Three Baby Chimps Kidnapped and Held for Ransom in DRC

Three Baby Chimps Kidnapped and Held for Ransom in DRC

Is this the new trend in animal wildlife crime? An animal sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been hit with a ransom demand after three of its baby chimpanzees were kidnapped, reports CNN.com. “This is the first time in the world that baby apes were kidnapped for ransom,” Franck Chantereau, founder of […]

Wildlife Trafficker Abdi Ahmed Extradited to the United States

Wildlife Trafficker Abdi Ahmed Extradited to the United States

Notorious Kenyan wildlife trafficker Abdi Ahmed has been extradited to the United States (US) on multiple counts of wildlife trafficking, according to the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP). Ahmed was the final escaped member of a prominent wildlife traffic syndicate wanted in the U.S. for trafficking substantial amounts of ivory and rhino horn, […]

Caught in a snare, ‘Najam’ the lioness suffered horribly for FOUR DAYS. We can save wild animals from snares. <u><strong>Please, will you help us</u>?</strong>

Caught in a snare, ‘Najam’ the lioness suffered horribly for FOUR DAYS. We can save wild animals from snares. <u><strong>Please, will you help us</u>?</strong>

Snares are one of the world’s oldest and cruelest devices for killing animals. Usually, the animal dies slowly, after days or weeks of suffering. Recently, ‘Najam’, a magnificent two-year-old lioness in Zimbabwe, was spotted with a steel snare cutting through her mouth and tearing through her cheeks. The slipknot was lodged in her throat, making […]

Rhino Poaching Surges in Namibia

Rhino Poaching Surges in Namibia

Namibia is currently experiencing an alarming surge in rhino poaching, with the number of poached rhinos reaching 48 this year, according to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Tourism. Of these, 32 were critically endangered black rhinos and 16 were near-threatened white rhinos. “Poaching has become more prevalent in private farms as […]

How We Are Helping RIGHT NOW: July & August 2022

How We Are Helping RIGHT NOW: July & August 2022

Animal Survival International (ASI) is a crusading force for the benefit of animals and the planet. This is how your donations made a difference in July and August.   Eastern Cape, South Africa Saving giraffes from starvation and disease by relocating them to a new home On a small piece of land in South Africa’s […]

The UK’s Leading PM Candidate Refuses to Embrace Animal Welfare – But Her Opponent Will

The UK’s Leading PM Candidate Refuses to Embrace Animal Welfare – But Her Opponent Will

The Guardian last week reported that Liz Truss, would-be successor to outgoing British prime minister Boris Johnson, has refused to protect animal welfare in post-Brexit trade deals. This according to environment secretary George Eustice, who says that Truss’s rival, Rishi Sunak, has made it clear he would not compromise on welfare standards. “It is fair […]

Cheetah Reintroduction in Malawi Encourages the Return of Vultures

Cheetah Reintroduction in Malawi Encourages the Return of Vultures

Four critically endangered vulture species have returned to the Liwonde National Park in Malawi, after having not been seen there for more than 20 years. The birds’ resurgence is credited to the successful reintroduction of cheetahs and lions, as the predators’ prey remains increase food availability for vultures. In 2017, seven cheetahs were relocated to […]

The TORTURE – the BRUTALITY – endured by tortoises is BEYOND BELIEF!

The TORTURE - the BRUTALITY - endured by tortoises is BEYOND BELIEF!

Right now, a group of critically endangered tortoises are in danger of starving to death after being rescued from the illegal wildlife trade in Africa. With your help, we can urgently get food to them so they survive this ordeal and bring hope to their entire species. Please, help us right now. In Madagascar, tortoises […]

Rhino Poaching Worsens in South Africa as 259 Slain in First Half of 2022

Rhino Poaching Worsens in South Africa as 259 Slain in First Half of 2022

South Africa’s Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DFFE) reports that 259 rhinos have been slaughtered in the first six months of this year in the country – already 10 more than for the same period last year. Of these, 82 were killed in the Kruger National Park, the country’s largest state-owned park. According to […]

Pangolins are being poached into EXTINCTION in the Congo – for the dinner table and so their scales can be used in pointless Chinese medicine potions!

