Caring for Wildlife

It’s easy, publishing a blog on natural history museums and wildlife trafficking, to focus on instances where wildlife was hurt or treated unethically. Although the situation is all too common, for the first post of 2017, it’s worth paying attention to a selection of positive stories that will make difference to fight against wildlife crime. … More Caring for Wildlife

Hundreds arrested in global crackdown on wildlife contraband

Museum professionals trying to come to grips with the scale of risk of their collections might well pay attention to the scale of the problem of wildlife trafficking itself. Earlier this month, an enormous crackdown on illegal wildlife and wildlife products shines a light on the scale of the issue. From Yahoo! UK A global … More Hundreds arrested in global crackdown on wildlife contraband

Expensive bonsai stolen from Pacific Bonsai Museum recovered – The Seattle Times‏

SEATTLE – A 60-year old bonsai worth several thousand dollars that was stolen from the Pacific Bonsai Museum has been recovered. The “work of living art,” which was found Wednesday morning a few miles from the museum, had been severely pruned but will likely live, according to museum curator Aarin Packard.The tree, stolen Monday, was … More Expensive bonsai stolen from Pacific Bonsai Museum recovered – The Seattle Times‏

Fossil fish and meteorite stolen from Museum Augusto Schulz

Argentina – On February 12, 2015 the journal “Norte” reported that on January 15, a meteorite and fossil fish were stolen from the Natural History Augusto Schulz in Chaco. The material has immense historical, scientific and monetary value. The specimens, on display and used as part of their education programme, were taken by two unknown persons. Police have … More Fossil fish and meteorite stolen from Museum Augusto Schulz

BBC News report – the Pangolin is the world’s most trafficked mammal

5 February 2015, BBC News reported that the Pangolin Manis spp. is the world’s most trafficked mammal, with roughly 100,000 pangolins a year are being taken from the wild and sent to China and Vietnam. They are taken for their meat (which can fetch US $250 per kilo as a status dish) and their keratinous scales, … More BBC News report – the Pangolin is the world’s most trafficked mammal

Stolen Dinosaur Skull Can Go Back to Mongolia says U.S. Court

On 4 December 2014, NBC News reported that the New York Attorneys’ Office said that the remains of a 70-million-year-old dinosaur that was falsely labeled as a replica and smuggled into New York City earlier in the year. The skull and vertebrae was of an Alioramus, a relative of the Tyrannosaurus rex, and these must be forfeited by the … More Stolen Dinosaur Skull Can Go Back to Mongolia says U.S. Court