We bring you the latest from around the World in wildlife and conservation news.
WWF charity officials were part of the team that apprehended poachers who had in their possession an infant mountain gorilla in Rwanda this month. The poachers were made up of a group of Rwandan and Congolese men, were attempting to smuggle the tiny female, less than one-year old, into Rwanda from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
WWF charity officials in Indonesia would like the authorities to hand down a maximum sentence to a suspected tiger smuggler who went onto trial in a West Sumatra on Thursday 11th August 2011. The 49 year old male is on trial for transporting and trading endangered species after being arrested in West Sumatra in March. His arrest followed a three day investigation by the Natural Resource Conservation Agency with support from WWF Indonesia’s Tiger Protection Unit.
WWF charity officials are pleased to see that the number of Tigers in India has increased, but at the same time are concerned about the dangerous decline in their surrounding natural habitat. Figures from the world’s largest tiger population study, carried out by the Indian government, shows encouraging statistics that proves the work WWF are carrying out is starting to bear fruit, but all this hard work could be undone through a lack of suitable surroundings.
WWF charity officials have co-written a new paper which claims that polar bear cubs are more at risk now than ever due to sea ice loss from climate change. The bears are now having to swim much longer distances to find stable ice and food, which is causing a greater risk to cubs.
Check out this amazing video footage of these Amur leopards filmed by WWF charity officials in Russia’s Primorsky Province, which is located between the Sea of Japan and the Chinese border. The area is now home to 12 of these beautiful big cats, which is a 50% rise over the past 5 years, fantastic news!
WWF charity officials are asking you to sign their petition to urge the government of Indonesia to stop the destruction of tiger habitat in Sumatra. The damage, caused by the logging of forest landscape in the Jambi and Riau provinces, is one of the most important habitats of the endangered Sumatran tiger. Hidden cameras planted by the WWF have picked up sightings of up to 12 tigers in this are in the last two months alone. This area is now on the brink of being cleared by pulp and paper companies and illegal palm oil growers.
WWF charity officials are becoming more concerned about the safety of endangered polar bears, as a new study shows that polar bear litters are decreasing in size. The main reason behind this is due to the decline in sea ice through global warming, putting the polar bear population in serious jeopardy.
WWF charity officials have managed to capture these amazing images of the Javan Rhino, an animal so rare that there are ZERO in captivity! The beautiful creatures were filmed by WWF motion activated cameras in the rain forests of the South Eastern Asian island, giving new hope that they can be saved from extinction.