Sea Turtle Success Story!

Jaelynn Hart / Staff Writer It’s not very often that humanity gets to pat itself on the back for having a positive effect on the environment, but scientists are labeling sea turtles as a “global conservation success story” as the population numbers rise away from the brink of extinction. Because of the many dangers causing the decline in […]

via Swimming Out of Endangered — The Last Word Magazine

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SHIP’S OWNER FINED CAD $6000 for SPEEDING in the St. LAWRENCE RIVER

A ship exceeding speed limits in Canada’s St. Lawrence River was cited and fined CAD$6000. A new speed limited has been put in place in order to protect the estuaries’ North Atlantic Right Whale transient population.

It is believed ship/whale collisions in the St. Lawrence have been responsible for several Right Whale deaths in the region…

CANADIAN MAN FINED $13,000 FOR KILLING A COLLARED GRIZZLY BEAR IN THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA

A grizzly bear wearing a scientific tracking collar was shot last year by an Alberta man, who pleaded guilty in court this past week on charges resulting from this action.

The 250 pound male grizzly was part of a provincial government study to discover ranges, habitat use and other habits regarding the declining population of the province’s grizzly bears, estimated to be in the 1100 range.

The $13,000 fine was not considered punitive enough by many, as trophy hunters from the US and elsewhere pay much more just for the opportunity to hunt these bears in Canada and Alaska.

Smugglers Finding New Ways to Transport Illegal Rhino Horns

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International traffickers have tried many ways to smuggle African rhino horns to Asia, concealing them inside wooden Buddha statues, stashing horn pieces in lobster heads kept in a refrigerated container and disguising horn portions as the bases of painted statues.

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ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE

When it comes to the survival of orphaned elephant infants, loving friendship is the only thing that works. Baby elephants need continuous loving, tactile affection as much as they need food. Without it they quickly die. Kenya’s Dame Daphne Sheldrick, pioneer in elephant orphan rescue and rehabilitation, learned this the hard way. For years she […]

via All Friends At Nairobi’s Elephant Orphanage — Tish Farrell

For the Love of Elephants

“Charismatic megafauna”is a concept in science meant to explain why humans are drawn to certain creatures. Whales, giraffes, elephants and pandas are all animals humans create bonds with, whether we have ever see the animal close up or not.This bond typically develops in us as children as we are introduced to these animals through story books…

via For the Love of Elephants — elephantopia

Big Problems in Kenya for Wildlife

On the night of Mar. 29, suspected herdsmen burnt an exclusive safari lodge owned by prominent Italian-born, Kenyan author and conservationist Kuki Gallmann. The attack left the luxurious Mukutan Retreat lodge in northern Kenya in ruins, with the armed men burning down cottages, and shooting at Gallmann’s daughter Sveva as she was trying to get…

via Kenya’s tourism industry and conservation efforts are being threatened by drought-induced violence — Quartz