Scientists identify 2,370 ‘irreplaceable’ places
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, a new study calculates the ‘irreplaceability’ of ecosystems and ranks their importance to threatened or endangered species.
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Brian Skerry photographs the results of commercial bluefin tuna fishing in the mediterranean. The World Wildlife Fund estimates that each year, 4.4 million sharks and 90,000 turtles are unintentionally caught as bycatch from unregulated commercial tuna fisheries using long lines and drift nets. A shark caught in a net will suffocate to death. Shark numbers have declined by as much as 80 per cent worldwide, with a third of all species now threatened by extinction (pew charitable trusts)
Plastic removed from the intestine of a green sea turtle. Endangered green turtles are ingesting more man-made debris, including potentially lethal plastic products, than ever before, a new Australian study has shown | image by Kathy Townsend
native to indonesia and malaysia, orangutans are currently found only in the rainforests of borneo and sumatra. the world wildlife fund lists the borneo orangutan as endangered and her sumatran cousin as severely endangered. the IUCN estimates that in a decade the orangutan will be extinct.
from 1992-2000, the population of the sumatran orangutan declined by more than 50%, with only an estimated 7,000 animals left in the wild, while the bornean orangutan population fell nearly 43% in the past decade, with estimates placing their population between 12,000 and 15,000.
products like shampoo, ice cream, margarine, lipstick, and most processed foods contain palm oil. since more than half the world’s palm oil comes from indonesia - much of it at the expense of orangutan habitat - the cheyenne mountain zoo has created a free app to help you chose orangutan friendly products.
I’m a day late. So what? Every day is orangutan day.
if you don’t spend at least 330 days of the year thinking of orangutan conservation you’re living your life wrong
African Wild Dog. While it is true that this species is perhaps one of the most efficient hunters in Africa, it also may be one of the most tender hearted. Wild dogs will allow their young to feed first, have an extensive communal family structure, regurgitate meat for the young and less fortunate of the pack, and is one of the few species that will care for sick or injured members of their family. These and many other attributes make this a species worthy of protecting and defending its right to run free in the wild. - South Luangwa National Park, Zambia.
Photo and caption by Dana Allen