Even though it is illegal in most countries, shark fin soup can easily cost upwards of $100 per bowl. In some cultures the fin is said to have many health benefits like boosting sexual potency, enhancing skin quality, increasing one’s qi or energy, preventing heart disease, and lowering cholesterol. For this reason the number of sharks who are killed for their fins around the world is staggering.
The governor of Puerto Rico has signed a new law on April 13th that aims to give additional protection to the world’s largest endangered turtle species, the Leatherback Turtles. The new law will help protect an area known as the Northeast Ecological Corridor, a U.S. nesting site.
Poachers are turning out to be the biggest threat to African forest Elephants. In a study published in the online journal PLOS ONE it was found that a shocking 62 percent of the wild forest elephants of Africa have fallen down in the hands of poachers in the last decade. If the trend continues, Africa may lose one of its most iconic animals.
Great white sharks are probably one of the most feared animals in the sea, especially by humans. But these fearsome predators, featured in the classic movie, “Jaws,” are in some serious trouble according to some local conservation groups. After conducting a series of scientific studies, the conservation groups determined that only about 350 great whites now exist off the California and Baja Mexico coasts.
While zoos do serve as an attraction for tourists, there are some zoos and organizations take pride themselves on being able to encourage re-population of endangered species in the wild. The private Kent zoo, in collaboration with the John Aspinall Foundation, is just one of them.
Even with all the science and technology around today, still so little is known about the deep seas and the life forms that reside there. The giant squid, described as “monster of the deep,” the legendary “Kraken” is one of the inhabitants of this dark, mysterious and barely explored area of the ocean.t
In November 2010 the 13 countries of the world that still have a tiger population came together and pledged to double the number of tigers by 2022. In the first meeting of these tiger range countries, significant progress was reported but poaching still seems to be the number one concern for all nations.
Segmenting certain areas of the seas and oceans to spare the rare species from fishing is an idea that has been adopted at many places in the world. But in Indonesia the idea is backfiring as poachers try and loot the same marine protected areas.
Amur Leopards, the most endangered leopards of the world are growing in numbers according to a new population survey that was carried out for the first time at Northeast China’s Jilin Province. The census showed that the population of the leopards had almost doubled in the province.
Maui’s Dolphins are the smallest dolphins in the world measuring just about a metre and a half. But a new study warns that these unique creatures are on the verge of extinction with only 55 individuals remaining in the wild.
During a recent trip to Kenya Gisele Bundchen was photographed playing with one of the orphaned elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Sanctuary. The Brazilian model traveled to East Africa to raise awareness about the endangered animals.
The International Elephant Foundation (IEF), a non-profit dedicated to the well being and preservation of elephant species, has announced a $225,000 contribution to be dispersed over 19 conservation projects in 2012.