How We Are Helping RIGHT NOW: September 2021

How We Are Helping RIGHT NOW: September 2021

As summer comes to one side of the planet and winter arrives on the other, the challenges that animals face every day also change – fierce heat for some, deadly cold for others. This makes each small act of kindness and generosity from our supporters vital in allowing us to keep doing the work we […]

Elephant Appreciation Day

Elephant Appreciation Day

Today is Elephant Appreciation Day – a day to reflect on these great, grey, gentle giants which never cease to evoke a sense of awe in humankind. The more we learn about them, the more we marvel at their social structures, their caring family lives and the sheer wonder of their being. Yet, we are […]

A Word on Vultures, This International Vulture Awareness Day

A Word on Vultures, This International Vulture Awareness Day

Across Africa, Asia and Europe, vultures are in peril – which is bad news, not only for vultures, but for entire ecosystems on which both man and beast depend. Without vultures we will no longer have the vital clean up services these scavengers provide. Vultures play a critical role in protecting humans and animals from […]

How We Are Helping RIGHT NOW: August 2021

How We Are Helping RIGHT NOW: August 2021

It’s been a sobering month for our species – the time of reckoning has come for planet Earth, scientists have warned. Clear evidence now shows that we face a future of extreme climate change, and only immediate and radical reductions of fossil fuel emissions will provide any hope of saving us. Clearly, we have our […]

How We Are Helping RIGHT NOW: July 2021

How We Are Helping RIGHT NOW: July 2021

Around the world, we are faced with catastrophes, from floods in Europe to wildfires in the USA and civil unrest in South Africa. In all these disasters, thousands of animals are affected. It’s for this reason that we at Animal Survival International (ASI) do the work we do. We exist as a voice for the […]

Animal Survival International Condemns the Killing of Prominent Kenyan Environmental Activist

Animal Survival International Condemns the Killing of Prominent Kenyan Environmental Activist

After receiving multiple death threats in the wake of her protests against development in the Kiambu Forest, 67-year-old environmentalist, Joannah Stutchbury, was shot dead near her home on the outskirts of Nairobi last week. A committed champion for environmental conservation in Kenya, Stutchbury was well-known for her relentless and vocal opposition against development and encroachment […]

How We Are Helping Animals RIGHT NOW: June 2021

How We Are Helping Animals RIGHT NOW: June 2021

We’ve changed our name! Political Animal Lobby is now Animal Survival International, with a brand new and absolutely vital mission. For animals, these are desperate times. The impacts of climate change, habitat loss, the destruction of marine ecosystems and a shameful lack of enforcement of international treaties are creating a catastrophic situation for animals, making […]

How we are helping RIGHT NOW: May 2021

How we are helping RIGHT NOW: May 2021

The Political Animal Lobby (PAL) exists to be a voice for animals and the planet. We tackle pressing issues threatening animals around the world. Over the past month, PAL has provided water to drought-stricken elephants in Namibia; kept up the fight to ban snares in the UK; helped a legal battle to save toads in […]

Devastating Cape Town Fire Puts Last Remaining Caracals at Critical Risk

Devastating Cape Town Fire Puts Last Remaining Caracals at Critical Risk

Devastating fires recently tore down the mountainside in Cape Town, South Africa, leaving absolute destruction in its path, destroying 10,000 acres (400 hectares) of habitat and threatening the vulnerable remaining caracal population. An injured, and terribly thin caracal was spotted limping through the ashes of the burned mountainside. Immediately springing into action, the Urban Caracal […]

How we are helping RIGHT NOW: April 2021

How we are helping RIGHT NOW: April 2021

Animals around the globe are in extraordinary peril. From the rampant illegal trade in wildlife, poaching, habitat loss and poor enforcement of wildlife legislation, thousands of species are becoming critically endangered. We need to take heed before it’s too late. If we continue to destroy biodiversity, no life on Earth can survive. The Animal Survival […]

Breakthrough for African Elephant Conservation as Two Distinct Species Are Recognized

Breakthrough for African Elephant Conservation as Two Distinct Species Are Recognized

By Melissa Reitz In a massive breakthrough for elephant conservation, two recent and significant decisions are set to ensure that Africa’s elephants are better protected. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the global authority on the status of natural species and measures needed to safeguard them, has elected to assess African elephants […]

