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Koalas are now ‘functionally extinct’. Here’s what it means

LAST WEEK, the Australian Koala Foundation announced they believe “there are no more than 80,000 koalas in Australia”, making the species “functionally extinct”. While this number is dramatically lower than the most recent academic estimates, there’s no doubt koala numbers in many places are in steep decline. It’s hard to …

World’s biggest bee found alive – BBC News

The world’s biggest bee has been re-discovered, after decades thought lost to science. The giant bee – which is as long as an adult’s thumb – was found on a little-explored Indonesian island. After days of searching, wildlife experts found a single live female, which they photographed and filmed. Known …

Is Vietnam’s ivory trade fuelling the elephant poaching crisis?

VIETNAM’s illegal ivory markets are still thriving, according to a new report by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network. Over two surveys conducted between November 2016 and June 2017, TRAFFIC’s researchers found more than 10,000 ivory items being offered for sale across 852 physical outlets and 17 online platforms. This suggests …

Thailand moves to limit visitors to its marine parks

ASIA’S “Land of Smiles” is really feeling the adverse effects of overtourism. And it seems to have reached a dire stage, jeopardising Thailand’s valuable marine resources. As such, under a plan to protect marine resources from swift deterioration, the country will now cap the number of foreign visitors to its marine …

Thai mogul summoned for poaching endangered leopard

THAI police have summoned the president of the Italian-Thai Development Ltd (ITD) construction company for additional questioning regarding the poaching of endangered species in a wildlife conservation area. Premchai Karnasuta, 63, is the son of Chaiyuth Karnasuta who co-founded ITD, one of the largest construction companies in Thailand. ITD has …