illegal wildlife

I’ve been thinking, if house points are mostly awarded for scholary achivements, then how come we have never seen the house full of smarts, ravenclaw ever win the house cup? by all means, they should be trouncing the others. 

my theory is that ravenclaw outdoes all the other houses both in gaining, and in losing points. they rack up all the possible points for classwork, assignments AND extra school work. But they also lose a buttload in their other pursuits of knowledge:
- not returning books on time
- staying in the library after hours
- sneaking in the restricted section
- setting up secret potion labs for RESEARCH purposes
- throwing things off the tower FOR RESEARCH
- throwing things into the lake FOR RESEARCH
- taking small field trips into the forbidden forest to get samples and take notes on the wildlife
- illegally tampering with muggle stuff FOR RESEARCH
- “borrowing” school equipment and ingredients for said research
- that pet kidnaping incident they never talk about that was sparked by a conversation about muggle schools “wait, you dissect frogs in class? WE SHOULD TOTALLY DO THAT TOO”
- combining random spells and testing them on the student body
- using said student body to test the secret potion lab’s latest creations
- referring to non-ravenclaw students as test subjects in the vicinity of disapproving teachers

what I’m saying is that while the other houses may preceive ravenclaw as a group of quiet bookworms, they are actually more troublesome than the other three combined. FOR RESEARCH.

Pasar is one of two baby slow lorises kidnapped by illegal pet traders to be sold at Jakarta animal markets. The pair are recovering at the International Animal Rescue sanctuary in Ciapus, Java

Photograph: International Animal Rescue/Barcroft Images

I congratulate the Chinese Government for following through on this important commitment. This battle can be won.

We need all countries to step up to the plate & do their part to end the illegal wildlife trade & save these species before it’s too late.

—  The Duke of Cambridge

Breaking News!

Poachers killed five elephants, one mother and her four children, on Monday. The elephants were found with their tusks cut off Tuesday morning in Tsavo West National Park. The poachers crossed the border into the park through Tanzania and quickly returned to their base, which made them difficult to track. Between 2010 and 2012, poachers killed more than 100,000 African elephants. 

This is not the only elephant poaching incident this month; 30 elephants were killed in Congo within 15 days before this incident. The illegal wildlife trade is valued at $7 billion to $10 billion annually.

Two suspects have been arrested. Security officials found a bloodstained ax and a hacksaw in one of their homes.


It’s worth pointing out that, in addition to all the dead tiger cubs and allegations of illegal wildlife trafficking, the Tiger Temple has chosen to respond to the inevitable confiscation of their tigers by letting them off their chains to make capture more difficult. Four tigers escaped the temple overnight and killed nearby livestock as a result of this, and the monks are now refusing to feed the remaining tigers unless the authorities abandon their mission.

You know, just in case anyone was still convinced that these guys are running a sanctuary.

- Egyn

There Are Only 38 Giraffes Left In the Congo

Poachers have taken a toll on an already precarious population.

The poaching crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is affecting more than just elephants. New surveys have revealed that the country’s giraffe population has plunged to just 38, putting the species at immediate risk of extinction there.

The Congo’s giraffes all live within Garamba National Park, a 1,930-square-mile UNESCO World Heritage site. The park, which is run by a nonprofit organization called African Parks, held more than 350 giraffes two decades ago. Most of those animals were killed during the country’s 1998-2003 civil war, leaving just 86 giraffes in the wake of the conflict. Many of those remaining giraffes have now been lost to poachers.

Park officials have warned that if they lose just five more giraffes to poachers, then the population may no longer be sustainable on its own.

“Giraffes, like elephants, rhinos and the like, have been picked off by poachers to feed the illegal wildlife trade and impoverished local people,” said Noëlle Kümpel, co-chair of the SSC Giraffe and Okapi Specialist Group at the International Union for Conservation of Nature. “At the same time, their habitat has been severely and, in many areas, irreparably degraded, leaving very few trees left to sustain even this small population of giraffe.” She said the remaining giraffes—which live in two small herds—have to travel “incredibly long distances” to find food.

The size of the park combined with the giraffes’ constant need to travel makes it hard to monitor and protect the animals. The Giraffe Conservation Foundation will travel to Garamba in the next few weeks to assist African Parks in outfitting 12 of the giraffes with GPS radio collars. Julian Fennessy, the foundation’s executive director, said the collars will “help with ongoing monitoring of the remaining giraffe and guide ranger efforts in their area to fight future potential losses.”

Fennessy has also been advising African Parks on the possibility of building a fence to further protect all of the remaining giraffes.

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This weekend at the Museum, in conjunction with Sunday’s Spotlight Asia: Ring in the Year of the Monkey festival, we’re celebrating Asian primates. In the Museum’s Primate Hall, visitors can explore primate biology, the important cultural role primates have played across the Asian continent, and learn about what needs to be done to ensure their survival.

Above is the Greater slow loris. Slow lorises are small nocturnal primates found in South and Southeast Asia. They are the only venomous primates, excreting a clear histamine-like compound that’s a lot like cat dander. If a loris bites you, you might go into anaphylactic shock. All slow loris species are recognized as endangered with extinction because of habitat loss and severe pressures from hunting for illegal wildlife trade.

