Tag Archives | wildlife conservation

Lion Cub Hugs

(LIONS/CUTE BABY ANIMAL VIDEOS) These cute lion cubs can’t seem to get enough attention as they paw and whine at their caretaker. Is there ever such a thing as too many hugs? We think not. — Global Animal

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Raju Gets A Girlfriend: An Elephant Love Story

(ANIMAL RESCUE/ELEPHANTS) Raju has a girlfriend. The elephant who became a social media darling for his tears of joy after being rescued from a lifetime of horrific abuse is finally enjoying life. The five-and-a-half ton animal is safely residing in the Elephant Conservation and Care Centre in Northern India, wheree he’s feasting on fruits and biscuits, being treated for his wounds, and hanging out with Phoolkali, a female elephant who had been saved from death just two years earlier. After 50 years of chains and shackles, torturous beatings and consuming plastic and paper to survive, the majestic creature can now live in peace thanks to a team from Wildlife SOS, a North London-based charity. When he’s fully recovered Raju will spend the rest of his days in a safe compound free from pain and suffering. Read below to learn more about Raju and Wildlife SOS’s daring and emotional midnight rescue. — Global Animal

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African Nations use elephant poaching as a form of income. Photo credit: Jo Crebbin/Shutterstock

Environmental Crime Uproar Poses Threat

(WILDLIFE CONSERVATION/POACHING) Animal and plant black market trading is now a 213 billion dollar a year industry, according to recent reports from the U.N. and Interpol. Poachers, illegal loggers, toxic waste dumpers, miners, and fishers all profit from environmental destruction, with logging posing one of the biggest ecological threats, generating $100 billion annually. As the environmental crime industry continues to make more money, protecting endangered animals grows increasingly urgent. Read on to learn more about the environmental black market, and see how you can help fight against these destructive and harmful practices. — Global Animal

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Lion-Sized Wishes For A Happy Father’s Day!

(WILDLIFE/LIONS/CUTE ANIMAL VIDEO) It can be pretty sweet lounging around with dad on Father’s Day. Even if your dad is a man and you’re a growing lion at the Cedar Cove Feline Conservancy & Education Center. Watch as little lioness Shanta enjoys some down time with her adopted daddy and senior handler, Steve Klein, who seems to make a great mattress. Gratitude and warm wishes go out to all fathers today! — Global Animal

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Bear cubs are dependent on their parents for over a year. Photo credit: National Park Service

Wolf Pups & Bear Cubs Face Death With Kill-On-Site Policy

(WILDLIFE CONSERVATION/ WOLVES) ALASKA — Alaska Governor Sean Parnell claims he will continue allowing for a “kill-on-site” policy for orphaned wolf pups and bear cubs. Predator control efforts who kill the parents of these poor pups therefore leave the orphans victim to a new lethal gassing protocol. Despite the fact that there are no reports of rabies in wolf pups, the government attributes the killing of the innocent bears and wolves to their supposed high rabies risk. Although some veterinarians agree wolf pups are likely to contract rabies, they fail to give any reasoning behind their beliefs. Learn about how you can take a stand against the “kill-on-site” policy and save innocent lives. — Global Animal

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U.S. Marines Lock & Load: Close Ranks With Anti-Poachers

(POACHING/WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) AFRICA — U.S. Marines were deployed to Chad to help park rangers deal with the increasing number of poachers. This small group of Marines will spend about a month with the Chadian Ministry of Environment’s Mobile Brigade, teaching the rangers different techniques for patrolling, marksmanship, land navigation, and site exploitation. The Marines’ mission comes at a critical time for African wildlife given that thousands of elephants have died over the years due to illegal poaching—with the Zakouma National Park’s elephant population dropping from 4,000 to 450 in a span of just five years. Continue reading to find out more about the Marines’ mission to help save wildlife in Chad. — Global Animal

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A Wildcat Strike? Activists Sue Over Endangered Jaguar Protections

(ENDANGERED SPECIES/WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and WildEarth Guardians are planning to sue the United States Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program for failure to comply with the Endangered Species Act. Instead of ensuring the safety of endangered jaguars inhabiting the southwest United States, the program uses lethal wildlife techniques throughout various critical jaguar habitats. Continue reading below to find out more about the little-known, ironically-named Wildlife Services program and how it’s responsible for the deaths of millions of wild animals each year. — Global Animal

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