Had Been Mysteriously Deleted

By rooting through files stored on Google Cloud, a researcher says he recovered 13 early coronavirus sequences that had disappeared from a database last year.

#bats, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #genetics-and-heredity, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #research, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-science

Scientist Finds Early Virus Sequences That Had Been Mysteriously Deleted

By rooting through files stored on Google Cloud, a researcher says he recovered 13 early coronavirus sequences that had disappeared from a database last year.

#bats, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #genetics-and-heredity, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #research, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-science

69 Big Cats Are Seized From Jeffrey Lowe, a Figure in ‘Tiger King’

Mr. Lowe and his wife, Lauren Lowe, are the latest figures from the Netflix series to face prosecutions by the U.S. government.

#agriculture-department, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #justice-department, #lowe-jeffrey-1964, #oklahoma, #tiger-king-murder-mayhem-and-madness-tv-program, #tigers, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

Global Cactus Traffickers Are Cleaning Out the Deserts

A recent raid in Italy involving rare Chilean species highlights the growing scale of a black market in the thorny plants.

#atacama-desert, #black-markets, #cacti-plants, #chile, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #italy, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-science

Man Caught Smuggling 35 Songbirds Into J.F.K. Airport, Authorities Say

Kevin Andre McKenzie of Guyana concealed finches inside hair curlers in his clothing, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #birds, #finches-birds, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #guyana, #kennedy-international-airport-queens-ny, #smuggling, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

Video of N.R.A. Chief Wayne LaPierre Shooting an Elephant Draws Criticism

The footage was taken during a 2013 hunting trip in Botswana for an N.R.A.-sponsored television series, but it never aired. It was obtained by The Trace and The New Yorker.

#africa, #botswana, #conservation-of-resources, #deaths-fatalities, #elephants, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #everytown-for-gun-safety, #firearms, #gun-control, #hunting-and-trapping, #international-union-for-conservation-of-nature, #lapierre-wayne, #mass-shootings, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #national-rifle-assn, #new-yorker, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

After ‘Tiger King,’ Law Proposed to Protect Big Cats

The Big Cat Public Safety Act has been introduced before, but a bipartisan group of lawmakers hopes the public outcry from the Netflix documentary series will finally help it become law.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #baskin-carole, #big-cat-rescue, #blumenthal-richard, #law-and-legislation, #maldonado-passage-joseph, #netflix-inc, #senate, #tiger-king-murder-mayhem-and-madness-tv-program, #tigers, #wildlife-sanctuaries-and-nature-reserves, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #zoos

On the Menu at a Lunch in Italy: Protected Songbirds

The Italian police were called to investigate a luncheon for a potential violation of coronavirus rules. They found a feast of migrating finches.

#birds, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #italy, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

The Long History of Those Who Fought to Save the Animals

In “Beloved Beasts,” Michelle Nijhuis tells the stories of the men and women who have fought to rescue endangered animals from extinction.

#animals, #beloved-beasts-fighting-for-life-in-an-age-of-extinction-book, #biodiversity, #books-and-literature, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #nijhuis-michelle, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

April the Giraffe, Who Became an Internet Sensation in 2017, Dies

April, 20, gained fame giving birth as millions watched via livestream. She was euthanized on Friday because of her worsening arthritis.

#animal-adventure-park-harpursville-ny, #april-the-giraffe, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #giraffes, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

Nearly 200 Baby Tortoises Are Seized at Galápagos Airport

The tortoises were found on Sunday wrapped in plastic inside a red suitcase that was bound for mainland Ecuador. A police officer has been taken into custody, the authorities said.

#airports, #ecuador, #galapagos-ecological-airport, #galapagos-islands, #galapagos-national-park-ecuador, #guayaquil-ecuador, #smuggling, #turtles-and-tortoises, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

Some Elephants in Africa Are Just a Step From Extinction

A key conservation group counted the continent’s elephants as two species for the first time, highlighting the dire threat to forest elephants.

#africa, #conservation-of-resources, #elephants, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #international-union-for-conservation-of-nature, #research, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

New York Man Kept Sharks in Pool in His Basement

Investigators found seven sandbar sharks in an aboveground pool in a house in Dutchess County, the authorities said. The case spotlighted an underground market for exotic and protected fish.

#aquariums, #dutchess-county-ny, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #seguine-joshua, #sharks, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

Endangered Gazelles Make a Comeback on the Edge of a War Zone

Hunted nearly to extinction worldwide, a wild mountain gazelle finds a helping hand on the Turkish-Syrian border.

