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Press Release: CITES Meeting Concludes With Bids to Open Ivory, Rhino Horn Trading Defeated

Press Release: CITES Meeting Concludes With Bids to Open Ivory, Rhino Horn Trading Defeated

By Center for Biological Diversity Reptiles, Amphibians Win Protections, Large Mammals Hit Stalemates. PANAMA CITY— Countries at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species meeting confirmed votes Thursday rejecting resumption of the ivory and rhinoceros horn trade, sparing elephants and rhinos from increased threats. A host of reptiles, amphibians and fish will receive important new protections under CITES, which concludes today. They include 22 U.S. turtle species, numerous glass frog species, marine animals including sea cucumbers and sharks, and the zebra pleco aquarium...

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Press Release: Nations to Meet in Panama to Tackle Wildlife Trade

Press Release: Nations to Meet in Panama to Tackle Wildlife Trade

By Center for Biological Diversity Center Staff to Attend to Advocate for Elephants, Sea Cucumbers, Hippos, TurtlesPANAMA CITY, Panama— Officials from around the globe will convene in Panama City Nov. 14 for the triennial conference of the parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. The CITES treaty regulates trade in imperiled or potentially threatened animals and plants, and plays a critical role in combating wildlife exploitation, a key driver of the extinction crisis.Center for Biological Diversity staff are attending the conference...

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Press Release: Japan’s Legal Ivory Market – An Analysis of Chinese Court Decisions of Ivory Illegally Exported from Japan

Press Release: Japan’s Legal Ivory Market – An Analysis of Chinese Court Decisions of Ivory Illegally Exported from Japan

TOKYO (November 1, 2022)—Japan Tiger and Elephant Fund released today a report: “Smugglers’ Source: Japan’s Legal Ivory Market –An Analysis of Chinese Court Decisions of Ivory Illegally Exported from Japan”. Thousands of elephants are killed every year to supply the trade in their ivory tusks. While international commercial trade in ivory has been banned by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and many Parties have taken steps to close their markets*, Japan’s domestic ivory market remains open, supported by the world’s...

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Is it possible to reconnect elephant populations viably in southern Africa? Mapping potential connections between Southern Africa’s elephant populations

Is it possible to reconnect elephant populations viably in southern Africa? Mapping potential connections between Southern Africa’s elephant populations

By Elephants Without Borders A new study by the University of Pretoria, Duke University and Elephants Without Borders is published in the scientific journal PLoS ONE underscores the importance of reconnecting elephant habitats through safe corridors. The study examines satellite telemetry data (about 1.2 million locations) for 261 elephants that were tracked across southern Africa showing what natural features limit elephant movement and identifies human factors, such as fences that further prevent or restrict dispersal.  The paper focusses on southern Africa (Angola,...

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