Derek and Beverly Jouberet are leading the Big Cat Initiative, which is a “comprehensive program that supports on-the-ground conservation projects, education, and economic incentive efforts and a global public-awareness campaign” in Botswana Africa.
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Big Cats Facts
(Found on National Geographic’s Website)
-The cheetah is the world’s fastest land mammal. It can run at speeds of up to 70 miles an hour (113 kilometers an hour).
-An adult lion’s roar can be heard up to five miles (eight kilometers) away.
-Long, muscular hind legs enable snow leopards to leap seven times their own body length in a single bound.
-A tiger’s stripes are like fingerprintsâ€”no two animals have the same pattern.
-The strongest climber among the big cats, a leopard can carry prey twice its weight up a tree.
-The Amur leopard is one of the most endangered animals in the world.
-In one stride, a cheetah can cover 23 to 26 feet (7 to 8 meters).
-The name “jaguar” comes from a Native American word meaning “he who kills with one leap.”
-In the wild, lions live for an average of 12 years and up to 16 years. They live up to 25 years in captivity.
-The mountain lion and the cheetah share an ancestor.
-Cheetahs do not roar, as the other big cats do. Instead, they purr.
-Tigers are excellent swimmers and do not avoid water.
-A female Amur leopard gives birth to one to four cubs in each litter.
-Fossil records from two million years ago show evidence of jaguars.
-Lions are the only cats that live in groups, called prides. Every female within the pride is usually related.
-The leopard is the most widespread of all big cats.
-Mountain lions are strong jumpers, thanks to muscular hind legs that are longer than their front legs.
-Tigers have been hunted for their skin, bones, and other body parts, used in traditional Chinese medicine.
-Unlike other cats, lions have a tuft of hair at the end of their tails.
-After humans, mountain lions have the largest range of any mammal in the Western Hemisphere.
At a Tiger Summit Today in St. Petersburg Russia, global wildlife experts predict that Wild Tigers could become extinct in 12 years if countries where they still roam fail to take quick action to protect their habitats and step up the fight against poaching.
The World Wildlife Fund and other experts say only about 3,200 tigers remain in the wild, a dramatic plunge from an estimated 100,000 a century ago.
Leonardo DiCaprio has been working hard all year to help save the world’s tiger population, which as you may recall are in dire straights. As the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) reported, there may be as few as 3200 tigers left in the wild. And recently it was reported that there are more tigers in (cruel) captivity in the U.S. than roaming wild in Asia. DiCaprio, however, is doing his part. First by donating a cool million dollars to the WWF’s tiger campaign and then by going through extreme travel challenges to meet with Vladimir Putin, the Russian Prime Minister, to discuss the tiger situation.
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55 Days Later……. and The BIG Question Now is “Can Louisiana’s Wetlands Survive BP’s Oil?”
These Plants Are EVERYTHING…… A Food Source, Habitat Source….. Essentially They Hold The “Whole System Together”…..
and… If They Disappear…… It ALL Goes…….
David Muth, chief of planning and resource stewardship for Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve and Professor Larry McKinney, executive director at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M in Corpus Christi, explain the impact oil from the BP oil disaster would have on the Louisiana wetlands and whether they could be cleaned should they become contaminated. (msnbc.com) Louisiana – BP – Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve – Texas – Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies
Click on Link or Photo Below To Watch The Clip of â€œCan Louisiana’s Wetlands Survive BP’s Oil?â€ From The Rachel Maddox Show
“Every 2.7 square miles of wetlands that a storm passes over, brings the storm surge for communities behind those wetlands down by one foot.”
David Muth, chief of planning and resource stewardship for Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve and Professor Larry McKinney, executive director at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M in Corpus Christi, explain the importance of the Louisiana wetlands in protecting Greater New Orleans from storm surges and as a source of food for the entire country. (msnbc.com) Louisiana – New Orleans – Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve – Texas – United States
Click on Link or Photo Below To Watch The Clip of “Why Louisiana’s Wetlands Are So Important” From The Rachel Maddox Show
Watch “Save Rainforests Save Lives” which reminds us that the rainforests are our best hope for finding cures for cancer, AIDs and other life-threatening diseases.
What Medicines Do The Forests Provide?
It is astonishing to think that of all the drugs we consume today most of the common ones are derived from the rainforests, even more astonishing is that only a small amount of the total number of plants have been screened for medical use. The following is a list of drugs that the plants have provided a basis for : the contraceptive pill, antibiotics, tranquillisers, dental cement, heart and ulcer drugs. In fact one in four products from the chemist contain chemical compounds derived from rainforest plants. 70% of anti cancer plants originate from the rainforests and the US National Cancer Institute identified 3,000 plants with properties in fighting cancer. From 1960-1990, the survival rate for child leukaemia rose from 20% to 80% when ‘The Rosy Periwinkle’ plant from Madagascar played a major contribution in fighting this form of cancer. The Cinchona tree from Peru has been effective in treating malaria; the Guatemalan wild yam is a major contribution to the effectiveness of the contraceptive pill; Resperine from South East Asia, from the shrub Rauwlfia Serpentina is used for treating hypertension. Cement used in dentistry comes from the balsams of Latin America. And the ‘Benzoin Tree’ of Malaysia produces a yellow substance that is used for antiseptic and to treat bronchitis. This is the Earth’s own medicine cabinet with many more cures for illnesses hidden within the forests. With the pharmaceutical companies making billions of pounds and dollars each year, it seems that it is in their interest that the forests no longer survive, but the forests provided the basis for all of man’s drugs and we should start preserving them now.