Did you know that there are two types of elephant–Asian and African–and while they are indeed similar, they are too biologically different to breed? Or that the street value of a single elephant tusk is $15,000? Or that there are only about 40,000 Asian elephants left on this planet? August 12th is World Elephant Day, an international holiday dedicated to honoring these intelligent animals, learning more about their needs, and pledging to protect their welfare in the future.
The mystery surrounding hundreds of sudden elephant deaths in Botswana seems to have been solved and the findings bring an end to months of speculation on why at least 330 elephants were found dead in the northwestern region of the Southern African country earlier this year.
Initially, possible explanations over the deaths had ranged from poaching to anthrax to poisoning. Now, however, the country has pointed to toxic blooms of cyanobacteria, a naturally occurring neurotoxin and biological phenomenon which has increased due to climate change, according to Mmadi Reuben, principal veterinary officer at the Botswana department of wildlife and national parks.
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A baby gorilla has been born at Bristol Zoo.
Keepers arrived to find the new arrival nestling in the arms of its mother.
Photographs taken just hours after the birth on Wednesday show Kala – a nine-year-old western lowland gorilla – cradling the newborn. Staff said both were “doing well”.
The zoo said Kala gave birth naturally with the baby’s father, Jock, nearby. Her first baby died last year a week after it was born.
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Mystery surrounds the “completely unprecedented” deaths of hundreds of elephants in Botswana over the last two months.
Dr Niall McCann said colleagues in the southern African country had spotted more than 350 elephant carcasses in the Okavango Delta since the start of May.
No one knows why the animals are dying, with lab results on samples still weeks away, according to the government.
OL PEJETA, Kenya (AP) — Wildlife experts and veterinarians said Friday there is hope to prevent the extinction of the northern white rhino because they successfully extracted eggs from the last two remaining females of the species. The eggs will be used to reproduce the species through a surrogate.Read the Full Article Here.
If you think you had an awesome childhood having fun in your local playground, then you are not ready to see where Tippi Degré lived for the first ten years of her life! We need to warn you that while the pictures that you are about to see are incredibly beautiful, they are also quite scary, especially #11 and #6.Read the Full Article Here with some amazing photos!
When we get married, we not only adopt our partner’s family, but we adopt their passions and interests. When Victoria married Damian Aspinall, it meant she’d have to get used to Damian’s lifelong love of animals. Not only was Damian the owner of two zoos, but he had helped raise two baby gorillas when he was still a child! Damian helped to rear the two baby gorillas until they were able to be released into the wild, an experience that bonded him so strongly to the gorillas that he still thought of them as part of his extended family. He even referred to them as his cousins!Read the Full Article at Herald Weekly
Because of the friendship between the baby elephant and Duma the dog, the staff was able to breathe for a bit. The pressure to reintroduce the baby elephant into a herd of his own was lifted. They did not want to run the risk of rushing to return him to a herd before having a full recovery.Read the Full Story at Herald Weekly.