Tag: "Endangered Species"

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‘Ugly’ Species losing Conservation Funds to ‘Celebrity’ Species

There are nearly 20,000 animal and plant species in the world that are threatened and need all the help they can get to survive on the planet, but according to a new report, only 80 odd ‘celebrity species’ hog the limelight with little funding or conservation efforts for the others equally doomed.

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Endangered California Condors Threatened by Lead Poisoning

Lead poisoning, it has been revealed is the biggest killer of Endangered California condors. The peregrine fund, that also raises and frees the condors found that the poisonous metal was also affecting birds that are bred in captivity.

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Puerto Rico to Protect Leatherback Turtles

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.

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Conservation Groups Join Hands to Save World’s Largest Gorillas

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.

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Japan Concerned About Safety of Rare Turtle

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.

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U.S. Proposal to Ban Cross-Border Polar Bear Trades Denied

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.

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3000 Wild Apes forced to Caged Existence Every Year

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.

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Leatherback Sea Turtles may become Extinct in next 20 Years

An international team led by the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has documented a 78 percent decline in the number of nests of the critically endangered leatherback sea turtle in the Pacific Ocean. The experts fear, if the trend continues, the turtles may become extinct in the next 20 years.

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California Makes a Move to Place Great White Sharks on Endangered Species List

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.

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Twycross Zoo Debuts New Baby Gorilla!

Exciting new for keepers at the Twycross Zoo! Staff at the primate center announced today that one of their western lowland gorilla females, Ozala welcomed a baby at approximately 9.15am on Thursday, January 3.

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Entire Gorilla Family from Kent to be Released into the Wild

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.

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Critically Endangered Black Macaque Population in Sulawesi on the Rebound

While most reports of critically endangered species continue to break the hearts of wildlife and nature enthusiasts, there is one critically endangered species in Sulawesi making a comeback! Black macaques, otherwise known as the ‘gorilla of Indonesia,’ are reportedly showing signs of recovery after experiencing a decline so devastating that experts thought they would disappear.