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Dominica’s beloved wildlife still shaky a year after Maria

ROSEAU: 'Sad' parrots and 'stressed-out' frogs might be unlikely contenders for concern in the aftermath of a catastrophic natural disaster. But the fate of two of Dominica's most prized species are still a source of worry a year after Hurricane Maria tore apart the tiny Caribbean island. Dominica's famously lush forests are slowly coming back to life after the worst destruction in the country's history, prompting a return of the intriguing creatures that call them home. The sisserou parrot and the mountain chicken…

Woman ate endangered animals to make YouTube money

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia: A Cambodian woman sparked outrage countrywide after she filmed herself skinning, cooking and eating endangered animals in order to earn money on YouTube. She was later arrested by the authorities. Named, Ah Lin Tuch – the woman drew strong criticism on the social media worldwide and her home country in particular over choice of food as she presented a ‘survivalist’ life. According to the Sun UK, the woman ate; an endangered fishing, cat, a large lizard, several protected species of birds, a king…

How humans are limiting animal movements

Humans change entire landscapes – by building cities and roads, by farming land and by exploiting natural resources. What effects does this have on animals and their habitats? Using the GPS location data of more than 800 animals, a team of scientists was able to prove a reduction in animal movements in areas with a high human footprint. Movements of mammals in areas with a high human footprint were found to be on average one half to one third the extent of their movements in areas with a low human footprint. The…

American national hunts rare markhor in Chitral

CHITRAL: An American hunter of Pakistani origin, Saeedullah Khan Paracha, hunted a rare specie markhor with 47-inch long horns in Chitral. Paracha hunted the animal under trophy hunting permit issued by the local wildlife department in mountainous terrain of Chitral and paid the licence fee of 120,000 US dollars for the purpose. Markhor is a large specie of wild goat listed as 'near threatened'. It is also the national animal of Pakistan. According to Divisional Forest Office (DFO), Wildlife Chitral, the markhor…

‘Sixth extinction’ of wildlife faster than feared: scientists

PARIS: The sixth mass extinction of life on Earth is unfolding more quickly than feared, scientists have warned. More than 30 percent of animals with a backbone -- fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals -- are declining in both range and population, according to the first comprehensive analysis of these trends. "This is the case of a biological annihilation occurring globally," said Stanford professor Rodolfo Dirzo, co-author of a study published on Monday in the peer-reviewed US journal, Proceedings of the…

Govt chalks out comprehensive strategy for wildlife protection

ISLAMABAD: The government has chalked out a comprehensive strategy for protection of wildlife and natural habitats of the country, Secretary Ministry of Climate Change Syed Abu Ahmad Akif said on Saturday. “A Rs750 million program has been launched for capacity building and strengthening of institutions engaged in wildlife protection at federal and provincial levels,” he said. He said National Council for Conservation of Wildlife has been revived for regulating and implementing the steps taken by the government for…

Climate change shows in shrinking Antarctic snows

Vast icy rock peaks tower above Argentina's Carlini research base in Antarctica. But scientists who have worked there for decades say the glaciers are less icy than they once were. For international experts stationed at the base, the frozen southern continent is a good gauge of climate change. "When I used to come to Antarctica in the 1990s, it never used to rain," said Rodolfo Sanchez, director of the Argentine Antarctic Institute (IAA). "Now it rains regularly -- instead of snowing," he told AFP during an…

How our shopping habits hurt endangered species

PARIS: The hidden danger to wildlife posed by imported consumer goods -- an expresso coffee in Beijing, a tofu salad in Chicago -- can now be pinpointed and measured, researchers said on Wednesday. Crunching huge amounts of data, they unveiled a global "threat map" detailing the impact on endangered species of exports to the United States, China, Japan and the European Union. To procure beans for that coffee or tofu, for example, forests have been cleared in Sumatra, Indonesia and in Brazil's Mato Grosso, adding…

Cheetahs ‘sprinting’ towards extinction: wildlife study

LONDON: Cheetahs are "sprinting" to extinction due to habitat loss and other forms of human impact, according to a new study out this week which called for urgent action to save the world's fastest land animals. Cheetah numbers in Zimbabwe have plunged by more than 85 percent in 16 years and fewer than 50 individuals survive in Iran, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) warned. The report's authors said cheetahs should be listed as "Endangered" instead of "Vulnerable" on the…

Chitral holds wildlife workshop to protect rare species

CHITRAL: Three-days of training workshop and three-day field visit on capacity building of Wild Life staff and community representatives in Rules & Regulations under Khyber Pahtoonkhwa (KP) Wildlife Act 2015 concluded. At the end of training workshop certificate distribution ceremony was also held at Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Wildlife Division Chitral Office. District Nazim Chitral Maghfirat Shah was chief guest on the occasion while the ceremony was also attended by DFO Muhammad Saleem Khan Marwat, community…