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DENR places Clark, Subic under tight watch for illegal wildlife trade

Jun 19, 2020 - 11:57 AM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources says the strategic locations of the two freeport zones 'make them irresistible to smugglers attempting to transport wildlife poached from other countries and parts of the Philippines'

ILLEGAL TRADE. The dead juvenile bearded dragon seized at the Clark International Airport. Photo from the DENR Regional Public Affairs Office 3

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

Putin declares state of emergency over Siberian fuel spill

Jun 04, 2020 - 11:06 AM

The accident is the second largest in modern Russian history in terms of volume, World Wildlife Fund expert Alexei Knizhnikov says

SPILL. This handout photograph taken and released by the Marine Rescue Service of Russia on June 3, 2020, shows a large diesel spill in the Ambarnaya River outside Norilsk. Photo by Marine Rescue Service/AFP

[ANALYSIS] COVID-19 exposes dangers of wildlife trade, fragility of global food system

Apr 25, 2020 - 5:00 PM

The silver lining of the COVID-19 crisis is the opportunity it spells for food sovereignty

U.S. calls on ASEAN to close markets selling illegal wildlife

Apr 23, 2020 - 8:37 PM

The call comes as the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic believed to have originated at a wildlife market in Wuhan, China

ILLEGAL TRADE. This ball python was found in plastic drawers along with several other snakes, crocodiles, and turtles in a raid on mausoleum in the Manila North Cemetery in December 2014 in the Philippines. File photo by DENR-BMB

China 'comprehensively bans' wildlife trade over virus

Feb 24, 2020 - 5:26 PM

The country's top legislative committee approves a proposal 'prohibiting the illegal wildlife trade, abolishing the bad habit of overconsumption of wildlife'

Nearly 900,000 pangolins trafficked in Southeast Asia – watchdog

Feb 21, 2020 - 10:01 AM

Over 96,000 kilograms (210,000 pounds) of the creatures' scales were also seized in Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam between 2017 and 2019 alone, the report says

RESCUED. A live Philippine pangolin has been turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Central Luzon. Photo by Christian Sarmiento

Peruvian police arrest Belgian with 20 wild birds in suitcase

Jan 16, 2020 - 11:25 AM

Some of the brightly colored birds showed signs of dehydration and stress, and some had lost part of their plumage having spent hours in the boxes, the wildlife service says

WILDLIFE. A Crimson rumped Toucanet (Aulacorhynchus haematopygus) is seen at the private reserve of Paz de las Aves (Peace of the Birds) near Nanegalito, Ecuador, 65 Km north of Quito on April 4, 2012. (Photo by Rodrigo Buendia/AFP)

Australia's 'insurance' koala population halved by bushfires

Jan 05, 2020 - 4:24 PM

The Kangaroo Island koala species is particularly important to the survival of the wider population, as it is the only large group free from chlamydia

RESCUED. In this file photo, a dehydrated and injured Koala receives treatment at the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie on November 2, 2019, after its rescue from a bushfire that has ravaged an area of over 2,000 hectares. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Philippine gov't finds stopping pangolin trade challenging

Dec 20, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Part 2: An environmental lawyer says not only is wildlife enforcement in the Philippines 'very limited to only a few people,' it is also not well-funded

PALAWAN PANGOLIN. This file photo shows a Palawan pangolin rolled up into a ball. File photo courtesy of Emerson Y. Sy/PCTAR

In a Philippine village, pangolin hunting happens under local officials' watch

Dec 15, 2019 - 6:15 PM

Barangay officials in Culion, Palawan do a balancing act trying to save the Philippine pangolin species and keeping their posts

PANGOLIN HUNTING. At night time, hunters in Culion, Palawan, rove through this vast expanse of grassland with their dogs in hopes of spotting nocturnal pangolins, which they sell to buyers visiting their village. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro/Rappler

Spray-painted polar bear sparks alarm in Russia

Dec 04, 2019 - 2:10 PM

Local media reports that scientists had marked the bear because it was scavenging for food near a human-inhabited area in the Arctic region

ALARM. File photo of a polar bear. Shutterstock.com

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

Thousands of animals saved in global crackdown on wildlife crime

Jul 10, 2019 - 9:26 PM

Interpol says among the animals seized were 23 primates, 30 big cats, more than 4,300 birds, nearly 1,500 live reptiles, and close to 10,000 turtles and tortoises

Malaysia's last male Sumatran rhino dies – officials

May 27, 2019 - 7:05 PM

The cause of the animal's death is not immediately clear, but previous media reports have suggested it was suffering from kidney and liver problems

