Looks like about 200 orangutans were killed. I’ll post more in the am.
Sumatran Orangutan: “It is no longer several years away, but just a few months or even weeks before this iconic creature disappears”
Hundreds of orangutans are believed to have died in fires deliberately lit by palm oil companies in the last few weeks. Conservationists say the rare Sumatran orangutan could now be wiped out within weeks.
Read more here.
What can I say, Rhinos have had it pretty bad for the past three years. this year looks pretty bad too, we only in march and already there have been 135 killed. Really pisses me off i want to go to Africa and hunt down the poachers, I’ll be patient. And for those who need a piece of horn which is the equivalent of nails and hair, well I have to middle fingers with nails, they can come and get it.
This is Part one, will try to put out the other ones as soon as i can draw the rest of the rhinos, and go through all the data to create more graphics….
I wish I could say enjoy, there’s nothing to enjoy here.
Yes, unfortunately the tally is up to 135 so far this year in South Africa.
The government’s environment department said in a statement Monday it is encouraged that arrests and convictions for rhino poaching appear to be increasing in 2012. There were 89 arrests in the first eleven weeks of this year.
The department says the worst hit area was the eastern Kruger wildlife park where 75 rhinos were killed for their horn since Jan 1.
One of the most incredible animals in the world. The Axolotl. Able to grow whole limbs back. Has special gils AND lungs. Remains in a larvae state for most of it’s life but if there is a drought it will convert in to a full Mexican Salamander. Dude kicks butt.
Most of them are dark in color. Albinos are captive bred but there is information that they are in the wild also.
Scientists have studied this little guy for years….
Endangered Species of the Day: A sedated Black Rhino is transported by air from South Africa’s Eastern Cape to a new habitat in the northeastern province of Limpopo as part of the WWF Black Rhino Range Expansion Project — an ambitious conservation campaign that aims to “increase the range and numbers of black rhino in South Africa.”
Nature conservation organisations are fighting an uphill battle to save the critically endangered species, as rumors of the rhino horn’s cancer-curing abilities fuel poaching that has claimed the lives of over 350 rhinos in South Africa this year alone.
There are believed to be fewer than 4,240 Black Rhinos remaining.
WARNING: this short film is about poaching, which means it will feature graphic imagery and animal abuse.
On Borrowed Time, a documentary highlighting the poaching crisis in the Belum-Temengor Forest Complex produced by WWF-Malaysia and TRAFFIC Southeast Asia, has won the top prize at Malaysia’s Eco Film Festival.
Filmed by the award-winning documentary maker Novista, the story depicts the tremendous threats faced by the wildlife in northern Peninsular Malaysia and was named Best Local Film, 2011.
Read more about it here.
Too Much Love Threatens Chambered Nautilus, Scientists Say
It is a living fossil whose ancestors go back a half billion years — to the early days of complex life on the planet, when the land was barren and the seas were warm.
Naturalists have long marveled at its shell. The logarithmic spiral echoes the curved arms of hurricanes and distant galaxies. In Florence, the Medicis turned the pearly shells into ornate cups and pitchers adorned with gold and rubies.
Now, scientists say, humans are loving the chambered nautilus to death, throwing its very existence into danger.
Javan Rhino Extinct in Mainland Asia
The Javan rhinoceros is extinct in mainland Asia, conservationists announced this week.
An adult female Javan rhino was shot and killed in a Vietnamese forest last year—leaving just one wild population left of the species in the world, a group of fewer than 50 individuals in a small park in Indonesia.
"The last Javan rhino in Vietnam has gone," Tran Thi Minh Hien,Vietnam director of the nonprofit WWF, said in a statement. (Watch a video of the Javan rhino’s road to extinction.)
Environmental Group Breaks the Silence on Population Control
Major American environmental groups have dodged the subject of population control for decades, wary of getting caught up in the bruising politics of reproductive health.
Yet, virtually alone, the Center for Biological Diversity is breaking the taboo by directly tying population growth to environmental problems through efforts like giving away condoms in colorful packages depicting endangered animals. The idea is to start a debate about how overpopulation crowds out species and hastens climate change — just when the world is welcoming Baby No. 7 Billion.
Wolf hunting now legal in Montana and Idaho. Not easy to watch for enviros… But, the lawsuit is interesting.
Once again, humans refuse to learn from history— and nature loses out to human interest and profit.
A young orangutan swings from tree to tree in Tanjung Puting National Park in Indonesian Borneo. Photograph by Sean Crane.