Jani Actman

Q&A: Bushmeat Trade Threatens Wildlife and People

From rats to monkeys, all kinds of wild animals in Africa are poached for their meat. The rural poor in Africa have long consumed bushmeat for subsistence. But recent years have brought an increase in the amount of bushmeat sold ...

Thailand Suspends Exports of Seahorses

Set foot in any beach town and you might see paintings of seahorses hanging in a restaurant or plastic seahorse toys sold in stores. The mythical creatures are used as symbols of marine life around the world. Seahorses, easily recognized ...

World Governments Vote to Ban International Trade in Barbary Macaques

A proposal to ban the international trade in barbary macaques sailed through a committee meeting Wednesday here in Johannesburg, South Africa, where government representatives belonging to the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Flora and Fauna (CITES) have come ...

Live Elephant and Rhino Trade Debated at Wildlife Convention

More than 500 live white rhinos and 20 live African elephants have been exported between 2010 and 2014 from range states to countries around the world. Swaziland recently exported elephants to the United States, and Zimbabwe sent elephants to China. White rhinos have been ...

Barbary Macaques Could Gain Protection from Pet Trade

The barbary macaque is the most frequently seized, live, CITES-listed mammal in the European Union. Ever heard of it? It’s a monkey found in Gibraltar and the northern African countries of Morocco and Algeria—the only primate (besides humans) ...

Shark Fins on Display at CITES

Shark fins and gill plates of devil and manta rays are both hot commodities on the international black market. In Asia some people use the fins to make soup, considered a delicacy. The gill plates, which help the rays filter ...

World Wildlife Convention Kicks Off in Johannesburg

One of the world’s most important conservation events kicked off today in Johannesburg, South Africa—the triennial meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES), the international treaty that regulates the wildlife ...