ENDANGERED. Once found as far away as eastern India and throughout Malaysia, the Sumatran rhino has been almost wiped out, with fewer than 80 left, according to the World Wildlife Fund. Rhino file photo from Shutterstock

Water battles with elephants kick off Thai New Year

Apr 11, 2019 - 6:05 PM

Traditionally marked by paying respects to elders and sprinkling water over Buddha figures at local temples, the Songkran holiday has largely evolved into a raucous water fight

SONGKRAN. Revellers and elephants splash water at each other during a ceremony to celebrate the Buddhist New Year, locally known as Songkran, in Ayutthaya on April 11, 2019. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Rare albino bat spotted in Negros Occidental

Mar 15, 2019 - 8:07 AM

Danjugan Island is an important wildlife sanctuary in Negros Occidental, where animals like the rare albino bat take refuge, says the Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation

RARE FIND. A rare albino bat was spotted in Danjugan Island in Cauayan town, Negros Occidental recently. Photo courtesy of Danjugan Island

Man smuggles month-old leopard cub on plane to India

Feb 02, 2019 - 9:16 PM

Officials says they grew suspicious after hearing sounds coming from the bag, and stopped the passenger as he tried to rush out of the terminal in the capital city of southern Tamil Nadu state

SMUGGLED. This handout picture released by Customs Chennai International Airport and taken on February 2, 2019, shows a leopard cub after it was seized from a checked baggage of a passenger travelling from Bangkok, at Chennai International airport. Photo from Customs Chennai International Airport

U.S. court halts construction of Keystone XL oil pipeline

Nov 09, 2018 - 2:53 PM

The ruling by Judge Brian Morris of the US District Court for the District of Montana deals a stinging setback to Trump and the oil industry and serves up a big win for conservationists and indigenous groups

NO. In this file photo, demonstrators march to the Federal Building in protest against US President Donald Trump's executive order fast-tracking the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines, in Los Angeles, California on February 5, 2017. File photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Nature pushed to the brink by 'runaway consumption'

Oct 30, 2018 - 8:47 AM

WWF's 'Living Planet' reports says that from 1970 to 2014, 60% of all animals with a backbone were wiped out by human activity

WILDLIFE WOES. Elephants walk to a watering pan in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park on September 6, 2012. File photo by Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

IWC vote backs aboriginal whale hunts – with new quotas

Sep 13, 2018 - 2:27 PM

The vote confirms a long-standing commitment to so-called aboriginal subsistence whaling for nutritional and cultural reasons – an exception to the decades-old ban on commercial whaling

WHALES. This undated handout photo released by the Australian Customs Service on February 7, 2008 shows a whale (front) and another (partly seen at right) being dragged on board a Japanese ship after being harpooned in Antarctic waters. File photo by Australian Customs Service/AFP

How a plan to save Kenya's rhino left 11 dead in historic blunder

Aug 30, 2018 - 12:45 PM

Eleven of Kenya's precious black rhinos were transferred to a new home in what was supposed to be a routine operation in a country fabled for its conservation. So how did all of them end up dead?

SAVING RHINOS. Kenya's Tourism and Wildlife Minister Najib Balala (L) looks on as Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) personnel subdue a sedated black rhinoceros at the Nairobi National Park on June 26, 2018 as they prepare to translocate it to Tsavo National Park where some 11 of the critically endangered animals were translocated from Nairobi and Nakuru and ended up dead due to harsh conditions. File photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

DENR seizes P300,000 worth of threatened plant species in Quezon

Aug 25, 2018 - 12:27 PM

The environment department confiscates 34 sacks of the threatened Philippine bantigue

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

Sarah Chin: A zookeeper’s tale of turning passion into action

May 07, 2018 - 10:57 AM

One Singaporean zookeeper proves that pursuing one’s passion is something worth doing

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

Nature advocates to hold run to conserve tamaraws

Feb 28, 2018 - 6:06 PM

The Lagalag Sundown Eco-Trail Run has partnered with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines to help raise awareness and funds for the iconic Philippine Tamaraw

Pangolin traffickers opening up new routes – study

Dec 15, 2017 - 2:17 PM

'This paints a grave picture of a phenomenal quantity of pangolins being trafficked and very nimble traffickers who adapt fast, likely in response to enforcement actions,' says Kanitha Krishnasamy of wildlife trade monitoring group Traffic

ENDANGERED. This file photo taken on September 22, 2016 shows a Zimbabwe game reserve guide touching Marimba, a female pangolin weighing 10 kilograms. File photo by Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

A whale of a tale in Bais

Dec 11, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The Philippines is home to 30 types of whales and dolphins. Gregg Yan travels to Bais to look for one of the rarest species of all – the pygmy sperm whale.

