A top conservation official from Namibia says that holding auctions to allow big-game hunters a chance to kill endangered animals is a sound way to raise money in his southern African nation. Namibians should “derive some benefit” from the lands their government maintains, the nation’s deputy minister of tourism and environment said during a recent visit to Washington.
True Lemurs, found only on the isolated island of Madagascar, are the most endangered mammalian group on the planet — more than 90% of all known lemur species are rapidly approaching extinction, primarily as the result of deforestation and habitat loss. Previous conservation efforts have been generally ineffective, so how do you prevent their extinction?
A study led by Dr Joshua Plotnik from Mahidol University and the Think Elephants International has found that Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) console others who are in distress, using physical touches and vocalizations. Consolation behavior is rare in the animal kingdom, with empirical evidence previously provided only for the great apes, canines and certain corvids.
The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC), a national coalition, responded strongly to the recommendation by the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) Nevada Tri-Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) that the agency sell federally-protected wild horses “without limitation,” which means for slaughter.
Amid staunch opposition from animal-rights groups, a wealthy Long Island community has withdrawn from a federal program that would have used sharpshooters to thin an oversized deer population. Animal-welfare advocates had filed a lawsuit against East Hampton over its plan to thin the herd.
Big-game hunters in Texas stirred controversy by auctioning off a rare African permit to hunt the endangered black rhino in the name of conservation. Dallas Safari Club officials have said they faced threats leading up to private auction and had contacted the FBI. Opposition to the move was vented online by celebrities including Mia Farrow, William Shatner, and former “Price Is Right” host Bob Barker.
According to a recent study in the journal Science, over 75 percent of Earth’s big carnivores are suffering major declines in their numbers that could result in their extinction unless efforts are taken to preserve them. These animals include bears, dingoes, wolves, and lions. Humans are behind many of the reasons for the startling decline in the numbers of large carnivores.
An animal rights group has sued to stop the federal government from killing thousands of barred owls in the Northwest to see if that will help the threatened northern spotted owl turn around its population declines.
October 4 is a glorious day for all you animals lovers out there, because today is World Animal Day. World Animal Day was first observed in 1931 at a convention for ecologists to bring attention to endangered or threatened species, according to a report by the Boston Globe. Sadly, biodiversity has been steadily declining for decades and the number of threatened species has continued to rise, according to annual reports released by the IUCN.
The Endangered Species Act exists to protect biodiversity. It can only work when species listed as endangered are actually afforded the protections guaranteed to them in the Act. Unfortunately these days, even earning classification as an endangered species doesn’t always mean safety from harm.
Frogs, toads and other amphibians are vanishing so fast nationwide that if the decline continues at the same rate, they’ll be gone from half their current habitats in 20 years, a federal study has found. U.S. Geological Survey officials unveiled the study, done over a decade, on 48 species at 34 sites from California to Colorado high-country to Florida swamps.
The mustangs run with a spirit that makes them legendary here in the West. On a bitter cold morning, they descend from the Swasey mountains of central Utah and gallop for miles across the plains. Stallions and mares, beautiful and strong, guiding their young. It’s an enthralling scene, but also one that infuriates many Americans. Thundering choppers overhead are driving the wild horses, many that appear terrified, toward a trap.