Focusing On The Conservation of Ecosystems, Habitats & Wildlife

Earth Day 2015

10 Things You Can Do For The Planet On Earth Day

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  1. Make Natural Cleaners- Many home cleaning products contain toxic chemicals that contribute to indoor pollution and can harm fish and other wildlife when they go down the drain and into local waterways. Common natural ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, salt, and lemon juice can be used instead to keep your home clean.
  1. Fix Leaking Faucets- If your home has one leaking toilet, you could be wasting more than 200 gallons of fresh water every day. Add another 10 gallons a day for every leaking faucet.
  1. Eat Only Sustainable Seafood-Consult a list of ocean-friendly seafood before your next trip to the store or your favorite restaurant. Over-consumption of some fish and other ocean wildlife threatens to wipe out entire species.
  1. Try A Light Bulb Savings Calculator- See how your energy use from home lighting compares to others and ways that you can reduce your overall energy use.
  1. Make Your Office More Green“Reduce, reuse, recycle” applies at work too. See what you can do.
  1. Recycle Unused Items Around Your House- Check out a list of items that can be recycled rather than tossed into your local landfill.
  1. Improve Your Energy Efficiency with Upgraded Appliances-Learn how much energy you might save by replacing an old appliance with a new more energy-efficient model.
  1. Go Green When You Travel- With a bit of extra planning, you can make your vacation fun and earth friendly.
  1. Use Sustainable Food Containers – Decrease waste in your local landfill by storing food in eco-friendly containers. Learn about the many options available to you.
  2. Teach Children to Be Good Stewards of the Earth- Use fun activities and information for children to teach the kids in your life to respect and care for our planet.

International Day Of Forest

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International Day of Forests (AKA World Forestry Day) is on March 21 and celebrates all types of forests and trees outside forests for the benefit of current and future generations.

Ways To Help Protect & Preserve Forests

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 Adopt An Acre

 

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Sign this petition to help Save Wildlife and their Habitats from Deforestation 

 

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Ask for and purchase products with the FSC label

If you are passionate about forests, consider becoming a member of FSC

 

Spread The Word!

Speak out against habitat destruction & illegal logging on social media.

Tweet that protecting valuable forests is vital to human well-being.

Watch “Nature Is Speaking” by Conservation International  – Kevin Spacey is The Rainforest 

International Day of Forests Video Below

 

World Rhino Day

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World Rhino Day is on September 22 and celebrates all five species of rhino: Black, White, Greater One-Horned, Sumatran and Javan Rhinos. 

Ways To Help Save & Protect Rhinos

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Make a $10 donation to the International Rhino Foundation by simply texting the word “RHINO” to 501501 in the U.S. #TextToDonate.

 

 

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Choose to adopt any of the five Rhinos at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary

 

 

 

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Stop Wildlife Crime: Sign this petition

 

 

 

 

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According to National Geographic, South Africa is home to 83 percent of the roughly 26,000 rhinos left in Africa and sees the most intense poaching on the continent, with most of it happening in Kruger National Park. In 2013, a record 1,004 rhinos were killed in South Africa, a hundredfold increase since 2006, when just 10 were killed. Already this year, the country has seen 769 rhinos killed for their horns.

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World Elephant Day 2014

Bringing The World Together To Help Elephants!

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World Elephant Day is an international annual event on August 12, dedicated to the preservation and protection of the world’s elephants. 

According to Defenders of Wildlife, habitat loss is one of the key threats facing elephants.  Many climate change projections indicate that key portions of elephants’  habitat will become significantly hotter and drier, resulting in poorer foraging conditions and threatening calf survival.  Increasing conflict with human population taking over more and more elephant habitat and poaching for ivory are additional threats that are placing the elephant’s future at risk.

Pledge to support elephants, wildlife, and their habitats here.

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72 Interesting Facts About Elephants

1.  African elephants are the largest land mammals on the planet.

2.  One of the largest known elephants was Jumbo, whose name is thought to be derived from the Swahili word for ‘boss’ or ‘chief.’  He is the reason we now use the word ‘jumbo’ to mean ‘huge’.

3.  Elephant brains weigh 5 kg, much more than the brain of any other land animal.

4.  Their brains have more complex folds than all animals except whales, which is thought to be a major factor in making them some of the most intelligent animals on Earth.

5.  Elephants have a more developed hippocampus, a brain region responsible for emotion and spatial awareness, than any other animal.

6.  Studies indicate that they are superior to humans in keeping track of multiple objects in 3D space.

7. Elephants commonly show grief, humor, compassion, cooperation, self-awareness, tool use, playfulness, and excellent learning abilities.

8.  An elephant in Korea surprised its zoo keepers by independently learning to mimic the commands they gave it, successfully learning 8 words and their context.

9. There are many reports of elephants showing altruism toward other species, such as rescuing trapped dogs at considerable cost to themselves.

10. No matter what the movies taught you, elephants don’t like peanuts.

11. Elephant herds are matriarchal.

12. Female elephants live in groups of about 15 animals, all related and led by the oldest in the group.  She’ll decide where and when they move and rest, day to day and season to season.

