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Hundreds of wild animals being sold on Facebook recovered in Bacolod

Jun 10, 2020 - 8:47 AM

Three poachers are caught in an entrapment operation while they tried to sell 300 animals – some vulnerable species – for P150,000

The north Philippine temple pit viper recovered from suspected wildlife traders. Photo courtesy of CENRO Bago

Vietnamese poachers arrested in Palawan

Sep 27, 2019 - 1:06 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard in Palawan says during the chase, the poachers 'were seen throwing their freshly caught fish and sharks off the boat'

WWF orders probe into allegations of abuse by rangers

Mar 05, 2019 - 11:14 PM

According to an in-depth Buzzfeed investigation into anti-poaching practices across 6 countries, the World Wide Fund for Nature funds 'vicious paramilitary forces' who have killed and tortured people in national parks in Asia and Africa

Image via Shutterstock

20 Vietnamese fishermen nabbed for poaching in Palawan

May 22, 2018 - 6:04 PM

Manta rays and black tip, white tip, and hammerhead sharks are found inside the fishing vessel caught off Mangsee Island in Balabac town. Authorities also discover dried shark fins inside hidden storages.

POACHERS. Dead sharks and manta rays are piled in a Malaysian-registered vessel with a crew of Vietnamese fishermen. Photo by Keith Anthony S. Fabro/Rappler

Dozens of Filipinos repatriated from Indonesia

Apr 20, 2018 - 5:13 PM

The Filipinos were nabbed for either illegal fishing, overstaying, or illegal entry, say Philippine authorities

Palawan pangolin habitat eyed for conservation

Apr 20, 2018 - 9:43 AM

The establishment of critical habitats is part of the 25-year strategy designed to safeguard the future of the species

PALAWAN PANGOLIN. The Palawan pangolin or Balintong is a burrowing mammal found in the province’s secondary forests, grassland, open country, thick bush, shrubby slopes and subsistence farming areas. Balintong acts as pest control, regulating the population of termites and ants in the wild. Photo courtesy of PCSDS

Last male northern white rhino dies in Kenya – keepers

Mar 20, 2018 - 3:33 PM

Theoretically, the death of the last male northern white rhino, named Sudan, assures the extinction of this subspecies of rhino

SUDAN. In this file photo, a caregiver calms Sudan, the last known male of the northern white rhinoceros subspecies, on December 5, 2016, at the Ol Pejeta conservancy in Laikipia County. File photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

10 Vietnamese poachers arrested off Palawan

Aug 10, 2017 - 3:17 PM

UPDATED Dead sharks are found when the Philippine Navy boarded a foreign fishing vessel sailing off Palawan

POACHERS. The Philippine Navy boards a foreign fishing vessel spotted off the coast of Palawan. Photo by PAO WESCOM

PCG deploys 2 more boats in anti-poaching operations

Apr 10, 2017 - 7:16 PM

The two Monitoring Control and Surveillance MCS vessels are meant to run after local and foreign poachers in Philippine waters

POLICING AGAINST POACHERS. New boats are being deployed to help stop poachers. Image from Philippine Coast Guard website at http://www.coastguard.gov.ph

Rare one-horned rhino killed by poachers in Nepal

Apr 09, 2017 - 5:15 PM

The male rhino is found with its horn gouged out in Chitwan National Park

CA acquits 12 Chinese fishermen of poaching at Tubbataha Reef

Dec 19, 2016 - 7:10 PM

The fishermen are now in a temporary shelter pending their deportation to China

CONVICTS NO MORE. The 12 Chinese nationals arrested for illegal fishing at Tubbataha Reef on April 2013. File photo from Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Facebook page

Indonesian police seize tiger skin, deer genitals

Oct 17, 2016 - 8:40 PM

They face up to 5 years in jail and a fine of up to 100 million rupiah Toga Habinsaran Panjaitan from the local police special crimes unit tells reporters

TIGER SKIN. Indonesian wildlife officials show off seized animal parts, including a tiger skin, in Medan on October 17, 2016. Photo by Gatha Ginting/ AFP

