Latest Wildlife poaching and smuggling News

In this photo taken Tuesday Feb. 11, 2020, Adine Roode, founder of the Hoedspruit Elephant Rehabilitation and Development center (HERD), plays with Khanysia, a five-month-old albino elephant in Hoedspruit, South Africa. Khanysia was severely wounded by a manmade snare set by a poacher in the lower Kruger park . She was found days later severely dehydrated and brought to the Hoedspruit elephant reab center.  (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Orphaned albino elephant recovers from poacher's snare

Feb. 14, 2020 11:15 AM EST

HOEDSPRUIT, South Africa (AP) — Khanysia did not see the trap set by a poacher in South Africa's Kruger National Park. She dove head first into the sharp wire snare, which cut her mouth, face and underneath her ear and chin. It was days before the four-month-old albino elephant was found badly dehydrated...

This Dec. 30, 2019, photo taken by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent and released by the U.S. Attorney's Office shows one of seven parrots allegedly smuggled into the United States at Derby Line, Vt. Jafet Rodriguez, of Pennsylvania, was arrested and is due in federal court Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Burlington, Vt., to face charges he smuggled seven parrots into the United States by carrying them across the Quebec-Vermont border at Derby Line. (U.S. Attorney's Office via AP)

Man charged with smuggling parrots into the United States

Feb. 13, 2020 3:01 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has been charged with smuggling seven parrots into the United States by carrying them across the Quebec-Vermont border. A federal court affidavit alleges that Jafet Rodriguez picked up the birds from a car parked in Canada outside the Haskell Free Library and Opera...

FILE - In this March 16, 2018, file photo, a new U.S. advisory board is shown meeting for the first time to help rewrite federal rules for importing the heads and hides of African elephants, lions and rhinos at the Interior Department in Washington. The Trump administration has disbanded its advisory board created to help boost trophy hunting and relax federal rules for importing the heads and hides of African elephants, lions and rhinos. (AP Photo/Michael Biesecker, File)

Interior Dept. drops trophy hunting council amid court fight

Feb. 10, 2020 8:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing significant legal challenges, the Trump administration has disbanded its advisory board created to help boost trophy hunting and relax federal rules for importing the heads and hides of African elephants, lions and rhinos. In a filing to a federal court in New York, an official...

1,400 pounds of shark fins seized at Miami port

Feb. 3, 2020 1:36 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Wildlife inspectors seized 1,400 pounds (635 kilograms) of shark fins at a Miami port, officials said on Monday. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the shipment of dried fins arrived in 18 boxes and was believed to have originated in South America, and likely bound for Asia. Officials...

NJ man who admitted smuggling turtles ordered to pay $350K

Jan. 29, 2020 12:25 PM EST

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A New Jersey man has been sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay $350,000 after he pleaded guilty to smuggling more than 1,000 box turtles out of Oklahoma. William T. Gangemi, 27, of Freehold, New Jersey, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Tulsa after pleading...

In this Jan. 9, 2020, photo provided by the Anti-Poaching Special Squad, the exterior of a store suspected of selling trafficked wildlife is seen in Guangde city in central China's Anhui Province. The outbreak of a new virus linked to a wildlife market in central China is prompting renewed calls for enforcement of laws against the trade in and consumption of exotic species. (Anti-Poaching Special Squad via AP)

China temporarily bans wildlife trade in wake of outbreak

Jan. 26, 2020 7:51 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities temporarily banned the trade of wild animals Sunday following a viral outbreak in Wuhan, saying they will “severely investigate and punish” violators. Local authorities will “strengthen inspections and severely investigate and punish those who are...

2 Zimbabwe park rangers drowned by poachers in Lake Kariba

Jan. 7, 2020 8:06 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwean authorities say they have retrieved the bodies of two park rangers who had arrested four poachers but were then thrown into Lake Kariba by the suspects. The bodies of the two rangers were taken to the capital, Harare, for examinations, said Tinashe Farawo, spokesman for...