Wildlife Conservation News


Wildlife and our last remaining wild places are being destroyed because of human action or inaction and because of our own short –term greed.

Peter Fearnhead, CEO, African Parks Network, South Africa


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  1. The African Wildlife Foundation has an opportunity to match all donations made by new donors by 31 May 2019.

    New donors can DOUBLE THEIR IMPACT

    Help the charity raise $100,000 by that date and your gift will be doubled. Give $10, and will become $20.  Give $25 and it will become $50.   Double your impact with your gift – you give what you can and want to give, and it will be doubled! 

    Join 500 other new donors and fight poachers - they will meet their match!

    The funds raised will help save elephants, rhinos, lions and other species from wildlife traffickers.

    So how will your donation help?  What difference will it make?

    The African Wildlife Foundation says that:

    • Sniffer dogs will track poachers to their hiding places
    • Co-ordination among wildlife authorities will deter poachers
    • Canine detection teams will bust smugglers with 90% accuracy
    • Law enforcement and prosecutors willuse AWF training to build cases against wildlife criminals and impose just sentences
    • New technologies, including drones, will incrase surveillance and a new cybersecurity initiative will help identify international trafficers and disrupt online sales

    The charity are looking for 500 new donors by 31 May 2019 
    UPDATE:  THEY GOT THEM :-) But you can still donate!

    The email I had this morning says that Candice Bergen will kindly double your gift of any amount.  But the charity is needing these donors if that’s to happen.

    They are on the way to achieving that goal – so if you can donate to charity, please take a look at the African Wildlife Foundation and join 500 others (or maybe more!) in making a difference to wildlife.

    I'm in - will you join in as well?  



  2. Help save the Penan Forest from becoming a palm oil plantation

    There’s a petition on Rainforest Rescue that I wanted to tell you about.     

    The Mulu rainforest is being destroyed by greed and corruption.  

    Oil palm plantations are closing in on the ancient rainforests of Sarawak's only UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mulu National Park. The local indigenous Berawan and Penan communities are resisting the project, which would destroy their ancestral forest and livelihoods.  The rainforest is a treasure trove of biodiversity. 

    The Penan and Berawan people need all our help to resist this destruction. 

    Back in 2008, the Chief Minister of Sarawak at the time, Taib Mahmud, granted an oil palm concession to Radiant Lagoon – a Malaysian company.  (His son happened to be the director and controlling shareholder.)

    Palm oil plantations are spreading at a rapid rate in Malaysia which goes against pledges by the Malaysian government and the late Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem to stop the expansion of oil palm monocultures.

    The joint petition by Rainforest Rescue and Bruno Manser Fonds demands a moratorium on the cultivation of new oil palm plantations and an immediate stop to the destruction of rainforest in the Mulu National Park area. 

    Please sign the petition here and let's stop the rot of deforestation


  3. The People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) says that the biggest challenge for wild animals today is finding safe places to live.

    • Cities are expanding
    • Farming is intensifying
    • Green spaces are rapidly disappearing

    And so animals have fewer places to live. 

    However, gardens have an important top play in providing havens for wildlife – in giving them food and shelter. 

    The more wildlife friendly we can make our gardens, the better a chance wildlife will have.

    There’s plenty we can all do to help, such as making a feeding station for hedgehogs – we’ve put a hedgehog hotel in our garden.  You can build a small pond for amphibians, or create a log pile for insects.  Pretty much all the flowers in our garden are wildlife friendly and it gives us huge pleasure to watch the wildlife enjoying them. 

    Make your garden wildlife friendly

    It’s easy to do.  

    And the good news is that PTES have put a kit together to help you make your garden more wildlife friendly!

    All you need to do is to donate £5 and you can receive your special Wildlife Friendly Garden Kit, with everything you need to turn your garden into a wildlife haven.

    Kits include:

    • garden wildlife guide on the importance of your garden to wildlife and the species you’re likely to see.
    • garden wildlife planner of monthly wildlife friendly activities all year round.
    • garden wildlife poster with 12 top tips to make your garden more wildlife-friendly.
    • PTES supporter booklet introducing PTES and their vital conservation work.

    Donate to the PTES Garden Wildlife Appeal and receive this kit

    Donate now to the PTES Garden Wildlife Appeal


  4. There’s news from South Korea of a rare Asiatic black bear having been spotted in the DMZ.

    The DMZ is the Demilitarised Zone which divides North and South Korea.  The area is very cut off and as a result, it’s become a pristine nature reserve. 

    In fact, the DMZ has become a real haven for plants and wildlife;   the South Korean government predict that over 100 endangered species call the area home and the Ministry of Environment estimates that there are over 5,097 animal and plant species there, such as the red-crowned crane and black-faced spoonbill. 

    It’s thought there are about 3,050 red-crowned cranes left in the world so they are a very endangered species indeed.  However, it’s also a migrating route for birds and the Eurasian lynx has been spotted in the area too.

    Although South Korean soldiers reported seeing bears in the past, there wasn’t any photographic evidence.   The South Korea National Institute of Technology installed cameras – and the bear was spotted!

    KBS News


    The bear seen is thought to be between 8 to 9 months old, weighing about 25 to 35 kilograms.   They think the bear is a descendant of the Asiatic black bears lived in the DMZ for a long time

    The DMZ is 155 miles long and 2.5 miles wide and it runs across the Korean Peninsula.  It’s heaviliy mined and fortified with barbed wire with surveillance cameras and electric fending.   It was created after the armistice which brought an end to the 1950-53 Korean War.

    Hiking trails are being established in the DMZ now as recently ties between North and South Korea have improved.