13. An elephant herd is considered one of the most closely knit societies of any animal, and a female will only leave it if she dies or is captured by humans.

14. Bull elephants court females by using rituals involving various affectionate gestures and nuzzles.

15. Female African elephants undergo the longest pregnancy — 22 months.

16. Elephants have been know to induce labor by self-medicating with certain plants.

17. Elephant calfs weighs more than 100 kg at birth.

18. Baby elephants are initially blind and some take to sucking their trunk for comfort in the same way that humans suck their thumbs.

19. Mothers will select several babysitters to care for the calf so that she has time to eat enough to produce sufficient milk for it.

20. Males will leave the herd as they become adolescent, around the age of 12, and live in temporary “bachelor herds” until they are mature enough to live alone.

21. Male elephants are normally solitary and move from herd to herd.

22. Homosexual behavior in elephants is common and well-documented.

23. Asian elephants don’t run.

24. Elephants can recognize themselves in a mirror.

25. Elephants can get sunburned, and protect themselves by throwing sand on their backs and their head.

26. To protect their found from the sun, adult elephants will douse them in sand and stan over the little ones as they sleep.

27. Elephants are very social, frequently touching and caressing one another and entwining their trunks.

28. Elephants demonstrate concern for members of their families and take care of weak or injured members of the herd.

29. Elephants grieve for their dead.

30.  Even herds that come across an unknown lone elephant who has died will show it similar respects.

31. There are reported cases of elephants burying dead humans.

32. Elephants seem to be fascinated with the tusks and bones of dead elephants, fondling and examining them.

33. The rumor that they carry bones to secret “elephant burial ground,” however is a myth.

34. An adult elephant needs to drink around 210 liters of water a day.

35. It’s true that elephants aren’t fans of tiny critters.

36. African elephants avoid eating a type of acacia tree that is home to ants because they don’t want the ants to get inside their trunks, which are full of sensitive nerve endings.

37. Elephants sleep standing up.

38. Elephants communicate within their herds or between herds many kilometers away by stamping their feet and making sounds too low for human ears to perceive.

39. Both female and male African elephants have tusks, but only male Asian elephants have tusks.

40. An elephant can use its tusks to dig for ground water.

41. They evolved large, thin ears to help regulate their body temperature and keep cool.

42. The elephant’s trunk is able to sense the size, shape, and temperature and keep cool.

43. An elephant uses its trunk to lift food and suck up water, then pour it into its mouth.

44. An elephant’s trunk can grow to be about  2 meters long and can weigh up to 140 kg.

45. Scientists believe that an elephant’s trunk is made up of 100,000 muscles.

46. Elephants can swim — they use their trunk to breathe like a snorkel in deep water.

47. Elephants are herbivores and can spend up to 16 hours a day collecting leaves, twigs, bamboo and roots.

48. The elephants closest living relative is the rock hyrax, a small furry mammal that lives in rocky landscapes across sub-Saharan Africa and along the coast of the Arabian peninsula.

49. Between 12,000 – 15,000 of the world’s elephants are living in captivity.

50.  Approximately 30% of the entire Asian elephant population is currently in captivity.

51. The largest single population of captive elephants is in India — about 3,400 elephants.

52. There are about 1,000 captive African elephants worldwide, and most of them are housed outside of Africa with approximately 40% in Europe.

53. There are around 197 elephants in European circuses (123 Asian and 74 African).

54. Bans on wild animals in circuses have been adopted in Bolivia, Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Poland, Peru, Portugal, Sweden, Singapore, Costa Rica, India, and Israel.

55. More than 30 localities in Canada and some counties in the United States have banned shows with wild animals.

56. A ban on wild animals in circuses in the U.K. will come into effect in December 2015.

57. From 1994 to 2005, at least 31 circus elephants died prematurely.

58. Since 1990, more than 60 people have been killed and more than 130 others seriously injured by captive elephants.

59. In 1903, a female Asian elephant named Topsy was killed by electrocution.  She had been smuggled into the United States while young and went through years of physical and mental abuse as a circus elephant before killing her trainer.

60. In 1962, a male Indian elephant named Tusko was injected with 297 mg of LSD by researchers from the University of Oklahoma — more than 1,000 times the dose typical of human recreational use.  He died one hour and forty minutes later.

61. Elephants have no natural predators.  However, lions will sometimes prey on young or weak elephants in the wild.

62. The main risk to elephants is from humans through poaching and changes to their habitat.

63. The street value of elephant ivory is now greater than gold, running to tens of thousands of pounds/dollars per tusk.

64. More than 20,000 African elephants were slaughtered in 2013, according to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

65. The Kenya Wildlife Service has documented the killing of 97 elephants so far this year.

66.  According to Dr. Paula Kahumbu, who leads the Hands Off Our Elephants campaign, elephant poaching in Kenya is at least 10 times the official figure.

67. Poachers in Kenya have enjoyed lenient sentences and few have been successfully prosecuted.

68. A study by Wildlife Direct found that over the past five years just 4% of those convicted of wildlife crimes were sent to jail.

