• Meetings & Presentations When BCTF was first established, the collective knowledge and understanding regarding the bushmeat issue was both limited and scattered, even among conservation professionals. The scientific evidence was clear that the illegal, commercial trade was not only unsustainable but also involved important threats to human, wildlife, and ...
  • Law enforcement officials investigating the source of confiscated ivory (605 elephant tusks) in Hong Kong had no clue where the stash originated before leaving Douala, a port city in Cameroon. DNA technology, however, was able to verify that many of the tusks once belonged to forest elephants that lived in southern Gabon, near the Republic of Congo border. Extracting elephant DNA from ...
  • The most comprehensive assessment of the world’s mammals has confirmed an extinction crisis, with almost one in four at risk of disappearing forever, according to The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, revealed at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona. The new study to assess the world’s mammals shows at least 1,141 of the 5,487 mammals on Earth are known to ...
  • June 05, 2008   An animal welfare group charges that eBay sales of ivory are brisker than ever a year after the online marketplace promised to restrict the sale of products made from animal teeth and tusks—many of which come from endangered species. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is urging eBay to ban—not ...
  • April 11, 2008  A rare monkey species, the Tana River Red Colobus only found in Kenya, faces extinction due to encroachment on their habitat by human activities. The Tana River Red Colobus monkey is among 25 primates which have been included on IUCN’s list of endangered species. The Kenya Wildlife Services official has confirmed that farming, ...
  • May 2004   While unsustainable bushmeat hunting impacts a diversity of wildlife, the threat to a few charismatic species brought attention to the crisis in the late 1990’s. African great apes have been hit particularly hard by the growing trade, and their plight forced wildlife conservation groups to evaluate what they ...
  • May 2004   by Natalie Bailey, BCTF In Africa and around the world, policy makers, NGOs and the public are increasingly focusing attention on the threat that zoonotic (cross species) disease transmission poses to human health. Global transportation of people, wildlife and livestock, combined with increasing opportunities ...
  • September 2003   Conservation efforts in Central and West Africa are being highlighted by design and by default, at this year’s Wildlife Film Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 22-27 September. Two bushmeat films and the IMAX special “Jane Goodall’s Wild Chimpanzees” are being honored, and a special ...
  • May 2003   By Christine Wolf, Director of Government and International Affairs, The Fund for Animals The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) governs the trade of certain wildlife species amongst its 163 member nations. Primates are an important focus of CITES, specifically as it relates to orphans ...
  • April 23, 2008   April 23, 2008 - Apes are on the verge of extinction due to extreme poaching for bush meat and their global demand to be used for scientific research, but there are initiatives to save the endangered species. There are increasingly necessitated efforts to help protect the great endangered chimpanzees and gorillas ...
  • Conservationists have discovered "surprisingly large populations" of two globally threatened primates in a protected area in Cambodia.Surveys by scientists with the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Cambodian government counted 42,000 black-shanked douc langurs and 2,500 yellow-cheeked crested gibbons in Cambodia's Seima Biodiversity Conservation Area. ...
  • May 2005  by Andrew Tobiason, Bushmeat Crisis Task Force To support a better understanding of the bushmeat crisis in Central Africa, distribution data for 33 species of large mammals targeted or otherwise affected by the bushmeat trade have been added to the Bushmeat IMAP's Central Africa Bushmeat Mapserver.  This ...
  • Asian Wildlife Trade Species Information Page  The largest cat of all, the tiger is a powerful symbol among the different cultures that share its home. Commercial poaching, a declining prey base due to over-hunting, and loss of habitat are the principal threats to the tiger. Tigers have always been hunted for decorative items and for use in traditional ...
  • Asian Wildlife Trade Species Information Page  Populations of most pangolin species are somehow threatened. There is a high dmeand for pangolin scales for traditional medicines in many parts of the world. Meat is eaten by indigenous peoples. Hides are also used to make shoes. One of the main importers of pangolin skins from 1980-1985 was the United ...
  • Asian Wildlife Trade Species information Page  As the human population exploded, the bear's traditional habitat was cleared for timber, agriculture and development. Fragmented populations remain in protected areas. In the threat list also include poaching for their gall bladders and other parts which are prized in traditional Chinese medicine and ...
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