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Ivory weighing 9 kg seized; 20 July 2018: At least six ivory pieces weighing around 9.08kg, were seized from two men while they were being brought to the city from Siliguri late on Wednesday. Possessing or trading in ivory items is banned in India. A violation of the law can lead to at least three years in jail and a fine of Rs 50,000. Read more at
Sea cucumber seized; 19 July 2018: About 100 kilograms of Sea Cucumber was seized at coastal Kottaipattinam village in the district by the Marine Police on Thursday. The Marine Police detained a person from Kottaipattinam in connection with the seizure. Read more at
Porcupines may become endangered species due to rampant hunting: Experts; 13 July 2018:  Porcupine hunting continues unabated in Karnataka, with many local and inter-state hunters killing these scheduled species in reserve forests and protected areas. Recently, nine porcupine hunters, along with two hunted animals, were caught by Chikkamagaluru range staff. Wildlife experts say that with rampant killing in India, this species will soon become an endangered one. Read more at
500 kg of sea cucumber seized in Tamil Nadu; 8 July 2018: Sea cucumber weighing around 500 kg, meant to be smuggled to Sri Lanka, was seized at Mandapam near Rameswaram on July 8. A boat used to smuggle the sea cucumber has also been seized. The occupants of the boat escaped after seeing the police personnel. Sea cucumbers are classified as endangered species and their harvest is banned under the Wildlife Protection Act. These are in great demand in South-East Asian countries. Read more at
Indian Softshell Turtles seized in West Bengal ; 6 July 2018: More than 20 Indian Softshell Turtles, some of which were to be smuggled to Bangladesh and the others to be sold in Calcutta, were rescued from a house near the Petrapole border in Bongaon, North 24-Parganas. Two men have been arrested and the police said that the accused had brought the turtles from various parts of Uttar Pradesh. Read more at
Ivory smuggling gang busted, six held; 29 June 2018: In a covert operation, the Mahalakshmi Layout police on Wednesday busted an ivory smuggling racket and arrested a gang of five men led by Khader Basha, who is believed to be a functionary of the DMK in Tamil Nadu. The six men are suspected of poachinge elephant and other wildlife in Tamil Nadu and selling products, like tusks, in Karnataka. The police seized 12 tusks. Read more at
Two men arrested with menagerie of protected wildlife species- Hoolock Gibbon; Palm Civet- in West Bengal; 1 June 2018: A pair each of hoolock gibbons and palm civets and 42 exotic birds of different species were seized on Thursday from a car that was to deliver the menagerie to a buyer at a location near Science City, Bhojerhat. Two men traveling in the vehicle were arrested and charged under sections of the Wildlife (Protection) Act of 1972 and the Customs Act. Read more at
Four trying to sell Red Sand Boa in black market arrested; 15 May 2018: A racket of selling Red Sand Boa snake was busted by the forest department officials with the support of wildlife activists in Vadodara, Gujarat. The snake that is valued high in the black market was four feet long, seven inches broad and weighed nearly 3.5 kg. Read more at
Record breaking seizure of over 1400 Star Tortoises in Tamil Nadu; 14 May 2018: A team of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on Thursday seized as many as 1,487 live Star Tortoises kept in a godown near Pudukottai to be smuggled abroad.Acting on intelligence inputs, a DRI team from Bengaluru with assistance from their Madurai, Tuticorin and Tiruchi counterparts raided the godown at Rangammalchathram on the outskirts of Pudukottai town and found the live star tortoises kept in bags and cartons.The Star Tortoises were brought from Andhra Pradesh and kept at the godown to be smuggled abroad, said sources. Read more at
Two Tiger poachers arrested; 20 kg of bones and Tiger skin recovered; 9 May 2018: Two Tiger poachers were arrested with nearly 20 kilogram of bones and a skin of the wild cat in Uttar Pradesh's Bijnor. The arrests were made after a night-long joint operation conducted by Wildlife SOS and the Special Task Force (STF) of the UP Police. The Tiger skin measures over 10 feet in length indicating it to be a large male Tiger in its prime and weighs about eight kilogram and measures approximately six feet across. The Tiger bones weigh nearly 20 kilogram and the contraband is now evidence in this matter. Read more at
Govt teachers held with four Tokay Geckos: West Bengal; 28 April 2018: The forest department's Wildlife Crime Control Bureau arrested two primary government school teachers in Sonarpur for allegedly trying to sell four Tokay geckos. A Tokay gecko is a species of Asian lizard characterised by orange spots on the skin and a shrill croak. The reptile is found in rain forests, particularly in the Northeast, apart from Nepal, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Phillipines and New Guinea. It is protected under Schedule IV of the Wildlife Protection Act (WPA), 1972. Read more at
Gaboon vipers, giant scorpions, marmosets and other exotic animals seized in Assam; 25 March 2018: Assam Police and forest officials have seized Gaboon vipers, marmosets, giant scorpions, even a meerkat and several other exotic animals from an alleged wildlife trafficker in Jorabat, in one of the biggest such hauls in the state. Investigators suspect that the animals — native to Africa, South America and Thailand — were smuggled from Thailand through Myanmar, which has emerged as a popular transit hub for illegal trade in wildlife. Read more at
Shark finning on rise in Kerala's Kochi despite ban: Fins cut, sharks tossed back into sea; 16 March 2018: Despite the Union Government imposing a ban on the export of shark fin, it seems the business is thriving in Kochi According to environment activists, some agencies in Kerala are exporting dried shark fin categorising it as dried fish. Though there is no domestic market as such, India is the second largest exporter of shark fin. It is in great demand in East Asian countries and the exorbitant prices are luring firms in Kochi to engage in the trade. The enforcement agencies, however, are unable to initiate action due to loopholes in the law. Read more at
Ten tonnes of Red Sanders logs seized at VCTPL, Visakapatnam; 10 March 2018: Based on specific intelligence inputs, officers of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) zeroed in on two containers at the Visakha Container Terminal Private Limited (VCTPL) at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh and seized 10.1 tonnes of red sanders logs. The DRI had specific inputs about three containers bound for a port in China All the containers were seized and quarantined at a remote location at the VCTPL. After searches, it was found that the logs were stuffed in two of the containers amidst bentonite powder. Both the containers had been seized and sealed for further investigation. Read more at
Tusks seized from New Alipore house; 8 March 2018: Two elephant tusks weighing around 31kg were seized from a house in New Alipore, Kolkata. One of the tusks is 148cm-long and has a girth of 35cm, while the other has a length of 132cm and a girth of 34cm. Elephants are protected under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. Killing the animal or keeping any ivory item can attract at least three years in jail and a fine. Read more at
Elephant Tusks seized on the way to Nepal, 17 February 2018: In a major seizure of wildlife articles, the Siliguri Regional Unit of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) recovered elephant tusks as they were being smuggled to Nepal on Thursday. Based on a tip-off, DRI sleuths apprehended the accused- one of Lakhimpur district of Assam and the other of Siliguri from a bus that had arrived from Assam.They had come from Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh in a bus. Another person of Lakhimpur handed over to them a tusk weighing 12.410 kg.  Read more at
Six held for poaching a Rhino; 8 February 2018: gang of poachers, including a "sharp shooter" from Arunachal Pradesh and a teacher, sneaked into the Jaldapara National Park and shot dead an adult female rhino on Monday, sawing away its horn. Foresters nabbed six of them on Tuesday and recovered the horn. Also, a rifle that they had buried in the forest, and live bullets, were also found.Read more at
Kingpin of India’s illegal turtle trade market arrested; 5 February 2018: An international smuggler of rare species of turtles has been arrested by the Madhya Pradesh forest department’s special task force (STF). A four-member STF team led by Ritesh Sirothia, STF (wildlife crime) in-charge, arrested the accused from Chennai, brought him to Madhya Pradesh and presented him before the special court at Sagar in the afternoon. He was ranked third internationally in the illegal trade of rare species of turtles and was considered the kingpin of India’s illegal turtle trade market.  Read more at
Rampant smuggling pushes Chameleon to extinction; 28 January 2018: Chameleons, once spotted in gardens in urban houses, are now rarely spotted in city limits. Known for their nature-gifted ability to change skin colour, the bizarre member of the reptile family sports a long, shooting tongue, oddly-shaped horns or crests and a tail like that of a monkey. The ‘Bahurupi Endua’ as it is locally called, is gradually finding its way into the books of endangered species. Blame it on habitat degradation and hunting for black magic or witch craft. “Once the chameleons were available in large numbers in nearby localities but now only a handful of those are found due to rampant poaching and smuggling,” said environmentalist Pradipta Kishore Mishra. Read more at
Forest personnel seize 1500 turtles, arrest three persons in Odisha; 31 December 2018: Acting on a tip-off, a team of Forest personnel intercepted a van at MPV-60 village under Kalimela forest range area and seized the freshwater turtles, said Divisional Forest Officer (Malkangiri), Samrat Gouda. Three persons, including one belonging to Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh, were arrested for smuggling the animals numbering about 1500 from the neighbouring state, he said adding that the van bearing Andhra Pradesh registration number was also seized. The turtles were being sent to traders in Malkangiri for sale as these animals are in high demand in the market. Read more at

Red Sand Boa snake seized, 4 held; 4 December 2017: Forest officials arrested four persons for illegal possession of a Red Sand Boa at Sultan Bathery in Wayanad. The accused were carrying the snake in a car to Karnataka for selling it to prospective buyers. For more information, please visit
Man held with tusks; 2 December 2017: A 28-year-old man was arrested after he was found in possession of two tusks, which he had allegedly removed from a dead elephant a week ago near Gudalur. Forest department officials noticed that the tusks of the 10-year-old elephant, which was found dead in Devala, were missing and launched a search to nab the poachers.On information that one Manikandan was reportedly trying to sell the tusks, officials nabbed him. For more information, please visit
Poachers held at Kaziranga with Tiger parts; 28 November 2017: A huge quantity of skin and bones of the Royal Bengal Tiger was seized from three persons by forest officials of Kaziranga National Park's northern range at Biswanath Chariali on Thursday night. Pranjal Baruah, the range officer, told the Telegraph that three bags of Tiger skin, bones and teeth were being carried by four persons. "They were arrested when they were about to board a tempo at Pabhoi." he added.  For more information, please visit
Police recover 53 Tokay Geckos in Nagaon; 6 November 2017: Police have busted a huge racket of animal smugglers and arrested three suspected smugglers in Nagaon district. Along with arrested, police also recovered 53 Tokay Geckos. For more information, please visit
 Leopard skin seized, 2 held in Odisha; 31 October 2017: The forest department has seized a Leopard skin and arrested two poachers on the charge of poaching the animal from Similipal National Park. The Leopard skin was seized near Dangadhia village under Kaptipada forest range . For more information, please visit
Trafficker who smuggled body parts of 125 Tigers, 1200 Leopards gets four year jail; 16 October 2017: A notorious wildlife trafficker with international links, who was involved in smuggling body parts of 125 Tigers and 1,200 Leopards, was convicted by a Madhya Pradesh court along with four traffickers and awarded four-year rigorous imprisonment. Madhya Pradesh forest department's special task force (STF) arrested Shamim, who hails from Kanpur, in February this year. STF officials said he was involved in trafficking animal body parts in the international market via Nepal and Tibet. For more information, please visit 
 Thane cops arrest two with ivory; 4 October 2017: Two farmers from Pune were arrested by the Thane police in Kasarvadavli for trying to sell ivory (two elephant tusks). The two had the ivory for past five years. One of the tusks, 40-cm-long, has carving that resembles an African woman. For more information, please visit
Four held with snake venom; 18 September 2017: The Ajara police has busted a snake venom racket in the district and arrested a gang of four people at Madyal Phata with 600ml poison in a plastic bottle. They were produced before a local court that sent them to three-day police custody. For more information, please visit
Two arrested with bear body parts in Haldwani; 11 September 2017: Two men were arrested by the police while carrying two bear gall bladders. The duo was arrested with the wildlife contraband after acting on a tip-off from informants. According to information provided by sources, two men identified as Ganesh Singh Dharmsattu and Deepak Singh Rawat, both residents of Munsyari in Pithoragarh district were caught by the police. They were found to be carrying two bear gall bladders weighing 332 grammes in total. For more information, please visit
Smuggling of rare turtle in MP's Chambal; 8 September 2017: The Special Task Force (STF), of Madhya Pradesh's forest department (wildlife wing) has arrested a person from Morena in Gwalior-Chambal region for poaching of critically endangered Red-crowned Roof turtle, found in Chambal river. Chambal river is known as one of the last viable habitats for this rare species, according to experts. For more information, please visit
Huge haul of body parts of wild animals in Assam, 2 men detained; 26 August 2017: Police in Assam’s Dhemaji district seized 43 heads of deer with antlers besides other animal body parts from two persons from Arunachal Pradesh. The haul, believed to be one of the biggest in years, included heads and skins of two clouded leopards, a bear head and skin, a wild goat head with antlers, four otter skins, a hornbill beak and bones of different animals weighing 800 grams. For more information, please visit
Over 32 000 mongoose hair brushes seized in raid from Old China Bazaar; 23 August 201: The small carnivorous animal, mongoose, which protects humans from snake bites and rodents in the rural India has been facing a tough time. In the second such large seizure within a month, the West Bengal Forest Department and Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB), East wing, seized 32,985 mongoose hair brushes from the Old China Bazaar area of Kolkata. For more information, please visit
DRI seizes over 2,500 Star Tortoises, foils smuggling bid; 23 August 2017: A gang involved in smuggling Star Tortoise, a rare and endangered species of land tortoise, was busted by sleuths of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) and State Forest Protection Squad with the seizure of more than 2,500 of the species from a house in Avadi. For more information, please visit
Snapdeal, IndiaMART and other e-tailers served notice for sellling wildlife products; 14 August 2017 : E-commerce firms Snapdeal, IndiaMART, and Craft comparison have been issued notices by the Madhya Pradesh Tiger Strike Force for allegedly trading wildlife products on their platforms, according to a media report. The government body has served notices to these firms following an investigation into the seizure of wildlife-related items in Indore, the Press Trust of India reported, citing a state public relations department official. For more information, please visit
Elephant tusk, leopard skull seized; 13 August 2017: A special team of forest officials seized a leopard skull, teeth, nails and a piece of an elephant’s tusk from a trader in a surprise raid conducted in the Megamalai range. The trader, who was arrested, is from Kombaithozhu. He was produced before a court and remanded in judicial custody. Two others, who sold the wildlife articles to him, escaped. For more information, please visit
Twenty one hundred pangolin scales and a leopard skin seized in Haridwar; 10 August 2017: A suspected smuggler was caught with a leopard skin, 2,100 pangolin scales and a kg of monitor lizard meat in Haridwar during a  joint operation by the Rajaji Tiger Reserve and TRAFFIC. Of the eight pangolin types, two are critically endangered while the rest range from endangered to vulnerable. The Indian pangolin has been listed as endangered. The armoured creature is believed to be the most illegally traded animal in the world with its meat considered a delicacy in China, Vietnam and parts of south-east Asia, while the scales are used in traditional medicine. For more information, please visit
India Post catches up with wildlife smugglers; 3 August 2017: The Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) recently found that smugglers are using the postal service to sell parts of endangered animals. They stumbled upon feathers of Grey Jungle Fowl being smuggled out by the hundreds. These feathers with eyespots are used as fishing lures and were being sent to certain European countries. Earlier this year, another case came to light: Pangolin scales were smuggled to Southeast Asian countries, using the services of India Post. In an attempt to formulate a strategy to check such crimes in West Bengal and neighbouring states of Jharkhand and Odisha, an inter-agency co-ordination meeting was organised by the WCCB, Eastern Region in Kolkata. For more information, please visit

