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Thailand: Seizure of rhino horn valued at US$5M biggest in years, customs officials say

Thai customs have confiscated 21 rhino horns with an estimated value of nearly $5 million in the biggest such seizure in Thailand for years, officials said on Tuesday.

Thailand has become a major transit point for the trade in endangered species to other Asian countries.

Malawi: Here and elsewhere in Africa, drones now part of anti-poaching arsenal, but many wrinkles remain to be ironed out

LIWONDE, Malawi — Night has fallen at Liwonde National Park, but the trespassers are clearly visible. Three hundred feet in the air, a thermal camera attached to a BatHawk drone tracks their boat, a black sliver gliding up the luminous gray Shire River.

Russia: At Lake Baikal WH site, signs of shift toward sustainability, but residual problems, new Chinese tourist boom complicate things

BAYKALSK, Russia — Toilets are the talk of Lake Baikal these days, at least among the ecologically minded.

Nicaragua: Illegal cattle ranching going uncontrolled in Bosawás BR

BOSAWÁS BIOSPHERE RESERVE, Nicaragua – To get to Napoleón’s house requires traveling on a gravel road near Siuna on a mule. It is the last dwelling before penetrating the core zone of the Bosawás Biosphere Reserve in northeastern Nicaragua, the largest forest reserve in Central America and the third largest in the world.

Zinke pledges restructuring of Interior

WEST GLACIER – Nine days into his new job, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told a roomful of Glacier National Park rangers he plans a major restructuring of the agency.

Study: More biodiversity, better population structure inside new SoCal MPAs

A new report finds early signs that California’s unique network of marine protected areas is successfully protecting and rebuilding marine life.

Family groups, USNPS work together to tell story of people evicted from Shenandoah NP

Sherman Shifflett’s father was a true mountain man: rugged, resourceful and resilient.

As northern forests become transformed by climate change, PA managers face new set of decisions

DULUTH, Minn. — Many trees common in forests across the eastern U.S., including Minnesota and Wisconsin, won’t be able to keep up with the current pace of climate change, according to a new study by the Woods Hole Research Center.

Brazil: Proposal would downsize 4 PAs and eliminate another

A proposal under review by the Brazilian government aims to shrink four protected areas in the Amazon and eliminate another area entirely, Greenpeace says. If approved, the bid would put more than a million hectares of rainforest at risk to deforestation.

Lesser figures in Malheur NWR takeover convicted on variety of charges

A federal jury Friday delivered a split verdict in the second Oregon standoff trial, finding two defendants guilty of conspiracy in the takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge but acquitting two others of the same charge.

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