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WWF charity officials were left stunned after law enforcement officers arrested five men accused of possessing a whole horde of endangered animal parts. The find, in Gabon, West Africa, included a wide and varied selection of horrific and totally illegal parts of many species on the endangered list, including gorilla and chimpanzee heads, hands, leopard skins and elephant tails.
WWF charity officials are pleased to announce the translocation of 20 extra black rhinoceros to new habitats in 2011. The Black Rhino Range Expansion Project aim is to increase the number of black rhinoceros worldwide by moving them to newly established areas to increase breeding rates. The project, which has been in place since 2003, has already translocated 98 of the critically endangered species to 6 different sites, with at least 26 calves resulting from the moves.
WWF charity officials are calling for the UK listed companies SOCO and Dominion to halt their planned oil exploration in the Virunga National Park in Congo. If they become successful in their plans, it could undermine many years of work to save the park’s amazing natural habitat. The park, which is home to elephants, hippos and many other rare species, will be put severely at risk, not to mention the livelihoods of the local population who benefit from tourism.
WWF UK are having a Christmas raffle this year to help protect the tiger who’s worldwide numbers have dropped to as little as 3,200 globally. The plight is even more significant as this is the Chinese ‘Year of the Tiger’, will WWF hoping to double that number by 2022.
WWF charity officials are concerned that the shared border between Myanmar, Thailand and China are fast becoming the home for the illicit trade in tiger parts and other endangered species. A report conducted by WWF and TRAFFIC in the lead up to next week’s International Tiger Forum in St Petersburg, Russia, showed that live big cats were available for sale on the black market. Amongst the animals available were endangered tigers and even a rare Asiatic lion, along with hundreds of tiger and leopard parts.
WWF UK are looking for your help to halt the tigers slide into extinction. With only an estimated 3,200 left in the wild on the planet, now is the time to stand up and be counted in the protection of one of the world’s most beautiful creatures. Already extinct are the Caspian, Bali and Javan tigers, with the South China tiger possibly following suit.