Focusing On The Conservation of Ecosystems, Habitats & Wildlife

Sea Turtles of Tortuguero

The Sea Turtles of Tortuguero are absolutely the main attraction of Tortuguero National Park.

If you plan on visiting the beach at night to see the spectacular sight of these marvelous creatures laying their eggs, a guide will accompany you to the beach (no one is allowed on the beach unaccompanied after 6:00 pm).

To learn more about the different types of turtles that visit Tortuguero and their nesting schedule CLICK HERE.

20th Anniversary of the International Ban on Ivory

It’s been over 20 years since the world of ivory has been banned internationally, however GREED and the demand for products made out of ivory have surge in the last few years.  Scientists are estimating that between 8% – 10% of African’s elephants are still being killed each year to meet this ivory demand.

So why are these products still in such demand?  Apparently, the recent growth in the far east’s appetite for ivory, which is a status symbol for the middle class, has sent ivory prices soaring from 150 pounds a kilogram in 2004 to more than 4,000 pounds a kilogram today.

African elephants in Kenya on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the world ivory trading ban. Photograph: Martin Harvey/AP

This is definitely a topic that will be discussed in detail at this year’s meeting in March of Cites (Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species).

It has been estimated that more than 38,000 elephants were killed for their tusks just in 2006 alone and the death rate is even higher today.  To read this article (CLICK HERE) or click on the photo above.

Endangered Animal Trading on the Rise in Indonesia

I’m so sad to see that the forest areas in Indonesia are still being converted and taken over by humans forcing endemic wildlife species to flee the area.  Indonesia is home to many wonderful animals, some of which are only found there.  Is man’s needs for natural resources more important than keeping a species off the endangered species list?

The Green Turtle is “still the main turtle trade destination in Indonesia”, says Rosek Nurasahid, a ProFauna International wildlife observer.  According to the 2009 end -of-the-year report, ProFauna announced that trade in protected animals species in Indonesia was still high.  The latest ProFauna survey conducted at 70 birds markets in 58 cities in 2009 indicated 183 rare and protected animal species had been traded.

To read more on this, CLICK HERE to read the article found on Asia One News or click on photo below.

Photo taken by: Matt Einholf

Giant Salamanders in Japan Receive Assistance in Their Journey Upstream


Here is a GREAT SOLUTION and wonderful story about the Giant Salamanders in Japan.

Unfortunately, we hear too much about the destruction and habitat loss for animals and hear little about what is being done to resolve this problem.  The Japanese people created an innovative way to assist the Giant Salamander make it’s way up stream by building ramps and staircases in the dams.  This new solution/program is critical and essential for the Giant Salamanders, since this is where they lay their eggs!

To watch the video courtesy of National Geographic Daily News, CLICK HERE or on photo below.

Photo found on National Geographic's Website

"Cold Stunned" Turtles Get NASA Rescue


January 14, 2010— NASA and Florida conservationists joined forces to rescue endangered sea turtles “cold stunned” by record-breaking cold temperatures along the Sunshine State’s coast. © 2010 National Geographic; Video courtesy NASA

CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO from National Geographic Daily News

Image credit: NASA/Amanda Diller

Mountain Gorillas and Global Warming: Dangerous Combo

According to a National Geographic article published yesterday by Christine Dell’Amore, global warming-induced indigestion could help make mountain gorillas and other leaf-eating primates sitting ducks for extinction, a new study says.

Due to the annual temperature rises, the leaves in the forest are changing their molecular structure and now have more fiber and less digestible protein.  This is becoming a concern for some gorilla and monkey species that eat these leaves because this would mean that it will take longer to process their food.  During this longer time of digestion, these primates would otherwise be spending their time finding food, socializing and protecting their territory study says.

To read this entire article, CLICK HERE or on the Red Colobus Monkey below.

Photo found on National Geographic's Daily News Website: Photograph by Tim Graham, Getty Images

Pet Snake Saves Family From House Fire

Rescued animal returns the favor by warning family when an electric blanket catches fire.

This is a GREAT STORY and I would like to know how you feel about whether or not snakes have the intelligence to act in such a way like this story with Long Long (the family pet snake that woke up his owner when an electric blanket had caught on fire in his home).

Click here
to read this article.

Pet Snake Saves Life

Rare Endangered Desert Tortoises -VS- Solar Energy

A Solar Showdown in California between Oakland’s based BrightSource Energy and The Sierra Club and other environmentalist is mounting.  If the company gets approval and permission to build and erect 400,000 mirrors on the site to collect the sun’s energy; it will not only be a death sentence for the endangered Desert Tortoise, but it is also home to rare plants and other wildlife including the Western Burrowing Owl and Bighorn Sheep.

Photo from the LA Times Website "L.A. Unleased" January 4, 2010

CLICK HERE to read entire article from January 4, 2010 from L.A.’s Unleashed

Asia's Wildlife Trade

The Kingpin

An exposé of the world’s most notorious wildlife dealer, his special government friend, and his ambitious new plan

By Bryan Christy author of The Lizard King

Photograph by Mark Leong

Here is a great story titled Asia’s Wildlife Trade that National Geographic published this month about the current illegal Asian Wildlife Trade and Malaysia’s most wanted smuggler of ENDANGERED SPECIES.

Photo from National Geographic article “Asia’s Wildlife Trade”

Cold Iguanas Free-Fall from Trees

Iguanas Go Into Hibernation State In Cold Weather
POSTED: Wednesday, January 6, 2010
UPDATED: 3:10 pm EST January 6, 2010

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Record lows across South Florida are literally freezing the invasive iguana in its tracks.

Kamikaze iguanas, plummeting from their treetop perches, have long been a Floridian urban legend. On Wednesday morning, Local 10 caught the free-falling lizard on tape.


TO WATCH "Cold Iguanas Free-Fall From Trees" VIDEO....CLICK ON PHOTO