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Thanh Nien News
04/03/2015

Vietnamese celebrities have put on nail polishes featuring rhinos and other images to support a campaign which raise awareness that rhino horn is made of the same substance as nails.

“Polish nails to save rhinos” is an online contest held by WildAid Vietnam, which works against wildlife trade, to send out the message that rhino horns are mostly made up of keratin like human nails and hair and have no medical magic.

Independent Online
03/30/2015

Botswana – From burning the billion-rand stickpile of rhino horn to sending military special forces into Mozambique to battle criminal syndicates and turning rhino poachers into farmers, it seems everyone had their own solution to saving South Africa’s rhinos from extinction. 

New York Times
03/30/2015

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — With its scaly exterior, peculiar body shape and propensity for rolling into an armored ball when threatened, the pangolin has invited comparison to the artichoke and the pine cone.

Yale Environment 360
03/19/2015

Sharks are our seniors by about 450 million years. Yet in the last half century we’ve depleted some populations by 90 percent. 

Ensia
03/18/2015

In 1909, after completing his second term as U.S. president, Theodore Roosevelt led an ambitious expedition across east Africa to shoot specimens for America’s most famous museums. Along with his son Kermit and a handful of naturalists, he collected thousands of animals — everything from elephants to shrews, large raptors to tiny songbirds. The expedition’s bounty was preserved in 4 tons of salt and carried across vast savannas by large crews of African porters, some of whom died along the way.

The China in Africa Podcast
03/18/2015

In February 2015, China announced a one-year ban on ivory imports. While many conservation groups such as the Environmental Investigation Agency denounced Beijing's policy as "ineffective," the San Francisco-based group WildAid said is an important step in the right direction and part of a broader Chinese policy shift towards more progressive wildlife protection laws.

Deutsche Welle
03/17/2015

I remember being fed Chinese medicine as a teenager. With a taste like earthy cough syrup, the bitter brown liquid came in clear plastic packets marked with Chinese characters. I didn’t know what was in it and whenever I asked my mother, I would always get the same answer. “Good, healthy ingredients” she would say, as she forced it into me. Every day for months on end.

She hoped the foul concoction would stimulate growth, but it didn’t seem to work its magic on me: I’m 5’1” (155 cm), which my mother still insists is because I didn’t take enough of the medicine.

The New York Times
03/12/2015

A new Chinese television reality show where entertainers hug whale sharks, kiss lions, feed pandas and dress up baby chimpanzees has come under fire from wildlife conservationists who want it taken off the air, saying such activities are cruel and are dangerous for both the humans and animals.

The Guardian
03/04/2015

The Duke of Cambridge has condemned the trade in illegal wildlife as a “vicious form of criminality” and said that China can be a global leader in the fight against it in a speech on the last day of his visit to China.

Speaking at the Xishuangbanna Elephant Sanctuary in Yunnan Province, Prince William said: “it is appalling that elephants - and many others - may be extinct in the wild in our lifetimes.”

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Los Angeles Times
02/22/2015

Last month, a southern white rhino named Thandi gave birth to a healthy calf in South Africa. It was a remarkable moment, the kind that gives conservationists a brief reprieve from big-picture gloom.

That's because in 2012, much of Thandi's face had been hacked off by poachers who sought her horn, which is worth thousands of dollars in some cultures where it is believed that consuming it will cure cancer and remedy hangovers. A record 1,215 of South Africa's 22,000 rhinos were killed last year, and we're seeing no slowdown in 2015.

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