69. New legislation passed earlier this year that should lead to higher conviction rates and tougher sentences.

70. The global ivory trade was worth an estimated $1 billion over the past decade, with 80% of ivory from illegally killed elephants.

71. The total global elephant population is currently estimated at 650,000 and are very much in danger of extinction.

72. Click here to find out which Organizations are working to protect elephants.

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Happy Earth Day 2014

Give EARTH A Hand Today!  

What Do You Want For Our Earth?

I Want Clean Air….

I Want Food Without Destruction….

I Want Eater Without Pollution….

I Want Our Rainforest Intact….

I Want To Keep Our Oceans Alive….

And Our Polar Seas Pristine….

I Want An Energy Revolution….

What Do You Want For Our Earth?

Final Thoughts About The Tragedy At Project Survivals Cat Haven

My thought and prayers go out to Dianna Hanson’s family. I wish I would have met her.

I would like to offer my deepest sympathy to Dale Anderson and Wendy Wichelman-Debbas at Project Survival’s Cathaven. I know how much they care about their staff and how much they love their big cats. I’m thinking of you during this difficult time and sending you all lots of love.  I’m so sorry for your losses.

I hope that my efforts in discussing my experiences at Cat Haven with the media helped shed positive light on such a tragic situation.

Unfortunately, tragedies occur for whatever reason but LOVE for the people and the animals still has to prevail!

Now is the time to stand up for Cat Haven and help however you can. Click Here To Help.

Watch video below to learn more other notable causes like Soysambu Conservancy.

Soysambu works to sustain wildlife species, indigenous livestock and habitat; supports local conservation initiatives; facilitates neighboring development and educates the community in the value of flora and fauna in order to preserve the Rift Valley Ecosystem for future generations.

 

 

BLUEMIND: Your Brain On Ocean

A look at the Ocean through the field of Neuroscience At The California Academy of Sciences Thursday, June 1-2, 2011

Why do books and symposia about the human brain, the most complex object in the universe, contain no mention of the ocean…. or even the rain forest? Why do books and conferences on protecting and restoring the world’s oceans and our world’s rain forests entirely overlook the field of cognitive neuroscience?  This conference is the first of it’s kind!

Underlying this project is the exploration and sharing of the way neuroscience informs our connection to our biosphere–our one blue marble–to help inspire people to LiVEBLUE.  That’s the BLUEMIND part.

BLUEMiND will forever link studies of the mind and ocean in a two-day event held at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, California, kicking off World Oceans Week 2011. BLUEMiND includes a reception on June 1st, a full day summit and a NightLife ocean party inside the academy with upwards of 4,000 people in attendance. This is the first of it’s kind, and is meant to help frame what we believe is an emerging field that unites neuroscience and ocean stewardship.

Day one and two explored the relationship between the Ocean and the brain, and brought leading neuroscientists, communicators, and citizens together to engage in this dialog.

CLICK HERE FOR TODAY’S AGENDA.

Endangered Species Day 2011

Most Threatened Animals Around The World

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Endangered Species Day is an opportunity for people young and old to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species and everyday actions that people can take to help protect our nation’s disappearing wildlife and last remaining open space. Protecting America’s wildlife and plants today is a legacy we leave to our children and grandchildren, so that all Americans can experience the rich variety of native species that help to define our nation.


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Endangered Species Day is a time to think about the Endangered Species Act, which is one of the nation’s most controversial laws that has often pitted environmentalists against industry and private-property rights advocates.

10 Easy things you can do at home to protect endangered species – Click Here

New Study, New Hope For Critically Endangered Species




New study for species considered ‘too rare to save’ such as the Siberian Tiger.  By targeting key threats, critically endangered species may now have new hope!

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Co-author of the report, Dr. Philip Stephens, School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Durham University, said: “Populations usually show rapid declines as a result of human activities such as hunting and habitat conversion. The results of the study are encouraging and show that if we can remove the negative effects of human activities, even relatively small populations could be viable in the long term.”

Dr. Greg Hayward, the U.S. Forest Service’s (USFS) regional ecologist for Alaska said: “This is good news for biologists working to save species like the tiger. There’s a lot of work to do to arrest the effects of poaching, prey loss and habitat destruction. However, if that work is successful, the tiger might yet be able to recover, despite the relatively small size of most tiger populations.”

The study, published in the journal, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, shows that population sizes required for long-term viability vary, both within and among species, and depend on the specific circumstances in which the population is found. Estimates of viable population sizes were typically reduced to hundreds rather than thousands of individuals for populations that were relatively stable.

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Sister Isles Rock Iguana Faces Serious Decline



Experts believe the fall in numbers is due to increased development as well as road traffic and pets. One hundred rock iguanas are killed by vehicles on Little Cayman each year, which amounts to 8% of the population, or the equivalent of 4,000 people being killed in traffic accidents per year on Grand Cayman, the National Trust explained. “This is especially troubling in light of the fact that Little Cayman is the smallest island with the lowest posted speed limits,” officials said.