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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 15, 2018, 10:04:24 pm »


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No. 54, Nov. 15, 2018

SNIPPET:

When it comes to wildlife, we still have a lot to learn about the reintroduction of imperiled wild species. University of Texas-Austin researcher Kalli F. Doubleday explains why all eyes are on India's Sariska Tiger Reserve for important lessons on the reintroduction of big cats and their coexistence with neighboring humans.

India’s ‘Vagabond Tigers’ Offer Lessons for Future Reintroductions

When tigers are reintroduced into an area where they once lived, people need to learn to live with them all over again.

Essays

November 13, 2018 - by Kalli F. Doubleday



A Sariska tigress and her cubs. Photo: Rajasthan forest department

FULL ARTICLE:   

https://therevelator.org/vagabond-tigers/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 13, 2018, 05:02:14 pm »

EcoWatch


Judge: Wildlife Must Be Considered Before Permitting Fracking Off SoCal Coast

By Olivia Rosane

Nov. 12, 2018 08:38AM EST

SNIPPET:

In what environmentalists are calling a major victory, a California judge ruled Friday that the Trump administration cannot approve any new fracking off the state's southern coast until a full review is done assessing the controversial technique's impact on endangered species and coastal resources, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.

"Endangered sea otters and other critters just won a reprieve from the Trump 🦀 administration's 🐉🦕 assault on our oceans for dirty oil    🦖," Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) Oceans Program Legal Director Kristen Monsell said in a press release. "We plan to celebrate this great victory in the fight against climate change and dirty fossil fuels."

Full article:

https://www.ecowatch.com/judge-halts-fracking-off-socal-coast-2619347365.html


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 13, 2018, 04:42:29 pm »

EcoWatch


China Restores Rhino and Tiger Parts Ban After International Fury

By Lorraine Chow

Nov. 12, 2018 10:26AM EST

SNIPPET:

Great news from China! Following intense international backlash, the Chinese government said Monday that it has postponed a regulation that would have allowed the use of tiger bone and rhino horn for medicine, research and other purposes.

In October, China alarmed animal rights activists around the world when it weakened a 25-year-old ban on the trading of the animal parts. Conservationists said it would be akin to signing a "death warrant" for endangered tiger and rhino populations.

Ding Xuedong, the executive deputy secretary-general, told the state news agency Xinhua that the October regulation was "postponed after study."

China will continue to enforce its 1993 ban on the import, export and sale of rhinos, tigers and their byproducts, he said.

"I would like to reiterate that the Chinese government has not changed its stance on wildlife protection and will not ease the crackdown on illegal trafficking and trade of rhinos, tigers and their byproducts and other criminal activities," Ding added.

The October plan  would have allowed the trade of rhino horns and tiger bones from captive animals for use in medical and scientific research , education and "cultural exchanges," Reuters reported.

Read more:

https://www.ecowatch.com/rhinos-tigers-parts-ban-china-2619363455.html
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 09, 2018, 06:22:32 pm »

EcoWatch

By Lorraine Chow

Nov. 08, 2018 12:11PM EST

SNIPPET:


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Greenpeace Russia described the conditions as "torture" and said that capturing the marine mammals could threaten the species' survival.


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 25, 2018, 02:46:28 pm »




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“The Trump administration’s anti-regulatory agenda is turning it into the extinction presidency,” said Greenwald. “The vast majority of the American public wants to see endangered species protected, but administration officials are flushing these imperiled plants and animals down the toilet for their patrons in the oil industry and other polluters.”


The Extinction Presidency ☠️

Trump Administration Withholding Protection for 78 Species 

The Trump administration is dragging its feet on lifesaving protection decisions for 78 endangered animals and plants, including those desperately in need of protection for their last remaining habitat on Earth.

The Center for Biological Diversity's new analysis examines the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's failure to adhere to a plan it developed in 2016. Under Trump the agency has failed to decide whether to protect 57 species under the Endangered Species Act and whether to protect the habitat for another 21 species.

Among those neglected are wolverines, lesser prairie chickens and Hermes copper butterflies.