Pangolins are being poached into EXTINCTION in the Congo - for the dinner table and so their scales can be used in pointless Chinese medicine potions!

An estimated 2.7 million pangolins are poached annually in Central Africa alone, according to a new study by the UK’s University of Sussex. These statistics are harrowing, and they are worsening every year. Pangolins – shy, nocturnal animals who are mammals despite their scaly appearance – are now the most trafficked animal on the planet. Poached […]

First Beaver Born In Cheshire After More Than 400 years

First Beaver Born In Cheshire After More Than 400 years

A pair of Eurasian beavers have successfully bred in Cheshire in northwest England for the first time in over 400 years. The couple, named Willow and Rowan, were released at Hatchmere near Delmere Forest by the Cheshire Wildlife Trust (CWT) in November 2020. The CWT described the sighting of the newborn beaver as “a real […]

How We Are Helping: June 2022

How We Are Helping: June 2022

Animal Survival International (ASI) exists to be a voice and a crusading force for animals and the planet. In June, we continued to fight the challenges facing wildlife around the world. Each small act of kindness and generosity from our supporters is vital in allowing us to keep doing our work. Once again, your support […]

11 Black Rhinos Poached in Namibia’s National Park

11 Black Rhinos Poached in Namibia's National Park

In June, 11 critically endangered black rhinos were illegally slaughtered and their horns removed in just two weeks. Their lifeless carcasses were discovered scattered across the Etosha National Park, said Namibia’s Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism (MEFT) spokesperson, Romeo Muyunda. No arrests in connection with the killings have been made, but investigations are ongoing. […]

Happy the Elephant is Not a Person, New York Court Rules

Happy the Elephant is Not a Person, New York Court Rules

Originally published by and adapted from BBC News. 14 June 2022 Happy the elephant, a long-time resident of the Bronx Zoo, must remain there after a New York court ruled she is not legally a person under US law. Animal Survival International (ASI) reported on Happy the Elephant back in May. At the time, there […]

Namibia’s Wildlife Policy Slammed Over Recent Export of Elephants to The UAE

Namibia’s Wildlife Policy Slammed Over Recent Export of Elephants to The UAE

The recent export of 22 wild-caught elephants from Namibia to zoos in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has sparked outrage at the county’s flagrant disregard of international agreements and appalling cruelty to elephants. Moving wild-caught elephants into zoos has been outlawed since 2002, but Namibian officials chose to ignore the rules. The elephants moved are […]

Cruel Trade in Ivory to be Illegal as World-leading Ban Takes Effect

Cruel Trade in Ivory to be Illegal as World-leading Ban Takes Effect

The UK Ivory Act, which enforces a near total ban on the import, export and dealing of items containing elephant ivory, came into full effect on June 6. Said to be one of the toughest and most strictly enforced bans on elephant ivory sales around the globe, the Ivory Act has emerged not a moment […]

Smuggling of Exotic Animals via India Escalates as Kangaroos Discovered in Bengal

Smuggling of Exotic Animals via India Escalates as Kangaroos Discovered in Bengal

India’s anti-smuggling intelligence agency, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), says that the country has seen a rapid rise in the demand for exotic animals. Customs authorities have witnessed an extreme spike in the illegal trafficking of exotic animals from Southeast Asia in particular. According to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), elephant tusks, pangolin scales, […]

How We Are Helping: May 2022

How We Are Helping: May 2022

Animal Survival International (ASI) works around the globe – and around the clock – to help animals threatened and being pushed to the brink of extinction by the wanton profit-driven destruction of habitats, illegal poaching, pollution of the oceans and degradation of marine ecosystems, and – from droughts to fires to floods – the ever-increasing […]

