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Wall Street Journal
04/16/2015

If you’ve attended a wedding recently in Hong Kong, the chances are pretty high that shark’s fin wasn’t served.

Hong Kongers are eating less and less shark’s fin, and its traditional importance in banquets has declined rapidly in the past five years, according to findings from a new survey conducted by marine conservation group Bloom and the University of Hong Kong.

South China Morning post
04/14/2015

The government was accused of "aiding and abetting" the illegal ivory trade as more than 50 wildlife protection groups urged it to take new measures to curb the industry and fight an "elephant poaching epidemic in Africa".

In a letter submitted on Tuesday to Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing, the 51 NGOs - including WWF Hong Kong and the Jane Goodall Institute - demanded the government stop issuing import and re-export licences for so-called pre-convention elephant ivory.

Voice of America
04/11/2015

HANOI, VIETNAM — 2014 was a critical year for Africa’s remaining rhinos.  A record 1,215 were killed for their horns, 10 times the number killed in 2009. Last year also saw the largest investment in anti-poaching efforts — $40 million — with funds going into purchasing high-tech helicopters and night vision equipment.

Thanh Nien News
04/03/2015

Vietnamese celebrities have put on nail polishes featuring rhinos and other images to support a campaign which raise awareness that rhino horn is made of the same substance as nails.

“Polish nails to save rhinos” is an online contest held by WildAid Vietnam, which works against wildlife trade, to send out the message that rhino horns are mostly made up of keratin like human nails and hair and have no medical magic.

New York Times
03/30/2015

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — With its scaly exterior, peculiar body shape and propensity for rolling into an armored ball when threatened, the pangolin has invited comparison to the artichoke and the pine cone.

Independent Online
03/30/2015

Botswana – From burning the billion-rand stickpile of rhino horn to sending military special forces into Mozambique to battle criminal syndicates and turning rhino poachers into farmers, it seems everyone had their own solution to saving South Africa’s rhinos from extinction. 

Yale Environment 360
03/19/2015

Sharks are our seniors by about 450 million years. Yet in the last half century we’ve depleted some populations by 90 percent. 

Ensia
03/18/2015

In 1909, after completing his second term as U.S. president, Theodore Roosevelt led an ambitious expedition across east Africa to shoot specimens for America’s most famous museums. Along with his son Kermit and a handful of naturalists, he collected thousands of animals — everything from elephants to shrews, large raptors to tiny songbirds. The expedition’s bounty was preserved in 4 tons of salt and carried across vast savannas by large crews of African porters, some of whom died along the way.

The China in Africa Podcast
03/18/2015

In February 2015, China announced a one-year ban on ivory imports. While many conservation groups such as the Environmental Investigation Agency denounced Beijing's policy as "ineffective," the San Francisco-based group WildAid said is an important step in the right direction and part of a broader Chinese policy shift towards more progressive wildlife protection laws.

Deutsche Welle
03/17/2015

I remember being fed Chinese medicine as a teenager. With a taste like earthy cough syrup, the bitter brown liquid came in clear plastic packets marked with Chinese characters. I didn’t know what was in it and whenever I asked my mother, I would always get the same answer. “Good, healthy ingredients” she would say, as she forced it into me. Every day for months on end.

She hoped the foul concoction would stimulate growth, but it didn’t seem to work its magic on me: I’m 5’1” (155 cm), which my mother still insists is because I didn’t take enough of the medicine.

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