"The Trump administration's anti-regulatory agenda is turning it into the extinction presidency," said the Center's Noah Greenwald. "The vast majority of Americans want to see endangered species protected, but Trump 🦀 officials are flushing these vanishing plants and animals down the toilet to hand easier profits to their patrons in polluter industries."

 

Full press release including Detailed Table of 95 Imperiled Species Covered by Fish and Wildlife’s Workplan

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 23, 2018, 02:59:16 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: Domestic animals are also rescued by these kind, noble people 🕊.

The story of a special animal sanctuary, where even pigeons are VIPs


October 22, 2018

In the small Serbian town of Niš is a place that makes my heart glow. It’s called Zoo Planet. It’s a wonderful haven where kind volunteers rescue, rehabilitate and release mostly small wild animals.

But Zoo Planet has a problem. As more and more people learn about the good work it does, more and more animals arrive and not all of them can be released into the neighbouring countryside – two rescued roebuck for example would never make it on their own because roebuck hunting is legal in Serbia.

The animals need food and medical supplies and Zoo Planet needs more land. We have promised to help, but we can only do so with the support of animal lovers like you.

Animals from all over Serbia are taken to Zoo Planet because it’s one of only two places in the country licensed to care for animals, like foxes, eagles and deer. A sadistic child had broken the pigeon’s wings and legs leaving it in agony!

While my team was visiting Zoo Planet, a woman arrived with an injured pigeon in a cardboard box. The woman had driven 150 miles (240 kilometres) from Belgrade because she knew Zoo Planet would help when no one else would.

https://networkforanimals.org/newsletter-page/the-story-of-a-special-animal-sanctuary-where-even-pigeons-are-vips/

   
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 20, 2018, 01:50:02 pm »

 

Oct. 19, 2018 01:03PM EST

Desert Bighorn Sheep in Joshua Tree National Park

Leaked Trump 🦀 Administration Memo: Keep Public in Dark About How Endangered Species Decisions Are Made 🤬

In a Trump administration memorandum leaked to the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is directing its staff to withhold, or delay releasing, certain public records about how the Endangered Species Act is carried out. That includes records where the advice of career wildlife scientists may be overridden by political appointees in the Trump administration.

"This is a clear attempt to stifle science and boost Trump's anti-wildlife agenda," said Meg Townsend, the Center for Biological Diversity's open government attorney. "The public has every right to know how our government makes decisions about the fate of our most endangered species. This memo keeps the public in the dark and creates the perfect environment for political meddling."

The memo recommends that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service limit the information released to the public for decisions regarding species protected under the Endangered Species Act. It provides a list of types of records for agency staff to withhold, including drafts of policies and rules, briefing documents and decision meeting notes and summaries.

The agency has already implemented aspects of this guidance in actions like the Keystone XL pipeline construction lawsuit, and in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's decision last year to prematurely remove endangered species protection from Yellowstone grizzly bears, as the memo confirms.

"Directing the agency to hide science violates every notion of the scientific process, which is supposed to be open and reviewable," said Townsend. "If the Service covers up dissenting views, it can get away with all kinds of bad decisions that could do enormous damage to some of America's most imperiled plants and animals."

As this memo recommends that agency staff take a less transparent approach, Trump's anti-wildlife agenda is being pushed at all levels of government. Removing the public's ability to know what its government is doing—which is contrary to the spirit of the Freedom of Information Act—means that it will be more difficult to legally challenge agency actions that harm imperiled wildlife.

"This Trump memo would send all future Fish and Wildlife Service decisions into a black hole and result in more animals going extinct," Townsend said. "If the Trump administration would simply let the Fish and Wildlife Service follow the law and support decisions with science, it wouldn't need the memo or have anything to hide."

https://www.ecowatch.com/trump-endangered-species-decisions-2613623876.html
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 11, 2018, 05:52:09 pm »



For Immediate Release, October 6, 2018

Contact: Kierán Suckling, (520) 275-5960, ksuckling@biologicaldiversity.org

Statement on Kavanaugh's Confirmation to Supreme Court

TUCSON, Ariz.— Kierán Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity, released this statement after the Senate’s vote today to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as the next U.S. Supreme Court justice:

This is a profound and shameful moment for the U.S. Senate and the Trump administration that will have disturbing ripple effects for decades to come. By brushing aside serious and credible allegations, Republicans in the Senate are doubling down on an ugly kind of politics that rewards the powerful and pushes everyone else, including women, to the margins.