African elephants 'suffer worst decline in 25 years'

Sep 25, 2016 - 8:20 PM

Poaching takes a dramatic toll on the elephant population in Africa with just around 415 000 elephants left

Elephants roam through trees and low bush on Septemebr 19, 2016 at the Pilanesberg National Park in the North West province, South Africa.    The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES 2016) conference will kick off in Johannesburg on September 24, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Elephants in Tanzania reserve could be wiped out by 2022

Jun 01, 2016 - 9:16 AM

Tanzania s largest nature reserve was in the 1970s home to 110 000 elephants but today only 15 000 remain and they are threatened by industrial scale poaching

A picture taken on October 14, 2013 shows an elephant in Mikumi National Park, which borders the Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania. Daniel Hayduk/AFP

10 Chinese arrested for alleged poaching off Camiguin

May 26, 2016 - 3:55 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard also says the Chinese ship hit a Philippine monitoring vessel

PH authorities nab suspected Chinese poachers off Batanes

May 17, 2016 - 11:54 AM

UPDATED The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and the Philippine Coast Guard intercept 2 Chinese fishing vessels flying inverted Philippine flags – seen as a means to hide their true identity

SUSPECTED CHINESE POACHERS. Philippine authorities intercept a Chinese fishing vessel flying an inverted Philippine flag in waters between Babuyan Island and Batanes on May 16, 2016. Photo courtesy of BFAR

Taiwan arrests 41 Chinese poachers in South China Sea

Mar 28, 2016 - 8:00 PM

A harvested coral reef endangered turtles and chemicals used to kill fish are seized from the poachers

'Powerful few' control ivory trafficking in Africa

Feb 15, 2016 - 12:46 PM

Scientists say only a few kingpins control the illegal trade based on DNA analysis done on ivory samples

epa04671483 Elephant tusks and ivory trinkets are piled up prior to being burned in a suburb of the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 20 March 2015. The Ethiopian government burned 6.1 tons of elephant tusks and ivory products confiscated over the last 20 years in an attempt to deter poaching and illegal ivory trafficking, becaming the second African nation to burn its ivory stockpile this year after Kenya. EPA/SOLAN KOLLI

Philippine Catholic leaders urged to reject ivory

Nov 04, 2015 - 6:05 PM

The beauty of a work of art cannot justify the slaughter of wildlife the threat posed to biodiversity by poachers and traffickers says CBCP s Socrates Villegas

Huge 50-year-old elephant killed by German tourist in Zimbabwe

Oct 16, 2015 - 10:51 PM

Emmanuel Fundira of the Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe says the elephant was so huge its tusks were almost hitting the ground while it was standing

File photo by Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

PH seizes Vietnamese fishing vessel off Ilocos

Oct 10, 2015 - 9:11 AM

7 Vietnamese fishermen who allegedly caught manta rays tuna and shark meat and fins in Philippine waters are arrested

CORVETTE. BRP Apolinario Mabini is one of the Philippine Navy's modern ships. File photo from the Philippine Navy

Spotted baby rhinos in Indonesia raise hopes for world's rarest rhino

Sep 09, 2015 - 1:18 PM

One female calf and two males were spotted in recent months in Ujung Kulon park on Java island and were all likely born in the past year

RARE SPECIES. In this undated handout picture released by Ujung Kulon national park on December 30, 2011, a Javan rhino, the rarest in the world, is seen at night. Photo from AFP

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Jul 30, 2015 - 5:30 PM

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Hong Kong ivory trade 'major threat' to elephant survival

Jul 16, 2015 - 11:28 PM

The report finds more than 30 800 items – mainly jewelry and figurines – for sale in 72 stores and estimated that over 90 of sales were to buyers from mainland China

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Jun 23, 2015 - 11:47 AM

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Endangered Sumatran elephant found shot dead, tusks missing

Apr 15, 2015 - 5:20 PM

This is the first known case of elephant killing in Aceh this year

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. One of the 11 Sumatran elephants found dead in Aceh in 2014. Photo by AFP

