Latest Wildlife poaching and smuggling News

Extracted eggs may stop extinction of northern white rhino

Aug. 23, 2019 11:15 AM EDT

OL PEJETA, Kenya (AP) — Wildlife experts and veterinarians said Friday there is hope to prevent the extinction of the northern white rhino because they successfully extracted eggs from the last two remaining females of the species. The eggs will be used to reproduce the species through a surrogate. The...

Thai tycoon in poaching scandal convicted on firearms charge

Aug. 20, 2019 6:11 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand on Tuesday sentenced a construction tycoon to six months in prison for illegal firearms possession in the latest case in a scandal that erupted when he was accused of poaching protected animals in a wildlife sanctuary. The Bangkok Criminal Court halved the one-year...

Man pleads guilty to killing endangered gray wolf

Aug. 19, 2019 8:43 PM EDT

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A 22-year-old Oregon man has pleaded guilty in the killing of an endangered gray wolf. The U.S. Attorney's Office in the District of Oregon says Colton Dick of Oakridge pleaded guilty Monday to unlawfully taking an endangered species. Court documents say Dick used a rifle and scope to...

'Codfather' settlement means magnate will never fish again

Aug. 19, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

A fishing magnate known as the Codfather will never be allowed to return to U.S. fisheries, the federal government said Monday in announcing it has settled its civil case against a man whose arrest for shirking quotas and smuggling profits overseas shocked the East Coast industry. The settlement with Carlos...

Songbirds silenced as Colombia fights wildlife trafficking

Aug. 14, 2019 9:50 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The metal doors of a shoebox-sized cage open up and a bird tagged #811 launches into a giant aviary. The palm-sized finch performs a midair pirouette, lands on a willow branch and curiously twitches its saffron-colored head sideways, as if surprised by its good fortune. "That's what...

Rhinoceros conceived artificially born at California zoo

Jul. 30, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A conservation organization in San Diego says it has achieved the first successful artificial insemination birth of a southern white rhino in North America, an important step in saving another rhino species from extinction. San Diego Zoo Global announced that mother Victoria gave birth...

Fear, bribes, gangs, coyotes: A Guatemalan's trek to the US

Jul. 30, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — René, a 35-year-old man from Guatemala, stretched and paced inside a Tijuana warehouse as he awaited word that it was time for a three-day hike into California through the nearby mountains. It would be his second attempt to cross the border illegally in a little over a month....

Vietnam confiscates smuggled rhino horns worth $4 million

Jul. 29, 2019 7:57 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam's customs authority has confiscated 125 kilograms of rhino horns worth up to $4 million in an air shipment. The state-run Vietnam News reported Monday that the 55 pieces of horns were concealed inside plaster blocks. They were discovered Thursday. According to the authority,...

South Sudan tries to protect wildlife after long conflict

Jul. 27, 2019 8:41 AM EDT

BIRE KPATOUS GAME RESERVE, South Sudan (AP) — Charles Matthew secures his beret, slings a rifle over his shoulder and prepares a team for an overnight foot patrol in Bire Kpatous, one of South Sudan's game reserves that survived the country's civil war but are now increasingly threatened by poachers and...

A vinaigrette packed with fresh herbs makes salmon better

Jul. 22, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

It's no wonder salmon is so popular: Its flesh is rich-tasting thanks to high levels of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. A great way to ensure moist, tender salmon is to poach it. And a vinaigrette packed with fresh herbs offers surprising nutritional value. Poaching the salmon in just enough liquid to come...