The U.S. Supreme Court will now tilt firmly in favor of right-wing ideologies, corporations, perpetrators and those to whom the notion of civil rights for all is a nuisance rather than a necessity.

“Beyond that Kavanaugh’s vote on Supreme Court will have awful consequences for clean air and water, wildlife, climate and anyone struggling against pollution in their own communities. Time and again, he has sided with corporations and other powerful interests when it comes to wildlife and the environment. That will continue. 🤬

“But Trump and his network of corruption shouldn’t rest easy. The resistance will galvanize and strengthen during this dark hour. We’ll link arms, speak louder, get more organized, demand more justice and fight harder than we ever have before. Too much is at stake now to do anything less.”

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.6 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/

https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2018/brett-kavanaugh-10-06-2018.php
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 03, 2018, 09:31:45 pm »



October 3, 2018

See the Great Migration come alive in this video featuring our East Africa safaris in Kenya and Tanzania.

WATCH: East Africa's migration





Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 02, 2018, 01:27:09 pm »


Do Elephants Thrive in the Wild?

In many parts of the world, elephant populations are threatened, due to demand for ivory and loss of habitat. A comprehensive study, however, suggests that protected areas may offer real hope for both Asian and African elephants.

According to the results of the six-year study, elephants living in protected areas of Kenya and Myanmar have lifespans that are at least twice as long as those housed in zoos.

In fact, even elephants born and raised in zoos tended to have shorter lifespans than those captured in the wild and later taken to zoos.

The study's authors point to factors such as obesity and stress as likely reasons why elephants do not survive nearly as long in zoos as in protected areas of the wild.

A trunkload of elephant facts: 🐘

African elephants have the longest gestation period of any mammal, at an average of 22 months.

Only cartoon elephants eat peanuts; real ones never touch the stuff.  ;D

No Asian elephant has ever been filmed running; they appear to always keep at least two feet on the ground.

https://www.wisegeek.com/do-elephants-thrive-in-the-wild.htm

We elephants belong in the protected (FROM HUMANS) wild, NOT in a prison you humans call a zoo.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 27, 2018, 05:21:20 pm »

 

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Yellowstone grizzly bear cubs

Victory: A Safe Future for Yellowstone Grizzlies 🐻

We're still buzzing with excitement over Monday's historic court ruling that restored Endangered Species Act protection to Yellowstone grizzlies.

The federal judge's decision to overturn a 2017 Trump administration order that stripped protection from these threatened bears is a massive victory. The Center for Biological Diversity, with our environmental and tribal allies, has been fighting that order since it was issued. Monday's decision not only returns protection but also halts plans in Wyoming and Idaho to hunt more than 20 bears.

Thanks to everyone who helped with this fight. We couldn't have done it without you.

But we fully expect the Trump administration to appeal this decision — and your gift to our Predator Defense Fund will help us defend this lifesaving victory.

Pacific fisher

A Crucial Win for Pacific Fishers

Thanks to another court victory won by the Center and allies, Pacific fishers now have a better shot at Endangered Species Act protection.

Relatives of minks and otters, Pacific fishers once lived in forests from British Columbia to Southern California. But intense logging and trapping drove their numbers way down, and now only two naturally occurring populations are left in California and Oregon.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed federal protection for the fishers in 2014, but in 2016 arbitrarily withdrew that proposal. So we challenged the decision, and a judge just ruled the agency must reconsider by March 2019. Hopefully that means these amazing, forest-dwelling creatures will finally get the protections they so badly need.

Read more in High Country News.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 27, 2018, 05:09:14 pm »



September 27, 2018

Scientists Oppose Trump Attack on Endangered Species Act

Polar bears

The Trump 🦀 administration 🐉🦕🦖 has proposed brutal 👹 changes to the Endangered Species Act. But hundreds of scientists and organizations, including the Center, are fighting back. We've called on the administration to withdraw the proposed rules, which ignore science, would strip protection from many species, and would speed up habitat destruction.

