Today is International Snow Leopard Day, a global observance commemorating the signing of the Bishkek Declaration on the conservation of snow leopards in 2013. The snow leopard has been listed on the IUCN Red List as ‘Endangered’ since 1986, although it recently had its threat status downgraded to ‘Vulnerable'
The Anti-Smuggling Bureau of Customs in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, seized two tiger skins, two leopard skins, 17 snow leopard skins and other illegal wildlife parts. Lhasa has long been a key transit and sales hub for illegal trade in Asian big cat parts and derivatives from animals poached in south Asia
The Conference of the Parties (CoP) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is one of the most high-profile events on the international conservation calendar. EIA campaigners will be attending CoP17 to push for positive outcomes on a number of key campaign issues
As the world’s largest environmental and nature event takes place in Hawaii, conservationists herald the adoption of 85 motions calling on the international community to do more to save endangered species and habitats.
Regardless of an international commitment under a UN treaty to phase them out, tiger farms still operate in China, Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. The tigers in these operations play no conservation role – from either a genetic diversity perspective or an educational perspective