How we are helping RIGHT NOW: March 2021

How we are helping RIGHT NOW: March 2021

The future of the animals in the natural world has never been more in danger. Climate change, habitat destruction and poor enforcement of international wildlife laws have already pushed numerous species to extinction and will continue to do so if we don’t act now! The Animal Survival International (formerly Political Animal Lobby) exists to be a voice […]

Rare Tree-Climbing Lions Under Threat in Famous Ugandan Park

Rare Tree-Climbing Lions Under Threat in Famous Ugandan Park

Six of Uganda’s rare tree-climbing lions have been found dead and dismembered in the famous Queen Elizabeth National Park, in a suspected poisoning incident. The shocking scene revealed the lions with their heads and paws hacked off, and their bodies surrounded by dead vultures, unintended victims of the suspected crime. With a recent spike in […]

COVID Aftermath Knocks Conservation Efforts

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By Louzel Lombard Conservation is the latest casualty of COVID-19, with 22 countries backtracking on anti-poaching efforts and protection of natural areas. The countries, mainly in Africa and Asia, favored developments like road construction and oil and gas extraction in areas designated for conservation, new research by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) […]

In the Race to Save Humanity, the World’s Nations Fail to Meet Co₂ Goals

In the Race to Save Humanity, the World’s Nations Fail to Meet Co₂ Goals

By Melissa Reitz More than half of the world’s nations are failing in efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions to prevent a climate catastrophe, according to a recent United Nations (UN) assessment.In the run up to the Cop26 Climate Summit in November this year, signatories to the Paris Agreement, the international treaty on climate change, […]

The last of Cape Town’s exquisite caracal cats are becoming ROADKILL!

The last of Cape Town’s exquisite caracal cats are becoming ROADKILL!

In South Africa, Cape Town’s famous mountains are home to a small population of caracals – secretive, nocturnal wildcats famous for their golden fur and long, elegant ears. They are exquisitely beautiful… and desperately endangered. Caracals are nocturnal and the area where they cling to their way of life is crisscrossed by poorly lit roads. […]

How we are helping RIGHT NOW: February 2021

How we are helping RIGHT NOW: February 2021

The future of animals and the wilderness they live in has never been more at risk. Climate change, habitat destruction and poor enforcement of international wildlife laws is driving species after species to extinction. We cannot be silent or sit idly by and watch this happen. The Animal Survival International (formerly Political Animal Lobby) exists […]

Sweden to Build Reindeer Bridges in Bid to Protect Its Wildlife

Sweden to Build Reindeer Bridges in Bid to Protect Its Wildlife

By Melissa Reitz As part of a global effort to protect wildlife from busy transport routes, Sweden has pledged to safeguard its reindeer herds by building a series of animal bridges to help the animals safely cross its highways. The “renoducts” (reindeer viaducts) add to a growing number of wildlife crossings and corridors around the […]

Mamma Bear and Her Cub’s Tragic Final Moments Before Being Shot Dead

Mamma Bear and Her Cub’s Tragic Final Moments Before Being Shot Dead

Disturbing video footage of a mother bear and her cub ruthlessly shot to death off the side of a Russian submarine in Kamchatka has outraged animal activists across the globe. The heart-breaking images showed the animals sitting on the nuclear submarine deck docked at a military port in the country’s Far East before being gunned […]

Environmental Disgrace: Australian Minister Chooses Rocks Over Koalas

Environmental Disgrace: Australian Minister Chooses Rocks Over Koalas

Over 123 acres (50 hectares) of land, home to pockets of koala populations in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW), will be destroyed, putting the lives of animals at risk. Federal environment minister Sussan Ley has approved 52 hectares of habitat destruction to expand Brandy Hill quarry in Port Stephens in the Hunter […]

Sri Lankan Elephants Die After Eating Plastic From Rubbish Dumps

Sri Lankan Elephants Die After Eating Plastic From Rubbish Dumps

Plastic pollution has caused the death of several wild elephants in Sri Lanka as they head to toxic landfill sites in search of food. Distressing images and video footage of wild elephants foraging for food on an open garbage dump in Sri Lanka have stunned the world and gone viral on social media. Yet, the […]

South Africa Is the Only Country Where Cheetah Numbers Are Increasing

South Africa Is the Only Country Where Cheetah Numbers Are Increasing

The graceful, shy and highly vulnerable cheetah has been vanishing from its native African savannah grounds at the speed of light. At least, that’s until the Cheetah Metapopulation Project stepped in. Africa’s cheetah population – like so much of the world’s precious wildlife – has been all but annihilated, and it is now listed as […]