And you've spoken up too: On Monday we delivered more than 56,000 comments from Center supporters, defending the Act, to Interior Secretary Zinke. Thank you. We'll keep you posted.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 27, 2018, 04:56:09 pm »

 

September 27, 2018

Judge Blocks 'Energy Dominance' Policy on Public Land


Sage grouse

Win for the West

A federal judge has blocked a Trump "energy dominance" policy slashing public and environmental review of oil and gas leasing on public lands. The injunction bans the Bureau of Land Management from using the policy on more than 67 million acres in 11 western states.

Lease sales slated for December — spanning hundreds of thousands of acres of sage-grouse habitat — must now face full public and environmental review.

"This is good news for public lands and the millions of people who love them," said the Center's Taylor McKinnon. Read more.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 13, 2018, 02:16:35 pm »

🐻 Grizzly Bear technique for relieving back itch: ;D 

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 31, 2018, 08:24:52 pm »



Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Faces Outrage After Guard Kills Polar Bear During Arctic Cruise Excursion

July 30, 2018 by gCaptain

MS Bremen. Photo: Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

German cruise line operator Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has found itself in the middle of an online firestorm after a guard shot and killed a polar bear during a shore excursion to an Arctic archipelago from one of its expedition cruise ships over the weekend.

In a statement posted to Facebook on Sunday, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises says it “very much regrets” the incident but made clear that lethal measures against the polar bear were taken purely out of self-defense.

The incident occurred Saturday as the company’s cruise ship Bremen was stopped in Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago, for an excursion.

According to the cruise line, a four-man armed security detail was securing the landing area in preparation for guests when out of nowhere the polar bear attacked one of the guards, inflicting non-lethal injuries that required medical attention.

“The guard suffered head injuries, however, he was responsive after the attack and was airlifted. He is out of danger, with no threat to life. In an act of self-defence, unfortunately, it was necessary for the polar bear to be shot dead. We very much regret this incident. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is very aware of its responsibility when travelling in environmentally-sensitive areas and respects all nature and wildlife,” Hapag-Lloyd said.

In its statement, the cruise operator provided the following account of the incident:

“The incident occurred when the four-person polar bear guard team, who are always on board for these expedition cruises as required by law, prepared for a shore leave. One of the guards was unexpectedly attacked by a polar bear that had not been spotted and he was unable to react himself. As the attempts of the other guards to evict the animal, unfortunately, were not successful, there had to be intervention for reasons of self-defence and to protect the life of the attacked person. The injured person was immediately provided with medical care and flown to a hospital with a rescue helicopter. We are in personal, direct contact with him. His condition is stable and he remains responsive.”

Despite its explanation, the cruise line was intensely criticized online over the incident, with many calling for a boycott of the company.

“‘Let’s get too close to a polar bear in its natural environment and then kill it if it gets too close,’ Morons,” tweeted comedian Ricky Gervais. Others also accused the company of exploiting polar bears for profit.

In its statement, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises defended its shore excursion practices, insisting that they are not meant for polar bear observation.

“To illustrate the situation: Spitzbergen is a large geographical area, about one and a half times the size of Denmark. Landings are possible only in a few places; these are not there to serve the purpose of polar bear observation, on the contrary: polar bears are only observed from aboard ships, from a safe distance. To prepare for a shore leave, the polar bear guards go ashore in advance after sighting the landing site as a group and without passengers. They then set up a land station and check the area again to make sure that there are no polar bears in sight. As soon as such an animal approaches, the shore leave would be stopped immediately,” the company wrote on Facebook.

As of Monday, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Facebook post about the incident had over 1,000 comments, many of them negative.

The MS Bremen was built in 1990 and can hold 155 passengers and 100 crew.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises says it is working with Norwegian authorities to fully investigate the circumstances of the incident.

http://gcaptain.com/hapag-lloyd-cruises-faces-outrage-after-guard-kills-polar-bear-during-arctic-cruise/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 31, 2018, 02:28:22 pm »

Grieving Mother Orca Has Been Carrying Her Calf’s Body for the Past 7 Days 😟

Estelle Rayburn

July 31, 2018 

In her research on orca whales (also known as “killer whales” though they are known for being quite the opposite), neurobiologist Lori Marino discovered that the limbic system — a group of structures in the brain which deal with emotions and the formation of memories — of these whales is “so large it erupts into the cortex in the form of an extra paralimbic lobe.” In plain words, this means that these majestic aquatic creatures may just be more emotionally aware than us humans.

