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Tanzania: Four Chinese charged for rhino horn smuggling
A Tanzanian court has charged four Chinese nationals for smuggling rhino horns, a senior police official said on Wednesday ...
The four Chinese nationals, who were allegedly found in possession of 11 rhino horns, were arraigned in court in the southern Tanzanian town of Mbeya on Tuesday.
"The Chinese nationals were denied bail by the resident magistrate's court and are being held in custody while the hearing of the case continues," Mbeya regional police chief Ahmed Msangi told Reuters by telephone.
"They were charged with economic sabotage, which is a very serious criminal offence in Tanzania."
Full story at uk.reuters.com/article/2015/11/25/uk-tanzania-wildlife-idUKKBN0TE1FC20151125
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13 hours ago ·
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15 hours ago ·
Climate change link to mysterious US snake die-off
The culprit behind a disease that causes raised blisters, crusted-over eyes and snouts, discolored skin patches, and ultimately death in several snake species has been identified. A fungus called Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola is responsible for the snake deaths in the American Midwest and East, researchers now say.
Researchers had suspected O. ophiodiicola was responsible for snake fungal disease (SFD) because they had found the fungus on snakes that died of SFD in the past. But the new study is the first to confirm a link between the fungus and the disease, the researchers said.
The finding documents how the disease progresses in snakes, and may help researchers create strategies to treat infected snakes and mitigate the fungus near vulnerable snake populations, the researchers said.
Wildlife experts first learned about snake fungal disease in 2006, when snakes in New Hampshire began dying after getting serious skin infections. Since then, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has confirmed the disease in at least seven species of snakes in nine states: Illinois, Florida, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
"The loss of certain snake species in eastern North America could have widespread negative impacts on ecosystems," study lead author Jeffrey Lorch, a USGS National Wildlife Health Center scientist, said in a statement. "Pinpointing the SFD-causing fungus can help conserve snake populations threatened by this disease."
... Warming temperatures from climate change may help the fungus grow, he added. These changing temperatures may also make it harder for infected snakes' abilities to recover, "because snake immunity is highly dependent on environmental conditions," Lorch said.
Full story at www.livescience.com/52893-snake-fungal-disease-identified.html
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15 hours ago ·