Good news! Thandi the rhino has given birth to a calf this morning at the Kariega Game Reserve near Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
Thandi is a poaching survivor. She and two male rhinos were discovered by rangers in March of 2012, their horns brutally removed with machetes. The poachers had left them to die, but two years of medical care and surgery has led to an amazing recovery.
(Jan 12, 2015 -- Guangzhou, China) Mantas are getting a big boost from one of China's most popular actors, Wu Xiubo, with the release of a new manta protection PSA. The PSA was produced by WildAid and announced by Wu Xiubo today at a press conference in Guangzhou.
The following is WildAid's official statement on AB 96, a bill that would strengthen California's ban on ivory that was introduced on January 8, 2015:
The bill introduced today by California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins would close loopholes that have made it difficult, if not nearly impossible, to enforce California's 40-year-old ban on ivory.
For decades, criminals have used the legal trade of ivory imported prior to 1977 in order to launder illegal ivory from Africa, where 33,000 elephants are killed for their tusks every year. With the passage of this bill, California would join New York and New Jersey in closing this loophole and adopting stiffer criminal and civil penalties on the sale of ivory.
WildAid supports AB 96 and encourages California's legislature to join us in our fight to save Africa's remaining elephants before it's too late.
According to Charity Navigator ratings, WildAid now ranks as the top Wildlife Conservation charity within the Animals category. With our new rating of 99.42 (out of 100), WildAid is up from last year's rating of 99.18.