In light of the orca’s high capacity for emotion, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that when a mother orca recently lost her just-born calf near Vancouver Island, she has reportedly been carrying the baby for the past seven days. This heartbreaking act of grief was witnessed by researchers from the Center for Whale Research, who were tracking the mother killer whale and her pod at the time of the calf’s death.

As the Center for Whale Research reportedly stated, “The baby’s carcass was sinking and being repeatedly retrieved by the mother, who was supporting it on her forehead and pushing it in choppy seas. The mother continued supporting and pushing the dead baby whale throughout the day until at least sunset.”

The incredibly sad death of this baby orca clearly had profound emotional impacts on the calf’s mother. And unfortunately, this type of occurrence — a killer whale calf dying mere days after birth — is not at all uncommon in the present day.

As far as scientists can tell, Southern Resident killer whales like the mother in this story have not had a successful birth in three years. In fact, over the last two decades, the Center for Whale Research estimates that only 25 percent of the newborn calves have survived.

Ken Balcomb, Founder of the research center, offered some insight into how humans are playing a major role in the plight of these gentle giants. “The cause [of the birth rate] is lack of sufficient food resources in their foraging area,” Balcomb reportedly told CNN. He added, “There’s not enough food, and that’s due to environmental reasons.”

More specifically, humans are rapidly lowering the population of Chinook salmon — the orca’s main food source — by polluting and destroying their oceanic habitats, not to mention harvesting the fish at rapid rates.

In turn, we are causing widespread food scarcity for these whales, thus resulting in an unprecedentedly high rate of miscarriages and making it extremely difficult for the whales to give their surviving young the proper nutrition. With the population growth of this species seriously stunted, only 75 Southern Resident orcas remain in the wild, putting these precious creatures at a high risk of disappearing from the planet for good if we don’t soon take action to protect them.

If you’d like to learn more about what these poor whales are up against and find out how you can help give them a fighting chance for survival, check out these helpful resources: (at article link)

• There Will be More Plastic in the Oceans Than Fish by 2050 – Here’s How You Can Help!

• 10 Alarming Facts About Overfishing

• Vivid and Stunning Photo Campaign Reveals the True Cost of Holding Orcas and Dolphins Captive

• 10 Simple Actions That Just Might Save Our World’s Oceans From Plastic

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/grieving-mother-orca-carrying-calfs-body/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 23, 2018, 01:32:37 pm »

The above is a picture of a dik dik. For the incredibly cute and cudly pictures of an orphaned baby dik dik (they are tiny!) walking over a keyboard and being given loving care, go here:






Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 11, 2018, 09:10:11 pm »

June 11, 2018

Guardians and allies call for ending the War on Wildlife in new film

Watch, share, and engage
Across the American West, Guardians is fighting to protect wildlife from the many threats. From Ending the War on Wildlife by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s secretive “Wildlife Services” program to freeing our public lands from dangerous, indiscriminate traps and snares, we work tirelessly to create a new paradigm in wildlife conservation free of archaic tools of cruelty.

Because many people are not aware of the risks to wildlife and people on OUR public lands, we made a film to spread the word. Partnering with Mountain Standard Creative, we traveled across New Mexico talking to wildlife scientists, advocates, and people whose dogs were caught in traps. The result is a film that presents some of the most challenging issues in wildlife protection today and how we can move toward a brighter future.

We are proud to share our new film with you. Please watch and share far and wide.

For the Wolves,

Bethany Cotton, Wildlife Program Director

WATCH THE FILM


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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 27, 2018, 12:03:55 pm »

Deadly Disease Threatens Deer, Elk, and Moose

LAUREN ANDERSON   |   MAY 22, 2018

Mule Deer. Credit: Greg Ochocki.

Wildlife face a host of threats in today’s changing world. Invasive species, habitat loss, and disease are often at the top of the list when wildlife managers talk about the pressures with which wildlife must contend. Wildlife disease is by far one of the scariest dangers. Many people have heard of chytrid fungus, which has decimated native frog species, and white-nose syndrome, which has had severe consequences for native bats. But there is another wildlife disease that has gotten less attention, though it poses an equal threat.