The siamang is a gibbon native to Malaysia, Thailand and Sumatra. Siamangs and their relatives are extremely well adapted for brachiating, or swinging, by their arms from branch to branch. The siamang is monogamous, and forms breeding partnerships for life. Male-female pairs to make loud, resonating, territorial duets at the beginning and the end of each day, lasting about 10 minutes. Siamangs and the other gibbons are endangered with extinction due primarily to forest loss and opportunistic collection for pet trade.

Tarsiers are found on the islands of Southeast Asia, and are almost entirely arboreal, meaning it spends almost all of its times in the trees. Tarsiers are nocturnal, and are one of the few animals that have eyes bigger than their brains. Their big eyes help them see better at night. Tarsiers eat 10% of their own body weight every 24 hours!

Tarsiers populations are threatened by forest loss and conversion especially due to expanding oil palm plantations, fires, and logging. Tarsiers are also collected for the illegal pet trade, though this species also does not generally survive well in captivity and typically dies within 3 days of capture.

Learn much more about a variety of Asian primates on Sunday at the Museum during the Spotlight Asia: Ring in the Year of the Monkey festival.

Seahorses will be wiped out within three decades by the illegal sale of dead wildlife as curiosities, according to a conservation charity.

The Seahorse Trust has launched a new campaign to target the sale of dried marine animals as holiday keepsakes.

As families flock to seaside resorts across Britain for the summer holidays, the trust is warning people not to buy the mementos and instead report shops that sell them to the charity.

Creatures such as seahorses, starfish, pipefish and corals are found in tourist shops in coastal towns across the UK.

Neil Garrick-Maidment, executive director of the Seahorse Trust, said while they might seem like innocent seaside souvenirs, they are illegal.

He said the curio trade is causing the death of millions of species and the breakdown of their habitats on a global scale.

The Devon-based charity hopes the new campaign will continue the work they started last year when they convinced eBay to ban the sale of seahorses through the site in Europe, America and Australia.

‘Seahorses, sharks and crocodiles are protected species and they’re being sold as distasteful seaside mementos in villages and towns across Britain,’ said Mr Garrick-Maidment.

'There are hundreds, if not thousands, of these shops and most people seem to think if something is for sale in a shop then it must be legal.

'A lot of the packaging says it’s from sustainable sources but there’s nothing sustainable about it. It can’t be just by the sheer quantities.’

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A Critically Endangered Philippine Pond Turtle seen feeding on fruit in captivity, a rare sight for this secretive species. Only known to be from a small area in northern Palawan this species has been decimated by the illegal wildlife trade. 

Bottled birds: How callous smugglers cram cockatoos into plastic bottles to get them through customs

‘More than 24 critically endangered cockatoos were rescued by police after being found stuffed in water bottles for illegal trade. 

Smugglers crammed the Yellow-crested cockatoos into empty bottles so they could get through customs at Port of Tanjung Perak in Surabaya, Indonesia. But Indonesian Police discovered the birds, which can be sold for as much as £650 each, and cut them free so they could receive medical attention.

The Yellow-crested cockatoo was listed as a critically endangered species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources in 2007.

The population is at a critical low due to deforestation and poaching and recent studies suggest there may be less than 7,000 individuals remaining. More than 10,000 parrots, including Lories and Cockatoos, are caught from the wild in North Halmahera, Indonesia, each year to supply the domestic and the international illegal wildlife trade.

Around 40 per cent of birds die during the illegal smuggling process.
So for every 1,000 parrots caught from the wild, 400 birds died in vain, during the poaching, transportation and trade, due to poor conditions and cruel handling.

Most parrots are prohibited from international commercial trade unless they are captive bred or permitted by the exporting country. Yellow-crested cockatoos also breed very slowly and lay eggs only once a year. They can produce only two eggs at a time. Illegal trapping continues in many areas including Rawa Aopa Watumohai National Park, Buton and Kadatua Islands, but has reportedly been reduced significantly on Sumba.’

He may look happy, but this Sulawesi Forest Turtle (Leucocephalon yuwonoi) is listed as Critically Endangered. His species has been decimated by the illegal wildlife trade and may not survive without our help. 

A new forensic and genetic laboratory in Kenya will analyze DNA samples from suspected wildlife contraband to aid the prosecution of poachers. Until now, proof against poachers has hinged on government chemists determining whether a specimen came from a wild or domestic animal. But this evidence hasn’t proven solid enough to hold up in court. The lab will use DNA to link wildlife seized at borders to specific regions, populations, and even individual animals. Noble researchers are trying to protect our planet’s noblest beasts.

KENYA : A Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) ranger stands guard next to illegal stockpile of elephant tusks and ivory figurines before their destruction, in the national park of Nairobion April 27, 2016. Kenya on April 30, 2016 will burn approximately 105 tonnes of confiscated ivory, almost all of the country’s total stockpile at an event attended by several African heads of state, conservation experts, high-profile philanthropists and celebrities which they hope will send a strong anti-poaching message. AFP PHOTO / TONY KARUMBA

Coveted for their striking patterns, Critically Endangered Radiated Tortoises (Astrochelys radiata) are common victims of the escalating illegal wildlife trade.

A crate of species confiscated from the illegal wildlife trade in Myanmar, including, Impressed Tortoises (Manouria impressa), Arakan Forest Turtles (Heosemys depressa), Elongated Tortoises (Indotestudo elongata), and Myanmar Brown Leaf Turtles (Cyclemys fusca).