Bones from the endangered Snow leopard is used in traditional Chinese medicine. When bones from the like ways endangeredTiger grew harder to obtain, bones from the Snow leopard became popular as a substitute which placed an even harder strain on the already diminished Snow leopard population. The endangered Snow leopard is hunted to provide
bones for the regional markets as well as for international trade.
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The endangered Snow leopard is a semi-large cat living in the snowy mountains of Central Asia. It has…
Mmegi sent Kobotwe a questionnaire three weeks ago.Bringing DWNP on record about the ongoing smuggling, exportation and importation of predators between Botswana and South Africa, is akin to trying to squeeze blood out of a stone. Mmegi could not get any response from the department about individuals who have licences to import, export and keep lions and cheetahs in their game farms. Mmegi investigations have turned up a report by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) which suggests that live lions legally exported from Botswana to South Africa between 2000 and 2011 totaled 45, 19 by 2001 and 27 in 2011. Live lions imported from South Africa to Botswana totaled 63 within the same period with 2008 seeing 29 lions imported.
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Their skins are sold to decorate the homes of the elite and their bones are ground down to make “tonic” wines — despite these being banned.
The agency’s report published today, Hidden in Plain Sight: China’s Clandestine Tiger Trade, also warns the trade is fuelling a rise in poaching as skins from wild tigers are a third of the price of farmed skins.
In just a few days their investigator was offered the skins of three tigers, one leopard and a snow leopard.
It is estimated that there are only 3,500 tigers surviving in the wild.
Debbie Banks, from the agency’s tiger campaign said China’s support for initiatives to protect tigers was “one of the biggest cons in tiger conservation”.
The Cheetah Project will be led by Ms Femke Broekhuis of Oxford University’s Wildlife FemkeResearch Unit (WildCRU) and will seek to determine the current status of cheetahs in the Greater Mara ecosystem and to identify the major threats that could be causing declines in the current cheetah population. The data will initially be collected during a two-year period using an array of data collection techniques including behavioral observation, faecal analysis, historic data and interviews.
The Kenya Wildlife Trust continues to make strides in Carnivore Conservation and Research in Kenya. Within the next couple of months we will be launching the Mara Ecosystem Cheetah Project, a venture which will have important implications for cheetah conservation both in Kenya and for the rest of Af…
Back in 2004, Kenya suggested that African lions be placed on Appendix I of CITES . Kenya then was actively encouraged to withdraw that proposal at the CITES Conference of Parties 15, and to instead accept that a number of meetings would later take place inviting lion range states to report their lion numbers and examine management practices for the species. So the application was withdrawn and such meetings were duly organized in 2005/2006. No substantive and effective action for lion conservation resulted from those meetings.
Then, in July 2011, at the CITES Animals Committee meeting, Kenya and Namibia were appointed co-Chairs of a Periodic Review of lions. The purpose of this Review which was recommended as “high priority” was to ask all lion range States to report on their remaining lion populations and report back BEFORE the 16th CITES Conference of Parties in March 2013.
Now, in late February 2013, it seems that this Review has NOT been completed as requested. It would appear that there has been a great reluctance on the part of the lion range States to participate in an accurate assessment of their remaining lion populations and the process has effectively stalled.
Make no mistake here, such a Review could well have resulted in a proposal to uplist the African lion to Appendix 1 at CoP16 if it was felt that remaining lion populations had declined to levels risking the sustainability of trade in the species……….
We realise that Kenya will be very occupied with elephant and rhino proposals at the conference but we would urge Kenya to also pay dedicated attention to other species requiring urgent conservation consideration.
A little girl in Kenya watched a TV commercial of a bread company in Kenya where a man and a lion fight over a loaf. The man wins. She was so saddened by this that she encouraged all classmates in her school to raise money to provide loaves of bread to feed the lions in Nakuru National Park near her home.
She is 5 years old. Her name is Solidad Mihadi and she is at St. Xavier’s Nursery School in Nakuru, Kenya.
Such innocence and love for wildlife is just precious beyond belief. We are all involved with complicated issues like trophy hunting, CITES, human/lion conflict … and here is this little person who is promoting her own solution to save lions.
Bless her. She represents Kenya’s future. You can write to Solidad via email@example.com (or) Solidad Mihadi c/o Joseph Odhiambo, P.O BOX 244, Nakuru, Kenya. Please take the time to send her a personal message. Thank you.