The International Union for Conservation of Nature IUCN highlighted five species of African antelope that have seen their numbers decline drastically in recent years, largely due to poaching and habitat degradation.
“Our activities as humans are pushing species to the brink so fast that it’s impossible for conservationists to assess the declines in real time,” warned IUCN chief Inger Andersen, urging increased efforts to save species teetering on the edge.
The world’s largest antelope, the giant eland, which is native to central and western Africa, was for instance previously assessed as having a sound population. It is now listed as “vulnerable”, with fewer than 10,000 mature animals remaining.
And the mountain reedbuck has seen a 55-percent drop in its South African population over just 15 years, placing it on the “endangered” list, IUCN said.
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Yaounde – Restaurant owners flock to Cameroon’s Elig-Edzoa market daily in search of something different.
As little as five years ago, its stock in trade, like markets across Africa, was fruit and vegetables and conventional cuts of meat such as lamb, chicken or beef.
Today, it is the penultimate stop in a food chain that could spell disaster for the central African nation’s wildlife. “Cameroon’s national animal heritage is in danger of disappearing,” Environment and Forestry Minister Sylvestre Na’ah Ondoa warned in August.
Bushmeat, as Elig-Edzoa’s new stock in trade is quaintly called, is likely to be poached – in all senses of the word. For diners who fancy a walk on the wild side, it is a source of endless opportunity. For the restaurant owners, some of them abroad, it is big business.
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CALABAR, Nigeria—The first ever legal auction of rhino horn began in South Africa late last month. John Hume, the owner of the world’s biggest private rhino herd, an online auction in which 264 horns were up for sale, and he will carry out a physical auction this month to sell even more. All this perfectly legally and in the name of funding conservation.
But one particularly notorious trader in the black-market bits of endangered animals could reap major benefits from this project: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
The cash-strapped hermit kingdom often operates outside the laws and norms of the international community, whether launching missiles, building nukes, or churning out counterfeit currency. And numerous cases show us that North Korean officials in southern Africa have a huge appetite for the region’s endangered species. They’ve been involved in illegal poaching and selling of rhino horns in the area for decades—long before Kim came into power.
But the business appears to have grown dramatically since Kim Jong Un succeeded his father and grandfather as Supreme Leader in 2011. One major seizure occurred in October 2012, when a North Korean diplomat named Kim Jong Guk was caught by Mozambican customs officials as he tried to smuggle around 130 pieces of ivory, valued at around $36,000, out of the country.
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Authorities from 10 Asean members and China have pledged to join forces to combat the illegal wildlife trade.
The authorities in charge of suppressing the trade announced Wednesday their commitment to crack down on it in Asia at the three-day 4th Regional Dialogue on Combating Trafficking of Wild Fauna and Flora hosted by the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation.
About 100 representatives from Asean countries, China and international organisations such as USAID Wildlife Asia, Interpol and the secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) attended the conference, which ends Friday.
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