It is called chronic wasting disease (CWD) and it heavily impacts deer, elk, and moose in North America.

TAKE ACTION

Chronic wasting disease is a fatal disease with no known cure. Once contracted, there is not pathway back to health. It is a prion disease, like mad cow disease, that affects cervids (deer, elk, and moose), and symptoms include drastic weight loss (wasting), stumbling, listlessness and other neurologic symptoms.

White tailed deer. Credit: USFWS

The Spread of Chronic Wasting Disease

To date, chronic wasting disease has been detected in 24 states. The disease was first discovered in a captive breeding facility in 1967. It was then found in free-ranging elk in 1981 and was next found in free-ranging white-tailed deer in 1990.

More recently, chronic wasting disease was detected in Montana’s wildlife in late 2017 and just this year Mississippi had its first confirmed case when an infected white-tailed deer was found in Issaquena County. If the disease continues to spread and establish itself in new wild cervid populations, there is potential for a conservation crisis that could decimate wildlife populations.

Please join us is calling on the U. S. Department of Agriculture to ensure adequate surveillance, and prevent this devastating disease from spreading further.


https://blog.nwf.org/2018/05/deadly-disease-threatens-deer-elk-and-moose/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 03, 2018, 04:43:10 pm »

National Parks Conservation Association

The Art and Science of Camera Trapping

Ryan Valdez, Ph.D.  Apr 27, 2018

SNIPPET:

The rise of camera trapping has allowed a growing number of volunteers to make significant contributions to academic research. Here’s a look at the practice, how these devices are used, and ways to get your own glimpses at wildlife “selfies” and help with ongoing research.

NPCA uses camera trapping to monitor pronghorn antelope crossing through modified fences throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.    Photo by NPCA.


Our national parks and protected areas are vital habitat for numerous species of wildlife, and the ability to accurately survey and monitor them is important for their survival. A not-so-new technology is now sharply on the rise — camera trapping, a method by which a camera armed with infrared sensors is placed in the field to remotely capture time-lapsed images and video whenever the devices sense motion.

It can be difficult for wildlife biologists and park rangers to keep up with emerging threats to wildlife. Particularly with mammals, accurately documenting their presence and estimating their populations remains a challenge. Many of these species are nocturnal, travel great distances, have complex behavior and avoid humans. Additionally, species like the endangered jaguarundi in south Texas or the red wolf in North Carolina are so rare and elusive they are almost never seen. Camera traps allow people to see animals in the wild in ways that they otherwise simply could not.

Educational article with lots of great pictures:  👀  ;D

https://www.npca.org/resources/3236-the-art-and-science-of-camera-trapping
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 02, 2018, 06:43:22 pm »



In Kenya, a Local Tribe Is Saving the Elephants 🐘 It Once Killed 😇

May 1, 2018

Yessenia Funes

SNIPPET:

The Samburu people of Kenya’s northern plains have been in conflict with elephants for years. Elephants and people both need water, and drought means there’s less to go around. The majestic animals also tear down acacia trees the Samburus’ livestock eat.

These are just a few of the reasons people in the region have a history of killing elephants.

But recently, the conflict has transformed into community. My Africa, a virtual reality film released Monday, puts viewers into the plains to see what a local, indigenous-led effort to protect elephants looks like.

The Samburu, who are nomadic livestock herders, have partnered with their local government since 2016 to raise and release injured and orphaned baby elephants in the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary. They now take care of more than 12 of these little kings and queens, forging a new relationship between humans and animals. It’s the first elephant orphanage in Africa that a local community owns and runs.

Released by Conservation International and narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o, My Africa tells the tale of Kenya’s wildlife conservation as elephants fight for their very existence in the face of poaching and human-wildlife conflict.




