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Saiga populations have plummeted from millions to under 130,000 © Victor Tyakht

New partnership to protect underdog species from...

Mon, 03/06/2019
Four leading NGOs have joined forces through Restore Species to tackle illegal and unsustainable hunting, trade, and poisoning of animal species worldwide.

New project tackles illegal trade in vulture body...

Wed, 22/05/2019
Across Africa, vultures are being captured and their body parts traded for belief-based use such as traditional medicine. This is putting additional pressure on a group of birds already threatened with extinction. Now, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation is tackling this complex issue head-on.
Lappet-faced Vultures (Endangered) were among the casualties © Andre Botha

Up to 100 vulture deaths prevented by rapid...

Mon, 04/02/2019
On Sunday morning, a wildlife ranger in Nairobi, Kenya discovered 20 dead and 5 critically ill vultures slumped around a poisoned hyena carcass. Despite these tragic casualties, a rapid response protocol set up with the help of BirdLife almost certainly saved the lives of many more.
A Helmeted Hornbill guards its nest, hidden in the tree. © Thipwan / Shutterstock

Saving the Helmeted Hornbill

Tue, 18/12/2018
The Helmeted Hornbill is under threat from a resurgence in demand for carvings made from its solid red casque. The trade is so intense that the bird is now Critically Endangered. Can it be saved?
The Chattering Lory is being captured from the wild in unsustainable numbers © Panu Ruangjan

The 2018 Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference: our...

Wed, 17/10/2018
It’s not just elephants and rhinos: BirdLife’s presence at this last week’s conference in London reminded the world of the birds that also need urgent help. Here are the pledges we made to protect the world’s most targeted birds, including parrots, hornbills and vultures.
The White-headed Vulture can locate an animal carcass from a mile away © Andre Botha

Saving the sentinels of the skies: Kenya's...

Fri, 31/08/2018
For millennia, vultures have aided humans in their role as nature’s rapid-response clean-up crew. Now, Kenya is repaying the favour with a new rapid-response unit to combat vulture poisoning: part of an ambitious project to save Africa’s vultures.

An international plan to save the Helmeted...

Fri, 31/08/2018
Illegal hunting and trade has brought this unique hornbill to the brink. But a new ten-year, range-wide conservation plan will ensure the Helmeted Hornbill has a future outside of China's markets

Caught in the Crossfire: Rhinoceros Hornbill

Tue, 14/08/2018
The Rhinoceros Hornbill has become a victim of poachers, who often mistake the bird for the similar-looking Helmeted Hornbill, whose solid casque is valuable on the black market.
These Chattering Lories were about to be shipped abroad when they were seized by law enforcement © Burung Indonesia

A new action plan to tackle illegal parrot...

Thu, 26/07/2018
In North Maluku, Indonesia, traders are using more and more complex methods to trap and market parrots, and many species are now globally threatened with extinction. BirdLife Partner Burung Indonesia united national parks, conservation groups and police investigators to develop a plan of action.