#antelopes, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #hunting-and-trapping, #international-union-for-conservation-of-nature, #syria, #turkey, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

The Making of a ‘European Yellowstone’

A major conservation effort is underway in Romania. The goal is a new national park that will rival its American counterparts.

#bears, #forests-and-forestry, #hunting-and-trapping, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #travel-and-vacations, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #wolves

For Planet Earth, No Tourism is a Curse and a Blessing

From the rise in poaching to the waning of noise pollution, travel’s shutdown is having profound effects. Which will remain, and which will vanish?

#air-pollution, #alaska, #carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cruises, #glacier-bay-national-park-alaska, #global-warming, #noise, #ships-and-shipping, #thailand, #travel-and-vacations, #wales, #whales-and-whaling, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

For Travel, a Sustainable Comeback?

From a newly certified Whale Heritage Site to scenic byways for electric cars, five new initiatives suggest the travel industry may be envisioning a more responsible future.

#africa, #bicycles-and-bicycling, #california, #carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #colorado, #eco-tourism, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #travel-and-vacations, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

Wisconsin Official Traded Sturgeon Research Eggs for Caviar, Prosecutors Say

Ryan Koenigs, a biologist who oversees the state’s sturgeon spearing season in Lake Winnebago, is accused of accepting $20,000 worth of caviar in an illegal bartering scheme.

#biology-and-biochemistry, #caviar, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #fish-farming, #lakes, #sturgeon-fish, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #winnebago-county-wis, #wisconsin

W.H.O. Researcher on His Trip to China Seeking Virus Origins

An interview with Peter Daszak, an animal disease specialist, just after his return from an investigative research mission to Wuhan, the site of the original Covid outbreak, and surrounding areas.

#animals, #bats, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ecohealth-alliance, #politics-and-government, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #world-health-organization, #wuhan-china, #your-feed-healthcare

Florida ‘Monkey Whisperer’ Is Charged With Illegal Animal Sales

Jimmy Wayne Hammonds, who runs an exotic animal ranch, illegally sold rare monkeys, prosecutors said.

#alabama, #animals, #california, #florida, #monkeys-and-apes, #nevada, #new-york-times, #south-carolina, #united-states, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

How to Move a Giraffe

As the senior wildlife veterinarian at the Uganda Wildlife Authority, Dr. Robert Aruho, 36, finds himself in the very tricky business of moving giraffes.

#giraffes, #uganda, #wildlife-sanctuaries-and-nature-reserves, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

The Last Two Northern White Rhinos On Earth

What will we lose when Najin and Fatu die?

#animals, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #kenya, #rhinoceroses, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

After Bars and Beaches, Gibbons Await a New Home in Thailand

The small apes were once widespread across much of Asia. But rampant deforestation and ruthless hunting of the acrobatic animal has greatly reduced its numbers and its habitat.

#animals, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #forests-and-forestry, #monkeys-and-apes, #thailand, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

Ivory From Shipwreck Reveals Elephant Slaughter During Spice Trade

A trove from a Portuguese trading ship that sank in 1533 preserved genetic traces of whole lineages that have vanished from West Africa.

#africa, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #current-biology-journal, #elephants, #genetics-and-heredity, #ivory, #namibia, #portugal, #research, #shipwrecks-historic, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Archaeologists Could Help Bring Otters Back From the Dead

The sea mammals vanished from Oregon’s coast long ago, but a technique from human archaeology offers a clue to restoring them.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #genetics-and-heredity, #oregon, #otters-animals, #proceedings-of-the-royal-society-b-journal, #research, #teeth-and-dentistry, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

He Once Trafficked in Rare Birds. Now, He Tells How It’s Done.

After a chance encounter in Brazil, Johann Zillinger became one of the world’s most prolific wildlife smugglers. Three decades and two prison stints later, he says he has gone straight.

#austria, #birds, #brazil, #breeding-of-animals, #content-type-personal-profile, #convention-on-international-trade-in-endangered-species, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #parrots, #portugal, #smuggling, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #zillinger-johann

How Archaeologists Are Using Deep Learning to Dig Deeper

Trawling ancient history with neural nets.

#artificial-intelligence, #ceramics-and-pottery, #computers-and-the-internet, #italy, #malta, #tombs-and-tombstones, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-science