Full article

https://earther.com/in-kenya-a-local-tribe-is-saving-the-elephants-it-once-1825693138
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 13, 2018, 04:33:45 pm »

One Green Planet 🍃

April 13, 2018

Investigation Reveals California Fisheries Are Responsible for Killing Hundreds of Dolphins, Turtles, and Whales 😱

By Aleksandra Pajda

SNIPPET:

An undercover investigation carried out off the coast of California by animal rights and marine conservation groups Mercy for Animals, Turtle Island Restoration Network, SeaLegacy, and Sharkwater has discovered the shocking hidden effects of the driftnet fishing industry. It was found that besides the targeted swordfish, marine mammals like dolphins, sea lions, sea turtles, sharks, and even seabirds are dying in these massive nets that are essentially walls of floating netting. Some of these species are even considered threatened or endangered. In 2017, two endangered sperm whales were entangled in the California driftnet fishery – and died as a result.

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“These driftnets are over a mile long, 100 feet deep, and designed to kill everything in their path,” said Paul Nicklen, SeaLegacy co-founder.
😟

The bycatch rate of driftnet fishing is staggeringly high. For some nets, the estimates are as high as seven to one – which means that for every swordfish, as many as seven other animals may be caught in the net. The California driftnet fishery has an estimated 65 percent bycatch rate – which, as Nicklen points out, makes it “the most destructive fishery in the U.S.” 😠
 
Many animals die when they become entangled in the huge nets, but not all do. As undercover observers found out, in some cases, instead of being freed with basic respect, live bycatch animals are severely maimed and discarded overboard – as if the animals were nothing but waste. 



http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/california-fisheries-responsible-killing-dolphins-turtles-whales/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 03, 2018, 05:52:56 pm »

WildEarth GUARDIANS

VICTORY

Ensuring Lobos Will Roam their Southwestern Homelands

April 2, 2018

Celebrating a Win for Wolves

Last week we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the return of Mexican wolves to the wilds of Arizona and New Mexico. This week we celebrate the most significant legal victory for lobos in years. We couldn’t have done it without you.

In 2013, the federal government began a process to change how wolves, including Mexican wolves, were managed. We called on you to speak out against weakening protections and you answered: you signed petitions, sent comments, came to rallies and testified at hearings. Together, we laid the groundwork for a lawsuit challenging the government’s flawed plan that capped the Mexican wolf population at less than half what leading scientists say is necessary for recovery, limited where Mexican wolves can roam, liberalized trapping and killing wolves at the behest of the livestock industry and labeled the wolves “non-essential” to the species’ survival in the wild, a designation that allows weak protections.

Yesterday a federal judge agreed with us  and criticized the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for ignoring scientists who sounded the alarm. Now the Service must create management guidelines that do not merely keep lobos hovering on the brink, but will truly recover this critically imperiled species. At just 114 wolves in the wild, the need is urgent.

Today we celebrate. Tomorrow we go back to work.   

http://www.wildearthguardians.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=13424&news_iv_ctrl=1681#.WsP0LIjwY2y
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 30, 2018, 02:29:24 pm »

Victory! Turtles Return to Beach That Used to Be Covered in Plastic Trash After Massive Clean Up Effort

Aleksandra Pajda

March 30, 2018 



http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/turtles-return-beach-covered-plastic-trash/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 11, 2018, 04:39:36 pm »



The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced last week that it will now consider all permits for importing elephant trophies from African nations on a “case-by-case basis," breaking from President T…
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 11, 2018, 04:28:03 pm »

Something Mysterious Is Killing Captive Gorillas  :(

Just before 8 o’clock on a snowy Wednesday morning, deep in a maze of doors and steel fencing in the basement of the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, a 30-year-old gorilla named Mokolo is getting a heart ex…
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 15, 2018, 01:59:32 pm »

 

This yearling ringed seal was rescued off Unalaska in 2017 and treated at Alaska SeaLife Center. (Alaska SeaLife Center)

Win:🌟 Protection Upheld for Arctic's Ringed Seals 

We celebrated this week when the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Endangered Species Act protection for ringed seals, Arctic ice seals threatened by climate change. The ruling reverses a 2016 lower-court decision that rejected protection for the seals, which give birth in snow caves built on top of sea ice. Global warming is causing caves to collapse and leaving pups vulnerable to death by freezing or predation.

The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned to protect these seals in 2008. Four years later they were put on the endangered species list — but the oil industry and the state of Alaska challenged that decision.

