Myanmar: Villagers in sanctuary learn to live with, protect wild elephants
... Years of elephant incursions have made the villagers [near Bago Yoma Sanctuary, which is home to wild elephants] careful. Usually when elephants enter their fields, they do not confront them but frighten them by setting off firecrackers, which send the beasts scampering back into the jungle.
Villagers usually carry firecrackers when they venture into the forest in case they encounter wild elephants.
The Emergency Elephant Response Unit (EERU) at the elephant camp also helps in preventing human-elephant conflict as well as poaching by installing radio collars around the elephants’ necks to track them ...
Revealed: US moves to keep endangered species discussions secret
The Trump administration is moving to restrict the release of information about its decisions on endangered species, according to a confidential internal document obtained by the Guardian.
It comes as wildlife advocates and scientists accuse the government of attempting to weaken protections for wildlife, including wolves, grizzly bears and sage grouse, while boosting domestic energy production and mining in crucial animal habitat ...
Indonesia: Five bird species lose protections, more at risk in new decree
Five bird species in Indonesia have lost their protected status under a new ministerial decree, issued last month in response to complaints from songbird collectors.
The decree also establishes additional guidelines for birds to be granted protected status, which effectively sets the stage for any species to be dropped from the list if it is deemed of high economic value to the songbird fan community.
Scientists and wildlife experts have criticised the removal of the five species from the protected list and the new criteria for granting protected status.