Very disappointed to see that the Tiger Kingdom is opening a branch in Phuket. In spite of all the hype and dressing this will be yet another branch of a highly exploitative purely commercial operation that does nothing at all for conservation. Like the Chiang Mai operation it will make buckets of money.
The story 'Killer tiger on the loose, prowling forest in
Putting Lynx into Scotland? I'm unsure about that one. Interesting idea. I cannot see why the author had to take the opportunity to dig at Edinburgh Zoo which has no relevance to the story.
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The relentless exploitation of Asian Giant Lizards
A new study reveals that the illegal harvesting and trading of Southeast Asian monitor lizards – valued for their skins and as pets – continues.
A team of German and Indonesian scientists recently published the first comprehensive study on the conservation and threatened status of all Southeast Asian species of monitor lizards. The authors conclude that several of these fascinating giant lizard species are obviously being exploited at unsustainable levels, even though national and international regulations and laws are in place. This critical study was published in the well-known online journal “Herpetological Conservation and Biology”.
Southeast Asian Monitor Lizards: current harvest levels are underestimated
Besides the demand for the pet trade (where particular species are targeted), the commercial trade in skins must be understood as a major threat for some species and populations. Next to crocodilians and giant snakes, monitor lizards are the species group of lizards that are exploited most frequently within the skin trade. Annually, Indonesia documents the legal export of 450,000 skins of the water monitor lizard (Varanus salvator) for the manufacture of e.g. handbags and watch straps, the latter of these then being marketed in Germany as “lizard straps”. Dr. Andre Koch of the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig in Bonn has strong reservations and states: “Especially, the poorly monitored trade in island species and populations must be feared detrimentally, if current trade levels continue; here over-exploitation and extinction are closely linked.” Since many years, and alike his co-authors, Dr. Koch is engaged in research on the monitor lizards of Southeast Asia specifically regarding their underestima
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