Spotlight: The Giant Panda

Pyrenean ibex, Baiji Dolphin, Western Black Rhinoceros and the Japanese River Otter have all recently been declared extinct. How long until the Giant Panda(Ailuropoda melanoleuca) is to join this list? With less than 2000 recorded in the wild and only a handful more in captivity, the Giant Pandas time, sadly, may come sooner rather thanContinue reading “Spotlight: The Giant Panda”

Spotlight: Bactrian Camel

Did you know that there are less than 1000 Bactrian Camels left in the wild? The number is currently estimated to be around 500-600. This is a startling number, considering how popular these two-humped ungulates are in zoos and circuses across the world, not to mention thousands of Bactrian camel herds which have been bredContinue reading “Spotlight: Bactrian Camel”

Python Challenge 2013: How not to take care of an invasive species

The Burmese Python, native to South-East Asia, has established a healthy breeding population where they are not welcome, in Florida. This is thanks to the exotic pet trade which led to several of these giant constrictors escaping or being released into the wild over the course of the 20th century. It is now estimated thatContinue reading “Python Challenge 2013: How not to take care of an invasive species”

Rhinocerosā€™s in South Africa: A grim 2012

(Nearly 2 months since my last post SORRY , I am going to blame it on Christmas šŸ˜‰ ) South Africa is very well known for its Rhinoceros populations and it is no wonder given it is home to over Ā¾ of the worlds Rhinoceros. The five main species alive today are the White, Black,Continue reading “Rhinocerosā€™s in South Africa: A grim 2012”

Proposed Seal cull in Canada

(Sorry for the MASSIVE delay between posts, got a new job, big changes, no time :p ) So the badgers are safe for another year. With the lack of research and evidence to support such an operation it is a relief to see they are going to give it a bit more thought. Fingers crossedContinue reading “Proposed Seal cull in Canada”

Spotlight: The Red Panda

Well this little guy hardly needs much of an introduction being a very popular feature in many zooā€™s across the world. Unfortunately the Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens) is currently listed as ā€œvulnerableā€ on the IUCN Red list. This means that we need to take extra care in conserving the Red Panda in its small pocketsContinue reading “Spotlight: The Red Panda”

Who should we protect?

The resent death of a male surfer, off the coast of Western Australia after being attacked by a Great White Shark has spurred a debate as to whether or not this, the biggest of the shark species, should remain protected. This is the fifth fatal attack in this area since the start of 2012, recordedContinue reading “Who should we protect?”

Spotlight: Western Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla)

This species of Gorilla can be dived into two subspecies: The Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) and the Cross River gorilla (Gorilla gorilla diehli). The Western Lowland gorilla being the most common (As common as this critically endangered species can be) with over 90,000 estimated in the wild and is found in several locationsContinue reading “Spotlight: Western Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla)”

Spotlight: Asiatic Lion (Panthera Leo Persica)

Wildlife conservation is a hot topic in this century due to the increase in endangered animals and plants across the globe throughout recent years. I will be going through some of my favourite and sadly at risk animals one by one in hopes to inspire more people to get involved in conservation. There is soContinue reading “Spotlight: Asiatic Lion (Panthera Leo Persica)”

Leatherback Turtles continue to fight for survival – Jake D

  As many as 20,000 Leatherback turtle hatchlings and eggs have been destroyed in a disastrous industrial accident on the banks of the Grand Riviere in Trinidad.Ā Government construction employees were attempting to divert the flow of the Grand Riviere River which has been threatening the foundations of the local Mt. Plasir estate hotel. The hotelContinue reading “Leatherback Turtles continue to fight for survival – Jake D”