endangered animals - updates

Rappler's latest stories on endangered animals


Endangered Sumatran tiger found dead in Indonesia

May 20, 2020 - 2:31 PM

The 18-month-old male's decomposing body is found with its leg caught in a trap near a palm oil plantation in Sumatra's Riau province

This picture taken on May 18, 2020 shows the carcass of a 1.5 year old male tiger being handled by officers from Riau's province's Conservation and Nature Resource agency (BKSDA) in Pekanbaru, after the dead animal was found entangled in steel rope at a concession area in the province. WAHYUDI / AFP

Hong Kong seizes fins from 38,500 endangered sharks

May 07, 2020 - 1:22 PM

The record haul is discovered in two containers from Ecuador, and highlights the continued demand for shark fin, which is served at wedding banquets in many Chinese communities

This handout photo taken on May 6, 2020 and received on May 7 from the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department shows seized sharks fins displayed at a customs facility in Hong Kong. Hong Kong has seized 26 tonnes of smuggled shark fins sliced from some 38,500 endangered animals in the largest bust of its kind in the southern Chinese city. Handout / Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department / AFP

We need to save the tamaraw before it is too late

Jan 09, 2020 - 5:55 PM

Like many of the country's protected areas, the Iglit-Baco Natural Park exists in a fragile balance. To keep its people, animals, and ecosystems healthy, we all need to pitch in.

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Tamaraws (Bubalus mindorensis) are endemic forest buffalo found only on the island of Mindoro in the Philippines. Numbering only about 600, they are considered critically endangered by the IUCN. Photo by Gregg Yan

Wildlife protections tightened as southern Africa protests

Aug 29, 2019 - 12:14 AM

'Humanity needs to respond to the growing extinction crisis by transforming the way we manage the world's wild animals and plants,' says CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero

Indonesia tsunami raises fears for endangered Javan rhino

Dec 28, 2018 - 8:13 PM

Conservationists continue to find another habitat for the critically endangered Javan rhinos which are now believed to have less than 70 living species

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Javan rhinos are shy creatures whose folds of loose skin give the appearance of wearing armour plating. Photo from Shutterstock

WATCH: Indonesian market sells monkey meat, other exotic animals

Apr 03, 2017 - 4:44 PM

Authorities and activists are stepping up efforts to persuade villagers on Sulawesi island to stop consuming the critically endangered monkey Macaca nigra one of many exotic creatures that form part of the local indigenous community s diet

MONKEY MEAT. In Indonesia, macaques face extinction due to demand for their meat. Screenshot from AFP video

Believed to be extinct, environmentalists make first contact in decades with rhino in Borneo

Mar 23, 2016 - 5:03 PM

The contact with the rhino comes after environmentalists discovered in 2013 that the Sumatran rhino was not extinct on Indonesian Borneo – as had long been thought – when hidden cameras captured images of the animals

ENDANGERED. This photo show a file photo of a Sumatran rhino, previously believed to be extinct. Photo by AFP

Illegally smuggled orangutans returned to Indonesia

Nov 12, 2015 - 4:35 PM

Orangutans are native to the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra but they are often illegally smuggled throughout Southeast Asia either for private zoos or as pets

Indonesia orangutans attacked by villagers after fleeing forest fires

Nov 10, 2015 - 8:17 PM

Many apes have recently fled their forest homes which have been engulfed by fires set to clear land and headed to villages to find food but locals view them as pests and there has been an increase in human animal conflict

Cecil: Zimbabwe's majestic lion remembered

Jul 30, 2015 - 4:16 AM

Cecil is described by conservationists as a confident and majestic animal who is featured in countless photographs taken by safari goers from around the world

GONE. An undated handout photo provided by the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority on July 28, 2015 shows Cecil, one of Zimbabwe's most famous lions, who was reportedly shot dead by US hunter Walter Palmer, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, according to reports in the UK media. Cecil was allegedly shot with a crossbow on July 6. Handout/EPA

#ShareDavao: Is there a future for the Philippine eagle

Nov 06, 2014 - 9:08 PM

One of the rarest and most powerful birds in the world may soon cease to exist in the wild

Thailand faces trade ban over ivory failings – CITES

Jul 12, 2014 - 8:19 AM

UPDATED Bangkok is under additional pressure to report back by next January on the steps it has taken to bolster recent laws that CITES claims are insufficient

S.Africa rhino poaching up, with 277 killed this year

Apr 10, 2014 - 2:30 AM

Illegal hunting is up more than a third compared to the same time a year ago when 203 of the giant animals were slaughtered by poachers the ministry said

PROTECTED. In this file photo, a white rhino and her calf on a game farm in the Waterberg district, some 350km north-west of Johannesburg, South Africa, 08 September 2010. EPA/Jon Hrusa

Police find 120 captured sea turtles in Palawan swamp

Jan 31, 2014 - 6:12 PM

The sea turtles apparently intended for sale to foreign traders have been found in Balabac town

SEASHORE SPECIES. Olive Ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) are some of the species nesting on West Philippine Sea shores. File photo by WWF-Philippines/Gregg Yan

Critically-endangered dugong found dead in Palawan

Dec 20, 2013 - 8:37 PM

It s the second time this year a sea mammal is found dead in Palawan its final stronghold in the country

THREATENED. An adult male dugong is found dead in Busuanga, Palawan, reportedly after getting entangled in ropes in a seaweed farm. Photo courtesy of DENR-PAWB

Tamaraw or carabao? Know the difference

Oct 12, 2013 - 9:31 AM

The rare critically endangered tamaraw looks very similar to the common carabao This tamaraw month of October know the difference