"The decision underscores the recklessness of the Trump 🦀 administration's proposal to open up the Arctic Ocean to oil drilling ," said the Center's Kristen Monsell. "Ringed seals have a shot at survival thanks to the Endangered Species Act, but only if we rapidly reduce the greenhouse pollution destroying their habitat."

Read more in Anchorage Daily News.

https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/environment/2018/02/12/court-approves-threatened-species-status-for-ringed-seals-in-alaska/

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 26, 2018, 08:26:49 pm »

 

Veterinarians treat burned 🔥 bears 🐻 with fish 🐟 skin  — and it seems to be working

Last updated on January 26th, 2018  at 7:24 pm by Mihai Andrei

SNIPPET:

Vets from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife have used an unusual treatment for two bears and one cougar suffering from severe burn 🔥 wounds: fish skin.

n December 2017, the Thomas Fire ravaged through California, blazing approximately 281,893 acres (114,078 hectares). It was the largest wildfire in modern California history.

It destroyed over 1,000 buildings, forced 100,000 people to evacuate, and was only put out on January 12, 2018. It claimed at least 15 lives, but humans weren’t the only ones to suffer — wildlife was even more severely affected.

Among the animal victims of the fire were two adult bears (one of which was pregnant) and a 5-month-old cougar from Los Padres National Forest. The bears had third-degree burns on their paws — one of them was so badly injured it couldn’t even stand. Instead of treating them with the conventional bandages, veterinarians went for a different option: fish skin.

As strange as it seems, fish skin (tilapia in particular) has been used to treat burns before, on humans. Brazilian doctors have used fish skin to treat burn victims, due to a shortage of transfer collagen, which is the standard treatment. The doctors then reported that the tilapia skin is very rich in collagen proteins which help with the skin healing and scarring process. The treatment shows promise and is now undergoing clinical trials. But it wasn’t just the desire to try a new, unusual treatment — vets had several reasons why they opted for tilapia skin instead of bandages.

For starters, working with bears and cougars, especially when they’re injured, is no easy feat.

Full heart warming article with pictures:

https://www.zmescience.com/ecology/animals-ecology/veterianrians-fish-skin-26012018/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 19, 2018, 05:32:36 pm »



🐘 New calf born to a Sumatran elephant trained to reduce human-elephant conflict


A Sumatran elephant trained to help reduce human-elephant conflict in Indonesia’s Tesso Nilo National Park gave birth to a female calf. Named Harmoni Rimbo, meaning “the harmony of the jungle,” this little elephant is the third birth for mother Ria, one of the four trained adult Sumatran elephants in the elite Elephant Flying Squad.

When elephants wander into human inhabited areas in search of food—which happens more frequently as human settlements encroach on elephant habitat—the result is often damaged crops and property. WWF and the Indonesia Ministry of Forests established the Elephant Flying Squad in 2004 to address human-elephant conflict in Tesso Nilo.

Trained elephants like Ria, along with their handlers called mahouts, drive back wild elephants into the forest when they stray too close to villages or farms surrounding the park. The birth is a significant step in the conservation of this critically endangered elephant species.



https://www.worldwildlife.org/videos/new-calf-born-to-a-sumatran-elephant-trained-to-reduce-human-elephant-conflict
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 10, 2018, 07:26:06 pm »


Is the Ivory Trade on the Decline?

Ivory is a precious commodity in China. Some wealthy residents think that owning ivory makes them appear more successful. Others say that ivory brings them luck. Ivory is also used in traditional Chinese medicine. Historically, China has been one of the largest markets for ivory, and experts say that up to 70 percent of the illegal ivory from 30,000 annual elephant deaths end up there. But there’s hope for the gentle giants: On the last day of 2017, China made the entire commercial ivory trade illegal, closing 172 factories and shops throughout the year.

A big day for the elephants:

From 2007 to 2014, a census of African elephants revealed that their numbers had dropped by nearly a third -- a decline of about 144,000 animals in just seven years.

The international ivory trade has been banned since 1989, under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). China continued to allow the sale of ivory products crafted before 1975, and many poachers have passed off newer ivory as antiques.

"Decades from now, we may point back to this as one of the most important days in the history of elephant conservation,” the World Wildlife Fund said in a statement.
http://www.wisegeek.com/is-the-ivory-trade-on-the-decline.htm

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