Forty years after the CITES agreement on endangered species entered into force, wildlife smuggling is at its highest in decades. At the CITES meeting in Bangkok, Thailand pledged to end its illegal trade in ivory.
Nearly 90 elephants have been killed for ivory in Botswana, according to a wildlife charity. But the government has cast doubt on the figure, saying many of the elephants died of "natural causes."
The diamond producer has said its reserve in South Africa is overpopulated with the pachyderms. The move could boost the elephant population in Mozambique, which has one of the highest rates of poaching for ivory.
A month-long operation in May recovered thousands of animals and tons of timber from smugglers and illegal loggers. The operation involved police, customs and wildlife authorities in 92 countries.
Berlin zoologists have succeeded in producing living rhinoceros embryos from stored sperm of the northern white rhinoceros. The breakthrough nourishes hope of bringing the nearly extinct species back to life.
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