Wildlife conservation

  1. Could radioactive horns stop rhino poaching?

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    Video caption: Scientists are proposing injecting horns with radioactive material to help detection

    Scientists are proposing injecting horns with radioactive material to make them easier to detect at airports - and to put off buyers

  2. No Mow May: Dorset grass verges 'leading the way'

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    Video caption: Wildlife charity PlantLife says Dorset is at the forefront of roadside conservation.
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    Video caption: Devon hedge laying champion's ancient craft

    Steven McCulloch has won competitions styling hedges but it is the environmental impact he is passionate about.

  4. Volunteers buzzing about making Blackmore Vale hive of activity for bees

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    Video caption: Bere Marsh Farm, in Shillingstone, is creating petal-shaped bee corridors called Beewayzz.
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    Video caption: Conservationists have built an ingenious system to help the endangered Javan slow loris

    Conservationists have built an ingenious system to help the endangered Javan slow loris.

  6. Kenya launching first national wildlife census

    A lion at the Nairobi National Park
    Image caption: Nairobi National Park is on the southern edge of Kenya's capital

    The authorities in Kenya are launching the first ever national wildlife census.

    The exercise will be officially start in eastern Kenya at the Shimba Hills National Reserve on Friday.

    The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said the national wildlife census was aimed at finding out the total number of wild animals and how they were distributed.

    The exercise would also "determine wildlife population trends over time and identify threats to wildlife conservation", the service stated.

    The KWS and the Wildlife Research and Training Institute - an independent organisation that undertakes research in wildlife conservation and management - will be involved.

    The wildlife service manages 55 wildlife parks, reserves and sanctuaries.

    Illegal poaching has reduced the number of elephants and rhinos with conservation efforts increased to protect wildlife.

    Tourism is one of Kenya’s biggest income earner for the government.

  7. Wildlife trade criminals 'have moved to West Africa'

    Thomas Naadi

    BBC News, Accra

    sorting seized pangolin scales at a port in southern Vietnam's Ba Ria Vung Tau province. - Vietnam police have seized more than five tonnes of pangolin scales stashed in a cashew shipment from Nigeria, the government said on May
    Image caption: These pangolin scales, seized in Vietnam in 2019, were stashed in a cashew nut shipment from Nigeria

    Countries in West Africa have been urged to conduct investigations into the money-laundering activities of wildlife traffickers.

    A new report by the Royal United Services Institute, a London-based think tank, has warned that criminals in the wildlife trade have relocated to West Africa from other parts of the continent

    This is in order to take advantage of weak law enforcement and a lack of investigations, the report says.

    In the last few years West Africa has become a major transit point for illegal trade in wildlife - including elephant tusks poached elsewhere in Africa as well as pangolins.

    In 2019 51 tonnes of pangolin scales were exported through Nigeria alone.

    The country has been identified as the top transit point for illegal wildlife trade in the region.

  8. Chris Packham - Naturalist and wildlife campaigner

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    Video caption: Stephen Sackur speaks to Chris Packham, one of the UK’s best-known naturalists.

    Stephen Sackur speaks to Chris Packham, one of the UK’s best-known naturalists and environmental campaigners. Are we humans capable of fundamentally changing our priorities?

  9. Dr Jane Goodall – Founder, The Jane Goodall Institute

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    Video caption: Stephen Sackur speaks to the world-famous conservation activist Jane Goodall.

    Stephen Sackur speaks to activist Jane Goodall who has made a unique contribution to humankind’s understanding of the primates. Can the primates be saved from mass extinction?

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    Video caption: He was inspired by Sir David Attenborough's latest documentary