Temporary Reprieve for SA Wildlife as Trophy Hunting Quotas Halted

Temporary Reprieve for SA Wildlife as Trophy Hunting Quotas Halted

The South African government wants to issue permits so trophy hunters can kill 10 leopards, 10 black rhinos and 150 elephants in 2022.The Western Cape High Court has temporarily blocked the attempt on technical grounds but the fight is far from over because the government will certainly appeal. According to the Daily Maverick, South Africa […]

How We Are Helping: April 2022

How We Are Helping: April 2022

While the war in Ukraine and its devastating effects on the country’s animals rages on, the survival of animals across the globe continues to be threatened. Rampant poaching, destruction of habitats, degradation of marine ecosystems and increasing consequences of climate change remain the sad reality for the inhabitants of this planet. In addition to fighting […]

Ireland Becomes Latest European Country to Ban Fur Farming

Ireland Becomes Latest European Country to Ban Fur Farming

Ireland is the latest country to ban fur farming after legislation to end the practice reached the final stages of the parliamentary process last month. The bill is currently on its way to the president of Ireland, Michael Higgins, to be signed into law. Ireland’s three existing fur farms will be shut down during the […]

US Allows Hunters to Import Some Elephant Trophies From African Countries

US Allows Hunters to Import Some Elephant Trophies From African Countries

Adapted from article written by Miranda Green Originally published by New York Times (Friday, April 1, 2022)   The US Fish and Wildlife Service informed some hunters last month that it would allow the import of six elephant trophies into the United States from Zimbabwe. The African elephant carcasses will be the first allowed into the […]

How We Are Helping: March 2022

How We Are Helping: March 2022

In March, we continued our support of various critical wildlife causes while keeping a close eye on the atrocious war in Ukraine and its devastating effects on the wildlife of the region. With your support, we have begun to provide critical aid to desperate animals in this terrible war. Here’s how your donations helped us […]

The USDA’s Wildlife Services Division Killed Over a Million Animals in 2021

The USDA’s Wildlife Services Division Killed Over a Million Animals in 2021

In 2021 alone, the United States Agricultural Department’s (USDA) Wildlife Services division killed more than 1.75 million animals nationwide. This amounts to a shocking rate of around 200 dead creatures per hour. Among the executed are diverse species of wildlife such as alligators, armadillos, doves, owls, otters, porcupines, snakes and turtles. These senseless killings have […]

Here’s the latest on besieged zoo animals in Ukraine’s war!

Here's the latest on besieged zoo animals in Ukraine's war!

Over a month ago, Russia began a military invasion of Ukraine, causing devastation to the country’s wild animals. We are horrified by the suffering inflicted. It is having catastrophic consequences for Ukraine’s free wildlife and for the poor, unfortunate animals in zoos. These poor creatures now have war to add to the cruelty they suffer […]

Rescued BABY wild animals (including 4 endangered pangolins) in the clinic are at RISK OF DEATH from stifling heat due to constant power outages!

Rescued BABY wild animals (including 4 endangered pangolins) in the clinic are at RISK OF DEATH from stifling heat due to constant power outages!

In the small town of Tzaneen, South Africa, 15 baby wild animals are suffering from record-breaking high temperatures in a small wildlife clinic… The clinic is experiencing nonstop power outages! The heat is insufferable! Our partner, the Umoya Khulula Wildlife Centre, is a non-profit rescue and rehabilitation facility for orphaned indigenous wildlife. Among the sick […]

Chinese-led ivory poachers need to be stopped!

Chinese-led ivory poachers need to be stopped!

In Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe, the Bumi Hills Anti-Poaching Unit (BHAPU) – a small but fiercely dedicated anti-poaching unit – faces a mammoth task. The team is responsible for protecting 3,500 elephants in the area from violent ivory poachers. BHAPU cannot do this without a patrol vehicle, and theirs has reached the end of its life. […]

How We Are Helping: February 2022

How We Are Helping: February 2022

Whether it’s saving thirsty wildlife from severe drought in Kenya or rushing emergency funds to give an orphaned rhino calf life-saving care, you supported us through it all this month – our work to help animals would not be possible without your generosity. Here’s how your donations made a difference in February: Kenya Phase I […]

Africa Geographic: More Forest Elephants in Gabon Than Previously Thought – New Research

Africa Geographic: More Forest Elephants in Gabon Than Previously Thought – New Research

Adapted from article written by Team Africa Geographic Originally published by Africa Geographic (Wednesday, January 31, 2022)   The good news is that there are more forest elephants in Gabon than previously believed. A new study from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Gabon’s National Park Agency (ANPN) and Vulcan offer the first countrywide elephant population estimate […]

Are Hippopotamuses to Become Belated Victims of Cocaine Lord Pablo Escobar?

Are Hippopotamuses to Become Belated Victims of Cocaine Lord Pablo Escobar?

Thanks to a dead drug lord, Colombia is now home to the “biggest herd of hippos outside of Africa,” says veterinarian and conservationist Carlos Valderrama (BBC News). The threat the animals pose to both public safety and the environment has fueled a global debate among scientists and animal welfare activists. While every effort is being […]

How We Are Helping: January 2022

How We Are Helping: January 2022

Last year, you were with us as we took on wildlife challenges, from drought-stricken national parks to illegal wildlife operations. Habitat loss, human-wildlife conflict, climate change, illegal wildlife trade and poaching are some of the crises animals face every day. Our mission is to do everything we can to help. Here’s how we’ve begun in […]

Mozambican Poaching Gang Leader Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison

Mozambican Poaching Gang Leader Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison

In a significant victory against wildlife poaching in Africa, a Mozambican judge has sentenced notorious rhino poacher and gang leader Admiro Chauque to 30 years in prison. He was also ordered to pay 28 years’ worth of fines after being convicted of multiple crimes relating to the illegal wildlife trade and possession of weapons in […]

We helped SAVE SIX BABY PANGOLINS! Finally, they are about to be RELEASED!

We helped SAVE SIX BABY PANGOLINS! Finally, they are about to be RELEASED!

In August, we told you about the rescue of five baby pangolins whose mothers were slaughtered for the illegal bushmeat market in Lagos, Nigeria. A few weeks later, a mother and her newborn baby were also rescued. Sadly, the newborn died, but this meant that the Saint Mark’s Animal Hospital and Shelter team now had […]

It is not too late to SAVE COUNTLESS ANIMALS FROM EXTINCTION!

It is not too late to SAVE COUNTLESS ANIMALS FROM EXTINCTION!

These are frightening times for animals and the planet! Climate change, the relentless destruction of forests, coral reefs and wilderness areas and the illegal trafficking of creatures large and small, powered by greedy humans, are sending animals and marine creatures hurtling towards extinction. Without determined action, we could lose the wild and its creatures soon […]

How We Are Helping: December 2021

How We Are Helping: December 2021

As 2021 draws to a close, we thank you for being a part of our crusade for animals and the planet. All around the globe, wildlife is in peril. Terrible droughts, rampant poaching and the frightening loss of critical habitats are driving threatened species towards extinction. Yet we at Animal Survival International (ASI) have hope. […]

It’s a staggering task to rescue and save four baby rhinos. Please, help us!

It’s a staggering task to rescue and save four baby rhinos. Please, help us!

We have terrible news! Right now, four baby rhinos have been orphaned after their mothers were killed for their horns in the South African bush. We have been asked to help save them. Taking advantage of freak storms, likely driven by climate change, poachers swooped in on a game area in South Africa’s Mpumalanga area […]

How We Are Helping: November 2021

Badger Baiting

At Animal Survival International (ASI), every animal and every species matters. No challenge is too great or too small – if there is a need, our team will do everything in our power to provide immediate, decisive and compassionate action. Whether it’s saving wild animals from needless slaughter, rushing life-saving funds to provide water to […]