Latest Wildlife poaching and smuggling News

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...

Cola, 10-year-old female orangutan waits in a cage to be sent back to Indonesia at a Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. Wildlife authorities in Thailand repatriated two orangutans, Cola and 7-year-old Giant, to their native habitats in Indonesia in a collaborative effort to combat the illicit wildlife trade. Cola was born in a breeding center from two smuggled orangutans which were sent back to Indonesia several years ago, according to the  Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thailand returns orangutans to their Indonesian homeland

Dec. 20, 2019 4:41 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Wildlife authorities in Thailand sent two orangutans back to Indonesia on Friday as part of a collaborative effort to combat illicit wildlife trade. Ten-year-old female Cola and 7-year-old male Giant were transported from wildlife sanctuaries in the western province of Ratchaburi to...

Lion and leopard cubs sit in cages as they are displayed during a police press conference in Kampar, Riau, Indonesia, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019.  Indonesian police said Sunday that they have arrested two men suspected being part of a ring that poaches and trades in endangered animals and seized from them lion and leopard cubs and dozens of turtle, police said Sunday. (AP Photo/Rifka Majjid)

Indonesia nabs 2 suspected smugglers of leopard, lion cubs

Dec. 16, 2019 12:14 AM EST

PEKANBARU, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police said Sunday that they have arrested two men suspected of being part of a ring that poaches and trades in endangered animals and seized from them several lion and leopard cubs and dozens of turtles. One of the suspects, identified only as Yatno, was arrested...

Indonesia arrests 5 suspected poachers of pregnant tigers

Dec. 8, 2019 9:42 AM EST

PEKANBARU, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities have arrested five suspected poachers of a pair of critically endangered pregnant Sumatran tigers and seized four fetuses that had been preserved in a jar, a forestry official said Sunday. The five suspects — four men and a woman — were...

Spain launches app to fight trafficking of protected timber

Dec. 5, 2019 8:50 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s Ministry for Ecological Transition has launched a mobile app to fight the trafficking of tropical species of timber, one of the world’s greatest environmental crimes. The kit includes a guide of protected timber species, tools to obtain wood samples and an app that,...