Tag Archive | Conservation

“Saving Elephants, One Exotic Vacation at a Time”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-07-27/ethical-elephant-riding-in-thailand-at-anantara-golden-triangle

Anantara Golden Triangle in northern Thailand is one of the only places where you can ethically interact with the country’s elephants.

“Lynx could return to Britain this year after absence of 1,300 years”

A Eurasian lynx stalking prey in brushwood

Lynx!

After an absence of 1,300 years, the lynx could be back in UK forests by the end of 2017. The Lynx UK Trust has announced it will apply for a trial reintroduction for six lynx into the Kielder forest, Northumberland, following a two-year consultation process with local stakeholders.

“Anti-poaching drive brings Siberia’s tigers back from brink”

Amur, or Siberian, tiger numbers have grown from 20-30 in the 1930s to around 500 now.

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The fortunes of the Amur tiger have been more encouraging than most. Its population had dropped to only 20 to 30 animals in the 1930s and the species was on the brink of extinction. Today, there may be more than 500 Amurs in the wilds of Siberia thanks to the work of conservationists, backed by governments that value good conservation.

 

“Why Sea Cucumbers Are Making Life Harder for Diesel Traders”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-06/a-million-fishermen-kept-off-china-seas-starve-ship-fuel-profits

On top of stricter emission controls and a move toward electric vehicles, Asia’s diesel traders now have to worry about sea cucumbers off China’s coast.

A Chinese move to protect endangered marine creatures with a fishing ban contributed to a drop in the so-called crack spread in Asia for diesel, a measure of returns from producing the fuel, to a 9-month low. That’s because thousands of the country’s fishing trawlers idled between May and September won’t require the fuel at a time when supplies are usually ample as refineries return from maintenance work.

“Paul Allen’s High-Tech Quest to Save the World’s Most Endangered Animals”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-05-09/paul-allen-is-using-technology-to-save-the-african-elephant

If he has his way, Paul Allen will cover 90,000 square miles of African territory with smart sensors and drones by the end of this year to bring hyper-connectivity to Africa’s most remote, wildlife-packed corners. It’s the biggest, tech-focused conservation project to date, a command-and-control system for rangers to record and respond to poaching threats from Kenya to Tanzania.

” Earthworms Are More Important Than Pandas If You Want To Save The Planet”

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what Darwin rightly recognised is that – panda fans avert your eyes – worm conservation is much more important once we factor in their provision of what we now call “ecosystem services”, which are crucial to human survival

Could this be the future of Zoos?

Unzoos are a way for visitors to view wild animals and become immersed in their natural habitat. They encourage wild animals to interact with visitors.  One of the first zoos to enter this territory is the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo in Taranna Australia (here) . This is an interesting concept to see as more and more zoos move away from cages, adopting naturalistic enclosures. This Unzoo takes it one step further moving towards an environment designed around the animals, rather than the visitors.

Is this the future of zoos? Read more about “The Unzoo Alternative” here

“How Overfishing And Shark-Finning Could Increase The Pace Of Climate Change”

http://econintersect.com/pages/contributors/contributor.php?post=201610300002

While scientists have long been aware of the decline of marine ecological communities, little work has been done on how fishing or shark finning can affect ecosystem level processes, including climate change. Our new study shows how large-scale ecosystem effects can occur as a result of predator removal, including increased production of biological carbon dioxide in the ocean.

“Conservation starts closer to home”

Ground-breaking research has provided us with more information about the dormouse that will have a great impact in its survival

https://www.theguardian.com/advertiser-content/chester-zoo-act-for-wildlife/conservation-starts-closer-to-home

It’s not just elephants, rhinos and tigers that need our help – our conservation work starts much closer to home; right here in the UK.

We’re so lucky to have such diverse and amazing wildlife right here on our doorstep, but unfortunately nearly all of it is in decline. They’re facing many of the same serious threats that cause extinctions elsewhere – including pollution, habitat loss and climate change.

“Countries Agree to Create World’s Largest Marine Reserve in Antarctica”

The Natural Sculptures Of Antarctic Icebergs

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-10-28/countries-ok-world-s-largest-marine-reserve-in-antarctica

The countries that decide the fate of Antarctica’s waters reached an historic agreement on Friday to create the world’s largest marine protected area in the ocean next to the frozen continent.

The agreement comes after years of diplomatic wrangling and high-level talks between the U.S. and Russia, which has rejected the idea in the past.