CITES lists all
species under threat in its Appendix I, II and III, I
being most serious. We have indicated on this site the endangered
rating of all species named.
new organisation to tackle wildlife crime has been launched
in the UK.
The National Wildlife Crime Unit will concentrate particularly
on the trade in endangered species, estimated to be worth
about £3bn a year worldwide.
Environment Minister Michael Meacher said the unit would
target "big time" criminals who were "pushing
some of our most endangered species ever closer to extinction"."Wildlife
crime is a specialist area of crime which needs a specialist
and co-ordinated response."
"This new unit will keep Britain at the forefront of
global efforts to tackle wildlife crime. We have to step
up our battle to beat the wildlife bandits - from bird egg
thieves to tiger and rhino poachers," Meacher said.
Geographic have joined forces with the WWF in Tiger 2000 to
highlight the problems still facing tigers. Tigers still face
an uncertain future. Poaching still exists to feed the illegal
wildlife trade in tiger bone, skins and even tigers as exotic
pets. Since before the 19th century people have hunted tigers.
In the 1800's thousands of tigers were killed, causing a rapid
decline in their populations. Records show the population
fell from 100,000 at the turn of the last century to about
4,000 in the 1950's.
analysis of data in TRAFFIC's Bad Ivory Database System
provides some indication of the movement of illegal ivory
around the world. Data from major seizures involving more
than 52 tonnes of ivory from 26 countries between 1989 and
1996 show that 18.8 tonnes were directed towards Asian destinations.
Japan continues to be a destination for illegal shipments
of raw ivory, semi-worked ivory blocks, the semi-processed
blanks used to produce hankos, and worked ivory products.
From 1989 through 1992, Japanese law enforcement authorities
seized 12 such shipments. In 1997, seizures in Japan included
raw tusks and 13,800 semi-worked ivory blocks coming from
Society's International Conservation program oversees field
conservation projects in over 50 countries involved in gathering
information, training conservation professionals and protecting
and managing wildlife.
WCS has more than 300 field projects throughout Africa,
Asia, Latin America, and North America.
of the Wildlife Conservation Society and help support our
worldwide conservation efforts.
worldwide by its panda logo, The World Wildlife Fund is
the world's largest independent conservation organisation
with over 4 million supporters and a global network active
in some 100 countries. WWF's mission is to protect nature
and the biological diversity that we all need to survive.
is an independent organisation and has become a principle
source of global biodiversity information. The website provides
information on endangered species and their status.
dolphins, and porpoises are fascinating to many people.
It may be because of their size or because of their activities
that can seem so playful or because of the attention that
has been focused on human threats to these animals. The
whales, dolphins, and porpoises are in an order known as
cetaceans. These creatures of the sea are mammals just like
humans. They breath air. They are warmblooded. They bear
live young called calves which are nursed by their mothers.
are currently seven species of cetaceans in U.S. waters
that are protected under the Endangered Species Act.
whales became endangered because they were hunted so heavily
that the populations were severely reduced. During the 19th
century, whales were hunted primarily for oil and baleen.
Before the advent of electricity, many American homes were
lighted with whale oil. As recently as twenty years ago,
products from whales were used for everything from machine
oil to women's cosmetics. Because of the passage of the
Marine Mammal Protection Act in 1972, it became illegal
to import products containing materials from whales.