Invasive species pose one of the greatest threats to the conservation of the Galapagos Islands. That’s why together with the Galapagos Conservancy, WildAid helped the Galapagos Biosecurity Agency (ABG) form a specialized canine unit to protect these unique islands from invasive species.
In 2016, we selected and trained two dogs and three handlers, as well as constructed the necessary infrastructure (kennels and offices) for the unit. The canine unit will provide a versatile and low cost method of detecting illegal substances to prevent their entry into the Galapagos archipelago.
SAN FRANCISCO- TOMS is partnering with WildAid to protect the giant panda in Sichuan, China by providing educational opportunities to impoverished students living adjacent to critical panda habitats. Safeguarding giant pandas, which are listed as “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), is essential to preserving the biodiversity of their habitats, and with less than 2,000 left in the wild, they need continued protection.
Park rangers in Ecuador risk their lives every day to protect marine areas from illegal fishing and destruction of critical habitat. Together with Conservation International, WWF, the Ecuadorian Ministry of Environment and the Galapagos National Park Service, WildAid hosted a maritime operations training for park rangers from 17 Ecuadorian marine protected areas, ministry of environment officials, fishery officers and other marine practitioners last month to ensure the rangers have the right knowledge to handle any situation that comes their way. Rangers often venture unarmed at night in the face of danger including armed illegal fishers and pirates, to protect Ecuador’s marine environment and endangered species. According to one of the Machalilla park rangers, even a simple task like retrieving a fishing net from the water comes fraught with risk.
San Francisco - South Africa is proposing to use a loophole in regulations to export rhino horns to consumer countries, only four months after delegates to the 17th meeting of the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) rejected - by 100 votes to 26 - a proposal from Swaziland to allow international sales of rhino horn.
We are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of our good friend Rob Stewart. Rob passed away doing what he loved best- diving. Using a rebreather and reaching depths of 230 feet on Alligator Reef, south of Islamorada in the Florida Keys, Rob was seeking to film the elusive sawfish for his latest documentary. He returned to the surface after his third dive of the day, but as crew dealt with an emergency with his dive buddy, Rob disappeared. After an extensive search his body was later recovered from the ocean floor.