Focusing On The Conservation of Ecosystems, Habitats & Wildlife

Sushi Restaurant in CA Serving Endangered Whale Meat




Charles Hambleton, an associate producer of the Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove” learned from friends that a restaurant in Santa Monica, CA was serving whale.  He decided to team up with animal activists who dined at the restaurant while wearing small cameras and mini microphones.  “Video of their meal shows the two activists, both vegan, being served what the waitress can be heard calling “whale” — thick pink slices — that they take squeamish bites of before tossing into a Ziploc bag in a purse,” reports the New York Times.

The meat was taken to a lab which was found to be the flesh of the Sei Whale.

Sei Whale: Photo found on www.marinewhales.com

So how is it possible that a sushi restaurant called The Hump in Santa Monica, California was serving “thick pink slices” of meat which were later found to be the flesh of Sei whale, which is an endangered species?

It is called “kujira” in Japanese and this marine mammal has been dwindling in numbers for years.  The Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 makes it illegal to take these mammals from U.S. waters and the Sei whales are protected internationally, but that hasn’t stopped Japan from killing these creatures.  Claiming that they need them for scientific purposes, Japan has exempted itself from the moratorium on capturing the whales.

The question most people are asking now is “how could Sei Whale meat end up in a sushi restaurant in one of the most environmentally friendly places in the United States?”

Brink of Extinction for Half of all Primates

According to many experts from across the world, nearly half of all primate species are in danger of becoming extinct.


Conservationists said in a news statement recently about the release of the report Primates in Peril: The World’s 25 Most Endangered Primates, 2008-2010 that “mankind’s closest living relatives–the world’s apes, monkeys, lemurs and other primates–are on the brink of extinction and in need of urgent conservation measures”.





Conservationist say this threat is mostly due to the destruction of tropical forests, illegal wildlife trade and commercial bush-meat hunting.

Celebrating The Year of The Tiger: 2010

TIGERS are known for their ferocity and their power. In Chinese astrology, one of the 12 signs is the sign of the tiger.  Those born in the year of the tiger are assigned the traits of being both colorful and unpredictable.  They are adventurous, powerful, and passionate.




There are possibly as few as 3,200 TIGERS left in the wild. These big cats are the most endangered and threatened species on EARTH. To read more about this “King of the Jungle” CLICK here.


Unfortunately, according to a new report from the conservation nonprofit WWF, there are only 350 wild tigers remaining in Asia’s Mekong River region.  This loss is contributed from the drive by trade in tiger parts.  To watch a video by WWF, click on the link below or or the tiger photo above.


Video Courtesy WWF Greater Mekong


Baby Black Rhinoceros born at Germany's Berlin Zoo




The Berlin Zoo received a special gift last week – a baby Indian Black Rhinoceros.  On February 7th, this calf which has still not been named has been a wonderful addition to the zoo.




According to some statistics, there are only about 3,600 Indian Black Rhinoceros left in the wild.

Custody Determined For 26,411 Animals

City of Arlington, Texas awarded animals seized from last month’s largest rescue of exotics in U.S. history.

Article published on January 07, 2010

Texas.bestfriends.org

By: Maura Davies of SPCA of Texas


“The City of Arlington was awarded custody of 26,411 animals — reptiles, insects, arachnids, crustaceans and mammals — seized from U.S. Global Exotics on Tuesday, December 15 under the authority of Arlington Animal Services at a hearing at the Arlington Municipal Courthouse.”


Photo found on Bestfriends.org's Texas Local Network Website


CLICK HERE to download the ruling OR CLICK HERE or on photo above to read the entire article.


White Tiger Cubs in Chile

On January 7, 2010, five rare white tigers were born in captivity at the Chilean National Zoo in Santiago.  These tigers are extremely rare and there are approximately only 200 that exist total on Earth.  Click here to watch the video on fox or Click on photo below to read the entire article from Zooborns.

Photo credits: Associated Press