Whale Sharks and Mantas Receive Full Protection in Taiwan

Whale sharks and two species of manta rays will receive new protection under the law in Taiwan beginning June 1, increasing penalties for anyone found guilty of disturbing or capturing the three species. Under Taiwan’s Wildlife Conservation Act, whale sharks, giant oceanic manta rays, and reef manta rays will be uplisted from “rare and valuable” to “endangered,” joining four different shark species, including Sawfishes. Taiwan’s Fisheries Act banned whale shark hunting in 2008 and prohibited the capture of the two species of manta rays in 2017. Taiwan’s new protections for whale sharks are crucial as global populations continue to dwindle due to overfishing, bycatch and demand for shark meat, liver oil and fins. Global populations of giant oceanic manta rays and reef manta rays are unknown but their very slow reproductive rates make them especially vulnerable to rapidly depleted populations. Their gill plates are used in health tonics despite evidence of heavy metal contamination, including Arsenic, Cadmium, Mercury, and Lead.

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The ProAves El Paujil Reserve, located in the Serranía de las Quinchas, in the municipalities of Puerto Boyacá, Bolívar and Cimitarra in the departments of Boyacá and Santander, was created to guarantee the preservation of one of the most vulnerable ecosystems in the Magdalena Medio valley, the tropical humid forest. Nearly 360 bird species have been registered in this place, of which 8 are endemic, 8 almost endemic and 4 are threatened, such as the Blue-billed Paujil (Crax alberti), an endemic species from Colombia and critically endangered. Likewise, in the constant monitoring carried out by the Foundation rangers in the ProAves El Paujil Reserve, populations of Spider Monkeys (Ateles hybridus), a critically threatened species, have recently been observed, moving in groups of between 16 and 20 individuals, made up of 8 females and 4 males and infants.
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China Escalates Crackdown on Wildlife Trade

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, global calls have been intensifying to end the illegal wildlife trade and prohibit sales of live wild animals in markets. At the end of May, the highest echelon of China’s government announced it will strictly enforce recently revamped wildlife protection laws to protect national security. During the recently concluded National People’s Congress (NPC) meeting, Premier Li Keqiang reported there will be “severe punishment for illegal hunting and trading of wild animals.” In a follow-up meeting of the NPC’s Standing Committee, its chairman, Li Zhanshu, announced he will personally lead four teams of inspectors across eight provincial-level regions in China where wildlife trafficking is pervasive.

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The wetlands of Sub-Saharan Africa are home to six of the world’s 15 species of cranes, including resident Grey Crowned, Black Crowned, Wattled and Blue Cranes, and wintering Demoiselle and Eurasian Cranes. These iconic cranes face many threats, fueled by growing demands for land, water, energy and other natural resources throughout Africa. In order to protect the cranes of Sub-Saharan Africa, International Crane Foundation will address large-scale threats that will ultimately benefit far more than cranes, including local communities, economies and other species. In close collaboration with its regional partner, the Endangered Wildlife Trust, their work includes:

  • Reducing the impact of global trade on all African crane species
  • Restoring large floodplains that sustain Wattled Cranes in Southern Africa, and isolated populations in Ethiopia and South Africa
  • Engaging communities in the conservation of Grey Crowned Cranes and their wetland habitats across East and Southern Africa
  • Conserving Blue Cranes on agricultural landscapes in South Africa
  • Understanding and managing Black Crowned Cranes on their breeding grounds in West and Central Africa

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