Tag Archives: African Wildlife

Cheetah Population Plunges

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A new study led by the Zoological Society of London [ZSL] and the Wildlife Conservation Society [WCS] has uncovered a dramatic decline in their numbers, with only around 7,100 believed to now exist in the wild. With a historic population of over 100,000 in 1900, the species is clearly now in a fragile state, amid calls for them to be reclassified by the IUCN as endangered. The reasons behind their collapse include:

  • Habitat loss, fragmentation and degradation.
  • Human-wildlife conflict.
  • Loss of prey due to the growing bushmeat trade.
  • Illegal pet trade.

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More Protection For Pangolins

The words Pangolin and good news rarely appear in the same sentence, however, the world’s most trafficked mammal received much needed worldwide protection today at the CITES summit in South Africa. All species will now benefit from an absolute ban on their international trade with immediate effect, under the most stringent forms of CITES’ regulation. This status is well overdue, with over a million of the species having been slaughtered for their meat and scales over the last ten years.  Continue reading More Protection For Pangolins