PH won't free convicted Chinese fishermen

Nov 27, 2014 - 9:49 PM

Police say they found hundreds of sea turtles on board the fishermen s vessel in May at Half Moon Shoal located in a part of the sea claimed by both countries

CAPTURED. Photos of poached sea turtles (pawikan) in the Chinese vessel intercepted by the PNP Maritime Group on May 6. Photo courtesy of the PNP Maritime Group

Vietnam seizes over 1,000 dead endangered sea turtles

Nov 25, 2014 - 7:10 PM

All of the 1 000 endangered sea turtles are found dead according to the environmental police department of the Ministry of Public Security

ANTI-POACHING. A World Wildlife Fund (WWF)'s billboard reading "Vietnamese law bans fishing and trading of sea turtles and dugong" is displayed at a port in southern island of Phu Quoc, 15 September 2004. File Photo by Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

PH convicts Chinese poachers despite Beijing's warnings

Nov 24, 2014 - 3:20 PM

The 9 Chinese fishermen arrested in May are fined 100 000 each for poaching with an additional 120 000 pesos 2 730 fine for catching an endangered species

CAPTURED. Photos of poached sea turtles (pawikan) in the Chinese vessel intercepted by the PNP Maritime Group on May 6. Photo courtesy of the PNP Maritime Group

Philippine maritime police anger China in fishing fight

Jun 17, 2014 - 12:26 PM

Combating human trafficking is one part of the PNP s Special Boat Unit s mission but most of its time and resources is spent on trying to stop poaching of rare fish and other endangered wildlife in and around Palawan

MARITIME POLICE. In this photo taken on June 6, 2014, members of Philippine Maritime police special boat unit, riding on US-made gun boats, maneouver as they simulate an apprehension of poachers during a training exercise off Honda Bay in Puerto Princesa, Palawan island, southwest of Manila. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Fishermen caught with 10-year-old pawikan in Zamboanga

Jun 09, 2014 - 8:11 PM

The endangered sea turtle can command as much as P1 million in the market environment officials say It has been released in seawaters near Santa Cruz Island

SEA TREASURES. The hawksbill sea turtle is critically-endangered and is protected by local and international conservation laws

A clarion call for Palawan on World Environment Day

Jun 05, 2014 - 3:14 PM

Palawan s plight is a microcosm of the current crisis of the Philippine environment Join various people s initiatives to protect the country s last frontier

SAVE PALAWAN. Coral Reefs in Ulugan Bay. Photo by  PJ Santos/Kalikasan ST

Haul of endangered birds seized in Bicol

May 22, 2014 - 3:18 PM

The suspects and their illegal bounty are intercepted on a bus allegedly bound for Manila port from where the animals would be sent off to different parts of the country and the world

PH HORNBILL. The Philippine hornbill is endemic in the Philippines and can be found in forests in Leyte, Samar, Dinagat and Siargao among others

Filipino hackers deface Chinese websites

May 20, 2014 - 12:19 AM

Anonymous Philippines claims responsibility for the hacking of 195 Chinese government and commercial websites over oppressive poaching and territorial claims

Screenshot from one of the allegedly hacked websites posted by Anonymous Philippines on their Facebook page

PH charges 'poachers' despite China warning

May 12, 2014 - 8:01 PM

Filipino prosecutors filed environmental crime charges against 9 Chinese fishermen found carrying more than 500 endangered sea turtles in their boat

CAPTURED. Photos of poached sea turtles (pawikan) in the Chinese vessel intercepted by the PNP Maritime Group on May 6. Photo courtesy of the PNP Maritime Group

Chinese fishers face charges for crime in PH

May 09, 2014 - 11:51 AM

The fishermen have allegedly violated the Philippine Wildlife Act and the Philippine Fisheries Code for taking endangered animals protected by local and international conservation laws

CAPTURED. Photos of poached sea turtles (pawikan) in the Chinese vessel intercepted by the PNP Maritime Group on May 6. Photo courtesy of the PNP Maritime Group

