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Ugandans value their wildlife, first ever survey shows

In the first nationwide survey of its kind in Uganda, 79% percent of respondents said it would matter a great deal to them if the country’s wildlife disappeared, while only 5% said they did not care about their wildlife heritage.

2,300 Ugandans based in both rural and urban areas participated in the survey, which was carried out by Uganda Conservation Foundation, WildAid and Uganda Wildlife Authority.

South Africa shoots rhino poachers, but lets kingpins walk, new report finds

Rhino poaching middlemen and kingpins continue to operate with impunity in South Africa, according to a new WildAid report, which reveals how the country has failed to prosecute or sufficiently punish those arrested for high level involvement in rhino crimes.  

WildAid's report cites repeated examples of case dismissals, postponements and paltry fines, most often associated with suspects coming from the professional hunting, game farming or veterinary industries. Low level poachers, by contrast, are often shot or jailed for lengthy terms.

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Coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)

Last month, aerial studies conducted by scientists revealed devastating coral bleaching in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef due to record-breaking temperatures this year caused by climate change.

Four more Chinese airlines ban shark fin

Responding to concern from conservationists, another major Chinese airline group has agreed not to transport shark fin products on its flights.

Worldwide, nearly 60 airlines and container shipping companies have adopted policies against the carriage of shark fins. In China, Hainan Airlines remains the only major national carrier yet to put in place a fin ban.

Major Chinese airline prohibits shark fin cargo

China Southern Airlines has banned transport of shark fin shipments on board its flights, according to a new company sustainability policy. 

The announcement comes in response to a January letter to the airline sent by WildAid on behalf of a large coalition of concerned environmental groups.

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