Shark fins weighing 6000 kg seized in Kochi; 29 July 2017: The Kochi city police late on Saturday seized suspected shark fins weighing around 6,000 kg. Acting on a tip-off, the shadow police team of Sub inspector Honey K. Das effected the seizure during a raid at an export agency operating at Karivelippady. The contraband was being smuggled from Kochi under the guise of fish product exports. According to the Forest officials, no one has the licence to export or possess the fins that are often collected from the sharks while they are alive. Removal of fins renders a shark immobile, and it dies of suffocation or gets eaten by other predators. For more information, please visit
Wildlife officials seize 25,000 painting brushes made from mongoose hair from Coimbatore shops; 13 July 2017: The forest department and the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) in Coimbatore seized around 25,000 painting brushes, allegedly made using mongoose hair, from six stationery shops in the city. Chandrasekhar, a volunteer with WCCB, told The News Minute that they had been conducting searches in various stationery shops in the city after receiving information about the sale of these brushes. “On Wednesday, we raided one wholesale shop and five retail shops that were selling painting brushes made using mongoose hair. We have handed over the material to the forest department” he said. It is illegal to use mongoose hair, said the volunteer. “Mongoose comes under Schedule II, Part II of the Wildlife Protection Act. The culprits must be arrested and punished by the forest department.” Read more at

Seventeen including four poachers nabbed for killing, selling leopard skin; 11 July 2017: Seventeen people including four poachers have been arrested for allegedly killing a Leopard in a forest area in Nirmal district of Telangana, and trying to sell the skin of the wild cat, police said. "On credible information, 17 people were nabbed over the past four days with the assistance of the forest officials from whom one leopard skin was seized," Rachakonda Commissioner of Police, Mahesh M Bhagwat said in Hyderabad. Read more at

Illegal wildlife trade gets a boost online; 10 July 2017: Galiff Street Pet Market, Garia Pakhir Haat, Kolkata Pet Market, Pakhi Bazar, Bankura Pets -these might sound like bazaars where you can buy a goldfish or kitten for your kid. But they serve a far more sinister purpose. These are among a dozen-odd pages on Facebook that have given a spurt to the city's illegal wildlife trade, which had been dormant for a few years after a crackdown by police and forest department. These pages openly sell protected animals like civets, green pigeons, turtles, tortoises and rare birds."This is worse than hunting. If authorities want, they can nab the culprits in days," said environmentalist Biswajit Roychoudhury . Read more at

Father and son arrested near Mumbai with Indian Star Tortoises ; 4 July 2017: The Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) seized 200 star tortoises, which a man and his son were carrying in bags, at Kalyan station on Monday. This is the first case of illegal tortoise or turtle trade in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) this year. The accused were arrested and produced at a Kalyan magistrate court. The judge directed WCCB to keep them in judicial custody till Thursday, after which they are to be produced in court again.Read more at
Poachers find lucrative business in selling endangered Asian geckos; 3 July 2017: North-eastern states of India was the hub for poachers who are engaged in trafficking of body parts of Tigers, Rhinos and Elephants but these trappers have found lucrative business in selling endangered species of lizards 'Tokay Gecko'. Each one of the live animal, which are usually 40 centimeter long carries a multi million price tag in international market.
According to security agencies and wildlife officers working in Northeastern states, hundreds of locals are now selling Tokay Geckos to international wildlife traffickers, who smuggle them to centers of Chinese medicine across Asia. Read more at
Poaching racket exposed, 12kg Tiger bones, nails seized from Pench tribals; 28 June 2017: With the arrest of two tribals, a major tiger poaching racket involved in trafficking bones, skins and other body parts has been exposed in Pench Tiger Reserve (PTR), Maharashtra. Pench officials seized over 12kg Tiger bones and 14 nails from accused , both relatives and residents of Usripaar village on the fringes of Pench. Both of them are also involved in illegal fishing in Totladoh reservoir inside the Tiger Reserve despite the fact there is Supreme Court ban on fishing in tiger reserve. 

Elephant tusks, sandalwood seized from trader's house; 23 June 2017: Forest officials seized a pair of Elephant tusks and sandalwood logs weighing more than 5 kilogram from the house of a trader at Kadavanthra city in Kerala's Kochi. The joint operation was conducted by the Forest Department's Flying Squad and the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau.  Read more at
Wildlife Crime Control Bureau seizures yield Monitor Lizard and Jackal parts, seashells; 23 June 2017: As part of its ‘Wildnet operations,’the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau conducted seizures in Noida, following raids  in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Orissa. Recovered articles included 25 Hatha Jodi, 25 Siyar Singhi, 24 Sea Fan, 1 Trochus, 6 Lambis shell, 91 black cowrie, 130 white cowrie, 27 sea-shells, that are all derived from animals protected under the Wildlife Protection Act. The Wildnet operations are conducted on the basis of monitoring of websites and online chat platforms.Read more at
Two arrested with bile pods of black bear and four Leopard skins; 7 May 2017: A joint team of Rudraprayag Forest Division and TRAFFIC India organization nabbed two accused with four Leopard skins and two bile pods of Himalayan Black Bear in the area between Guptkashi and Kalimath. The suspicious activities of the accused came to light with the information given by accused held by the DFO Rudraprayag few months ago with one Leopard skin and one Leopard Cat skin. Read more at
llegal poaching racket allegedly run by retired Colonel busted in Uttar Pradesh's Meerut; 30 April 2017: A poaching and weapons racket has been busted during raids jointly conducted by Uttar Pradesh's wildlife department, local police and the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) in Meerut. The racket was reportedly being run by a retired Colonel. Around 140 weapons– both with license and illegal, 50,000 cartridges, animal skins of Leopard and Black Buck have been seized. Nearly 117 kgs of Nilgai (blue bull) meat packed in over 45 boxes was also recovered from the retired colonel's residence. Read more at
Illegal Sand Boa trade in Bihar puts rare snake species to risk of extinction; 29 March 2017: The alleged medical properties of the Red Sand Boa snake has led to a spate in instances of its illegal trade in Bihar, putting the species to the risk of extinction. A dozen cases of trapping and smuggling of this rare snake species have come to light, in the past three months. In several such cases, people have been arrested for trying to smuggle the snake to Nepal for sale in South East Asia and even Western countries, where it fetch lots of money.
1500 tortoises get three arrested in Bengal; 25 February 2017: The Railway Protection Force (RPF) recovered 1500 tortoises at a railway station in Bengal. As per the railway police officials, the tortoises were found packed in 35 bags in a railway coach of a train at Malda Town railway station. Three persons have been arrested so far by the RPF and investigations are under way regarding the theft. Read more at
In poll season, 15 Leopard skins seized in Uttarakhand; 20 February 2017: Fifteen Leopard skins were seized in 50 days in Uttarakhand this year, showing a spike in smuggling of animal body parts during the election period when, forest officers said, the focus was on seizure of cash, liquor and weapons. Read more at
One of the biggest seizures in India: 6,400 endangered turtles rescued, 1 held; 12 January 2017: In one of the largest seizures of wildlife in the country, over 6,430 endangered turtles were found stuffed in large bags lying in the compound of a house in Gauri Ganj, Amethi, from where they were about to be smuggled to Kolkata, a hub for turtle trade in India. The softshell and flapshell turtles — cumulatively weighing over 4000 kg — were found by the UP Police’s elite Special Task Force team.  Read more at
Mirzapur cops in UP nab poacher, recover five wild cats; 8 January 2017: In a major haul the Mirzapur police on Sunday succeeded in nabbing a poacher and rescuing five wild cats including caracals. Read more at
Forest Department seizes 9,200 kg of Red Sanders; 3 January 2017: The Maharashtra state forest department recently busted transportation of an illegal consignment of Red Sander logs — being taken concealed in sofa seats — meant for export. In a crackdown spanning two days at Chiplun in Ratnagiri, the department seized over 9,000 kg of the red wood, that has a big demand as an aphrodisiac, medicines and for woodcraft in Southeast Asia. Read more at

Musk deer pods seized, two nabbed; 2 June 2016: Two men were arrested by forest officials in Tiruppattur in Vellore district for selling Musk Deer pods. Vellore district forest officer S Kalanithi told TOI that after receiving specific information about the sale, a field operative of TRAFFIC, tracked the two, R Sathish Kumar, 25, and N Srinivas, 37, who were based in Bengaluru. For more information, please visit

Chinkara killed by poachers; 2 June 2016: A Chinkara was killed by poachers on the Ramgarh-Jaisalmer road, about 50 km off Jaisalmer when the animal was drinking water from a leak in the water supply line at night. Later, poachers have peeled its skin. By the time other vehicles reached the spot, the poachers had escaped. The wildlife department has lodged a case at Ramgarh police station for poaching and arms act. Search is on for the accused. For more information, please visit

Wildlife smugglers held with Leopard pelts; 9 June 2016: Two wildlife smugglers in possession of three Leopard pelts were arrested in Chamoli district, a senior police official said today. Deewan Singh Patwal and Ramesh Lal were arrested on a tip off from Nagchulakhal area which borders Almora late last night, Chamoli S P, Priti Priyadarshini said. For more information, please visit

International Red Sanders smuggler nabbed; 6 July 2016: A special police team of Kadapa arrested an international red sanders smuggler Kandaswamy Parthiban(46), and three other smugglers of Tamil Nadu from Mount Road in Chennai and seized 21 logs weighing 638 kg, a car and Rs. 20,000 from them, on Monday afternoon. For more information, please visit

Poachers caught with endangered turtles; 13 July 2016: In an operation carried by NGO Wildlife Protection Society of India along with Special Task Force, two accused Monu Kumar and Narayan Vishwas were caught at Rudrapur on Wednesday with 25 live Soft Shell species of turtles. For more information, please visit

Five poachers held in Assam; 25 July 2016: In an anti-poaching drive by police, five Rhino poachers were arrested from the Gohpur and Sootea areas of Biswanath district on 24 July 2016. A horn was also seized from the poachers' possession. Police said four poachers were arrested from Gohpur and another was arrested from Sootea.  For more information, please visit

Man held for illegal trade of Sandalwood; 19 July 2016: The forest department officials on Saturday held a man who involved in illegal trade of sandalwood and crafted products from Chackai. Nakulan, son of Maniyan, who resides at Muttathara, was arrested following a tip-off received by flying squad divisional forest officer J R Ani. The team seized 10 Ganesha idols made of sandalwood, measuring up to six inches and sandal logs from him. Paruthipally range forest officer Divya SS Rose said that Nakulan was part of a large network involved in sandal trade."He sourced the wood from Tamil Nadu, made idols out of it and transported them to Mysore. He was earlier arrested in 2014 along with five other people for similar offence," said Rose. For more information, please visit

Poachers kill rhino, calf; horn removed; 4 August 2016: Poachers have killed a female rhinoceros and her calf and taken away her horn at a time when the Kaziranga National Park is struggling to cope with the devastation caused by floods in Assam. For more information, please visit

Youth held for poaching wild animals in Tamil Nadu; 28 August 2016: Forest officials arrested a 23-year-old youth near Mayilam in Villupuram district of Tamil Nadu for allegedly poaching wild animals. Villpuram district forest officer S Anand told TOI that field operatives of TRAFFIC tracked the movement of the youth, C Sathyaraj, who had been poaching wild animals and birds in Mayilam area. For more information, please visit

Sri Lankan navy arrests seven Indian fishermen along with their trawler; 31 May 2016: Sri Lanka Navy has arrested seven Indian fishermen along with their trawler for allegedly poaching in Sri Lankan waters, the Navy said in Colombo. For more information, please visit 

Two poachers arrested in Baisipalli; 31 May 2016: A forest department squad arrested two poachers in Baisipalli wildlife sanctuary under Mahanadi Wildlife Division on Sunday night. They killed a barking deer before being caught. For more information, please visit

Three poachers arrested in Gwalior for killing Pangolins; 25 May 2016: Three poachers were arrested in Gwalior for killing endangered pangolins whose meat and scales are smuggled to illegal markets in China, Vietnam, and Thailand among others where the parts are used to create potions believed to have aphrodisiac properties. For more information, please visit 

 Man gets three years jail for possessing two Leopard skins; 23 May 2016: A man has been sentenced to three years imprisonment for possessing two leopard skins by a Delhi court, which said such cases need to be dealt with strictly to curb wildlife offences. For more information, please visit  

Tiger skin and bones seized in Dehradun district, Uttarakhand; 16 May  2016: Special Task Force of Uttarakhand police arrested four people including a person from Dharchula with a Tiger skin and approximate 25 kg Tiger bones at Dehradun district of Uttarakhand on 15 May 2016. For more information, please visit

50 turtles recovered from a scrap shop in Etawah; 14 June 2016: Nearly 50 turtles were recovered from the shop of a scrap dealer at Jaswantnagar area in Etawah district on Monday. For more information, please visit

HC empowers cops to take on poachers; 14 June 2016: The move came as forest minister Pramila Rani Brahma directed officials of her department and police to act tough against all illegal activities in the state's forests, including felling of trees and encroachment. For more information, please visit

Forest department officials to check poaching of frogs; 11 June 2016: With its rich and diverse flora and fauna, the Western Ghats is a biologist's paradise. The Malnad region witnesses a visible spurt in animal activity during the monsoon, with a vast variety of insects, amphibians and lizards coming out of hibernation, attracting nature lovers from across the country. For more information, please visit 

After Kenya, now India plans to burn its ivory stockpile; 10 May 2016: Close on the heels of Kenya, which recently set on fire over a hundred ton of its ivory stockpile, experts in India are planning a similar provision to destroy the "white gold" to send a strong message against poaching. For more information, please visit

No bail to man apprehended with body parts of Tiger: special court; 09 May 2016: A special court has denied bail to a man, arrested with body parts of a Tiger, saying such type of offenders are more likely to abscond and return to their older ways if granted relief. For more information, please visit  

Illegal lizard trade continues in North West Bengal; 09  June 2016: High value illegal trade of lizard Tokay Gecko is going on unabated from north east region of India and adjoining Indo Bhutan border region. Each one of the wall crawling animal is feared to carry a large price tag in international market. For more information, please visit 

Tiger death: Two RFOs, others issued notices; 07 May 2016: Death of sub-adult Tiger on the boundary of core and buffer zone of Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) has stirred the park management. Deputy Director, TATR (buffer), Gajendra Narwane, has issued notices to officers and staffers of the core and buffer zone along with STPF seeking explanation over delay in discovery of the Tiger carcass. For more information, please visit 

Seventh Rhino killed in Assam's Kaziranga this Year, Golaghat (Assam); 07 May 2016:  An adult male Rhino was killed and its horn cut off by poachers in the Kaziranga National Park of Assam. For more information, please visit

Three members of inter-state Leopard skin traders held; 06 May 2016: The Delhi Police Crime Branch arrested three members of the inter-State Leopard skin traders on the alleged charges of procuring and selling hides of animals, including that of endangered species of Snow Leopard. For more information, please visit

Rhino poaching case: Three Kaziranga guards among eight arrested; 03 May 2016: Three forest guards of Kaziranga National Park have been arrested along with a former guard of the park and four poachers in a Rhino poaching case. During investigation on Monday, the police exhumed the skeleton of a Rhino which was killed by the gang in November 2015 and buried near a forest guard camp in the park after taking away its horn. For more information, please visit

Jumbo poaching ring busted in Boudh; 03 June 2016: Police on Wednesday busted a major racket involved in poaching of elephants and smuggling their tusks, by arresting  nine persons in Boudh district. For more information, please visit

Experts urge inter-state anti-poaching initiative; 03 June 2016: Wildlife crime experts suggested that the new BJP-led government in Assam, for whom curbing rhino poaching was a major election promise, should seek cooperation from neighbouring states in the northeast to help tackle the crime. For more information, please visit  

123 kg of pangolin scales seized; 6 May 2016: About 123 kg of pangolin scales were seized from a Myanmar national at Thingdawl in Kolasib district of Mizoram, police said.  The scales might have brought from Assam for smuggling out to neighbouring Myanmar. For more information, please visit

Karnataka may burn ivory stocks; 5 May 2016: Last week, eco groups worldwide came out in support of Kenya when it burnt down 104 tonnes of seized ivory. It is now Karnataka’s turn to follow in the footsteps of the African country.For years, the Forest Department had been dithering about what to do with its stocks, but the Kenya example seems to have triggered action.“The minister has given his verbal consent. If things work out, we will burn the ivory in the first week of October,” M B Hosmat, Chief Wildlife Warden of Karnataka, told Express. Ramanatha Rai is Karnataka’s Forest Minister. For more information, please visit

Rhino poaching attempt thwarted in Kaziranga; 2 May 2016: Barely two days after killing one rhino, poachers made another attempt in Kaziranga national park on Tuesday evening, but they were foiled by the forest guards.Two of the poachers  who entered the park to kill rhino, were arrested. One .303 rifle along with a silencer and five live ammunition were seized from their possession. For more information, please visit

Three Leopard skins seized in Uttarakhand; 30 April 2016: Continuing the crackdown on poaching business in the state, police arrested a poacher from Munakot area of Pithoragarh district. Three Leopard skins and some bones were seized from the procession of the accused. For more information, please visit

Two people arrested with Gecko; 27 April 2016: Two persons were held with an unindentified  gecko, protected under the Wildlife (Protection) Act. The Gecko was seized from them in South Kolkata's Bagha Jatin area on Wednesday night. For more information, please visit

Rescued Madagascan Tortoises to be repatriated; 31 March 2016: The Wildlife Crime Control Bureau's (WCCB) western regional office will soon send 143 of the 146 endangered tortoises, which were seized by Customs at the Mumbai International Airport on March 21, to Madagascar in Africa. The Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), Madagascar, has agreed and confirmed to take back the animals. For more information, please visit

Turtles and parakeets seized in Uttar Pradesh; 16 March 2016: Thirteen Rose Ringed Parakeets and 12 turtles were seized by the forest department with help from Wildlife SOS. The team identified four different species of turtles -- the Spotted Black turtle, Indian Soft shell turtle, Indian Flap shell turtle and Indian tent turtle, all of which are protected under the Indian Wildlife Protection Act 1972. For more information, please visit

Tiger poaching in Corbett Tiger Reserve gives rise to grave concerns; 14 March 2016: The revelations by an arrested member of the Bawaria gang has raised serious questions about the safety of tigers in and around Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR).The gang would travel barely 15km from Kotkhadar in Bijnor to Sona Nadi Wildlife Sanctuary in CTR for tiger hunt. Once there, the gang would set up traps to catch the animal and would eventually kill it to remove its skin and bones. Uttarakhand Police's special task force seized the skins of five big cats from Haridwar forest division and arrested one of the poachers belonging to Bawaria gang. Officials said that the team also recovered tiger skulls, jaws, bones and nails weighing over 125kg. For more information, please visit

Dusky Eagle Owl seized in Agra; 14 March 2016 : Illegal trade in owls was exposed in Agra district of Uttar Pradesh when a nature photographer tipped-off an NGO after spying a group of men with a bag containing an owlet.  A team from the NGO rescue centre immediately rushed to the site and seized a juvenile dusky eagle owl from smugglers who had planned to trade the bird for medicinal and tantrik (occult) purposes. For more information, please visit

Two people arrested for poaching birds in Andhra Pradesh; 14 March 2016: The Officials of Kolleru Wildlife Division, of Forest Department conducted surprised raids and arrested two persons for hunting birds in the protected area in Kolleru Lake. The officials seized seven birds from the possession of the poachers and the two were taken into custody. For more information, please visit

Seven people arrested for killing Leopard in Tamil Nadu; 11 March 2016: Forest officials seized a leopard skin and arrested two men who had hunted the animal. Only two days ago, five people were arrested for trying to trade nails and teeth of the leopard. The forest department was tipped off about some men attempting to sell leopard skin and a special team consisting of Usilampatti ranger and two foresters was formed. The team carried out a decoy operation by posing as prospective buyers for the leopard skin and the operation took the team to Usilampatti, where five people were nabbed. For more information, please visit

Rhino horn seizure in Rajasthan leads to international smuggling gang; 5 March 2016: The Government Railway Police (GRP) in Jaipur seems to have stumbled upon an international gang of wildlife smugglers while investing the seizure of rhino horns in the international market from a Bihar-based man a month ago.The GRP officials said that they recovered some antique firearms from the godown of the accused man's employer Anurag Tiwari in Jaipur's Raja Park area and found that elephant tusks had been used for carving on them. For more information, please visit
Madhya Pradesh seeking INTERPOL help to arrest poachers; 28 February 2016: Madhya Pradesh government has sought help from environment crime wing of International Criminal Police Organization - INTERPOL, in a desperate attempt to arrest four Myanmar and Chinese nationals in connection with poaching of tigers, smooth-coated otters, turtles and other near extinct wildlife species from the state. For more information, please visit
Eight hundred turtles seized in Mainpuri; 27 February 2016:  Mainpuri district forest officials on Saturday evening seized 810 Indian flaps shell and black pond turtles, which were allegedly to be smuggled to Kolkatta. On a tip-off by an informer, the raid was conducted by district forest officials with the help of police in Kurawali and the turtles were recovered. For more information, please visit
Deer meat seized in Arunachal Pradesh; 25 February 2016: The wildlife officials have seized 34 kg of hog-deer meat from a vehicle at Raneghat Forest Check Gate, Pasighat. The woman, who was reportedly carrying the meat in Tata Mobile (AR-03-0937), has been arrested under 39(B) of Wildlife Protection Act 1972 and later released. For more information, please visit
Sea Turtles seized at Indo Bangladesh border; 23 February 2016: The BSF troops on Monday seized 15 numbers of rare sea turtles, meant to be smuggled to Bangladesh from Meghalaya. A BSF statement said that the troops deployed at Dumnikora, South Garo Hills, saw suspicious movement of two persons on a bike carrying a bag proceeding from Baghmara to Gasuapara on NH 62 oat around 8:10 AM. When BSF personnel on duty tried to stop them, they did not halt and instead fled away after dropping the bag.
On searching, 15 Olive Ridley turtles were recovered from the bag.For more information, please visit
Pangolins struggling to survive in India due to illegal wildlife trade; 23 February 2016: While pangolin trade is illegal in India wildlife experts say that these scaly ant-eaters are being hunted in enormous numbers. The Wildlife Crime Control Bureau’s data back up this claim.As the tiger is hunted for its skin and claws, and the elephant for its tusk, the humble pangolin too is a target due to the illegal trade of its scales and meat. Wildlife experts claim it has become the most poached animal in India, and possibly in Asia. For more information, please visit
Red corals seized in Tughlaqabad; 13 February 2016: The customs department seized more than 15,000kg of red corals at Inland Container Depot in Tughlaqabad recently. The items were found hidden inside a container, which was being smuggled into the country from China.A Delhi-based importer, Manveen Chhokra, proprietor of M/s Vijay Sons, has been arrested in this connection. For more information, please visit
Leopard parts seized in Odisha; 1 February 2016: In a major seizure of wildlife derivatives, forest officials of Odisha’s Nabarangpur district seized six leopard skins, a few leopard teeth and bear paws from five persons who were reportedly trying to sell them.  For more information, please visit
222 turtles seized in Uttar Pradesh;  16 January 2016: Acting on a tip-off, the police intercepted a van bearing registration number (UP-78-EB-5503) in the Teenpani area of Rudrapur in Udham Singh Nagar district today. On search, the police found 222 turtles kept in three jute sacks. For more information, please visit
Red Sand Boa seized in Nagpur; 15 January 2016: Traffic cops seized a Red Sand Boa from a car and nabbed three persons travelling with it at Old Warora Naka square in city. The cop later handed over the snake and the accused trio to local forest officials for further action. Offence against the three accused has been registered under relevant section of Wildlife Protection Act. For more information, please visit
Elephant tusk seized in Uttarakhand; 14 January 2016: A man was nabbed with elephant tusks weighing 4.5 kg in the Kaladhungi area of Nainital district .This is the second instance in less than a month after three persons were nabbed with a tiger skin on December 15 last year. For more information, please visit

Over 100 turtles recovered from Uttar Pradesh; 20 December 2015: As many as 124 endangered turtles of two species were seized by the forest department and district police during a raid at Nagla Rate locality in Mainpuri. The seizure included about 100 Black-spotted turtles, which comes under Schedule-I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. The turtles were about to be dispatched to West Bengal, from where they were to be smuggled further to Malaysia and Thailand. For more information, please visit

Assam Rifles personnel among rhino poachers held in West Bengal; 20 December 2015: An Assam Rifles jawan, who took 15-days leave from duty, was among a gang of four poachers nabbed in Jalpaiguri by the forest department. “Four have been arrested by our people. One of the gang members is a serving personnel of Assam Rifles,” forest minister Binay Krishna Barman told HT. For more information, please visit

Five people arrested for trying to sell Sand boa; 9 January 2016: Five persons have been arrested for allegedly trying to sell a rare sand boa here. The snake, a rare species was seized by a special police team. The Wildlife Cell of the Special Task Force (STF) of Madhya Pradesh Police with the help of Forest Department intercepted the five accused -- Brijesh Patel, Vijay Verma, Lokesh Mehra, Aman Saxena (all residents of Bhopal) and Pratik Bohra from Katni district. For more information, please visit

Two people held for smuggling Sea Cucumbers in Tamil Nadu; 11 January 2016: Police have seized sea cucumbers weighing 200 kg, an endangered marine species while they were being clandestinely taken in a car, at Sayalkudi checkpost today. Police said the during a routine check , the police personnel manning the checkpost intercepted the car on suspicion and found the sea cucumbers hidden inside the vehicle. Two occupants of the car were detained for interrogation. For more information, please visit

International attention on rhino poaching in India;11 January 2016: The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora has asked India to remain vigilant in its efforts to combat rhinoceros poaching at Kaziranga National Park.The recommendation follows reports that in India, rhinos are being targeted by trans-national criminal groups and rhino poaching in the country is driven by demand elsewhere. Not only rhino poaching, it has been asked to combat rhino horn trafficking and to further suppress current poaching levels. For more information, please visit
Poachers identified in camera traps get arrested ; 10 December, 2015 : Forest officers of Nagbhid range busted a gang of poachers and nabbed three accused from different villages in Nagbhid and Brahmapuri tehsils. A muzzle loading gun and other poaching equipment were seized from them during the raid. The poachers were apprehended on the basis of their photographs captured in camera traps installed in the jungle, while they were on poaching trips. For more information, please click :

Star Tortoises en route to Malaysia seized from India  ; 17 December, 2015 : More than 1,400 smuggled tortoises bound for Malaysia have been seized worldwide from July to Sep­tember this year.A report by Paris-based wildlife group Robin Des Bois compiled reports showing that most of these seizures were in India. For more information, please click :

Turtles rescued in Uttar Pradesh ; 12 November, 2015 : In a joint operation by the police and forest department, 21 live Indian softshell turtles were rescued on Wednesday night at Dineshpur, Udham Singh Nagar district. The team also seized 57 shells of turtles which is categorized under the schedule I of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. For more information, please click :

Five people held with rhino horn and ivory in Bengal ; 10 November, 2015 : Five people have been arrested in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district after elephant tusk and rhino horn worth over Rs.30 lakh were recovered from them, an official said today.The arrests and the seizure were made  from the Malbazar area of the district in a joint operation by forest officials and police.  For more information, please click :

Indian Star Tortoises facing illegal wildlife threat ; 10 November, 2015 : Researchers from World Animal Protection have established that more than 55,000 tortoises are being poached from just one site alone in south-east India each year.In the first study to examine the trade of Indian star tortoise for over 15 years, the World Animal Protection has put forth evidence of a thriving international criminal operation, with tortoises being smuggled in boxes hidden under food items like vegetables or fish. Many don’t survive the long and illegal journey, and those who do survive suffer in confined spaces. Often they die prematurely from malnutrition, suffocation or the overwhelming stress of confinement. For more information, please click :

Leopard skins seized in Bengal ; 10 November, 2015 : Two leopard skins was recovered from Borda Choukan under Ghatal police station area. Police received information from a source who claimed that the skins were in possession of a few poachers who had entered the area.
The leopard skins were of an adult measuring 6 feet 11 inches and a cub measuring 4 feet 9 inches. For more information, please click :

Two people held for bird poaching in Orissa ; 09 November, 2015 : Two persons were arrested by the wildlife personnel of Tangi forest range in Khurda district in Orissa for poaching 31 migratory birds in Chilika Lake. For more information, please click :

Madhya Pradesh tiger hides seized in Ethiopia ; 04 November, 2015 : Eight Indian tiger hides were confiscated in Ethiopia in April. While wildlife activists confirm at least three skins were smuggled from Satpura tiger reserve in Madhya Pradesh, the state forest department and National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) are yet to launch a probe, citing financial approvals. For more details, please click :

Bird poaching in Chilika Lake in Odisha ; 03 November, 2015 : As migratory birds from far off places start flocking the famous Chilika lake in Odisha, there are reports of bird poaching in the area. Wildlife personnel arrested two poachers from Subhadrapur under Tangi wildlife range yesterday and seized three dead birds of two species - gadwall (2) and pintail (one), officials said. For more details, please click :

Delhi Police arrests woman smuggling 123 endangered turtles ; 29 October, 2015 : Delhi Police has seized a large number of endangered rare turtles from a woman at the Anand Vihar Bus Terminal. Identified as Omwati, the woman is a native of Itawah district in Uttar Pradesh (UP). Delhi Police took the woman into custody after she was found carrying 123 rare turtles at the Anand Vihar Inter State Bus Terminal. The turtles were stuffed in six bags that the woman was taking to sell to one of her contacts in Anand Vihar. For more information, please click :

Black Spotted Pond Turtles seized in Uttar Pradesh ; 23 October, 2015 : Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) has arrested an international wildlife smuggler from Unnao district and recovered 290 black spotted turtles from his possession. Mohd Mukeem alias Munna was arrested on at tip off from Gangaghat, Shuklaganj in Unnao district Thursday when he was going to take consignment of turtles, an STF release issued here stated. For more information, please click :

Ivory seized in Delhi ; 11 October, 2015 : A raid on a Delhi artifact salesman-turned-ivory trader’s safe-house on Sunday led to the seizure of 487kg of ivory worth around Rs 12 crore, the largest in recent years, for which over 40 elephants could have been poached in three southern states over the last one year. Umesh Aggarwal, dubbed the Sansar Chand of the ivory trade, was arrested on October 2 after a raid on his Laxmi Nagar home in east Delhi following the interception of call records of his middlemen arrested in Kerala in June. For more information, please click :

Star Tortoises seized in Chennai airport ; 7 October, 2015 : Security personnel at the Chennai airport on Thursday seized 200 star tortoises while they were being smuggled to Kuala Lumpur. Two people were detained for interrogation in this connection. For more details, please click :
Unarmed man stands up to poachers bullets in Rajasthan; 15 September 2015: Three armed poachers had to flee for their lives after a lone Bishnoi wildlife conservationist confronted them bare-handed. In a scene alike some action movie, he escaped death by ducking their bullets and handed them a sound thrashing on Sunday late evening at village Jodhpur outside the Abohar Wildlife Sanctuary. For more information, please visit
Three people apply for bail in Mizoram in Pangolin scale case; 14 September 2015: Three people who were not even on the list of suspects in the theft of 11 bags of seized pangolin scales from a government godown in Mizoram have applied for anticipatory bail after a person known to them was arrested and questioned.The trio have subsequently been summoned for interrogation in the high-profile theft that occurred 86 kms away, that too in a different district from where they live, Aizawl. For more information, please visit
Can synthetic rhino horns change the black market? 14 September 2015: Improved economic performance in parts of Asia is driving up demand for rhino horn, but one Seattle-based start-up hopes to save the endangered animal by creating synthetic alternatives. For more information, please visit
Endangered turtles seized in Kolkata market;  8 September 2015: The officials of the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) and state forest department's wildlife crime control unit in a joint raid rescued 15 Indian softshell turtles, a threatened species, from a trader in Galiff Street. For more information, please visit
Suspected kingpin of illegal wildlife trade arrested in Tamil Nadu; 3 September 2015: A 40-year-old woman was arrested by forest officials for trading wildlife products at the Sunday market area on Tamil Sangam Road on Tuesday. Officials seized five green turtle carapaces, broken carapaces pieces and 52 pangolin scales from M Chinnakaruppi, who hails from Nagamalai Pudukottai situated on the city outskirts.  For more information, please visit
Illegal bird trade thrives in Jharkhand; 7 September 2015: The bad, bad business in birds is back in Ranchi.What was earlier a bustling market in Kantatoli in the heart of the capital has now shifted to a stretch of NH-33 beginning from Namkum overbridge, but cruelly caged indigenous and exotic winged creatures remains an aching sight as ever because keepers of wildlife laws aren't doing enough to stop the illegal trade. For more information, please visit

13,000 metric tonnes Red Sanders seized in Andhra Pradesh; 5 September 2015:  More than 13,000 metric tonnes Red Sanders wood have been seized in Andhra Pradesh as part of efforts to curb illegal cutting and transportation of Red Sanders in the state, the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly was informed. For more information, please visit

Cobra venom seized in North Bengal; 31 August 2015: The forest department has again made a haul of nine lbs of cobra venom in international black market. "Earlier, we had recovered 9 lbs of Cobra venom on June 27 and arrested six persons for trying to smuggle the venom. Monday's recovery and arrest are linked with the previous seizure," said Dutta. The raid was conducted with special permission from the additional principal chief conservator of forests, wildlife (north Bengal), P T Bhutia. For more information, please visit
Organised criminals behind Elephant poaching; 31 August 2015: Expressing concern over the recent spate of poaching of Elephants in southern India, a global wildlife monitoring network has said organised inter-state poaching gangs were behind the killings of tuskers in the forests of Western Ghats.The recent spate of poaching of Elephants and seizures of ivory in southern India has brought forth a disturbing trend that after a hiatus of about 20 years, organised inter-state poaching gangs are resurfacing and are active once again in India, as per wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC. For more information, please visit
Indian nationals arrested in Malaysia for smuggling wildlife parts; 29 August 2015: The Wildlife Department (Perhilitan) has seized more than 1000 items made from animal parts, including Tiger skin and Elephant hair, worth over RM100,000. The seizure and arrest of three Indian nationals were made under the department’s operation, dubbed Ops Geng Rajja.The three suspected illegal wildlife traders were arrested in Jalan Pudu, while the animal parts were in the room of a budget hotel nearby. For more information, please visit
Star Tortoises recovered in Mumbai, two people arrested; 13 August 2015: In a joint covert operation by the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) and the anti-poaching unit of the forest department, Thane, 100 Indian Star Tortoises, protected under Schedule IV of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 were seized near Kurla station on August 13 after a tip-off. Two people were taken into the custody of the forest department for 10 days. For more information, please visit 

Star Tortoises and Black Spotted Pond Terrapins seized in Bangalore en route to Malaysia; 14 August 2015: Two people have been arrested for trying to smuggle protected tortoises and terrapins from the Kempe Gowda International Airport to Malaysia.The CISF and airport police seized 59 Indian Star Tortoises and 20 Spotted Black Terrapins at the airport. For more information, please visit

Turtles seized in Maharashtra; 13 August 2015: In yet another big haul, Nagpur forest officials on Wednesday seized 33 turtles including 18 listed under Schedule I and IV of Wildlife Protection Act (WPA) 1972. This is second big haul after June 1, when 96 Spotted Pond Turtles were seized from Nagpur railway station from two persons hailing from Karnataka.  For more information, please visit

Thirty three snakes rescued in Agra; 12 August 2015: The forest department, in collaboration with the NGOs Wildlife SOS, seized 33 snakes from endangered species from poachers in raids at three prominent city temples today. The poachers were allegedly masquerading as snake charmers and duping devotees into giving them alms, officials said. For more information, please visit

One person was arrested for 400 Pangolin scales seized in Tamil Nadu; 10 August 2015: Forest officials in Madurai seized 400 pangolin scales from a 37-year-old Narikorava, Bagistan at Karuppayurani. The scales were about to be sold off. TRAFFIC's field operatives helped the officials to nab the offender. For more information, please visit

Tortoises & turtles rescued from Kolkata, two held; 6 August 2015: The officers of the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) in a joint effort with the crime control unit of the state forest department seized 76 turtles and tortoises from two traders in Sodepur on Thursday morning. A senior officer said that there were four different species, of which two are protected under Schedule I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act. Two of the species are also threatened. Read more
Thirty two persons arrested regarding Elephant poaching in Kerala; 5 August 2015: As many as 32 persons have been arrested so far after the Forest Department launched a poaching raid following the discovery of six carcasses of Elephants in state forest regions recently, Forest Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan said. For more information, please visit

Fishing Cat poachers arrested in Bengal; 5 August 2015: Five villagers, including the main accused, were arrested from a Howrah village on Wednesday for allegedly killing five Fishing Cats. A source said the village from where the accused, all local tribal people, were arrested is located within 3km of Munsirhat in Uluberia, where the incident took place. A fishing cat, which is the state animal, falls under Schedule I of Wildlife Protection Act and enjoys the same protection status as tiger. For more information, please click :

Ivory seized in Bengal; 5 August 2015: Ivory, which was on its way to Bhutan, was seized in Jalpaiguri by forest department officials. “Poachers had killed two Elephants at Buxa forest. The tusks were cut and packed in boxes and on its way to Bhutan,” said forest minister Hiten Burman. Acting on a tip off, Jalpaiguri forest department officials stopped a car coming from Buxa forest reserve. There were three men in the car and a bag containing ivory. For more information, please visit

Poachers stalk Kerala’s Elephants;  5 August 2015: One of the last members of an Elephant poaching gang was arrested on 27 July. The total number of poachers and traffickers behind bars is now 24. Aikaramattom Vasu, the mastermind behind the diabolical operation that claimed up to 28 Elephant lives, apparently committed suicide. South Indian forests haven’t seen poaching on this scale since the early 1990s. For more information, please visit

Doctor among people held for smuggling pangolin scales; 4 August 2015: Forest officials of Sironcha range in Gadchiroli nabbed two persons with 8.5kg pangolin scales. The accused hail from Chhattisgarh and had smuggled the scales. For more information, please visit

Black Spotted Pond Turtles seized in Chennai; 1 August 2015: Foresters on Saturday rescued 15 Spotted Black Terrapin Turtles near Beach station and arrested a 27-year-old man from Kerala for smuggling them.  For more information, please visit

Tiger claws seized in Chennai; 31 July 2015: A team of forest officials seized eight Tiger claws and arrested three men who were in its possession on Friday. Live ammunition was also seized.Officials trapped the men after a complaint by WWF-India volunteers. For more information, please visit

UN urges action on illegal wildlife trade; 30 July 2015: Recognizing that wild animals and plants are an “irreplaceable part of the natural systems of the Earth,” the United Nations General Assembly today urged its Member States to take decisive steps to prevent, combat and eradicate the illegal trade in wildlife, “on both the supply and demand sides.”Through the new resolution, the Assembly expressed serious concern over the steady rise in the level of rhino poaching and the alarmingly high levels of killings of elephants in Africa, which threaten those species with local extinction and, in some cases, with global extinction. For more information, please visit

A Blackbuck pelts seized and one person arrested in Mangalore; 30 July 2015: Police Forest Mobile Special Squad has arrested one for making attempt to sell Black Buck pelts in the city. For more information, please visit

Star Tortoises seized in Chennai; 26 July 2015: Air customs officials at Chennai airport on Saturday seized 50 live Star Tortoises from a passenger headed to Kuala Lumpur. This is the third incident of smuggling foiled at the airport this month. Sources said the man who had concealed the tortoises in a suitcase, was detained for questioning following a tip. "The Star Tortoises were handed over to the forest department office in Velachery," said a customs official. For more information, please visit

Kerala badly affected by poaching; 23 July 2015: Pulling up the State Forest Department for lack of “adequate protection measures in the Edamalayar forest range” where poachers gunned down five elephants, the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has sought an explanation from the department on the incidents.The Ministry has written to Principal Chief Conservator of Forest and Chief Wildlife Warden seeking a “factual report after obtaining an explanation from the Field Coordinator of Anamudi Elephant Reserve” to which the Edamalayar forests belong to. The State Forest Department has also been asked to explain the steps taken for the protection of elephants in the wake of reports of poaching. For more information, please visit

Supreme Court denies bail to Tiger poacher Chacha; 16 July 2015: Doors for further appeals have now closed for international Tiger skin and body parts trader Suraj Pal alias Chacha after the Supreme Court rejected his bail application on Thursday.A bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) HL Dattu rejected application of Chacha challenging the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court decision given by a single bench of Justice SB Shukre on December 12, 2014. Describing Tiger poaching as one of the most serious offences, Justice Shukre had cancelled the bail granted to Chacha by lower courts. The accused had challenged the HC order in the Supreme Court. Chacha, 68, is presently lodged in Tihar jail. For more information, please visit

Jackal poachers arrested in Tamil Nadu; 16 July 2015: Vellore district forest officials arrested two poachers and seized three jackal heads along with six Black-naped Hares. Tipped off that the nine animals had been killed and were being sold to the public, district forest officer S Kalanidhi said, officials posing as prospective buyers asked the sellers to bring the jackals and hares to the new bus stand where they nabbed them. The poachers, were booked under provisions of the Wildlife (Protection) Act and Tamil Nadu Forest Protection Act. For more information, please visit

Pangolin poachers arrested in Odisha; 6 July 2015: With the arrest of four persons, police today unearthed an inter-state pangolin shell export racket at Buguda in Odisha's Ganjam district. Over 10-kg of pangolin-shells were seized from their possession, police said. For more information, please visit

Ten fishermen held for trespassing in Protected Area in Odisha; 4 July 2015: Ten fishermen have been taken into custody by forest personnel on charge of trespassing into prohibited water-zone of Bhitarkanika National Park in Odisha's Kendrapara district. Intensifying its vigil in the wake of recent cases of reptile deaths, a patrol squad of wildlife officials intercepted three country boats and arrested 10 persons who were on board, forest officials said. For more information, please visit

One hundred turtles seized at Bengal-Bangladesh border by Border Security Force; 3 July 2015: The Border Security Force (BSF), on Friday, seized 105 turtles that were being smuggled into Bangladesh through North 24-Parganas. To prevent the animals from moving, the smugglers had wrapped each of them in brown tape. Forest department officials are now trying to ensure that the turtles don't suffer any permanent damage due to the gum on the tapes. For more information, please visit

Two people arrested in Tamil Nadu for possession of deer and wild boar meat; 3 July 2015: Forest officials have arrested two poachers and seized 17kg of deer meat, 25kg of wild boar meat and four unlicensed rifles from them. For more information, please visit

Sniffer dog catches poacher on first day of duty in Madhya Pradesh ; 30 June, 2015: To keep check on poachers and traders of wildlife items, who are reportedly using Indore as transit route to transport banned items, forest department of Indore has set up a permanent dog squad with one trained sniffer dog. And on the very first trial round, sniffer dog caught a person selling nails and bones of animals at Rajwada. For more information, please visit

Museum in Kerala to showcase ivory; 29 June 2015: The state government said Kerala will soon have a grand museum in Thiruvananthapuram to house a huge stockpile of ivory in the possession of the state forest department and various temple boards. Rejecting the Environment Ministry's suggestion to destroy seized wildlife articles to send across a message to flourishing wildlife smuggling mafia, state forest minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan said that destroying wildlife products like ivory--both legal and seized-- will be an injustice to be done to the next generation, who would not get an opportunity to see such things in their lifetime. For more information, please visit

Cobra venom seized in Bengal; 27 June 2015: In one of the largest recovery in recent times, the forest department, arrested six persons in the wee hours on Saturday for smuggling 9 lbs of cobra venom in International black market. The venom is said to have been collected from France and was being taken to Bhutan via Bangladesh, Balurghat, Siliguri. For more information, please visit

Police, forest officials, blame each other for missing Orang Utans; 23 June 2015: Faced with the embarrassment of releasing a gang that had been caught transporting two baby orangutans last week, the West Godavari police blamed Forest Department officials and even staff of the Vizag zoo for not identifying the endangered animals correctly and alerting them to the existence of a smuggling racket.“We referred the case to the forest authorities and they said the animals were only monkeys and that they did not figure in the list of endangered species. So we freed the gang,” said a police officer.However, forest officials said they were not alerted soon enough. For more information, please visit

Wild boar meat seized in Odisha; 22 June 2015: Wildlife personnel have made a seizure of 8 kg wild boar raw meat and arrested a man during a raid in a village close to Bhitarkanika wildlife sanctuary in Odisha's Kendrapara district. Acting on a tip-off, the seizure was made at Bhopala villageunder Sasanapeta forest block under Bhitarkanika wildlife sanctuary yesterday, forest officials said. For more information, please visit

Japanese national arrested for plundering Indian biodiversity in Kerala; 24 June 2015: Forest officials will invoke provisions of the Biological Diversity Act, 2002 against two Japan nationals who were caught while attempting to transport a few wild live species from the Athirappilly forest. This is the first time that the provisions of the Act are being invoked in such an offence.Customs officials had seized three small-sized snakes, including a viper, and animals such as scorpion, turtle, chameleon, spider, lizards, earthworms, centipede, and beetle from Murayi Yojka and Shibi Ottawa. For more information, please visit

Seven people arrested for poaching Monitor Lizards in Maharashtra; 23 June 2015: A posse of Chandrapur forest range personnel nabbed seven persons for poaching Monitor Lizards in forest village Junona on the outskirts of the city. Officers seized three chopping knives along with 650 gm of lizard meat from the accused. RFO, Chandrapur range, RN Thamaskar got a tip off from Junona unit of Eco - Pro organization about poaching of Monitor Lizard. A raid was carried out in the village on Sunday evening and seven accused were arrested. For more information, please visit

Hundreds of people arrested on global crackdown on wildlife poaching and trade; 18 June 2015: A global crackdown on wildlife trafficking has netted “huge” amounts of whale bones, rhino horn, ivory and other contraband, leading to hundreds of arrests, European and Asian authorities have stated. Operation Cobra III saw police in 62 countries swoop on suspected wildlife smugglers between mid-March and May, European police agency Europol said in a statement. In India, nearly 11,000 kilos of suspected Tigers’ bones were found. For more information, please visit

Two people held with 96 Black Spotted Pond Turtles in Maharashtra; 1 June 2015: In perhaps one of the biggest hauls, over 96 Spotted Pond Turtles were seized by Government Railway Police (GRP) from two persons hailing from Karnataka. The turtles were being brought from Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh and were packed in socks and being carried in school bags. The consignment was to be taken to Gudur in Andhra Pradesh. For more information, please visit

Rescued turtles released in Uttar Pradesh; 23 May 2015 : The UP forest department, along with Maharashtra forest department and Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA), on Saturday released 335 spotted pond turtles at the Ghariyal Rehabilitation Centre in Kukrail to mark World Turtle Day. These turtles were rescued over the past two months from various places in Thane and Mumbai by the Mahashtra forest department and custom authorities. They will be released in wetlands and lakes after 60 days. For more information, please visit

Two people held with pangolin scales in Maharashtra; 21 May 2015: Twenty days after the Madhya Pradesh forest department arrested a Kolkata-based businessman involved in smuggling Indian pangolins to China and Vietnam, two tribals were arrested on Khawasa border on Thursday with a kilogram of pangolin scales. For more information, please visit

Poacher gang busted in Melghat; 19 May 2015: In yet another upset for Melghat, a major organized gang of local poachers have been busted by the Melghat Tiger reserve (MTR) and territorial wing officials. This is the second such exposure of Tiger poaching in Melghat. On April 10, West Betul forest officials had arrested three persons with skin of Tiger killed in Chikhaldara in Melghat from one Punaji Korku, a resident of Bamadehi in Chikhaldara in Amravati. In 2012-13, at least five Tigers were poached in Melghat, most of them from territorial forests. At least, 30 poachers have been arrested. For more information, please visit

700 tortoises seized in two months in India; 11 May 2015: Officials at various airports across India have foiled smuggling of over 700 tortoises in the past two months. For more information, please visit

Four people arrested in Tamil Nadu for poaching Sea Cucumbers; 10 May 2015: The Coastal Security Group (marine police) arrested four people in Tuticorin on charges of smuggling Sea Cucumbers. The police seized 360 kilograms of the endangered species from the smugglers. Fishing of sea cucumbers is banned in the country as they are protected under the Indian Wildlife Act. For more information, please visit

Confiscated King Cobra from Rajasthan sent to Delhi Zoo; 7 May 2015: A 14-foot-long king cobra, the latest addition to the National Zoological Park in Delhi, was seized by the Rajasthan Forest department from a resident who was trying to sell the snake. For more information, please visit

Tiger skin seized from Indo Nepal border village; 5 May 2015: The Nepal police has seized a Tiger skin with sizeable quantity of its bones from a person of banjara (nomadic) tribe from a village situated on the Indo-Nepal border.According to available information, the Nepal Police was informed about the presence of suspicious person in the village. The individual is a resident of Ludhiana and was residing in a Nepalese village Mangraghati of Bardia district which is situated on Indo-Nepal border. For more information, please visit
Eleven Rhino poachers killed and twenty arrested in 2015 ; 5 May 2015: The government today said that 11 rhino poachers have been killed in separate encounters while 20 of them were arrested in Kaziranga Tiger reserve in Assam this year. Replying to a question in Lok Sabha, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said in 2014, 22 rhino poachers were killed in encounters while 47 of them were arrested. Till April 30 this year, nine rhinos have been killed in comparison to 27 killed in 2014, he said. For more information, please visit
Pangolin racket busted along Indo-Nepal border; 2 May 2015: Madhya Pradesh forest officials, this week arrested a Kolkata-based businessman, who is part of a global racket involved in smuggling Indian pangolins to China and Vietnam, where its blood, meat and scales are sold to traditional medical practitioners at a premium. The accused (name kept confidential pending investigation) masterminded the killing of hundreds of pangolins and smuggled them to south Asian countries from Madhya Pradesh and other parts of country, said an officer. For more information, please visit
Star Tortoises seized in Bengal;  23 April 2015: Twenty-one rare tortoises were seized by BSF troops while they were being smuggled across the Indo-Bangladesh border in West Bengal. For more information, please visit

Chinkara killed in Gujarat, accused escapes; 20 April 2015: Acting on a tip-off, officials of forest department's Gir east division raided a house in Jira village near Dhari in Amreli district and seized carcasses of a chinkara that was reportedly poached. Sources said that the department has identified the persons involved in this crime and teams have been formed to nab them. The incident occurred in Dalkhaniya forest range in Dhari. Forest department officials suspect that accused may have killed the chinkara for a feast.. For more information, please visit

Axis Deer killed in Chhattisgarh; 19 April 2015: A spotted deer was allegedly killed by a group of villagers in Dharamjaigarh forest area of Chhattisgarh's Raigarh district. Seven villagers were arrested and the animal's carcass was seized from Fatehpur village, Dharamjaigarh divisional forest officer AR Banajre said. As per preliminary investigation, on Friday night, the spotted deer - a protected species under Wildlife Protection Act - had travelled to Fatehpur from an adjoining forest to quench its thirst. For more information, please visit

National rifle shooter arrested for killing Neelgai in Uttar Pradesh; 18 April 2015: A national rifle shooter and four others were arrested for allegedly killing a blue bull in Halpura village under Shikarpur police station area . The firearm used for killing the bull was also recovered, he said. A case was registered against the five accused under Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972 and they have been sent to jail, the SP said. For more information, please click :

Ramdev reportedly biggest buyer of Red Sanders in India; 17 April, 2015 : The cutting of red sander trees has come under the spotlight again after the killing of 20 alleged smugglers by the Andhra Pradesh police, but despite the theory that most of the wood recovered goes abroad it turns out one of the biggest consumers of Red Sanders is none other than yoga guru Ramdev. For more information, please visit

Unpaid teacher instigates Tiger poaching in Simlipal; 14 April 2015: Even as Odisha contests the All India Tiger Enumeration Report which put the big cat population in the State at 28, the poaching of a sub-adult tigress in Similipal Tiger Reserve (STR) has put the focus back on smuggling.On March 25, the Karanjia Forest Division officials seized skins of a Royal Bengal Tiger and a Leopard in Thakurmunda Forest Range. Investigation revealed that it was a Siksha Sahayak of Chirupada village, located on the foothills of Similipal, who lured the locals to kill the Tiger. Govind Kisku, the teacher, had not received his remuneration for about four to five months. For more information, please visit

Black Spotted Pond Turtles seized in Mumbai; 11 April 2015: Two suitcases crammed with 183 turtles were seized by Customs at the Mumbai airport on Saturday night. They were being smuggled to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The Customs handed over the turtles to the wildlife department. Please visit

Circus animals seized in Maharashtra; 9 April 2015: Four elephants were the last of the thirty-five animals used for performances by the Moonlight Circus, which is currently camping in Nanded, to be seized in one of the biggest animal rescue operations carried out in the state. The circus was violating the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 and Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. For more information, please visit -

Two people arrested in poaching case in Maharashtra; 8 April 2015: Forest officials investigating into Tigress poaching case in Mul range have made two more arrests and recovered two nails of the poached feline. Forest officials of Chandrapur forest division (territorial) had busted a case of Tigress poaching carried out in buffer zone of Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve and had arrested three poachers with some body parts of the Tigress. For more information, please visit

Red sanders smuggling and the Chinese mafia; 7 April 2015: The encounter at the Seshachalam hill range in which 20 red sandalwood smugglers were killed today has once brought to the fore the demand that red sandalwood has in the market. A tonne of red sandalwood fetches huge amounts and the Chinese mafia which drives this racket between Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh has a major demand for it. For more information, please visit

Mounted Tiger in court creates a flutter in court in Uttar Pradesh; 7 April 2015: Hundreds of people thronged the Ghaziabad court complex on Monday to catch a glimpse of a taxidermal Royal Bengal Tiger that was produced as evidence in a case of possession of illegal wildlife articles. Six men brought the 8ft-long mounted animal, weighing 60kg, inside the court room, more than two years after it was seized by police, following a tip-off by an animal welfare organization, from the house of a transporter in Surya Nagar. "It looked so real. I had never seen something like that in my life," said Ramesh Chand, an onlooker. For more information, please visit

Slender Lorises rescued and released in Karnataka; 31 March 2015: Thanks to the efforts of wildlife volunteers and activists, a pair of Slender Loris has been released into their natural habitat. In February this year, officials of the CID forest cell arrested two persons in Honnavar, Uttara Kannada district, and seized five slender loris from them. Apart from being illegally traded, the animals are also believed to be hunted down for black magic. They're also used to cure some eye diseases. For more information, please visit

Tiger cub killed in Bandhavgarh; 22 March 2015: Bandhavgarh Tiger reserve was alarmed recently by an alleged incident of poaching of a male Tiger cub aged seven to eight months. The carcass was found on the border between a private property and the core area in the Tala range of the famous reserve. The property reportedly belongs to a former minister. For more information, please visit

Mongoose hair paintbrushes seized in Kerala; 19 March 2015: Forest department officials seized around 14 000 painting brushes with bristles suspected to be made from the hair of mongoose. The contraband was found with a wholesale dealer at Padivattom near Palarivattom. Brushes of different sizes, manufactured in Uttar Pradesh, were seized from Kerala Traders, a wholesale distributor of hardware items. The shop is run by one Rakesh Kumar Sisodia at Padavattom on NH 47 bypass. For more information, please visit

Ivory seized in Kolkata; 16 March 2015 : A person was arrested from his Salt Lake residence on Monday morning for allegedly possessing elephant tusks and objects made of ivories. One tusk, 9 statuettes and other objects made of ivories were seized from Chakrabarty's Salt Lake residence. For more information, please visit

Deer meat seizure in Sunderbans; 14 March 2015: Forest officials seized a chunk of deer meat from Pathghora in North 24-Parganas on Saturday morning. Acting on a tip off, forest officials raided the marketplace in Pathghora and seized the deer meat — which weighed almost a kilo — from a group of villagers."No arrest has been made in this connection as of now. But, our raids will continue," said a forest official. For more information, please click :

CBI arrests Tiger poacher in Chattisgarh; 14 March 2015 : A joint team of CBI and wildlife crime cell nabbed two notorious Tiger poachers from Leemo village in Chhuikhadan tehsil in Rajnandgaon district in a first of its kind operation in Chhattisgarh. For more information, please visit

INTERPOL to track wildlife crime in India ;3 March 2015 : According to highly-placed sources in the environment ministry, the increase in wildlife crime involving lesser-known species will now be tracked by Interpol, jointly with the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB), the wildlife intelligence arm of the ministry. Among the major species whose poaching and illegal trade in the international market will be probed are pangolins, sea horses and sea cucumbers. Other species like star tortoise, fresh water turtles and mollusks will also be covered under the probe. For more information, please visit

Tortoises seized in Maharashtra; 22 February 2015: The Dhaba police on Sunday seized 44 tortoises after intercepting two bike-borne smugglers on a bridge over Wardha river. Police team summoned FDCM officers to the spot and handed over Haldar and the seized tortoises to them. Read more at

Man arrested with Pangolin scales; 20 February 2015: The Wildlife Crime Control Unit of Kohima police arrested one person for smuggling pangolin scales on February 20 at Peducha Check Gate, Kohima. According to the release, the seized pangolin scales were smuggled into Nagaland from Assam recently and was supposed to be delivered to a client in Manipur for exporting it further to Myanmar. The pangolin scales are reportedly used in manufacture of traditional medicine, jewelry and hand-held weapons etc., for which, there is high demand of it in the international markets, it added. For more information, please visit

750 tortoises rescued in Uttar Pradesh; 19 February 2015: Three suspected tortoise smugglers have been arrested from Pratapgarh railway station after GRP officials found 750 tortoises. They were arrested during the routine checking at platform number 2, GRP arrested three people carrying 750 tortoise packed in 16 airbags, GRP police station incharge Bhupendra Singh said. The trio, hailing from Sultanpur, were on their way to Kolkata by Howrah Mail, Singh said, adding, a case has been registered against them and further investigations to nab their aides are on. For more information, please visit

Chinkara, Great Indian Bustard and Peacock poaching continue unabated in Rajasthan; 11 February 2015:  State animal Chinkara, the state bird Great Indian Bustard and the national bird Peacock can all be offered over dinner in Rajasthan. While at the face of it only Salman Khan is known to be infamous for the banned royal sport, hunting of the endangered species carries on unabated in the state. And ironically little is being done by the forest officials and police to check it. For more information, please visit
Maharashtra’s wildlife crime conviction rate dismal; 10 February 2015: Though Maharashtra has become the first state to digitize the trial court orders and put it in public domain, a review of judgments delivered in the last six years shows that of the 147 court orders under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 (WPA), only 17 have recorded convictions, or a success rate of 11.56%. For more information, please visit
Carcasses of birds seized from poacher; 10 February 2015: Wildlife officers arrested an alleged poacher near the famous Chilika Lake in Odisha and seized carcasses of ruddy shelducks from his possession. Twenty poachers were arrested and over 100 migratory birds killed in Chilika area during the last five months, he added. For more information, please visit

Chinese nationals running wildlife racket arrested in Bangalore; 20 January 2015: Four Chinese nationals who allegedly ran a Red Sanders smuggling racket under the guise of a furniture business have been arrested by the Bangalore rural district police. For more information, please visit

Wildlife activists demand action on rhino poaching; 19 January 2015: In the first week of the New Year, four rhinos were killed in the state and their horns sawed off. Three of these were hunted at the Kaziranga National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fourth was killed at Dhing in Nagaon district. Since the killings, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has been under pressure to sack the state’s Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain. Wildlife activists, conservation groups and various other organisations have taken to the streets demanding removal of Hussain and an end to such incident. For more information, please visit

Kaziranga’s most wanted poachers list; 18 January 2015: Kaziranga National Park authorities have for the first time made public a list of 323 poachers. For more information, please visit

Red Sand Boa seized; 16 January 2015: Forest Department, in a joint operation by its various wings, arrested eight persons at Palode on the charge of keeping a sand boa, a non-venomous snake protected under the Wildlife Protection Act. Two cars used by the accused were confiscated.The Indian sand boa, weighing 3.5 kg, was being taken by the gang, suspected to have inter-State links, to sell it to prospective buyers. The gang was intercepted by the Forest officials at Karikuzhi, Panavoor, 7 km from Palode, on the basis of a tip-off by the Forest Intelligence Cell. This is the fourth sand boa that has been seized in the past two months by the Flying Squad Division, Thiruvananthapuram, after the Forest Department stepped up vigil following the theft of four red sand boas from the Snake Park at Olavacode, allegedly with the connivance of forest watchers. The other three seizures were from Venjaramood, Poovar and Pathanapuram. For more information, please visit 

Leopard skin seizure in Tamil Nadu raises concerns; 6 January 2015: The seizure of a Leopard pelt at Oddanchatram in the district has turned out to be a cause of concern for wildlife enthusiasts in the region as they suspect a network of poachers operating in the region. In September last year, forest officials seized two Leopard skins and three Sambar antlers in Oddanchatram. Five persons were arrested in this regard. In Tuesday's incident, Devathanapatti forest ranger, Karupiah and Tamil Nadu Green Movement joint secretary, S Jayachandran acted as buyers following a tip off. After being led to various locations for the entire day, the kingpin M Ganesan and his accomplices showed up in the evening. They were detained. For more information, please visit

Leopard-meat eater held in Aldur in Karnataka; 30 December 2014 : A day after a man-eating Tiger was hunted down in Belagavi forest, forest sleuths have come across a Leopard-eating poacher who has confessed to hunting and eating the animal. For more information, please visit

Birds seized in Dering Wildlife Sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh; 29 December 2014: Several oriental squirrel and bird carcasses were seized during a raid by the officials of the forest division and the Dering Wildlife Sanctuary (DEWS) at Pasighat market in East Siang district. For more information, please visit

Forest officials detain people with peacock legs and porcupine quills; 28 December 2014: Madurai district forest officials arrested two persons for selling peafowl legs and porcupine quills. Acting on a tip-off from TRAFFIC, a wildlife crime monitoring network, forest officials devised a plan to trap them. Accordingly, forest officials in plainclothes struck a deal with the duo, divisional forest officer Nihar Rajan said. For more information, please visit

Deer skin and antlers seized in Uttar Pradesh; 26 December 2014 : Deer skin and horns were seized by the Forest officials from Rura Sultanpur village of Gola range. Divisional Forest Officer Neeraj Kumar said that the seizure was made on a tip-off. For more information, please visit Poachers kill four Blackbuck in Gujarat; 26 December 2014: In the first major incident of poaching of its kind, four black bucks were shot down by poachers on fringes of the Velavadar National Park in Bhavnagar district in Saurashtra region of Gujarat. For more information, please visit

Young poachers threaten Chilka; 26 December 2014: Both Ramu Behera and Suna Behera (names changed) belong to Hatabaradi village under Tangi and are in their teens. But they have more in common - the two are bird poachers. Though new to the trade, there is a breed which is on the rise and poses a threat not only to the winged visitors of Chilika but also a challenge to the protection and enforcement staff of Chilika Wildlife Division.In the last 10 days itself, the division has arrested at least five juveniles from the fringe areas of the brackish water lagoon on charges of hunting the migratory birds. They were arrested and produced before the Juvenile Justice Board and sent to the remand home in Berhampur. For more information, please visit

Four people held for trying to sell Slender Lorises in Maharashtra ; 6 December 2014 : Four persons have been arrested from Ghodbunder Road in Mumbai for allegedly trying to sell four monkeys of rare and protected species, police said today. Acting on a tip-off, officials of the Crime Branch laid a trap in Ghodbunder road area on Thursday evening and held the four accused when they arrived in a car to sell four slender lorises, chipmunk-sized primates. For more information, please visit

Five poachers held in Valmiki Tiger Reserve; 8 December 2014: Five poachers have been arrested from the Valmiki Tiger Reserve (VTR) in Bihar's Bagaha police district, a forest official said. Acting on a tip off, the forest guards nabbed the five poachers, including one from Nepal and seized four nets from their possession from sector II of Madanpur forest range, the Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Nand Kishore said. For more information, please visit

Turtle smuggling racket busted in Andhra Pradesh; 7 December 2014: Forest Department officials seized more than 800 Indian soft-shelled turtles, which were reportedly being smuggled to other State. However, no one was arrested in the case. On a tip-off, officials, headed by Kaikalur Range Officer A. Sunil Kumar and Forest Beat Officer B. Rajesh, raided a private plot at Venkatapuram in Kalidindi mandal, where over 800 turtles were packed in 13 gunny bags. The turtles were reportedly collected from ponds and canals and were being transported to Odisha and Bihar. For more information, please visit

Jackal tails seized in Tamil Nadu; 6 December 2014: Forest officials in Tiruvallur seized eight jackal tails and arrested three members of a tribal community on charges of selling the trophies, categorised under Schedule II of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1982, at Tiruttani bus stand. Forest department sources said that the field operatives of TRAFFIC–the wildlife crime control wing of the World Wide Fund for Nature–India (WWF-I) tipped off forest officials about the sale of wildlife trophies in the busy Tiruttani bus stand. Following this, a team of officials led by range officer Madhan Kumar conducted raids and seized the trophies. For more information, please click visit

Wildlife meat trading racket busted in Mahrashtra; 21 November 2014: Forest officials of Chimur range busted a major wildlife meat trading racket and nabbed four poachers and seized six kg blue bull meat and two manually loading guns and other equipment used for poaching in the wee hours of in Doma forest beat on the outskirts of Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR). Authorities have launched a manhunt for three absconding accomplice of poachers and several other villagers who procured blue bull meat from them. For more information, please visit

Endangered plants to get more protection in India; 16 November 2014: Smugglers of endangered plant species will now be dealt with as severely as poachers in a bid to protect the country’s rich diversity of flora, although protection will come under wildlife laws and not the Forest Conservation Act. India is home to about 12% of the world’s endangered plant species but laws do not protect plants the same way as animals. The government plans to end this anomaly and provide legal protection to endangered plants and trees by incorporating a new schedule in the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. For more information, please visit

Tiger skin seized in Maharashtra; 15 November 2014: The Thane police have arrested two persons and seized a Tiger skin in the city's Teen Hath Naka area. Additional commissioner of police Shivaji Bodke said the duo had brought the skin from Nashik. For more information, please visit

Five kg wild boar meat seized in Goa; 8 November 2014: After being tipped off by a Bicholim-based wildlife activist, the Ponda wildlife division of the forest department seized 5 kg wild boar meat from a poultry at Adcolna-Banastarim in Ponda taluka. For more information, please visit

Two people arrested with Tiger skin in Madhya Pradesh; 17 October 2014 : Madhya Pradesh police arrested two persons in Balaghat district with the skin of a Tiger poached in Gadchiroli district in Maharashtra. They are being suspected to be part of an organised racket. For more information, please visit

Two people arrested with Tiger skin in Madhya Pradesh ; 17 October, 2014 : Madhya Pradesh police on arrested two persons in Balaghat district with the skin of a tiger poached in Gadchiroli district in Maharashtra. They are being suspected to be part of an organised racket. For more information, please click :

