Two sacks filled with pangolin scales

New research details complexity of growing risks to endangered pangolins

A dietary delicacy in some countries in Africa and Asia, the pangolin is also prized for its scales, which are used in folk and traditional remedies to treat various ailments. Although pangolins are protected by international laws under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES), estimates indicate that more than […]

Wildlife clubs teach children in Guyana’s Rupununi about life and livelihoods

A box of chocolates seems completely out of place as a tool for teaching kids about wildlife, but Susan George makes it work. George, a member of Guyana’s North Rupununi District Development Board (NRDDB), used the chocolate strategy when she started working with kids in wildlife clubs in Macushi villages. It was a creative – […]

Producers from Yanonge prepare a charcoal shipment

COVID-19 makes it harder for charcoal producers and traders to make ends meet

In Kisangani — Democratic Republic of Congo’s third-largest city — COVID-19 has had an impact on the charcoal industry that its more than 1.8 million inhabitants rely on to meet their daily energy needs, putting forests at greater risk. The additional challenges affecting the supply and transport of essential charcoal during the pandemic has made […]

A large bat flies with wings outspread

Forest-dwellers, global community must address tropical wildlife hunting risks

Increasing demand for food and traditional medicines, multiplying local wars and conflicts, an expanding legal and illegal market trade have exacerbated the wildlife crisis in recent years, damaging ecosystems and driving many species to the verge of extinction. Defined by scientists as the “widespread unsustainable exploitation of wildlife,” the situation is of particular concern in […]