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Ernie Cooper
Ernie Cooper
Director, TRAFFIC and Wildlife Trade.
Ernie leads the wildlife trade team for WWF-Canada and is the National Representative of the TRAFFIC Network—the wildlife trade monitoring program of WWF and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. He is responsible for monitoring Canadian wildlife trade and its impact on Canadian and international conservation, liaising with Canadian authorities, and assisting the TRAFFIC network’s global efforts.
Ernie has worked in the field of international wildlife conservation for more than 25 years and is a leading Canadian authority on wildlife trade, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the identification of wildlife products, and enforcement of Canada’s wildlife trade legislation. Prior to joining WWF-Canada in 2001, Ernie was a Canadian federal game officer and was Environment Canada’s first wildlife inspector.
Ernie is an Associate of the Simon Fraser University (SFU) Centre for Forensic Research, an adjunct professor to the SFU School of Criminology, and a member of the Society for Wildlife Forensic Science. He is also a contributing editor for the CITES Secretariat’s online Wiki Species Identification Manual.
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Good News and Bad News for Rhinos
Two days ago we learned that park rangers in Ujung Kulon National Park (Indonesia) had used camera traps to count a total of 58 Javan rhinos, up from 51 in 2012.

Endangered fin whale meat shipped through Canada: this sucks!
Shipments of meat from fin whales, a species listed as endangered on the IUCN Red Data list, have been travelling through Canada to their destination in Japan.

London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade a success
This has been quite the week for those folks that work to end illegal hunting and illegal trade in wildlife. As you may already be aware, the London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade ended successfully yesterday. At this unprecedented event the Heads of State, Ministers and high level representatives of 46 countries endorsed the London Declaration which commits them to undertaking “decisive and urgent action” to tackle the illegal wildlife trade.

U.S. unveils a National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking as World Leaders Gather
Yesterday, almost in prelude, the White House unveiled its first-ever National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking. This strategy was developed by the Presidential Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking. Both WWF and TRAFFIC sit on this council.

World leaders gather in London to tackle illegal wildlife trade
On February 12-13, heads and ministers of around 50 governments from around the world will meet at the London Conference to agree how to tackle the illegal wildlife trade.