How is Africa’s wildlife faring? Last year there were a number of significant actions taken on behalf of, and new data released about, many of Africa’s iconic species. What follows is a brief summary of these developments.
Chinese officials recently made the largest pangolin parts bust in the country’s history, on Dec. 10, 2016. Authorities in Shanghai seized 3.1 tons of pangolin scales—estimated to represent 5,000 to 7,500 individual animals.
Today, China announced it would ban its domestic ivory trade by the end of 2017. The following is a statement by African Wildlife Foundation CEO Patrick Bergin in response to the news.
Cheetahs may be much closer to extinction than was previously thought, a new study revealed earlier this week.
The giraffe is now vulnerable to extinction, according to the latest update to IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species. The update moves the giraffe from its previous designation of “least concern” to the “vulnerable” category, affirming that one of Africa’s most beloved wildlife species is being threatened by extinction. IUCN, a widely recognized authority on the status of the natural world, made the announcement during the 13th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity.