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Nepal celebrates two years free from rhino poaching
It may be just another Monday for most of us, but today is a big day for the rhinos of Nepal, marking two years since the last Indian rhinoceros was killed in the mountainous nation.
... Nepal had its first zero poaching year in 2011 and has had three 365-day stretches with no poaching since then, giving its 645 rhinos some breathing room. Last year, the herd grew by 21 percent. It’s a bright spot in the bleak world of rhino conservation: In 2015 Africa lost a record 1,338 rhinos to poachers and in India’s Kaziranga National Park, which is one of the last strongholds of rhinos on the subcontinent, poaching is still common.
Full story at www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nepal-celebrates-two-years-free-rom-rhino-poaching-180958970/
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Thailand: Officials battle Buddhist monks over tigers’ fate
... Part Buddhist monastery and part petting zoo, the Tiger Temple in western Thailand has long been the bane of conservationists and animal rights activists who accuse it of abuse and exploitation even as it offers tourists an Edenesque wildlife fantasy.
Now, after complaints of trafficking in endangered species, the government is trying to shut down the attraction. But there are two major obstacles: the temple, which has gone to court to block the closing, and the tigers. What do you do with nearly 150 carnivorous cats raised in captivity?
The government began removing the tigers this year but was ordered to stop after the lawsuit was filed in February. Until the case is resolved, the fate of the tigers is mired in a legal standoff that pits wildlife officials, conservationists and Thailand’s military government against a wealthy tourist enterprise backed by influential Buddhist monks.
Read in full at www.nytimes.com/2016/05/02/world/asia/thailand-tiger-temple.html
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