wildlife trade - updates

Rappler's latest stories on wildlife trade


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

[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

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'

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

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

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

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

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

Wildlife meet to save species opens in S.Africa

Sep 25, 2016 - 1:10 AM

Over the next 12 days thousands of conservationists and top government officials are due to thrash out international trade regulations aimed at protecting different species

Illegal bird trade threatens Indonesian species – report

Aug 11, 2016 - 2:19 PM

Bird keeping has long been part of Indonesia s national culture but increasing demand for some species as pets has led to dramatic population declines

This photograph taken on January 7, 2016 shows a man spraying water at a lorikeet bird before it performs for a singing contest in Jakarta. Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Singapore destroys tons of illegal ivory

Jun 13, 2016 - 3:00 PM

It is the first time seized ivory has been destroyed in Singapore

Workers prepare for the illegal ivory to be destroyed by a rock-crusher machinery in Singapore on June 13, 2016. Roslan Rahman/AFP

Thai tiger temple monk caught fleeing with skins, fangs

Jun 02, 2016 - 6:15 PM

UPDATED Authorities also find other animals and preserved tiger parts inside the infamous temple which is being accused of involvement in the illegal wildlife trade

epa05337745 Tourists walk around as they visit the Tiger Temple before the relocation of the tigers by the Thai National Park officials in Kanchanaburi province, Thailand, 30 May 2016. Thai officials of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation are relocating some 137 tigers from Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi to the Wildlife Breeding Center in Ratchaburi province. The Tiger Temple has been accused of being involved in illegal wildlife trade, according to media reports. EPA/NARONG SANGNAK

Dozens of dead cubs found at Thai tiger temple

Jun 01, 2016 - 7:45 PM

Wildlife officials say the temple a popular destination for tourists has been operating illegally

epa05339499 Thai wildlife officials and police officers inspect a pile of dead tiger cubs found during a raid at the Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi Province, Thailand, 01 June 2016. Thai officials of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation found 40 dead bodies of tiger cubs as they were raiding the controversial Tiger Temple in order to take away tigers after the temple has been accused of being involved in illegal wildlife trafficking as well as using the big cats as tourist attraction. EPA/STR THAILAND OUT

Indonesian safari park drugged its lion for photos with tourists?

Apr 08, 2016 - 4:04 PM

Taman Safari denies mistreating its lion calling the accusation baseless but an animal protection group wants an investigation

Staff wakes the lion for posing. Screenshot from a video from Scorpion.

Cambodia rescues smuggled tortoises, pythons

Mar 29, 2016 - 11:00 PM

The 102 elongated tortoises and 17 pythons found in a cargo truck will be released back into the wild

Cambodian authorities handle smuggled elongated tortoises after the animals were confiscated in Kandal province on March 29, 2016. Cambodian authorities rescued more than half a tonne of live tortoises and pythons stolen by smugglers, a forestry official said March 29, the latest haul in a country with a thriving illegal wildlife trade. The animals -- 102 elongated tortoises and 17 pythons -- weighed a total of 570 kilos.   / AFP / TANG CHHIN SOTHY

ASEAN wages war against illegal wildlife trade

Mar 19, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Southeast Asia has long been regarded as a hub for illegal wildlife trade because of its wealth in biodiversity and proximity to major markets for wildlife products

Gov't set to create PH task force vs wildlife crime

Aug 18, 2015 - 12:32 PM

The proposed National Anti Wildlife Crime Council is envisioned to become a ground breaking and cutting edge group – a model for a region recognized as a hotspot for illegal wildlife trade

'NO' TO IVORY TRADE. In what would be a model action in Southeast Asia, the Philippine government orders the crushing of 5 tons of elephant ivory tusks smuggled from Africa in 2013. Photo by EPA

Boats carrying endangered shells intercepted in Cebu

Jul 09, 2015 - 4:19 PM

The highly valued Trochus niloticus shells may have come from the Tubbataha Reef Natural Park say government conservation officials

THREATENED. Samong or Trochus niloticus is heavily poached because of its use as raw material for the manufacturing of mother-of-pearl buttons. Photo by Roberto Verzo from Wikimedia Commons

3,900 endangered turtles seized from Palawan warehouse

Jun 25, 2015 - 2:12 PM

The seizure is the largest confiscation of the critically endangered Palawan Forest Turtles to date

MAJOR HAUL. International group Traffic says the seizure of 4,400 turtles in Palawan last June 18 was the largest confiscation of freshwater turtles to date. Photo courtesy of Katala Foundation

The unsung lives of illegal wildlife trade cops

Apr 22, 2015 - 8:55 AM

On Earth Day 2015 Rappler looks into the lives of Filipino operatives trained to catch illegal wildlife traders and save the endangered animals so valuable to Philippine ecology

EARTH WARRIOR. PSupt John Guyguyon of the CIDG inspects cages of birds being kept in a mausoleum in the Manila North Cemetery in September 2014. All photos courtesy of DENR-BMB

State of PH environment: Good conservation efforts, bad air quality

Apr 21, 2015 - 3:44 PM

The capital s air quality is dirtier while endangered species are bouncing back and reforestation rates go up

ENDANGERED KING. The Philippines struggles to protect the glorious Philippine Eagle dubbed 'Haribon' or King of Philippine Birds

Botswana conference heightens alarm over illegal wildlife trade

Mar 26, 2015 - 11:04 AM

The event comes up with few new ideas on how the tackle the damage wrought by illegal traffickers on species ranging from elephants and tigers to sea turtles and pangolins

CONTRABAND. Confiscated smuggled African elephant tusks hidden in a carry-on suitcase displayed during a press conference at Customs Department in Bangkok, Thailand, 30 August 2013. Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

Prince William's wildlife speech draws online applause in China

Mar 05, 2015 - 3:22 PM

Britain s Prince William wins praise from Chinese Internet users after he visited an elephant reserve in the country and condemned illegal wildlife trafficking as a vicious form of criminality

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

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

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

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

Large cache of smuggled exotic animals seized in Surigao

Feb 19, 2014 - 6:09 PM

The cache hidden in small containers in a van was made up of wildlife from Australia Indonesia and Papua New Guinea

Princes Charles, William speak out vs wildlife trade

May 22, 2013 - 9:24 AM

Prince William and his father Prince Charles delivered impassioned pleas on Tuesday May 21 for action against the illegal trade in wildlife

SAVE THE ANIMALS. Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (2L), his son Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (3L) and British Environment Secretary Owen Paterson (R) are shown items made from endangered animals, which were confiscated by customs officers, during a conference on the illegal wildlife trade at Clarence House in central London on May 21, 2013. AFP PHOTO / POOL / ANDREW WINNING

Customs seizes P47-M worth of rhino horns

Sep 07, 2012 - 4:00 PM

Almost 9 kg of rhinoceros horns worth P47 million from Mozambique were seized by customs officials

ILLEGAL CARGO SEIZED. Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon. Photo from BOC website