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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Hope For Tigers?

(TIGERS) In the past ten years, the number of tigers living in the wild has decreased from 10,000 to an estimated 3,000. Duke University student Blake Bohlig warns that tigers are quickly approaching extinction despite conservation efforts and urges humans to "step it up." With deforestation and poaching being the two main causes of the decline, Bohlig offers a seemingly simple solution to pay individuals to protect tigers rather than poach them in a means of supporting their families. Read on to learn more about her suggested solution and offer your thoughts in our comments section below. — Global Animal

Cuban Spider Dances The Rumba

(ANIMAL VIDEO) They call him Cuban Pete. He's the king of a rumba beat. — Global Animal

Sea Shepherd SSS Simon Unveiled (VIDEO)

(OCEANS) After months of anticipation and secrecy, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has finally unveiled its fourth and newest vessel, the SSS Sam Simon. Apparently, only five Sea Shepherd members were aware of the purchase of the 56-meter ship named in honor of The Simpsons co-creator and animal activist Sam Simon. And though the vessel was purchased through a third-party US company from its harbor next to the whaling fleet in Japan, the Japanese government was completely unaware it was doing business with Sea Shepherd. Read on to learn more about the vessel and its abilities. — Global Animal

Thousands Of Baby Turtles Released

(WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) BOLIVIA — In an attempt to boost the region's turtle population and ultimately rescue the species, thousands of turtle hatchlings were recently released into a river in Bolivia. Because these animals are extensively hunted for their meat and eggs, South American turtle populations have drastically fallen due to excessive hunting. More than 120,000 Yellow-spotted Amazon River turtles and South American river turtles—which can reach up to a meter in length—were released into the Amazonian river as part of a project to eventually release 3.8 million baby turtles in Bolivia and Brazil. Take a look at these baby turtles take their first steps across the sand. — Global Animal

Rhino Conservation Continues In Indonesia

(WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) INDONESIA — Earlier this year, we reported a joyful update in regards to the most endangered large mammal on earth, the Javan Rhino. By 2012, the last known Javan Rhino in Vietnam was killed. Efforts to preserve this species began when the Javan Rhino Conservation Working Group (CWG) planned to increase the population by 50 percent over the next five years. They were successful in their ambitions, and by providing plans for the park, things immediately began to improve for the Javan rhino. Because of these conservation efforts, the update included a positive announcement on the progression of the species as well as new video footage capturing 35 flourishing rhinos. To further update on the conservation effort, Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), one of the major corporate sponsors of the conservation effort within the Ujung Kulon National Park (TNUK), continues to support preservation of the Javan Rhino. Read on to learn more about the great news. — Global Animal

Dog Food Flip

(ANIMAL VIDEO) Ever had a meal so good you felt like you were floating? This puppy certainly has. — Global Animal

Goldens Comfort Newtown Residents (GALLERY)

(DOG PICTURES) The K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs traveled from Chicago to Newtown, CT over the weekend, delivering smiles in the midst of the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. See the photos below. — Global Animal

Mystery Of Mass Squid Suicides Solved?

(OCEANS) Thousands of jumbo squid have beached themselves on the central California coast this week, committing what scientists are calling a "mass suicide." Despite years of studying this phenomenon in which squid actually fling themselves onto shore, the cause has always been a mystery. However, new evidence suggests that poisonous algae may be intoxicating the Humboldt squid and causing them to swim ashore in Monterey Bay. Read on to learn more about the decades-old mystery. — Global Animal

New Slow Loris Species Already Endangered

(NEW SPECIES) A new species has come to light after a team of international researchers in Borneo discovered an unfamiliar species of slow loris. The previously undiscovered animal, alongside two other slow lorises considered before to be sub-species, has been formally recognized as its own unique species. The slow loris is a nocturnal primate closely related to lemurs and known for its distinct facial markings and toxic bite. Published in the American Journal of Primatology, the new type of loris, titled Nycticebus kayan, was found in the central-east highland area of Borneo's jungle. According to a statement made by the scientists, " Nycticebus kayan is a new group unrecognized before as distinct." Unfortunately, the UK and United States scientists claim that the species is already endangered. Because of its "teddy bear face," the animal is an attractive commodity in the Asian pet trade. Continue reading to learn how you can help preserve the dwindling species. — Global Animal

Save A Life In No Kill December

(ANIMAL RESCUE) LOS ANGELES — The county of Los Angeles' animal community has set a commendable goal for the month of December. Sponsored by the Best Friend's Animal Society's No Kill L.A. initiative, the organization is leading a campaign for a "No Kill December." The holidays are a popular time for purchasing animal companions for oneself or as beloved gifts. However, these purchases are often from pet stores which means a shelter animal is left to remain homeless and await euthanasia. BFAS is asking L.A. residents and animal lovers alike "to save a life by adopting, fostering, donating or volunteering." Continue reading to learn how you can do your part in saving the lives of shelter animals. — Global Animal

Bird Dance Off

(ANIMAL VIDEO) Watch Jonathan and Sadie have a dance off! — Global Animal

Most Famous Wolf In The World Killed

(WOLVES) "The most famous wolf in the world" was recently shot and killed after straying outside Yellowstone National Park's protected lands into Wyoming, where wolf hunting is now legal. The death of the female alpha member of the Lamar Canyon pack known as 832F follows shortly after the shooting of another member of her pack, a male known as 754, who was also killed in Wyoming in November. Because gray wolves are no longer protected under the Endangered Species Act, as long as Wyoming maintains a population of 150 or more wolves, the killing will only continue. Read on to learn more about this devastating loss and the nearly two-decade standoff between wolf hunters and animal advocates. — Global Animal

Mining Company Destroys Jaguar Habitat

(ANIMAL CONSERVATION) At the end of 2011, the first jaguar to be seen in the United States during the past three years was spotted in Arizona. Unfortunately, the Rosemont Copper Project is planning to destroy 4,500 acres of land in the Santa Rita mountain range just north of the Mexican Border. With this in the works, jaguars will not have the opportunity to flourish in the United States and the recognized endangered species will further be put in harm's way.  Continue reading to learn how you can help prevent the destruction of the jaguar's habitat. — Global Animal

Cat Spins In Circles

(ANIMAL VIDEO) Sometimes Einstein improvises ways to play on his own. Check him out! — Global Animal