NY Antique Dealer Jailed for Rhino Horn & Ivory Products

This is indeed good news, but sadly still a drop in the ocean. A New York antiques dealer was sentenced on 5 December 2013 for conspiracy to smuggle Asian artefacts made from rhino horns and ivory. The antiques dealer, Qiang Wang, was sentenced to three years and one month with a further three years supervised release by a United States federal court. This followed his arrest  in February 2013 as a result of “Operation Crash”, an ongoing nationwide effort led by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) and the Justice Department to detect, deter and prosecute those engaged in the illegal killing […]

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Reefs In recovery

Coral Reefs have the ability to regenerate should they ever be damaged by storms or any other naturally occurring event. However as the ocean changes as a result of things like warming and acidification it becomes more difficult for coral reefs to recover. Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg talks more about this issue in the latest Seaview Science video.

Protect Africa’s Oldest National Park

Virunga, Africa’s oldest national park needs your help. Today WWF has launched a global campaign to protect Virunga. We need to keep an oil company, Soco International PLC (Soco), out of the park and stop it from exploring for oil. Add your name We want to show Soco that the public won’t stand for any threats to the world’s most incredible treasures. You can help us by adding your name to show you draw the line at the exploitation of Virunga National Park. Virunga, on the eastern edge of the Democratic Republic of Congo, is Africa’s oldest national park and […]

Seize Your Power With WWF

We believe our future can, and should, be powered by nature. The energy systems in place across the planet within the next four years will define the world’s climate change path for generations. All countries have a right to develop, yet we need to invest money now in clean and renewable energy – to limit dangerous climate change, to reduce the risk to human health from fossil fuels, to fast-track access to energy, and to safeguard our collective future. We call on financial institutions and governments worldwide to act immediately to invest more in sustainable energy powered by wind, water […]

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Mapping The World’s Coral Reefs

The world’s reefs are in a dramatic state of decline – we’ve lost over 40% of corals over the last 50 years due to pollution, destructive fishing and climate change. According to the scientific community the decline is set to continue, it will affect 500 million people globally who rely on coral reefs for food, tourism income and coastal protection. A passionate and specialised team of marine biologists, fixers, communication specialists, scuba divers, underwater robot operators, multi-media and technology experts have undertaken an ambitious project to monitor this change over time. The Catlin Seaview Survey is in the process of creating a […]

Thailand moves to Ban Ivory Trade

At the opening of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Bangkok, Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra pledged to start a legislative process to end ivory trade in Thailand. This came after more than 1.5 million signatures were collected calling on Thailand to ban its trade in ivory, and is the first time the Thai government has made a public statement on the matter. As a next step we will forward amending the national legislation with the goal of putting an end on ivory trade and to be in line with international norms. […]

Live Whale Songs From Hawaii

The gurgles, whistles, and squeaks of humpback whales singing off Hawaii’s island shores can now be heard live, courtesy of underwater microphones placed near Puako, Hawaii by the Jupiter Research Foundation. – Wired Science It is thought that male humpbacks will sing for hours to attract their mates. Their day-long songs consist of “repeating low-frequency notes and melodies” that are audible many kilometers away. The females don’t sing but do communicate vocally.          

Advantage Tours & Charters

St Lucia Tours t/a Advantage was established in 1991, holding a permit for boat based whale watching since 1998. In this year they also launched their Hippo & Croc estuary boat cruises, having been granted an operating permit from KZN Wildlife. As an iSimangaliso Concessionaire in St Lucia ideally places Advantage within the greater iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Having their own boat building company has enabled them to locally manufacture their boats to their own custom specs, creating much needed employment in the process. According to Lesley Sawyer of the Whale Shop, St Lucia: We offer Hippo & Croc Tours on […]