Koalas Could Be Extinct by 2050: Why This Loveable Species Is Gripped by Emergency

Koalas Could Be Extinct by 2050: Why This Loveable Species Is Gripped by Emergency

Koalas may not be around much longer. Ravaged by habitat loss, disease, and climatic change, koalas are on a slippery slope to extinction in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW). If urgent action isn’t taken, this iconic species and national treasure could be extinct by 2050. A new report by the parliamentary committee […]

Animal Populations Crash as Our Planet Becomes a Playground for Human Destruction

Animal Populations Crash as Our Planet Becomes a Playground for Human Destruction

Animal populations are disappearing in front of our eyes. Almost 21,000 populations of mammals, fish, birds, reptiles, and amphibians are under massive threat. Our actions are decimating our precious wildlife at such an extraordinary and disturbing rate that a staggering 4,400 species around the globe have declined. Every two years, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) […]

Butterfly Numbers in Britain Plunge With Lowest UK Figures Recorded in 10 Years

Butterfly Numbers in Britain Plunge With Lowest UK Figures Recorded in 10 Years

Where have all our butterflies gone? A record low number of butterflies in Britain illustrates the dangerous state of wildlife in the United Kingdom (UK). Scientists are baffled over the figures tallied at the Annual Big Butterfly Count that took place in July and August. Each year, communities gather to count butterflies in parks, gardens, […]

Iconic Wildlife Become Casualties of Human Conflict in War-Torn Burkina Faso

Iconic Wildlife Become Casualties of Human Conflict in War-Torn Burkina Faso

A brutal combination of war, poverty, and corruption is shattering wildlife populations across Burkina Faso. Natural reserves, home to some of the most iconic animals on earth, have become a battle zone ravaged by militants, armed rebels, drug cartels, and poachers. The situation is dire. Civil unrest has made it difficult for environmentalists to protect […]

Cold-Blooded Cruelty Sees Frogs Wiped Out in the Wild and Tortured to Death

Cold-Blooded Cruelty Sees Frogs Wiped Out in the Wild and Tortured to Death

Imagine being forced from your home and taken to a place of torture. Imagine your arms and legs hacked off while you are still alive. Imagine watching the same fate happen to your friends and family. Imagine being left for hours to suffer, while your killer laughs with no remorse. For frogs, this horror is […]

South African Wildlife Under Government Assault, Humans Under Threat

South African Wildlife Under Government Assault, Humans Under Threat

Amid a global pandemic, when the dangers of eating wildlife have never been more apparent, South Africa plans to declare an outrageous legislation that requires urgent intervention. Wildlife will no longer be treated as living beings, only commodities valued for nothing but livestock and meat. This is according to a shocking revision to the Meat […]

Conservation Organizations, Wildlife Under Threat as Tourism Collapses During Worldwide Lockdowns

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Conservation organizations protecting critically endangered species face closure worldwide. This follows the collapse of the tourist industry with lockdowns in place globally to control the spread of COVID-19. Many organizations who work to protect threatened ecosystems and species depend on revenues from ecotourism to fund their conservation activities. Most of them work in resource-rich countries […]

Last of the Mhorr Gazelles Dies in Tunisia, Another Species Extinct

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The last of the Mhorr gazelles has died, and the species has been snuffed from life in the wild and declared extinct in Tunisia. The Tunisia Wildlife Conservation Society (TWCS) reported that the gazelle, which lived in the Bou-Hedma National Park in Tunisia, died of natural causes. The Mhorr or Dama gazelle, once common in […]

Cartoon Illustrated by Matt Pritchett – Telegraph Cartoonist

Cartoon Illustrated by Matt Pritchett - Telegraph Cartoonist

Matt Pritchett’s cartoons delight readers each day. Matt is a Telegraph institution, and his witty sketches are a vital part of the newspaper. In his newsletter, the enormously popular cartoonist explains just what inspires him each day, and shares an extra, unseen cartoon, which will not have been published anywhere else. For more cartoons from […]

South African Wildlife Under Government Assault, Humans Under Threat

South African Wildlife Under Government Assault, Humans Under Threat

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The World’s Most Trafficked Animal Is on the Verge of Extinction

The World’s Most Trafficked Animal Is on the Verge of Extinction

Pangolins are under threat. Their extinction is imminent and once again it’s all thanks to mankind. More than one million pangolins have been poached or trafficked in the last decade alone and this lucrative business is thriving. In some parts of the world pangolins are beaten and suffocated with smoke, then boiled alive. Some restaurants […]