Dozens of alligators captured prior to child's death at Disney

Nov 04, 2017 - 11:53 AM

In the 15 months before an alligator dragged two-year-old Lane Graves underwater on June 14, 2016, 45 of the reptiles were captured on Disney property

WARNING. Newly installed signs warn of alligators and snakes on a closed section of beach following the death of a 2-year-old boy who was killed by an alligator near a Walt Disney World hotel on June 18, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. File photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Indonesia seizes 101 pangolins on fishing boat

Oct 28, 2017 - 12:38 PM

Pangolins – docile animals with a thick armor – are indigenous to parts of Southeast Asia and Africa and are the world's most trafficked mammal

SEIZED. Indonesian officials discover more than 100 pangolins on Tuesday, October 24, in a raid on a fishing boat off the east coast of Sumatra island. Screenshot from AFP

WATCH: A look at Taal Volcano’s sustainable ecotourism

Oct 27, 2017 - 9:50 PM

Taal Volcano's protected landscape is proof that tourism can be sustainable

Nearly 400 new species discovered in Amazon

Aug 31, 2017 - 11:16 AM

The report by the WWF and Brazil s Mamiraua Institute released in Sao Paulo listed 216 previously unknown plants 93 fish 32 amphibians 19 reptiles one bird and 20 mammals two of them fossils

BIODIVERSITY HOTSPOT. This file photo taken on December 04, 2011 shows an aerial view of the Amazonic forest reserve of Trairao, western Para state, northern Brazil on December 4, 2011. Lunae Parracho/AFP

WATCH: How sharks are killed at Pasay market

Aug 13, 2017 - 9:45 PM

Of the country s approximately 200 shark and ray species only two are protected by Philippine laws

CRUEL KILLING. Video shows the cruel killing of a grey carpetshark at a live market in Pasay, Manila

Group to gov't: Punish Vietnamese fishermen for Palawan shark slaughter

Aug 12, 2017 - 1:12 PM

We urge the government to take swift legal action against them to send a strong message that we will not let the rape of our Philippine seas continue says Save Philippine Seas Executive Director Anna Oposa

SHARK HAUL. Authorities check the sharks in a Vietnamese fishing boat intercepted in Palawan waters. The big shark is believed to be a tiger shark. Photo from PAO WESCOM

Rappler Talk: Meet the ASEAN Biodiversity Heroes

Aug 08, 2017 - 7:10 PM

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'Sixth extinction' of wildlife faster than feared – scientists

Jul 11, 2017 - 8:55 PM

More than 30 of animals with a backbone – fish birds amphibians reptiles and mammals – are declining in both range and population

This November 21, 2015 handout photo provided by the US Fish and Wildlife Service(USFWS) shows Wisdom (L), the world's oldest known banded bird in the wild, with her mate on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge/Battle of Midway National Memorial. AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / US FISH NAD WILDLIFE SERVICE / KIAH WALKER

Haul of dead sea turtles seized in Palawan town

Jul 07, 2017 - 12:39 PM

Authorities say the cargo of critically endangered Hawksbill turtles was bound for Balabac an island town in the southernmost part of Palawan known as a backdoor for wildlife trafficking

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Authorities identify the illegal haul as critically endangered Hawksbill Turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata). Photo from Frederic Cayao's Facebook page

Cities and monuments switch off for Earth Hour

Mar 25, 2017 - 5:49 PM

UPDATED Millions of people from some 170 countries and territories are expected to take part in the annual bid to highlight global warming caused by the burning of coal oil and gas to drive cars and power plants

EARTH HOUR. The ferris wheel at Luna Park and Sydney Harbour Bridge are plunged into darkness for the Earth Hour environmental campaign in Sydney on March 25, 2017. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Plan to save Great Barrier Reef set back decades – experts

Feb 24, 2017 - 2:20 PM

An independent report says the unprecedented bleaching and coral die off in 2016 was a game changer

(FILES) This photo taken on November 20, 2014 shows an aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of the Whitsunday Islands, along the central coast of Queensland.  The plan to rescue Australia's Great Barrier Reef has been setback decades following last year's worst-ever bleaching event, a new report has found, while the reef's caretakers have cautioned the government to prepare for the likelihood of further bleaching this year. / AFP PHOTO / SARAH LAI

