Focusing On The Conservation of Ecosystems, Habitats & Wildlife

New Legislation to Advance Whale Preservation Worldwide




Senator John Kerry, who is the lead author of the Senate’s global climate change and environmental legislation introduced legislation to advance whale preservation worldwide.

This information was found on Senator John Kerry's Website: Click on image to Connect to Article


The International Whale Conservation and Protection Act of 2010 will combat the major threats whales face, including commercial whaling, ship strikes, and habitat disruption.


“Thousands of whales die each year from commercial whaling, ship strikes, and habitat disruption,” said Senator John Kerry. “We should be leading the effort to protect them.”

The International Whale Conservation and Protection Act of 2010 will:

— Promote international protection efforts in whales’ natural habitats


— Strengthen international organizations’ efforts, including the United Nations Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, the International Whaling Commission (IWC), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), and the International Maritime Organization;


— Ensure the IWC commercial whaling ban is protected


— Reduce or eliminate human-caused injury, harassment, or disturbance; and


—Expand research to improve global understanding of whales including health and reproduction, whale habitats and the impacts of human activities and other threats to whales.


To learn more about the world’s leading animal welfare organization, go to IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare).  This organization helps reduce the commercial exploitation of animals, protects wildlife habitats and assists animals in distress.

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?”

Number of Tigers In The Wild Still Declining

Believe it or not, the population of tigers (which is the largest of the big cats) has declined by 95 percent in the last century.  What will happen in the next decade?  Will we ever stop poaching, killing and destroying their habitats before it’s too late?

Bengal Tiger: Click on Photo to View the Tiger Population Table

IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature data suggests that “the global tiger population has declined to an estimated range form 3,402 – 5,140 tigers”, revised down from estimates of 5,000 to 7,000 made a few years earlier.  The data also stated that the Bali, Caspian, and Javan tigers are already classified as extinct (in the 1940s, 1970s, and 1980s, respectively).

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.

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.

Governments 'must tackle' roots of nature crisis

By Richard Black


Environment Correspondent, BBC News Website


Balinese fishing grounds have just been protected to safeguard stocks


Governments must tackle the underlying causes of biodiversity loss if they are to stem the rate at which ecosystems and species are disappearing.

Male Indian Rhinoceros Born at The Berlin Zoo

This Indian Rhinoceros calf was born Sunday in captivity at The Berlin Zoo to Mother Jhansi.  Indian rhinoceros are found in parts of India as well as Nepal.  There are approximately 3,000 Indian rhinos in the WILD today.   To read this article (CLICK HERE) or click on the photo below.


Male Indian Rhinoceros Calf and Mother: Photo found on Los Angeles Times Local "L.A. Unleashed", Photo taken by: Arno Burgi / European Pressphoto Agency