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The Environment Department and the Home Office will each provide PS136,000 for the National Wildlife Crime Unit from March this year until March 2014.
The National Wildlife Crime Unit has warned all zoos and safari parks that rhinos could be targeted for their horns and the reason is terrifyingly simple: they're running out of rhinos in the wild, so intense is the demand for these horns - no wonder, at pounds 40,000 a kilo.
For the first time national statistics for badgers are available through the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU), and statistics on reported badger incidents are now being compiled separately.
Yesterday, as he was jailed for 30 months at Warwick Crown Court, officials hailed the success of a rescue operation involving the Scottish Wildlife Trust, RSPB and the National Wildlife Crime Unit.
Andy McWilliam, from the National Wildlife Crime Unit, said: "Lendrum is the highest level of wildlife criminal.
Alan Roberts, of the National Wildlife Crime Unit, said: "There is undoubtedly a link between an increased internet market for endangered wildlife and the threat to the species in the wild.
The arrest followed an operation involving police, the RSPB, Natural England and the National Wildlife Crime Unit.
Among its demands are a review of wildlife policing in Britain, funding for the National Wildlife Crime Unit and more specialist Wildlife Crime Officers.