China Fuels Resurgent Ivory Poaching

Ivory poaching in Africa, fuelled in large part by Chinese consumers, is reaching a scale not seen since the 1980s. The amount seized last year, twice as much as in 2010, suggests the killing of at least 2,500 elephants, but...

Detentions for 1994 Murder of Environmentalist

Economic Observer reports that six men have turned themselves in to Qinghai police over the past month in connection with the 1994 murder of a well-known protector of the Tibetan antelope. Three other suspects remain at large....

UN May Legalize Ivory Sales from Africa to China

Most discussions of China’s search for resources in Africa focus on oil, minerals, and timber. Often overlooked is China’s equally huge appetite for ivory. A paper published last year in the online edition of the...

Tiger-Skin Market in Tibet Flourishing – Gavin Rabinowitz

From AP via Casper Star Tribune: Environmentalists accused India and China in a stinging indictment Wednesday of doing almost nothing to stem the rapid decline of tigers in the wild, saying the big cats will likely vanish completely within a few years without government intervention. Trade in poached Indian tigers is flourishing across the border […]

Wang Zhuoqiong: Tuskless elephants evolving thanks to poachers

From China Daily: More male Asian elephants in China will be born without tusks because poaching of tusked elephants is reducing the gene pool, a recent study predicts. Research by Zhang Li, an associate professor of zoology with the college of life sciences at Beijing Normal University, discovered that the gene for tusklessness is spreading […]

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