Animal poaching and smuggling

FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2017, file photo, one of over 100 pangolins and 450 kg (992 lb.) of pangolin scales seized buy the Thailand customs, estimated to be worth over 2.5 million baht (USD $75,278), are displayed during a press conference at the Customs Department headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand. Singapore has seized a total of 25 tons of pangolin scales belonging to tens of thousands of endangered mammals in two busts in less than a week. The scales, which were en route from Nigeria to Vietnam, were found in 474 bags in a shipping container on Monday. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, File)
April 10, 2019 - 10:50 pm
SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore seized more than 28 tons of pangolin scales belonging to around 38,000 of the endangered mammals in the past week, a global record that spurred calls for more protection for pangolins, whose scales are used in traditional medicine. The scales were linked to four species...
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April 08, 2019 - 1:43 pm
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A rhinoceros poacher was stomped to death by an elephant and eaten by lions in a South Africa wildlife preserve, and rangers found just his skull and trousers, authorities said. The man and two others were hunting illegally at Kruger National Park last week when the elephant...
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Denpasar police chief Ruddi Setiawan, center left, holds a two-year-old male orangutan as Russian Andrei Zhestkov, center right, stands during a press conference in Bali, Indonesia on Monday, March 25, 2019. Indonesian authorities have arrested the Russian tourist who was attempting to smuggle a drugged orangutan out of the resort island of Bali, a conservation official said Sunday. Orangutans are listed as critically endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
March 25, 2019 - 9:58 am
DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police said Monday they also found geckos and chameleons in the luggage of a Russian tourist who was arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle a drugged orangutan out of Bali. Andrei Zhestkov was detained late Friday at Bali's international airport after...
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This undated photo provided by Paul Tixier in March 2019 shows a Type D killer whale. Scientists are waiting for test results from a tissue sample, which could give them the DNA evidence to prove the new type is a distinct species. (Paul Tixier/CEBC CNRS/MNHN Paris via AP)
March 07, 2019 - 5:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — For decades, there were tales from fishermen and tourists, even lots of photos, of a mysterious killer whale that just didn't look like all the others, but scientists had never seen one. Now they have. An international team of researchers says they found a couple dozen of these...
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February 19, 2019 - 11:00 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A Tanzanian judge has sentenced a Chinese trafficker who was labeled the "ivory queen" to 15 years in jail after she was convicted of smuggling about 700 elephant tusks. The PAMS Foundation, a conservation group supporting Tanzanian efforts to curb wildlife crime, says the...
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In this photo taken on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, a pangolin looks for food on a private property in Johannesburg, South Africa. As World Pangolin Day is marked around the globe, Saturday, some conservationists in South Africa are working to protect the endangered animals, including caring for a few that have been rescued from traffickers. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
February 16, 2019 - 10:14 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — As World Pangolin Day is marked around the globe, Saturday, some conservationists in South Africa are working to protect the endangered animals, including caring for a few that have been rescued from traffickers. The eighth annual pangolin day is celebrated to raise awareness...
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FILE - In this June 6, 2017, file photo, animal conservation activists hold pictures of elephants being killed for their ivory tusks, outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. Hong Kong customs officers have intercepted a record 8.3 tons of pangolin scales and hundreds of elephant tusks worth more than $8 million combined, underscoring the threat to endangered species from demand in Asia. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
February 01, 2019 - 8:49 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong customs officers have intercepted a record 8.3 tons of pangolin scales and hundreds of elephant tusks worth more than $8 million combined, underscoring the threat to endangered species from demand in Asia. Acting on a tip from mainland Chinese authorities, local officials...
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Customs officers display some of the seized elephant tusks to the media, in Kampala, Uganda Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. Ugandan authorities have seized 750 pieces of ivory and thousands of pangolin scales being smuggled from neighboring South Sudan, in one of the largest seizures of wildlife contraband in the East African country, according to the Uganda Revenue Authority. (AP Photo/Ronald Kabuubi)
February 01, 2019 - 8:18 am
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Officials say a staggeringly large bust of smuggled ivory and pangolin scales in Uganda is worth $3.5 million. Uganda Revenue Authority spokesman Vincent Seruma told reporters on Friday that the intercepted shipment contained more than three tons of elephant tusks and nearly...
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January 31, 2019 - 10:49 am
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan authorities have seized 750 pieces of ivory and thousands of pangolin scales being smuggled from neighboring South Sudan, the revenue agency said Thursday, in one of the largest seizures of wildlife contraband in the East African country. Two Vietnamese nationals are...
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FILE - In this Thursday, June 19, 2014 file photo, a pangolin carries its baby at a Bali zoo in Bali, Indonesia. Their scales _ made of keratin, the same material as in human finger nails _ are in high demand for Chinese traditional medicine, to allegedly cure several ailments, although there is no scientific backing for these beliefs. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati, File)
January 24, 2019 - 5:12 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — When Chinese police found them in the trunk of a smuggler's car, 33 of the trafficked pangolins — endangered scaly mammals from southern China — were still alive, wrapped in plastic bags soaked with their own urine. But the fate of the creatures — whose scales are worth nearly...
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