Category: Asia

biodiversity

Denies Trade In Tiger Bones China has for the first time admitted in public that it permits trade in skins from captive tigers, according to participants and officials at a meeting of an international convention to protect endangered species. They said the Chinese authorities had never before reported this to the Convention on International Trade […]

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elephant conservation

Habitat Loss Threatens All Elephants At a time when tens of thousands of elephants across Africa are being slaughtered to feed the Chinese appetite for ivory, it turns out the best place to be a wild elephant may be here in the tropical forests of southwest China. Over the past two decades, the number of Asiatic […]

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biodiversity and endangered species

Biodiversity Vanishing With Deforestation Although this judgement is a move in the right direction, orangutans, tigers and elephants on Sumatra are under siege. There might be 400 tigers left, but it could be as low as 100. There might be a few thousand orangutans left on Sumatra. Who really knows anymore. These animals are an […]

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biodiversity

Tiger Survival Depends On India There are fewer than 2,500 tigers left in the wild of Asia and most of them are in India. Unfortunately, the country lost 63 of them to poachers and natural causes in 2013. In 2012, the country lost 72 wild tigers. Compounding the problem, the nation lost 12,000 square kilometers of […]

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biodiversity

Tiger Habitat Under Siege As India’s tiger population dwindles more each year due to poaching and habitat loss, tiger tourism is picking up. With a single safari in Tadoba now costing a minimum Rs 4,100 on weekdays and Rs 4,600 on holidays and weekends, the park management has thought of providing a mini bus for […]

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biodiversity

Tiger Habitat Under Attack In Malaysia A major premise of biology, as any high-schooler can tell you, is the study of the connections between organisms. Perhaps nowhere is there a better example of this than in Malaysia, where the population of endangered Malayan tigers (Panthera tigris jacksoni) is being undercut by dwindling prey. A recent […]

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health and sustainability

Wounded Elephants Find Peace There are two dozen of us bathing elephants in the silty river. Some young Canadian women, on break from nursing school, take turns photographing each other wading into the current with the five chang, the Thai word for elephant. Farther down the bank, an Irishman who forgot his swimsuit and can’t […]

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health and sustainability

The Cove Each year from September to May more than 20,000 dolphins are slaughtered in Japan. Fishermen round them up by the hundreds using sound barriers to disorient and drive the frantic pods into hidden lagoons like the one featured in The Cove. Bottlenose dolphins, especially ones that look like Flipper, are pre-selected by trainers and […]

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biodiversity

Siberian Tigers Caught In The Crossfire There may be only 350-500 Amur, or Siberian tigers, left roaming the forests of Russia’s far eastern border with China. The largest of all the living cats is now so rare, says Sergei Bereznuk, who has led anti-tiger poaching groups for 17 years, that he has seen far more […]

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biodiversity

Travel Guide Benefits Indonesia’s Wildlife Indonesia has some of the most extensive biodiversity on the planet, including the world’s second-largest rainforest. Unfortunately, this island nation is growing so fast that its natural wonders are collapsing— with the thousands of creatures that call these gems home. To help draw global attention to the problem, while promoting […]

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