This is saddening…
LONDON (Reuters) – The world’s fastest land animal, the cheetah, is in danger of extinction because it is running out of space, research led by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has found.
After a sharp decline in numbers there are now just 7,100 cheetahs in the world, or 9 percent of the historic range, the ZSL, Wildlife Conservation Society and Panthera study found.
In Zimbabwe, the study found, these pressures have seen the cheetah population plummet 85 percent from 1,200 to at most 170 animals in just 16 years.
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Unless you live in sub-Saharan Africa where nearly all wild lions live, it’s likely that all you have seen of the majestic “King of the Jungle” has been through a screen. And of that footage, a great deal of it has likely been lions defending their territory, fighting other animals to the death, or patrolling their land. While these activities do make up a large part of a wild lion’s life, these animals are also incredibly close to their families. In the wild, African lions live in groups of around fifteen individuals. Babies are typically raised by the entire pride but the bond between mother and cub or father and cub is undoubtedly the strongest.
Check the full article (and video) at One Green Planet!
Genetic research on the world’s tallest land animal has found that there are four distinct species of giraffe, not just one as long believed, with two of them at alarmingly low population levels.
Scientists on Thursday unveiled a comprehensive genetic analysis of giraffes using DNA from 190 of the towering herbivores from across their range in Africa.
The genetic data showed that four separate species of giraffes that do not interbreed in the wild inhabit various parts of the continent.
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A neat little slideshow:
Source: Huffington Post
When Synody Mulibehzi woke up June 27, 2012, he had two good arms. By nightfall, he would have just one.
Back then, Mulibehzi and his brother were employed on an anti-poaching team on a conservancy in Zambia, according to accounts made to photographer Benjamin Rutherford. Such teams are employed on game reserves, conservancies and farms, to protect animals from being poached and sold as bushmeat. On that day, Mulibehzi and seven others responded to a report of an early morning gunshot on the conservancy that he regularly patrolled. Armed only with a big stick, Mulibehzi charged headlong into the thick bush.
Read the full article at Washington Post
Last Thursday, on June 23, the provincial governor of South Kivu formally approved the boundaries of the Itombwe Reserve in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, one of the last strongholds of the Grauer’s gorilla. Conservationists have cheered this move.
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An interesting Zoo Case!
Jane Goodall, one of the world’s most renowned primatologists, wrote an email on Tuesday to the director of the Cincinnati Zoo, saying she thought the slain gorilla may have been protecting the boy who fell into the animal’s exhibit.
The scientist and animal rights activist extended her sympathies to the zoo’s director, Thane Maynard, amid national backlash over the shooting death of a 17-year-old western lowland gorilla named Harambe.
Read the Full Article at Time.com!