IUCN Species of the Day: Spoon-Billed Sandpiper

  Photo credit: Zheng Jianping  The Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Eurynorhynchus pygmeus, is listed as ‘CRITICALLY ENDANGERED’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM.  It breeds in north-eastern Russia and winters in Bangladesh, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand and some other areas of Continue Reading

IUCN Species of the Day: Mekong Giant Catfish

  Photo credit: Zeb Hogan The Mekong Giant Catfish, Pangasianodon gigas, is classified as ‘CRITICALLY ENDANGERED’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™.  It is the world’s largest freshwater fish and is found only in the parts of the Continue Reading

1.4 tonnes of ivory seized in Thailand= 120 Massacred Elephants

It has just been released by Thai authorities that customs officers at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport seized almost 1.4 tonnes of elephant ivory tusks, officials in Thailand announced yesterday. Acting on a tip-off, Customs officers discovered 296 African Elephant tusks weighing Continue Reading

Prestigious International Conservation Award Given to Thailand’s Environment Minister

Suwit Khunkitti, Thailand’s Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, has been named the winner of the 2009 J. Paul Getty Award for Conservation Leadership. He is being honored for his efforts to eliminate illegal wildlife trade, save tigers, elephants and Continue Reading

Update on Thailand’s Largest Ivory Bust….I was not Shocked… but I Grieved….Interview with Thailand’s Director of Clearance Customs Bureau

“Was I shocked? No. But I grieved for the grisly fate of those elephants,” says Tanat Suvattanametakul. Last week we made a posting about the largest Ivory seizure in Thailand to date. This is an update to that article interviewing Continue Reading