Over 100 wild tortoises seized from women passengers in Kerala; 13 October 2014: Over 100 wild tortoises, which were meant to be smuggled to Tamil Nadu, have been seized from three women train passengers in Thrissur district. Acting on a tip off, police carried out a check in a Chennai-bound train and seized the species from them. For more information please visit

Chennai youngster arrested for dealing in Star Tortoises; 13 October 2014: Forest officials have arrested a 17-year-old resident of Kolathur on charges of indulging in online sale of wild animals, including endangered species. According to the officials of the State forest department, the teenager had been involved in online trade for the past three months. For more information, please visit

Metropolitan cities hubs of Tiger crime; 12 October 2014: Lucknow has as high a probability of Tiger crime as Delhi. Among the Tiger-crime hotspots are now cities like Lucknow, Kanpur, Allahabad, Mysore, Bangalore, Delhi and Indore. Rail connectivity has made poachers shift base to cities to facilitate illegal Tiger trade. A report titled 'Tiger poaching and trafficking in India: estimating rates of occurrence and detection over four decades', published in scientific journal 'Biological Conservation' in September focused on "cumulative effect of Tiger habitats, proximity to road and rail, and presence of Tiger trade hub," said researcher Koustubh Sharma. For more information, please visit

Monitor Lizards seized from man in Tamil Nadu; 10 October 2014: Forest Department officials rescued 27 monitor lizards and arrested a person at Koothadivayal near Aranthangi on 10 October 2014. The reptile is listed under Schedule II of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. Acting on the information, the officials of the Madurai, Virudhunagar, and Tiruchi circles went to the house of Durairaj, 41, posing as traders, they asked him for supply of monitor lizards. For more information, please visit

Peacock feathers seized from a passenger in Kerala; 16 September 2014: Peacock feathers weighing 29.8 kg were seized on Tuesday by customs officials from a Singapore bound passenger at the airport. For more information, please visit

Ivory seized, three people arrested in Maharashtra; 16 September 2014: The Laxmipuri police arrested three persons, including two women, for allegedly carrying three elephant tusks and two ivory bracelets. For more information, please click :

Rajasthan government to initiate action on illegal partridge poaching; 15 September 2014: The government in Rajasthan assured the State Assembly that a high level probe would be ordered and action will be taken against those involved in illegal poaching of partridge and peacocks. For more information, please visit

Common Moorhen seized in Ghaziabad; 15 September 2014: Forty five Common Moorhen were seized from a tempo, Station Officer of Indira Puram Police Station, Hari Dayal Singh Yadav said. For more information, please visit Six people held for trying to sell Sand Boa; 15 September 2014: A joint team of the Organised Crime Investigation Unit (OCIU) and the Dharmapuri police arrested six people for smuggling a sand boa. For more information, please visit

Kerala turns into transit hub for ivory; 12 September 2014: For the last three years, not a single case of elephant poaching has been registered by the Forest Department. However, in 2013, they seized nine tusks and two ivory statues, together weighing 88 kg. In 2012 also there were ivory seizures and this year so far, three cases have been reported. Experts in the field point to Kerala becoming a transit hub of ivory smugglers and suggest that ivory from other states is being smuggled in, especially to the State capital, which is traditionally an ivory carving centre. For more information, please visit

Amravati officials crack Leopard skin case in Mahrashtra, arrest six people; 11 September 2014: The Amravati forest division officials have finally cracked Leopard shooting case following seizure of a full-grown Leopard's skin from Warud, 100km from here. Six persons involved in the crime have been arrested. For more information, please visit

Three people held for smuggling Sand Boas; 3 September 2014: The Navi Mumbai crime branch arrested three persons who would allegedly sell a rare species of the Sand Boa snake, collecting them from different places. They would convince the customers that by keeping these snakes, they could become rich and could gather huge property as the snakes would find out the 'secret wealth' of people's forefathers. For more information, please visit

Softshell turtles seized in Kerala; 31 August 2014 : A pair of Indian softshell turtles were seized by the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, Southern Region (WLCCB-SR) officials from Chennai in Kannur, Kerala on Sunday. Two persons were arrested, as the species has been categorised under the Schedule I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972. For more information, please visit

Twenty two poachers arrested in two years; 30 August 2014: At least 22 persons have been arrested for poaching in Dampa Tiger Reserve in Mizoram over the last two years. Seventeen people have been convicted and punished under relevant sections of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. For more information, please visit

Tiger poacher arrested in Odisha; 29 August 2014: In yet another big catch, the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB), Delhi, nabbed Tiger poacher from Odisha, wanted in Tiger skin seizure case in Bhandara. Hanumant was nabbed by WCCB sleuths in Nabarangapur in Odisha. For more information, please visit

Two people arrested with antlers in Dehradun; 26 August 2014 : Uttarakhand police have arrested two persons and seized about 100 kg of deer antlers from their possession from Rajpur road area under the Dehradun’s Kotwali police station late on Tuesday evening. The arrested persons are Nishar and Meharban.They are native of Haripur Togiya village under the Buggawala police station of Hardwar district. Their native village is close to the boundaries of Rajaji national Park in Hardwar. For more information, please visit:

Three hundred sixty Star Tortoises seized in Bengal; 24 August 2014: The Border Security Force (BSF) has seized 360 Indian Star Tortoises from West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district, while they were being smuggled to Bangladesh, an official said. They were seized on Sunday from Gunrajpur border outpost in North 24 Parganas by the troopers of the BSF 40th battalion. For more information, please visit

Star Tortoises seized from man in Chennai airport; 9 August 2014: Customs officials at Chennai airport seized 60 Star Tortoises from a 35-year-old man who was trying to smuggle them to Bangkok on an Air Asia flight scheduled to take off at 10:20pm. The accused was carrying the tortoises in his check-in bag. For more information, please visit

School raided by animal protection group; 6 August 2014 : A team from PFA raided Vivek High School in Mohali for allegedly possessing specimens of wild animals illegally in the school laboratory. An FIR is yet to be registered against the director, principal and administrator of Vivek High School in Sector 71. For more information, please visit

Bid to smuggle Black Spotted Pond Turtles foiled; 3 August 2014 : Sleuths of the customs department in Chennai detained a 28-year-old man while attempting to sneak away 88 Black pond turtles to Bangkok. For more information, please visit

Tiger nails seized near Tumsar in Maharashtra; 27 July 2014: On July 27, wildlife and territorial forest officials from Gondia and Bhandara seized the skin of an eight-month-old Tiger and 17 nails after luring the accused into a trap with the help of a Bengaluru-based NGO in Davezari village in Tumsar. For more information, please visit

Wildlife Crime Control Bureau seizes animals during raid; 21 July 2014 : The western region of Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, in a joint raid in Nagpur with Maharashtra forest department, seized two live baby crocodiles, 19 Indian tent turtles, 15 Indian Star Tortoises and 15 Red eared Sliders - an exotic species. For more information, please visit

Gujarat forest department seizes baby crocodile ; 17 July, 2014 : The Gujarat forest department recovered a baby crocodile from a house in the Sabarmati area and detained two persons for allegedly breaching provisions of the Wildlife Protection Act, officials said. "Acting on a specific tip-off, we raided a house in the Sabarmati area and seized a baby crocodile from there," a forest official said. For more information, please visit :

Poaching of wild animals is a serious issue, says Environment Minister; 16 July 2014: Terming poaching of wild animals as a serious issue, government has said wildlife in the country is "under stress" with illegal trade in South East Asia alone to the tune of USD 60 billion. Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said killing of wild animals for illegal trade is a "serious issue" and government was taking a number of steps to prevent poaching and illegal trade. For more information, please visit

939 rhinoceroses died in Assam between 2003 to 2012; 16 July 2014: A total of 939 rhinoceroses have died in Assam between 2003 to 2012, Parliament was told by Union Environment Minister, Prakash Javadekar. For more information, please visit

Bombay High Court rejects PIL for capturing snakes on the occasion of NagPanchami; 15 July 2014 : The Bombay High Court has dismissed a petition seeking permission to capture live cobras from forests during the forthcoming Nagpanchmi festival for worshipping the snakes, observing it was against the provisions of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. For more information, please visit

Sixty-two Star Tortoises seized in Dimapur in Nagaland; 12 July 2014: Sixty-two live Star Tortoises were seized from the Railway Parcel Office in Dimapur by the Wildlife Crime Control Branch (WCCB), a WCCB official said. The tortoises were found concealed under fruits in two fruit crates parcelled from Delhi, said the Officer-in-Charge, Wildlife Crime Control Branch, Ailong Phom, who led the seizure. For more information, please visit

Youth arrested for killing Chinkara in Rajasthan; 9 July 2014: Five persons from well-off families from Jodhpur who had come to Jaisalmer for an outing crushed a male chinkara standing on a roadside near Pokhran with their vehicle. The youths then took the chinkara to their vehicle. But an alert forest team chased and arested them.The accused were arrested and the carcass of the Chinkara was seized. Chinkara is protected under Schedule I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act. For more information, please visit

Tiger skin trader Lala granted bail in Delhi; 3 July 2014: In a setback to the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB), Delhi, notorious Tiger skin and body parts trader Naresh Lala, who was arrested with 18kg of Tiger bones in September last year, was granted bail by a Tis Hazari Court. WCCB, is a statutory multidisciplinary body established under the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF), to combat organized wildlife crime in the country. Lala is also facing trial in Nagpur for his role in trafficking five Tiger skins. For more information, please visit

Five poachers arrested for killing wildlife; 1 July 2014: In a major breakthrough, foresters nabbed five poachers of a 13-member armed group from inside the core area of Palamau Tiger Reserve (PTR) near a dam in Betla, recovering traditional and modern ammunition, nets and turtle meat from them. For more information please visit

Two arrested with Leopard skin in Odisha; 25 June 2014: Two persons were arrested for killing a Leopard in Ganjam district.For more information, please visit

Rise in slaughter of Whale Sharks in India; 23 June 2014: In a short span of 13 months that is from February 2013, as many as 15 Whale Sharks Rhincodon typus have been slaughtered in the Godavari region. The figure is quite alarming. For more information, please visit

More forces arrayed to save wildlife from poaching in Kaziranga ; 23 June, 2014 : With the monsoon setting in, Assam Forest Department is planning to send about 150 additional men of the Assam Forest Protection Force (AFPF) to the Kaziranga National Park to secure the wildlife, particularly the one-horned rhinos in the park, from the poachers. For more information, please click :

Two hundred fifty Asiatic Lions killed in Gujarat over past five years ; 21 June, 2014 : Is the world's only abode of Asiatic lions in Gujarat under threat? The Gir wildlife sanctuary and its periphery have witnessed no less than 250 deaths of lions in the last five years. This has raised concerns over the safety of the big cats. For more information, please click :

Tiger pelt trader applies for bail for the sixth time ; 19 June, 2014 : At a time when three tiger poachers from Melghat were sentenced to five-year jail term on Wednesday, biggest international tiger skin and body parts trader Suraj Pal alias Chacha has again filed bail application in the sessions court.Since his arrest on September 6, 2013, bail of Delhi-based Chacha (67) has been rejected four times - twice in Nagpur and twice in Delhi. However, his bail application was allowed on May 22 in Delhi but it has been challenged by the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) in the Tis Hazari court. For more information, please click :

First conviction in poaching cases, 3 get five-year term in Maharashtra ; 19 June,2014 : In the first such conviction in recent times, three poachers were sentenced to five years imprisonment by an Achalpur court on Wednesday for killing a tiger at Dhakna in Melghat Tiger Reserve (MTR). The convicts were also fined Rs 50,000 per head. This is the first ruling in the tiger poaching cases being fought in Achalpur and Nagpur courts since last year. For more information, please click :

Asian Brown Tortoise rescued in Manipur : 18 June, 2014 : During a raid in some paddy fields of Lousi pat area, Thoubal Police Commandos of Kakching apprehended one poacher along with 4 large bird nets and rescued two spotted doves from him yesterday, a release of PFA, Thoubal said. During a raid in some paddy fields of Lousi pat area, Thoubal Police Commandos of Kakching apprehended one poacher along with 4 large bird nets and rescued two spotted doves from him yesterday, a release of PFA, Thoubal said. This is the largest Asian tortoise species, said the PFA statement, adding that this tortoise is considered as endangered by IUCN and included in appendix-II by CITES. For more information, please click :

Saravanan, man modelled after Veerappan, arrested, likely to be released ; 18 June, 2014 : A 45-year-old man, Saravanan Gounder, believed to have fashioned himself after dreaded sandalwood bandit Veerappan, was arrested by the Salem police on Wednesday morning and is likely to be released later. Across the border in Karnataka, police and forest officials, who had launched a week-long operation to nab the man, are likely to pick him up. Tamil Nadu forest officials and Karnataka police had been searching for Saravanan Gounder, who earned the nickname 'junior' Veerappan after he allegedly poached six tuskers and spread fear in the region with threats and intimidation. He was picked up on Tuesday for questioning and arrested. For more information, please click :

Two Leopard skins seized, man held in Himachal Pradesh; 18 June, 2014 : The wildlife department arrested a 28-year-old Himachal Pradesh resident after two panther skins were recovered from him at Barun village on the Haryana-Himachal Pradesh border on Monday evening. For more information, please click :

Cameras trap poachers with Sambar meat in Tillari forest ; 18 June, 2014 : They had been set up to track wildlife movement in one of the most densely forested biological hotspots in Maharashtra. Officials in the state forest department were, however, surprised to see animals, albeit the two-legged kind, netted by the camera traps set up in the Tillari area of Sindhudurg's Dodamarg taluka.In a first-of-its-kind occurrence, camera traps laid near Kendre village to track wildlife secretly photographed a gang of poachers who had allegedly killed a Sambar. Forest officials managed to track down six offenders and nabbed them with an unlicensed gun in their hand. For more information, please click :

Wild animals and birds sold along NH-29 seized in Nagaland ; 14 June, 2014 : Staff of Kohima Forest Range, Kohima Forest Division while carrying out their routine duty to check illegal trade of wild animals and birds, have seized several scheduled animals which were being sold along the NH-29 on Friday near Medziphema. The seized items include 3-4 kgs of deer meat and 12 birds, of which two were alive. The live birds (a green pegion and an eagle) were handed over to wildlife personnel at Kohima whereas the other items were disposed in presence of senior officers in the premises of the office of the Kohima Forest Range Officer. For more information, please click :

