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Making a whale of a difference to marine conservation

By Neena Bhandari Sydney, Australia, Oct 14 2019 (IPS) – The thrill of watching a whale up close or schools of dolphins frolicking in an ocean are much sought after experiences today, boosting the demand for to urs that provide people the opportunity to see these marine animals in their natural habitats. But becoming a major tourist drawcard has also ... Read More »

800 kgs of venison seized in Barguna; one held

Barguna – Coast Guard members in a drive arrested a man along with 800 kgs of venison from a boat at Bihanga Island in Patharghata upazila on Saturday night. The arrestee was identified as Abdus Sobhan, 56, the boatman of the engine-run boat.Tipped off, a team of Coast Guard members conducted a drive in the area and seized 800 kgs ... Read More »

Caring for Myanmar’s orphaned elephants

Dhaka, Sep 28 (UNB) – When forestry staff found her deep in the jungle of the Irrawaddy Delta, Ayeyar Sein was three months old. One of her legs was caught in a steel trap laid by poachers. Workers from the government’s timber extraction enterprise saved her and sent her to an elephant camp in Bago Region for treatment. Now she ... Read More »

Who killed the wandering rhino in Assam?

by Bikash Kumar Bhattacharya on 9 September 2019 • In February 2018, a greater one-horned rhino wandered from India’s Orang National Park into the nearby Burachapori-Laokhowa Wildlife Sanctuary. • In September 2018, officials lost track of the rhino. In June 2019, the rhino’s buried remains, and a bullet, were discovered close to a guard camp in Burachapori-Laokhowa. • Mongabay investigates ... Read More »

9 jailed for selling wild birds in Chittagong

Chattogram, Sept 5 (UNB) – A mobile court here on Wednesday night sentenced nine people to one month in jail for selling wild birds at Reazuddin Bazar in the port city. During a drive at 11 shops, the court seized 150 birds that included parrot and Mayna, said Executive Magistrate Tahmilur Rahman. Later, the court fined them Tk 5,000 each ... Read More »

Limits on sales of African elephants to zoos gain approval

Countries that are part of an international agreement on trade in endangered species agreed Tuesday to limit the sale of wild elephants caught in Zimbabwe and Botswana, delighting conservationists but dismaying some of the African countries involved. Wildlife experts said a resolution approved by parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora at ... Read More »

Tigress found dead in the Sundarbans: Likely cause old age

Bagerhat, Aug 21 (UNB) – A Royal Bengal tiger has been found dead in the Sundarbans under Sharankhola upazila here. Forest department workers recovered the carcass of the female tiger from Chhaprakhali area under Sharankhola range of the Sundarbans East Zone on Tuesday afternoon. Later, it was taken to the range office on Wednesday. The skin of the tiger, 3 ... Read More »

Freeway crossing to give wildlife room to roam

Los Angeles, Aug 20 (AP/UNB) — Like many urban singles, the mountain lion P-22 lives a solitary life in a too-small habitat. And he has a hard time finding a mate in the big city. Famous for traveling across two freeways and making a huge Los Angeles park his home, the lonesome big cat has become a symbol of the ... Read More »

From tusks to tails, nations eye trade in endangered species

Geneva, Aug 17 (AP/UNB) — From guitars to traditional medicines and from tusk to tail, mankind’s exploitation of the planet’s fauna and flora is putting some of them at risk of extinction. Representatives of some 180 nations are meeting in Geneva to agree on protections for vulnerable species, taking up issues including the trade in ivory and the demand for ... Read More »

India’s tiger population rises to nearly 3,000 animals

New Delhi, Jul 29 (AP/UNB) — India’s tiger population has grown to nearly 3,000, making the country one of the safest habitats for the endangered animals. Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the tiger count for 2018 on Monday said it’s a “historic achievement” for India as the big cat’s population had dwindled to 1,400 about 14-15 years ago. India estimates ... Read More »

Nepal woman spends her day feeding temple monkeys

Kathmandu, Jul 25 (AP/UNB) — In the forests of Nepal’s capital Kathmandu near the revered Hindu temple of Pahsupatinath, some 300 monkeys eagerly await their pieces of roti, or flat bread. For the past four years, Saraswati Dangol has been bringing the bread every day to feed the monkeys. She buys some 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of flour and spends ... Read More »