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Philippines Destroy Five Tons Ivory
2013-06-18 15:40:46

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Philippines has announced it will destroy five tons of seized ivory, a major symbolic step for a nation known for playing a major role in the illegal ivory trade. "The destruction of the items would hopefully bring the Philippines' message across the globe that the country is serious and will not tolerate illegal wildlife trade, and denounces the continuous killing of elephants for illicit ivory trade," Mundita Lim, director of...

Man Arrested For Smuggling 14 Percent Of Endangered Tortoise Population
2013-03-31 06:24:50

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A 38-year-old man from Thailand was arrested at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok for attempting to smuggle critically endangered tortoises out of the country. Actually, that´s a bit of an understatement. According to Gizmodo´s Andrew Liszewski, the Bangkok authorities found the man — whom they believe to be part of a global smuggling ring — attempting to make off with 54 ploughshare tortoises...

Ban On Polar Bear Trade Blocked
2013-03-07 16:44:09

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After a long and heated debate, a US-proposed ban on the trade of polar bear parts was voted down on Thursday at a major international conference on wildlife trade. At the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Bangkok, Thailand, the American delegation proposed the polar bear be upgraded to Appendix 1 protection status, which would completely ban the trade or sale of the animal´s pelts, paws or fangs....

Borneo Slow Loris Family Welcomes New Members
2012-12-14 09:14:37

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While studying the elusive nocturnal primate the slow loris in the jungles of Borneo, an international team of scientists discovered an entirely new species. Detailed in the American Journal of Primatology, the team analyzed the distinctive facial fur markings to reveal the existence of this new species. Another two species that were previously considered sub-species are also being officially recognized as unique because of this study....


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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