Illegal trade wiping out lesser known species in India ; 11 June, 2014 : Speaking up for lesser-known species, which are being relentlessly hunted and traded, conservationists, wildlife experts, policy makers, scientists, research scholars, and senior officials from the State Forest Departments, Ministry of Environment and Forests, enforcement agencies, Wildlife Institute of India (WII), and non-government organisations got together earlier this week to deliberate on how security measures can be put in place to protect the future of these species. Wildlife species like pangolins, birds, tortoises and sharks, were discussed during the meeting on ‘Consultation on Illegal Trade in Lesser Known Species’. The meet was jointly organised by the TRAFFIC, the WWF-India, the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) and the Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI). For more information, please click :

Turtles seized in Dehradun; 6 June 2014: One man has been arrested here with 35 turtles belonging to rare species, state forest officials said. The accused was held at a bus depot yesterday based on a tip-off. Thirty-five turtles of rare species were seized from his possession. A case has been registered against him. Among the 35, two are spotted turtles while rest are Indian Tent Turtles, Patnaik said, adding, both the species belong to Schedule-I category under the Act. For more information, please visit

Red Sanders smuggler arrested in Andhra Pradesh; 4 June 2014 : Kadapa police arrested notorious Red Sanders smuggler Srinivasulu Naidu alias Don Srinu from Tirupati. He was taken to Kadapa for interrogation. For more information, please visit

Two villagers arrested for possessing Leopard skin in Himachal Pradesh; 1 June 2014: Two persons have been arrested from Sangla valley of Kinnaur district in Himachal Pradesh on for possessing a Leopard skin. The arrests followed Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, Delhi alerting forces and wildlife department in Kinnaur about a bid to sell the Leopard skin. For more information, please visit

Wildlife trade burgeoning in Bengal again; 26 May 2014 : Illegal trafficking syndicates of wild animals in Dum Dum, Baguiati and Rajarhat areas have resurfaced once again after the traffickers lied low for some time following the arrest of a trader from Baguiati in January.Only two days back around 1000 Hamilton turtles, listed vulnerable by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), were seized by the police at Keshtopur Ghoshpara area. According to police, the turtles were brought from Odisha and Andhra Pradesh and were being sent to Bangladesh and China. For more information, please visit

Rise in Tiger deaths in Tamil Nadu in 2014; 24 May, 2014 : The poaching of a three-year-old Tigress has set alarm bells ringing for the state forest department. Though the gang has been arrested and the Tiger skin seized, the fact that forest officials could do little to prevent poaching is a cause for concern. The incident came to light at a time when Tamil Nadu has reported the highest number of Tiger deaths in the country this year. For more information, please visit

Tiger skin trader Chacha granted bail by court; 22 May 2014 : Biggest international Tiger skin and body parts trader Suraj Pal alias Chacha was granted bail by a Tis Hazari court in Delhi. For more information, please visit

Man arrested for possessing ivory stick; 21 May 2014: Finally after seven months, the Khadak police have lodged complaint against two youth who were found smuggling a foldable walking stick made of elephant ivory. In October last year, the Khadak police had detained two persons for possessing walking stick allegedly made of ivory. The police had then sent the stick to the zoological department to verify whether it was made of ivory. But no experts in the department could verify this and hence, the stick had been sent to Kolkata-based Central Forensic Science Laboratory. The elephant tooth ivory was transformed into a beautiful folding stick with imprints of flowers and camel with red, blue, black and marron colours carved on it to conceal its identity. For more information, please visit

Two people arrested for trying to sell Tiger skin in Mysore; 15 May 2014: Two men were arrested for allegedly possessing a Tiger pelt. Ashokapuram police took the people into custody after they were found moving around in a suspicious manner near a park. To their surprise, police found Tiger skin in their bag. For more information, please visit:

Poachers go online to offer jackals on sale; 16 May 2014: Welcome to the world of tech-savvy poachers who are now using social networking sites and mobile applications to trade in wild animals, including threatened and protected species. The message about the jackal cubs flashed last week on a WhatsApp group discussing exotic birds. It had the seller's handle, 'Farhan racer 007', and his phone number. When TOI called the number, the person who responded asked for the caller's identity, profession and reason for purchase. He said the cubs belonged to his friend in Madurai but refused to strike a deal without a reference from a person familiar to him. For more information, please visit

Hamilton turtle consignment from India seized in Thailand ; 14 May, 2014 : Customs officials seized 230 Hamilton turtles left by traffickers at Suvarnabhumi airport . The turtles were packed in four suitcases which arrived on IndiGo Airlines flight 6E077 from Kolkata. They were found unattended in the arrival area inside the airport. For more information, please visit

Turtles seized in Uttar Pradesh; 14 May 2014 : Around 158 endangered turtles were rescued while being smuggled to other parts of the country, in Auraiya district. A team of Ayana police and forest department officials seized pond turtles, packed in four jute sacks, from a loader at Muradganj area of the district. The breakthrough came after the vehicle in which smugglers were transporting the turtles met with an accident near Muradganj area on Auraiya-Etawah National highway. For more information, please visit

Tortoises rescued from Mysore college; 11 May 2014 : Forest officials have rescued 11 tortoises kept “illegally” at the Yuvaraja’s College (Autonomous) here for a research project sanctioned by the State government.Rearing tortoises or keeping them for research purpose is against the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. Embarrassed authorities of the college have recommended disciplinary action against the chairperson of biotechnology department, R Chandavar Vidya, who had brought the tortoises. For more information, please visit

Rhino shot dead in Kaziranga; 5 May 2014: In an unabated killing of Rhinos at the Kaziranga National Park, a female adult rhino was gunned down and its horn was taken away by poachers taking the toll to 11 this year at the World Heritage Site. For more information, please visit

Ivory recovered from wildlife smugglers; 4 May 2014 : Delhi Police has arrested two wildlife smugglers and seized 11 kg of ivory.  Acting on a tip off, two individuals were arrested near Red Fort for selling pieces of ivory tusks, police said adding the Wildlife Department was informed about the same. For more information, please visit

Tiger and Leopard skins seized from poachers in Tamil Nadu; 1 May 2014 : Officials of the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, Southern Region, busted a gang involved in poaching in Tamil Nadu and seized Tiger and Leopard Cat skins from it in Coimbatore. The bureau’s regional deputy director (south), S.R.V. Murthy, said the four-member gang poached the Tiger and the Leopard Cat in Kodaikanal forests. For more information, please visit

460 Star Tortoises seized in Trivandrum; 29 April 2014 : Customs officials at Thiruvananthapuram airport checked a baggage for "what they thought to be mangoes", but turned out to be drugged Star Tortoise hatchlings. Customs “spotters” observing international passengers for non-verbal clues that would, arguably, indicate concealment of contraband on their person or baggage, perceived the passenger to be “extremely edgy”. They detained him. His luggage was “anything but mangoes”. The enforcers said they found 460 tortoise hatchlings, all drugged and immobilised after being dipped in a sleeping pill solution. The creatures were haphazardly stacked and so tightly bound that only their carapaces showed. For more information, please visit

Four poachers held in Manipur with venison ; 29 April 2014 : Police with the help of wildlife enthusiasts in Bishnupur district have arrested four poachers and seized cooked and uncooked venison. Two others are absconding. Poaching of wild animals protected by the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 is a regular affair in Manipur. Most markets in the hill districts openly sell meat. For more information, please visit

Three people held with Leopard and deer skin; 28 April 2014 : Three people were arrested from Magardarra railway station area of Balaghat district, on Monday, for allegedly carrying Leopard and deer hides. Acting on a tip-off, police team apprehended the trio and seized a Leopard hide from their possession. Later, two hides of spotted deer were also seized. For more information, please visit

Marine poaching grows in India; 27 April 2014 : After the trafficking of Rhino horns, Tiger skins and Elephant tusks; illegal trade of threatened marine species - especially Seahorses and Sea Cucumbers - is emerging as the new wildlife crime. India's coastal waters are fast becoming base for easy poaching by international gangs. What is more alarming is that these gangs have moved from sailing away with the species to illegally transporting them in international flights. For more information, please visit

Massive haul of sea cucumbers in India; 10 April 2014 : A total of 16 Sri Lankans were arrested by the Indian Coast guards for illegally poaching in the Indian exclusive economic zone and two tons of sea cucumber (a marine animal found in sea floor) which have an international market value of Rs 50 lakh were recovered from the ship on which they were aboard. For more information, please visit

Endangered turtles seized in New Delhi ; 27 March 2014 : Twenty seven endangered turtles, meant for sale to other countries, were today seized in a joint operation by Delhi police, the wildlife department and different groups near a bus stand here. The operation was carried out by Wildlife SOS, Delhi Wildlife Department, Wildlife Crime Control Bureau and Delhi Police. The soft-shelled turtles had been captured by the poachers in Rajasthan and carried in bags using public transport. For more information, please visit

Gun seized from hunters in Tungareshwar ; 22 March, 2014 : The Tungareshwar Range forest officials after a late night long operation swooped in the dense jungle and raided the makeshift campsite of a group of hunters and seized a hunting gun with the gun powder and ball bearings, that were used used to shoot the animals. A skull of a wild boar too, has been found in their possession. The forest officials managed to catch two, while the other four accused managed to flee as soon as they saw the officials.

Maharashtra police probing contacts of Sangli gang ; 20 March, 2014 : The Sangli police are investigating whether the arrested local gang involved in the illegal trade of animal parts has links with other gangs outside Maharashtra. Investigative teams are also checking if the arrested members had contacted any known poachers or illegal wildlife traders in the country. The investigations will take longer than expected, because it would involve contact with states like Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala, among others. For more information, please visit :

Tiger poacher Sansar Chand, dies ; 18 March, 2014 : Wildlife poaching accused Sansar Chand, who was terminally ill, died at SMS hospital. Notorious tiger poacher was facing trial on charges related to killing of several wild cats of Sariska Tiger reserve. Chand was lodged in Alwar central jail and was brought to SMS hospital last week. According to doctors, he had tumors in his lungs, brain and spinal cord. The cancer was in the last stage. He went into coma on Monday. Before being shifted to SMS, he was undergoing treatment at AIIMS in Delhi. For more information, please visit :

Fifteen kg sea horses seized ; 11 March, 2014 : Police today seized 15 kgs of dead sea horse from a woman passenger of a private bus at Mayiladuthurai near here. Sea horse are listed as endangered species under Schedule-1 of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972. The sea horse was hidden in a big. When the officials were examining the bags, the woman fled the scene. For more information, please visit :

Uttarakhand Police seizes leopard skin, nabs one ; 01 March, 2014 : Uttarakhand Police seized a leopard skin from a person, who was allegedly trying to sell it at Ranipokhri near Dehradun. The accused, Manish Adhikari, 34, who is a resident of Joshimath and runs a confectionery shop there, has been arrested under the provisions of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, police said. For more information, please click :

Wildlife smuggler held in Bihar with 750 tortoises ; 01 March, 2014 : Around 750 tortoises concealed in gunny bags, were seized and a member of a smuggler’s gang was arrested in Purnea district of Bihar. For more information, please click :

Lion cub killed in Gir National Park by poachers; 2 March 2014: A 5-month-old lion cub was killed for its nails and bones by poachers on the outskirts of Gir Wildlife Sanctuary near Liliya in Amreli district, forest wardens said. The mutilated carcass was found with its feet and bones missing. Forest officials suspect poachers cut the feet after trapping and killing the animal. For more information, please visit

Leopard skin seizure in Maharashtra exposes interstate links ; 21 February 2014 : Gondia forest officials have seized a Leopard skin and exposed an interstate gang of wildlife criminals after arresting four persons - two from Bahela in Lanji near Balaghat and two others from Aamgaon, 130km from Nagpur . According to sources, forest officials were tipped off by local police that two persons from Aamgaon were attempting to sell a Leopard skin to a local. A joint team of foresters and policemen led by mobile squad assistant conservator of forest (ACF) Vijay Udapure sent a fake customer to deal with the accused and arrested two people dealing in the Leopard skin. For more information, please visit:

Four hundred tortoises seized at Chennai airport; 14 February 2014 : Almost a year after the last haul, customs sleuths at the Chennai International airport caught six men for attempting to smuggle 420 live Star Tortoises to Bangkok.When their baggage was being scanned, sleuths noticed that some odd shaped shadows were showing up in one of the bags. “Acting on suspicion, we took them aside and checked their bags and found that these six men had tortoises inside sealed pouches,” said an official. For more information, please visit

Two persons held with 60 parrots in Bihar; 13 February 2014 : Two persons were arrested on Thursday with 60 parrots from Rampur Check Post. The area falls in Valmiki Nagar Tiger Reserve (VTR) under Madanpur police station area in Bihar's West Champaran district, a forest officer said. For more information, please visit

Two people held for possessing Leopard skin in Mahrashtra ; 9 February 2014 : Sahakarnagar police station officials arrested two men for possessing a Leopard skin. For more information, please visit

Kolkata turning into a major hub for wildlife trading; 3 February 2014 : Recently when the customs department seized three chimpanzees, four marmoset monkeys and a capuchin monkey and huge amount of birds it was apparent that the city has become a major hub for illegal wildlife trading. The officers of wildlife crime control bureau in the last three months have arrested more than 55 people and have seized quite a number of birds and animals. For more information, please visit

Five thousand turtles seized in Bengal near Bangladesh border; 3 February 2014 : About 5000 Indian softshell turtles, listed vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, were seized on Monday from Bongaon on the Bangladesh border. Additional principal chief conservator of forests (wildlife) Pradeep Vyas said most of the 4,980 seized turtles were alive. "Three persons have been arrested in this connection. The turtles were being sent to Bangladesh," he said. For more information, please visit
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