Like all baby gorillas, Gladys is learning to sit, crawl, roll over and walk on all fours. But what make her antics different are the parents she is learning the tricks from. At the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, this baby gorilla is being raised by 10 human ‘moms’.
Eastern lowland gorillas are one of the largest apes in the world and also the rarest. Now in order to save these dying species several conservation organisations have come together to strategically protect and work to save them.
At the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Japan has submitted a proposal for the first time to provide protection to the rare Ryukyu black-breasted leaf turtle. The turtle is found only in three islands of the Okinawa group.
Since probably the dawn of time, humans have hunted animals for “useful” parts. Their meat, eaten. Their skins, used for blankets, clothing and even shelter. Their bones, at one time, were used to make useful items like utensils.
Beaches in Palm Beach, Florida, were temporarily closed earlier this week after thousands of sharks were spotted swimming near the shore.
Almost 3000 wild apes are hunted, captured or killed each year says a new UN report released on Monday. The report shows yet another cruel face of the growing illegal wildlife trade.
World sharks are doomed. According to a study published this week in Marine Policy, our world is losing more than 100 million sharks every year. If significant efforts are not made to stop this decline, these incredible animals may soon be gone forever.
In more good news for seals, the annual hunt on Hay Island off Cape Breton has been cancelled this year. According to an anti-seal organization, this was done because of the shrinking interest in seal products internationally.
Scotland has their feared but beloved Loch Ness monster. The Pacific Northwest has Bigfoot. Lake Tahoe now has its own “monster.” If not dealt with, these “monsters” could destroy the lake’s entire ecosystem.
For Fernando Nhamussua living near the Mozambique coast, sharks are not something to be feared but an extremely profitable source of income. The 33 year old has sold 20 shark fins so far and even as the world contemplates ban of the illegal trade, Fernando’s basket is full of four dried shark fins.
It is one thing to love animals but quite another to physically hug and hold them when it is a known wild and sensitive creature. One Florida man learnt it the hard way when he was arrested for hugging a baby Manatee.
Holiday goers could be doing science a lot of good the next time they click vacation pictures. Scientists from Imperial College of London say that to track the movements of endangered whale sharks in the Indian Ocean the use of public sourced photographs could very helpful and aid in conservation efforts.