Millions of Tokay Geckos Are Taken From the Wild Each Year. International Protection Could Help Save Them

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Tokay Gecko (c) Christian Gloor

Indonesia raised its captive and export quotas for this over-exploited species, just as new international regulations are about to be discussed. https://therevelator.org/tokay-gecko-trafficking-protection/  August 14, 2019 – by Chris R. Shepherd, Vincent Nijman and Jordi Janssen A popular reptile often found in pet stores is also one of the most heavily traded wildlife species on the planet — perhaps even more than … Read More

Leupen and Shepherd – 2018 – The Critically Endangered Straw-headed Bulbul lacks full legal protection in Indonesia

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The Straw-headed Bulbul Pycnonotus zeylanicus, one of South-East Asia’s most prized songbirds, was reclassified as Critically Endangered in August 2018 (BirdLife International 2018a), meaning that it is now facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild (IUCN 2012). That this reclassification came only two years after its previous reclassification from Vulnerable to Endangered is indicative of the speed of the collapse of the wild populations due to the extreme ongoing anthropogenic pressure faced by the species. The Straw-headed Bulbul, exploited because of its remarkable singing abilities (Jepson & Ladle 2005, Shepherd et al. 2013, Chng et al. 2016, Bergin et al. 2018), is the most soughtafter member of the bulbul family (Nash 1993). Historically the species was found throughout southern Thailand, southern Myanmar, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Borneo, Sumatra and Java (Bergin et al. 2018), but today it is presumed extinct in most of its former range (Shepherd et al. 2013, BirdLife International 2018a). Due to this catastrophic situation, the Straw-headed Bulbul was listed as a first-tier priority species in the recommendations from the first Asian Songbird Trade Crisis Summit, held in Singapore in 2015 (Lee et al. 2016).

Gomez and Shepherd SMOOTH-COATED OTTER Lutrogale perspicillata RECEIVES FORMAL PROTECTION IN INDONESIA, BUT SMALL -CLAWED OTTER Aonyx cinereus DOES NOT

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Abstract: The illegal wildlife trade in Indonesia is a major threat to a long and growing list of species. Otters are no exception and recent research has shown the trade in otters as pets in Indonesia is on the rise. While it is illegal to capture and trade otters from the wild in Indonesia, until recently only two of the … Read More