More illegal fishers seized if not for 'slow' PH boat – PNP

May 08, 2014 - 4:23 PM

Authorities acknowledge that the incident bared the shortcomings of Philippine maritime police but more equipment will be purchased to beef up its patrol

ARRESTED. The Philippine National Police Maritime Group apprehend the Qiongqionghai 09063 at the Half Moon Shoal off the coast of Palawan. Photo courtesy of the PNP Maritime Group

Kenya wildlife officials suspended over poaching crisis

Apr 11, 2014 - 11:31 PM

Kenya has seen a sharp upsurge in the poaching in recent years and wildlife campaigners say the trend is showing no signs of slowing down

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

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

UN Security Council declares war on ivory poachers, traffickers

Feb 03, 2014 - 2:53 PM

Two resolutions adopted by the council last week state that the trade in illegal wildlife is fueling conflicts in the region and bankrolling organized crime

CRUSHED. The face of a crushed confiscated ivory trinket, estimated by US wildlife officials to be from around 2,000 elephants, is crushed at the National Wildlife Property Repository, Denver, Colorado, USA, 14 November 2013. Alex Hofford/EPA

Chinese ivory smuggler gets record sentence after Kenya trial

Jan 28, 2014 - 10:15 PM

The new Kenyan law carries a minimum fine of 1 million Kenyan shillings or around US 11 600 and jail time

SMUGGLING SENTENCE. Tang Yong Jian was ordered to pay US$233,000 or face 7 years in jail.

DENR awards soldiers, cops, others for fighting wildlife crime

Nov 27, 2013 - 10:19 AM

59 soldiers and policemen a barangay chairman and two concerned citizens helped fight wildlife crime in 2013

SAVE THE PAWIKAN. POGI awardees helped rescue endangered species like the Pawikan (Philippine sea turtle) from illegal poachers and smugglers

South Africa aims to cut rhino poaching by 20% a year

Nov 27, 2013 - 7:30 AM

The number of rhino killed this year for their horns has hit a record 860 so far despite the deployment of the army and the use of helicopters and drone patrols

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

3 Chinese in Tanzanian court over ivory haul

Nov 09, 2013 - 10:28 PM

The Asian black market for rhino horn and elephant tusks used in traditional medicine has driven a boom in poaching across Africa

HUNTED. Rhinos continue to be illegally poached for their precious horns used for traditional medicine in Asia

10,000 sea turtle eggs seized from Malaysians

Nov 05, 2013 - 12:08 AM

Sea turtles are protected under Philippine law and catching them is punishable by at least 12 years in jail

13 Vietnamese arrested off Palawan for poaching

Oct 21, 2013 - 5:02 PM

Local authorities say the Vietnamese boat has a holding area with an undetermined number of frozen dead turtles a protected species under PH laws

Austria stunned as poacher's rampage kills 4

Sep 18, 2013 - 6:24 PM

Austria was in shock Wednesday September 18 after a poacher killed 3 policemen and a paramedic before perishing in a fire at his farm

SECURITY ROADBLOCK. Policemen stand next to an armored vehicle of the Austrian army on September 17, 2013 on a road leading to Grosspriel, Austria, where a poacher has shut himself in a farmhouse with a hostage. AFP / Dieter Nagl

Strong evidence vs Taiwanese fisherman

Sep 07, 2013 - 5:05 PM

The fisherman has made frequent visits to the area to poach for fish adding that was how officials knew where to catch him

Whale shark found dead in Cavite

Sep 05, 2013 - 5:26 PM

Its cause of death is still under investigation

WASHED UP. A whale shark, an uncommon sight in Cavite waters, is found dead on the shore of Manila Bay in Tanza, Cavite. All photos by Arcel Cometa

Taiwanese fisherman arrested near Batanes

Sep 05, 2013 - 2:42 PM

Tsai Po 54 was detained on Tuesday September 3 while diving for lobsters off the coast in the Batanes group of islands near the maritime border with Taiwan