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Poachers Beware! Elite Wildlife Ranger Team Graduates

On October 16, 2013, Thailand’s new elite wildlife ranger team, the “King of Tigers” graduated. During the intensive 8 week course provided by FREELAND, the implementing partner of the USAID-funded ARREST Program (Asia’s Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking), participants … Continue reading

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Illegal Wildlife Trade Showcased at World Famous Chinese Photo Exhibition

From September 19 through 25, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) showcased the “Loss of Nature: Wildlife Threatened by Trade” exhibit at the Pingyao International Photography Festival in China. The festival is of the world’s largest with 427 exhibitors displaying … Continue reading

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ARREST Program Engages Youth at Community Service Fair

Freeland was invited to Bangkok Patana School to showcase the efforts of the USAID-funded ARREST (Asia’s Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking) Program and engage youth at the annual Community Service Fair (CSF). More than 500 students attended the event. … Continue reading

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Senior US Official Pledges USG Support for Wildlife Law Enforcement

US Assistant Secretary of State, William Brownfield who heads the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) paid a visit to ASEAN-WEN and the Thai Government on September 9th and gave clear and strong support for counter wildlife poaching … Continue reading

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Scientists from ASEAN and China Train at World’s Top Wildlife Forensics Laboratory

With support from the USAID-funded Asia’s Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking Program (ARREST), participants from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and the People’s Republic of China completed a comprehensive forensics training course at the National Fish and Wildlife Forensic … Continue reading

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Philippines Destroys Remains of 850 African Elephants and Says No to Ivory Trade

The Philippine Government crushed over five tons of confiscated ivory tusks from approximately 850 elephants worth an estimated US$10 million to show its support against illegal ivory trade. This is the first known mass destruction of elephant ivory outside of … Continue reading

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ASEAN Member Countries Agree to Sustain ASEAN-Wildlife Enforcement Network

Ministers, senior officers and focal points from the 10 ASEAN member states met in Bangkok on March 3 and 4, alongside the 16th CITES Conference of the Parties to review the progress of ASEAN cooperation on CITES and ASEAN-WEN and … Continue reading

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ARRERST Program Exsposes Asia’s Largest Known Wildlife Tracker, Arrests Follow

Based on investigations by FREELAND and ARREST-trained officers, the International Herald Tribune (IHT) published a front page article on a major wildlife syndicate led by Laos PDR national Vixay Keosavang. Shortly after, three corrupt Thai police officers were arrested at … Continue reading

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Operation Cobra Strikes to Dismantle Transnational Organized Wildlife Trafficking Networks

                 Police, Customs and wildlife ocers from Asia, Africa and the United States participated in a month-long cross-border enforcement operation code-names “COBRA”. Cobra was an intelligence-driven initiative aimed at dismantling organized wildlife crime syndicates. ARREST partners FREELAND and ASEAN_WEN facilitated … Continue reading

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A Promising New Year for Endangered Wildlife February 2013

ARREST Program partners took direct steps to reduce consumption of endangered species during Chinese and Vietnamese New Year celebrations through media and public and private sector outreach. Vietnam’s Ministry of Environment’s (MoNRE) Biodiversity Conservation Authority (BCA) prepared a first-of-its-kind directive … Continue reading

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