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Major Illegal Tiger Skin Trader Arrested in Indonesia

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Major Illegal Tiger Skin Trader Arrested in Indonesia
(December 15, 2015) New York (December 15, 2015) – The Criminal Investigation Division of the Indonesian National Police and the WCS’s Wildlife Crimes Unit (WCU) announced today an enforcement action against a major tiger skin trader and an intermediary who offered tiger skin products to potential buyers. Both were  arrested in Jakarta, on December 11, 2015. The trader has been selling tiger skin products and other protected wildlife to suppliers and buyers located in Java, Bali, and Sumatra. He is...

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Poop Scoop: Estimating Population Size of Sumatran Elephants in Way Kambas

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Poop Scoop: Estimating Population Size of Sumatran Elephants in Way Kambas
(August 12, 2015) The status of Sumatran Elephant has been escalated from endangered into critically endangered by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List in 2012. This mostly because the Sumatran Elephants have significant reduction in population number as indicated by the loss of over 69% of its potential habitat in just one generation (the last 25 years). Currently, all elephants in West Sumatra have been extirpated, nine populations in Lampung have been lost, and six out of nine fore...

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Indonesian National Police Seize Major Shipment of Pangolins, Arrest Smuggler

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Indonesian National Police Seize Major Shipment of Pangolins, Arrest Smuggler
(April 27, 2015) NEW YORK (April 27, 2015) – The Indonesian National Police’s Criminal Investigation Division (BARESKRIM MABES POLRI), the Government of Indonesia, and the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Wildlife Crimes Unit (WCU) today announced the seizure of a shipment of pangolins headed to China and valued at approximately 1.8 million US dollars (USD). The pangolin smuggler involved in the case has been arrested.  This is the largest case of pangolin smuggling in Indonesia since 2008...

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Major Tiger Trader Busted in Indonesia—Faces 5 Years in Prison and $10,000 USD Fine

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Major Tiger Trader Busted in Indonesia—Faces 5 Years in Prison and $10,000 USD Fine
(February 11, 2015) Tiger middleman arrested selling endangered Sumatran tiger parts and protected wildlife including a stuffed tiger, a stuffed Javan leopard, and four stuffed sambar deer Arrests made by South Sumatra Military Police, South Sumatra Provincial Natural Resource Conservation Office, with technical assistance from WCS’s Wildlife Crimes Unit Wildlife Crimes Unit connects two middlemen that operated in Jakarta and Southern Sumatra Suspect allegedly sold 100 stuffed tigers over last ...

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Indonesian Mountain Weasel’s Activity Recorded for the First Time by Camera Trap

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Indonesian Mountain Weasel’s Activity Recorded for the First Time by Camera Trap
(February 04, 2015) For the first time, Indonesian Mountain Weasel which is little known in distribution, population and ecology was documented through camera trap in Leuser, Sumatra. Mountain weasel (Mustela leutrolina), the small carnivore, was recorded on February 15, 2013, in Leuser Ecosystem Area through camera trapping activity by Gunung Leuser National Park (TNGL) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Indonesia. Previously, until 2008 there were only five records of mountain weasel in the form of specimen ...

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