CITES Current Affairs - 2019

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‘Not all animals migrate by choice’ campaign launched

Ahead of International Day of Biological Diversity (celebrated on 22 May), an awareness campaign was launched by the name of ‘Not all animals migrate by choice’ to be displayed at major airports across India. Key Highlights about Campaign Objective: To raise awareness on illegal wildlife trade To garner public support for conservation and protection of Read More…

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Scientists sequence Asiatic lion’s Genome for the first time

The scientists from Council of Scientific & Industrial Research’s (CSIR)-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology in Hyderabad, for the first time sequenced the entire genome of Asiatic lion. Key Highlights of Study The population of Asiatic lion, an endangered species is very low. At present only 523 animals are found in the Gir forests in Read More…

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 For the first time Grizzled Giant Squirrel Nests sighted near Gingee

For the first time more than 300 nests of Grizzled Giant Squirrel were sighted by researchers at Pakkamalai Reserve Forests near Gingee (in Eastern Ghats) in Tamil Nadu. About Grizzled Giant Squirrel It is a large tree squirrel in genus Ratufa (Scientific name is ‘Ratufa macroura’). Features: It is an agile climber and is almost Read More…

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World Wildlife Day 2019

World Wildlife Day 2019 was observed on March 3rd with the theme ‘Life below water: for people and planet.’ World Wildlife Day Objectives To provide an opportunity to celebrate the beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora. To raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people. At the same Read More…

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30 African countries launch joint initiative to save 4 carnivore species

More than 30 countries hosting the African wild dog, cheetah, leopard and the lion in Bonn, Germany have announced establishment of African Carnivore Initiative. It is first Africa-wide commitment towards saving these carnivores. Key Facts Supported by experts of IUCN Cat Specialist Group, these 30 range states agreed to establish work programme to guide their Read More…

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March 3: World Wildlife Day

The World Wildlife Day is observed every year on 3rd March to celebrate and raise awareness about the world’s wild fauna and flora. It is celebrated to mark the signing of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) on this day in 1973. Significance of Day It aims to Read More…

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India awarded Certificate of Commendation by CITES for its effort to combat illegal wildlife Trade

India was awarded certificate of commendation for its effort to combat illegal wildlife trade by Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The award was given to Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) for its efforts in conducting and coordinating species-specific wildlife enforcement operation, codenamed ‘Operation Save Kurma’. It recognises Read More…

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