A wildlife inspector tells kids about rhino horn. Credit: Bill Butcher / USFWS<
A wildlife inspector tells kids about rhino horn. Credit: Bill Butcher / USFWS

Smuggler Gets 30 Months in Prison in Wildlife Trafficking Case

March 25, 2015
Arrested last year as part of Operation Crash, a continuing offensive to halt the illegal trafficking in rhinoceros horns, Canadian antiques dealer Tony Guan was sentenced to 30 months in prison for smuggling rhino horn, elephant ivory and coral. Said Service Director Dan Ashe: "The illegal trade in rhinoceros horns is the number one threat to many populations of African rhinos ... But global law enforcement cooperation through avenues such as the Fish and Wildlife Service's Operation Crash is bringing people like Guan to justice."
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African elephant. Credit: Gary M. Stoltz / USFWS
African elephant. Credit: Gary M. Stoltz / USFWS

Decisions on Import of Sport-Hunted Trophies Support Conservation of Rhinos and Elephants

March 26, 2015
Based on extensive assessments of the associated conservation and management programs, the Service finds that the import of two sport-hunted black rhinoceros trophies from Namibia will benefit conservation of the species, while the import of any elephant sport-hunted trophy from Zimbabwe will not. Under the Endangered Species Act, the Service authorizes imports for sport-hunted trophies of elephants and rhinos only when hunting in the country of origin is well-regulated, sustainable and benefits conservation of the species in question.
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A scorpion glows under UV light at Ash Meadows Refuge, NV. An after-dark scorpion hunt at Pahranagat Refuge, NV and Moapa Valley Refuge, NV will give participants a chance to see the carnivores in a new light. Credit: USFWS
A scorpion glows under UV light at Ash Meadows Refuge, NV. An after-dark scorpion hunt at Pahranagat Refuge, NV and Moapa Valley Refuge, NV will give participants a chance to see the carnivores in a new light. Credit: USFWS

National Wildlife Refuge Events Offer Offbeat Fun

March 25, 2015
Nothing against birding or nature touring, but sometimes even die-hard nature enthusiasts want to break out of the mold. Try something a bit more offbeat. We know the feeling. Consider these wild and wooly events some national wildlife refuges have planned this spring.
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