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  1. "When a poacher steps into a certain wildlife park in Kenya in the middle of the night, a thermal camera at the perimeter notices the action. Then an algorithm automatically identifies that the heat is coming from a person and not a giraffe, and a team of rangers gets an alert. The technology—which World Wildlife Fund started testing in two Kenyans parks in March 2016—has already led to more than 25 arrests. "It allows you to see in total darkness," says Travis Merrell, senior vice president of FLIR, the thermal technology company that donated the equipment to WWF. The cameras can also see through rain, smoke, and fog. In the Mara Conservancy—home to lions, rhinos, elephants, and other threatened or endangered species—the cameras are mounted on trucks. As rangers drive, a screen inside shows movement of both animals and poachers up to a mile away." https://www.fastcoexist.com/3065809/in-kenya-poachers-are-getting-caught-with-thermal-cameras
  2. The Salonga National Park and World Heritage Site will son be co-managed between the ICCN (the institute in charge of the DRC's protected areas) and WWF. It is the third agreement taken between NGO's and the congolese government to manage a national park in the country, after Garamba and Virunga National Parks, as well world heritage sites. Virunga management has been improving a lot in the last years, while it is threatened by rebels, poaching, oil exploration. Garamba is currently administered by APN is another war zone area, where the one of the last big herd of elephants from central Africa is located. Let's hope that WWF will allow all the resources to Salonga in order to protect this huge protected area, larger than Belgium. Salonga suffered in the 80's from massive poaching, it's forest elephant population has almost been wiped out. http://www.wwf-congobasin.org/news/?268670/New-hope-for-Salonga-National-Park-in-DRC Personal notes: it is not the expertise of WWF to manage national parks, I really hope they will efficiently copy the models of Virunga or Garamba to get results immediately. I have the perception that the parks managed by WCS in Nigeria are definitely underfunded, this must not be the case for Salonga.
  3. I've just finished reading an article about worldwide conservation. it's a very long piece, but I persevered and ploughing through helped me link all the otherwise befuddling arguments provided about conservation. It is an objective look at how two approaches to conservation have helped, or not helped, wildlife and nature conservation. here's the link: https://news.mongabay.com/2016/04/big-conservation-gone-astray/?n3wsletter extracting a quote from the article: By Mongabay reporter Jeremy Hance "Borneo, one of the most biodiverse landscapes on the planet, is in ecological crisis. The Bornean rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis harrissoni) — a subspecies of the Sumatran — is on the knife’s edge of extinction; less than 2,000 Bornean pygmy elephants (Elephas maximus borneensis) survive; and the Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus), distinct from the great ape in Sumatra, is being killed by people at a rate as high 4,000 a year. For the possibly hundreds of thousands of other species living on the island much less is known, but their homes — their forests — are falling at one of the highest rates in the world."
  4. http://wcsindia.org/home/2016/04/16/statement-concern-tiger-biologists/ Senior Panthera and WCS scientists are strongly questioning recent reports on tiger population recovery issued by WWF and tiger range countries. This inter-NGOs criticism was already seen in the past but I detect here at least two new elements compared to the past: 1) The statement (and others like this one) was published on the official internet sites and Facebook pages of both the NGOs and are supposed to be backed by their respective organizations - so they are not exactly wild claims by "lone-wolf" scientists, to which we were already used to. 2) They are questioning not just the census, but the aim of the entire project (the doubling of the global tiger population in about 10 years) labelling it and its implementation as "scientifically flawed". It is a very strong stance against WWF and a certain way of doing nature conservation. I think that usually conservation NGOs are unlikely to criticize each other because the public opinion seems perceive them as branches of the same tree and thus this criticism can detrimental for them all. The fact they decided to take a stance clearly indicate how far their positions are and I think that this could be a great occasion for the conservation movement to grow up and evolve. "On Sunday, April 10th, WWF and GTF, ssued a report stating that the world’s wild tiger population was on the rise, and on track for a doubling in a decade. We do not find this report and its implications scientifically convincing." "Using flawed survey methodologies can lead to incorrect conclusions, an illusion of success, and slackening of conservation efforts, when in reality grave concern is called for." "Glossing over serious methodological flaws, or weak and incomplete data to generate feel-good ‘news’ is a disservice to conservation" "tiger recovery rates are slow and not likely to attain levels necessary for the doubling of wild tiger numbers within a decade" "Estimates of tiger numbers for large landscapes and countries currently in vogue in the global media for a number of countries are largely derived from weak methodologies"
  5. Here are the anual report from the TAI project lead by the WWF: http://assets.panda.org/downloads/annual_report_wwf_tigers_alive_initiative_2012.pdf http://www.wwf.se/source.php/1541496/Tigers%20Alive%20Initiative%20Annual%20Report%202013%20-%20low%20resolution.pdf http://tigers.panda.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/AR-2014.pdf
  6. Even if the Amur Leopard sub-specie is still critically endangered, we are on the good way to save this wonderful animal. The Land of Leopard National Park was created in 2012 with a 1,2 M USD anual budget. Camera trap análisis have shown there are more than 65 leopards, an 120% increase since 2007. http://www.wwf.ru/resources/news/article/eng/13166

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