Focusing On The Conservation of Ecosystems, Habitats & Wildlife

World Wildlife Day 2017

Happy World Wildlife Day! 

#WorldWildlifeDay reminds us of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime, which has wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts. #BeAVoice #CauseAnUproar 

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Want to get involved?

Help spread the word!  There are plenty of ways you can participate in WWD2017.

In the past, people have participated in WWD in various ways. Some activities are big and others are small, but all of them have helped to promote awareness about wildlife conservation issues around the world.

This year’s theme for World Wildlife Day is ‘Listen to young voices’. We would love to see children and young adults getting involved in the day as much as possible.

Make sure to announce your event so we can see how World Wildlife Day is being celebrated around the world!

Post on social media. Repost one of our photos, posters or use one of our action cards and say something about the day. Remember to use the hashtags #DoOneThingToday, #youth4wildlife, #YoungVoices,  #WorldWildlifeDay, #EndWildlifeTrafficking

Enter our World Wildlife Day 2017 Photo Competition. The winner gets a free flight and 2 night accommodation to New York for World Wildlife day 2017!

Engage with celebrities, athletes, politicians, businesses and appoint them as Wildlife Conservation Ambassadors or key opinion leaders.

Everyday wildlife protection

Wildlife conservation is an issue that needs attention every day.

The challenges that wildlife are facing are often large and complex- it’s normal for individuals to feel powerless. However, every person’s small actions add up to a much larger solution – making the difference between a species surviving or disappearing forever.

Just #DoOneThingToday to make a difference and help wildlife conservation.

Set a Goal – Live your daily life with the smallest negative impact on the environment, wildlife and their habitats.

Mobilize – Encourage local schools, clubs, governments and businesses to discuss wildlife conservation and what you and your community can do to help.

Visit – Aquariums, botanical gardens, national parks and nature reserves. Research holiday destinations and countries that work hard to protect wildlife and habitats.

Consume Responsibly– By not purchasing products made from illegally sourced protected wildlife or their parts and products, you can stop wildlife trafficking from being a profitable enterprise. More information can be found through your national or local wildlife authorities or the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species or Wild fauna and Flora (CITES).

Volunteer – we cannot always give money, but we can donate our time. Often wildlife organisations and zoos  have volunteer programs. You could also help clean beaches, rescue wild animals or teach tourists about your local habitat.

Stay informed – Learn more about our planet’s flora and fauna, including those that are in danger of extinction. Research ways that you or your community can conserve and protect wildlife. Inform yourself on current environmental matters and be aware of your individual impact on ecosystems and wildlife. Think globally, act locally.

Speak up – share your knowledge, passion and questions about wildlife conservation with your friends, family and community – either in person or online.

Reach out– inform authorities if you have information on illegal logging, fishing and wildlife trafficking; whistle-blowers play a critical role in detecting wildlife crimes and holding criminal smugglers accountable.

World Animal Day

World Animal Day: A day to speak up for those who have no voice!  

World Animal Day is to raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe. Building the celebration of World Animal Day unites the animal welfare movement, mobilizing it into a global force to make the world a better place for all animals.  It’s celebrated in different ways in every country, irrespective of nationality, religion, faith or political ideology.  Through increased awareness and education we can create a world where animals are always recognized as sentient beings and full regard is always paid to their welfare.

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Would you like to contribute towards making the world a kinder, more compassionate place, raise global awareness of animal-related issues, help fundraise for a local welfare organization or charity?

Click Here to get involved and make a difference!

Nature is speaking…… take a listen.

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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.

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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.

These interesting facts were found here.

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.

SAVE The Frogs Day – April 29, 2011

Amphibian populations have been rapidly disappearing worldwide and nearly one-third of the world’s amphibian species are on the verge of extinction. Up to 200 species have completely disappeared since 1979. Founded in 2008, SAVE THE FROGS! is America’s first and only public charity dedicated to amphibian conservation. Their mission is to protect amphibian populations and to promote a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife.

Please become a member and support their worldwide amphibian conservation efforts. Together we can SAVE THE FROGS!

Connect With Save The Frogs On Facebook HERE!

 

 

California Has 3 Species Of True Frogs: Native Reg-Legged Frogs (Now Becoming Scare Because Of Habitat Loss) and Yellow Legged Frogs, and The East Coast Import, The Bullfrog.

California Red-legged Frogs are typically found only in California. They are approximately 2-5.5 inches in length and are brown, gray, olive or red with black fle…cks and blotches. They have a whitish border above their upper jaw and their underside is normally red. These frogs toes are not fully webbed and have weak throaty calls that last 2-3 seconds. California Red-legged Frogs are often found in dense, shrubby vegetation near bodies of water. In 1996, they were listed as a threatened species by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service due to habitat destruction, being sold as food, and being preyed upon by non-native species.

