Hearing on a Public Interest Litigation on Thursday, the Uttarakhand High Court has directed the State Government to strengthen the State Forest Department’s anti-poaching cell while leaving on the

Rhinoceros in the wild may be pushed to extinction by the end of this decade, if unrelenting poaching continues at the present rate, experts have warned.

The poaching of black and white rhinoceros has soared in last six years. While as many as 13 rhinos were slaughtered in 2007, that number spiked to 1,004 last year, experts said.

Assam will set up four wildlife police stations to exclusively deal with the problem of rhino poaching and other wildlife crimes.

Concerned over growing incidents of poaching of rhinos, five Asian rhino range nations in a resolution asked India to take measures, including increased level of security to wildlife parks, to prot

Madhya Pradesh is a crucial link in the international poaching corridor straddling Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Nepal and Tibet.

Illegal wildlife trading networks have cross-border linkages and there is need for greater coordination between the intelligence and law enforcement agencies of different countries to deal with thi

Advocating greater coordination between intelligence and enforcement agencies to curb illegal wildlife trading networks , the Central Bureau of Investigation Director Ranjit Sinha on Monday highlig

SHILLONG: The Wildlife Trust of India and Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, New Delhi, have taken strong note of the recent detection of poaching of endangered species of animals in the State and sought a report from the Meghalaya forest officials on the action taken in this regard.

The forest staff had apprehended as many as 25 poachers on April 24 last and seized the body parts of endangered deer among others from Mawkarah village in West Khasi Hills district.

Even as a CBI team has arrived to investigate the increasing incidents of poaching of rhinoceros, officials have claimed to have found that poachers are recruiting young men from villages on the fringes of Kaziranga National Park.

"We have been told that a number of young men, including minors, have been roped in by different gangs that have targeted rhinos in Kaziranga in recent weeks. We are looking at a chain of criminals that begin with the local villager locating a rhino to the end-user across the international border," Ravindra Singh, SP, CBI Wildlife Crime Investigation Wing, told The Indian Express.

Assam, famed for its national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, faced one of its worst years in wildlife management as it lost an estimated 800 animals, including one-horned rhinos, during 2012.

Among the positives in the wildlife sector was a healthy population of Royal Bengal Tiger in Kaziranga National Park with 114 animals captured by the camera trapping method.