Javan leopard sighting raises hopes for rare big cat

Feb 09, 2017 - 7:10 PM

Several sets of cameras scanning the area film 3 leopards with yellow fur and black spots and one that was entirely black

JAVAN LEOPARDS. A female leopard explores its cage as seen at a zoo in Batu, Malang, East Java province, on February 9, 2017. Photo by Aman Rochman/AFP

Anger at skeletal sun bears in Indonesian zoo

Jan 18, 2017 - 9:09 PM

The bears at the zoo are shown waving their arms in the air inside their enclosure – with their ribs visible through their fur – as people hurled food at them In one video a bear defecates in the enclosure and eats its own feces

BEGGING FOR FOOD. A sun bear is offered chocolate by a visitor in its enclosure at a zoo in Bandung on January 18, 2017. Photo by Timur Matahari/ AFP

Environmentalists, netizens outraged by defaced sea turtle in Negros

Jan 05, 2017 - 10:47 AM

Environment officials will investigate the incident involving a rescued green sea turtle in Silay City which is seen as a violation of the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act

DEFACED. The photo of the sea turtle circulated on social media that has drawn the ire of animal welfare advocates, environmentalists, and netizes

Cheetahs 'sprinting' towards extinction – wildlife study

Dec 27, 2016 - 10:45 PM

A new study estimates that just 7 100 cheetahs remain in the wild occupying just 9 of the territory they once lived in

(FILES) This file photo taken on February 18, 2016 shows a captive cheetah licking her sibling in an enclosure at the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Otjiwarongo, Namibia, on February 18, 2016. Cheetahs are "sprinting" to extinction due to habitat loss and other forms of human impact, according to a new study out at the end of December 2016 which called for urgent action to save the world's fastest land animals. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Miss Universe criticized for whale shark swim in Philippines

Dec 13, 2016 - 7:24 PM

Tourists swimming with whale sharks is strongly discouraged by environmental groups who say feeding the creatures makes them dependent and also leaves them vulnerable to poaching or injuries from boat propellers

MISS UNIVERSE. Miss universe candidates pose in the water during their Siargao tour. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Oldest known seabird lays an egg at 66

Dec 11, 2016 - 5:55 PM

The Laysan albatross known as Wisdom is incubating an egg once again

This November 21, 2015 handout photo provided by the US Fish and Wildlife Service(USFWS) shows Wisdom(L), the world's oldest known banded bird in the wild, with her mate on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge/Battle of Midway National Memorial. The world's oldest living tracked bird has been spotted back on American soil where she is expected to lay an egg at the ripe old age of 64. Wisdom, a Laysan albatross, was seen at the Midway Atoll national wildlife refuge with a mate at the weekend following a year’s absence. She was first tagged in 1956 and has raised at least 36 chicks since then. AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / US FISH NAD WILDLIFE SERVICE / KIAH WALKER == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE / MANDATORY CREDIT: "AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / US FISH NAD WILDLIFE SERVICE / KIAH WALKER "/ NO MARKETING / NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS / DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS == / AFP PHOTO / USFWS / KIAH WALKER

Canada caribou, monarch butterfly 'endangered' – experts

Dec 06, 2016 - 8:27 AM

Canada s caribou and the monarch butterfly are classified as endangered according to a committee of scientific experts

A Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) alights on a flower at the Chapultepec Zoo on March 19, 2015 in Mexico City. Yuri Cortez/AFP

Most illegal ivory from recently killed elephants – study

Nov 08, 2016 - 4:33 PM

International trade in ivory from elephants killed after 1989 has long been banned

Armed protesters who occupied Oregon refuge acquitted

Oct 28, 2016 - 9:03 AM

UPDATED The 41 day siege that began January 2 at the remote reserve put the spotlight on a long running dispute over millions of acres of public land in the US West

ACQUITTED. In this file photo, Ammon Bundy (C), leader of an armed anti-government militia, makes a statement at a news conference at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters near Burns, Oregon January 5, 2016. File photo by Rob Kerr/AFP

Global trade in African grey parrots banned

Oct 03, 2016 - 12:55 AM

Delegates at the CITES meeting in Johannesburg vote 95 to 35 to enforce the ban and protect the prized parrots

African Grey parrots are displayed for sale at a bird market in Kuwait City on on May 5, 2012. AFP PHOTO/YASSER AL-ZAYYAT / AFP PHOTO / YASSER AL-ZAYYAT