9 Tips To Save Our Fragile EARTH

1.  Recycle newsprint, cardboard, plastic, and other household waste.  This can reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas that many scientists believe contributes to global warming.

2.  Walk, ride your bike, or carpool. Driving 15 minutes less a week can save 900 pounds (408 kg) of CO2 a year.

3.  Buy snacks in bulk. By doing away with individual wrappers, you’ll throw away less of the 5 pounds (2 kg) of trash each person pitches every day.

4.  Put on a sweater. Don’t turn up the heat when you’re chilly.  Wear more clothes and turn down the temperature!  Doing so can keep 300 pounds (136 kg) of CO2 out of the air each year.

5.  Always turn off the lights when you leave a room.

6.  Change incandescent lightbulbs to compact fluorescent lights.  Just one could save 500 pounds (227 kg) of coal a year.

7.  Plant a tree to put more oxygen into the atmosphere.

8.  Drive better. Ask your loved ones to drive a more fuel-efficient car.  An electric or hybrid car can save 5,600 pounds (2,540 kg) of CO2 a year.

9.  Stop water waste. In many homes, toilets use more water than anything else.  An older toilet may use more than 5 gallons (19 L) of water each time it’s flushed!  Try this only with an oldr toilet.  Clean out a one-gallon plastic jug (a milk or juice container will work), and make sure you take off any labels.  Fill the jug with stones to make it heavy.  Place the jug into the toilet tank, being very careful that it doesn’t tough any of the toilet’s inner workings.  Now every time that toilet is flushed, it’s using a gallon of water less than it used to!

NOTE:  Did you know that the average U.S. household receives one-and-a-half trees’ worth of unwanted mail each year?  Much of it is trashed, unopened!

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What Do You Want For Earth?

I Want Clean Air.
I Want Food Without Destruction.
I Want Water Without Pollution.
I Want Our Rain Forests Intact.
I Want To Keep Our Oceans Alive
…and Our Polar Seas Pristine.
I Want An Energy Revolution.

Give Earth A Hand… Today and Everyday!

Happy Endangered Species Day 2010

So what does an “Endangered Species” mean…. you may ask?

It is when any animal or plant species is threatened to the point of extinction.  Once a species is “extinct”, it is gone FOREVER and no longer found anywhere on Earth.

Special Thanks to Laurence Overmire & Nancy McDonald For Including Me In Their Awesome Video!

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Help Protect Endangered Species


So Why Is It So Important To SAVE Endangered Species?

There has been a dramatic increase in the number of endangered or extinct species since humans have been the Earth’s dominant species.  Human activities such as overhunting and destruction of habitats are responsible for most of endangered or extinct animals.  It is now believed that extinction by humans are taking place at 100 to 1,000 times nature’s normal rate.  It has been so hard to measure since only about 1.4 million species (out of an estimated 10 million to 100 million) have been described to date.

It is more crucial than ever for humans to preserve endangered species and their natural habitats.  All species are living organisms on Earth and have a know value to humans.  Humans benefit from the roles many species play in the environment including cleansing the air and water, controlling erosion, providing atmospheric oxygen, and maintaining the food chain.  Some other benefits of these many species haven’t even been discovered yet (such as medicinal plants) and presently have an unknown value to humans.

What In The Wildlife Is Going On With The Gulf Oil Spill?




Thousands of Gallons of Chemical Dispersants Have Been Dumped Into The Gulf of Mexico Since The Deepwater Horizon Accident on April 20th.

Reveal Dispersant’s Toxic Secrets

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Since the Deepwater Horizon exploded on April 20th, BP has dumped tons of a mysterious chemical dispersants into the Gulf of Mexico. Another 805,000 gallons is on order.

It’s a trade secret brew of solvents, surfactants and other compounds that breaks oil into small particles that disperse into the sea.

Experts — including the EPA — are growing concerned that the “Toxic Soup” could seriously harm fragile underwater wildlife, damage ecosystems and persist in the food chain. No one really knows if the dispersants are less harmful to the environment than an oil slick on the ocean surface.

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Elected officials must protect the Gulf of Mexico and Americans who make it their home. Tell Congress to compel companies to reveal the chemical makeup of dispersants dumped into the Gulf.


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Finally, President Obama “Angry and Frustrated” About BP Oil Spill Eco Disaster

President Obama criticized what he called the “ridiculous spectacle” today at a news conference and showed just how “aggravated and frustrated” he is with the companies responsible for the oil spill.  He also pledged to “End Cozy Oil Links”

Photo From Associated Press: Click To Read Article

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Eight-Inch Tar Balls Wash Up on Beach

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“Don’t worry about that pesky oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, BP CEO Tony Hayward says: It’s “relatively tiny” compared to the “very big ocean.”

AH….. ARE YOU SERIOUS?

Click On Photo To Read Article From The Huffington Post