If you live in Australia, you may remember the chocolate Yowies. A wonderful new series is now available in Australia, featuring wild-life. Yowie confectionery is a character-moulded, 28 grms / 1 ounce chocolate inclusion product. The Yowie Group gives more information.
Not only do you get a sweet treat of chocolate but each Yowie includes a plastic container with a character in it. Check out the Wildlife range which comes with leaflets giving conservation and other information about the animals.
A baby bilby boy has been born in time for Christmas at the Ipswich Nature Centre in Queens Park, Queensland. The Bilby is a symbol of Hope in Australia.
The Bilby and its struggle for survival is symbolic of the plight of many of Australia’s small native animals. It has been suggested that Australia adopt the Bilby as the wildlife symbol of Easter in Australia. Hence chocolate Bilbies are around at Easter time. See this link here.
The World Wildlife Fund says:
The bilby is an important ecosystem engineer. It’s an excellent digger and so many other species reap the rewards of its hard work. When bilbies aren’t living in their complex burrows, which can be up to three metres long and two metres deep, other animals like insects, reptiles, birds and small mammals take up residence. The burrows provide vital shelter from predators and high summer temperatures.
Bilbies might be small but they punch well above their weight. They can shift more than 1.5 tonnes of soil per kilogram of body mass in a single year as they construct and maintain their subterranean homes.
Bilbies, or rabbit-bandicoots, are desert-dwelling marsupial omnivores; they are members of the order Peramelemorphia. At the time of European colonisation of Australia, there were two species. Bilbies now occupy only about 15% of Australia’s landmass. There were originally two species but the Greater Bilby (Macrotis lagotis) is now commonly referred to simply as ‘the Bilby’ as the Lesser Bilby (Macrotis leucura) is thought to have become extinct in the early 1950s.
Family: Thylacomyidae; Bensley, 1903
Did you know: Previously more widespread, the bilby is now only found in remote parts of western Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia. savethebilbyfund.com
Good information about Bilbies can be found at the webpage below.
The Perth Zoo’s Australasian Giraffe Breeding program has resulted in a wonderful and cute new addition. She is a Rothschild Giraffe, Kamili, which is Swahili for “perfection.” Click on the following links for more information.
Around this time last year, five major wildlife protection groups petitioned the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to list the giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) as an endangered species.
An article in “The Conversation” states that – While extinction can be a natural process, the current rate of extinction is anything but. Scientists estimate that at least 99 out of 100 species extinctions in the world today are the result of human action.
It also states:
In 1964, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) began tracking the conservation status of species on its “Red List.” Although the IUCN provides information only about the status of species, this is the first step in helping to limit extinction because it allows conservation efforts to be directed where they’re most needed.
In 2016 the International Union for the Conservation of Nature– IUCN – SSC Giraffe and Okapi Specialist Group (GOSG) recognized a single species of giraffe, Giraffa Camelopardalis as vulnerable. This means the animal faces extinction in the wild in the medium-term future if nothing is done to minimize the threats to its life or habitat. The next steps are endangered, critically endangered, extinct in the wild and extinct.
National Geographic has released heart-breaking video of a polar bear about to die of starvation. I am sorry to have to post this and these scenes make me physically ill, as do the scenes of the big cats being abused …….. HOWEVER perhaps this will galvanise at least one person reading this into action — to address CLIMATE CHANGE.
Now the unthinkable and I am really mad. What is going on?? A friend’s senior cat was chased by big dogs right off her porch just a few days ago, in the cold climate of the eastern USA and never returned home. I felt devastated …. and now this!
Please see the information on the Perth Zoo website at the Link below.
Some pictures taken at the Perth Zoo on 29 November 2015 of the Radiated tortoise enclosure. You can see it is not difficult for someone under cover of darkness to slip into the Enclosure. The tortoise below is an Adult, the one stolen on Monday was a male sub-adult ( or Juvenile ) with a 15 cm diameter Shell.
The Zoo said someone must have somehow circumvented their Security System. In 2011 two tortoises were stolen, and now another!
If I get my hands on you if you stole this Tortoise, watch out …..
Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt has made a decision that will have a huge impact on life on Earth. He approved Adani’s giant Carmichael Coal Mine – a move that blows apart global efforts to cut pollution and threatens life locally and globally.
Mr Hunt on Thursday said the Carmichael coal mine n the Galilee Basin in remote central Queensland, proposed by Indian mining giant Adani, has been given the green light after the Federal Court in August set aside the previous approval. The Mackay Conservation Group launched its Federal Court challenge in January, alleging greenhouse gas emissions from the mine and vulnerable species like the ornamental snake and the yakkaskink, as well as Adani’s environmental track record had not been taken into account.
The project, which will produce up to 60 million tonnes of coal for export a year, has faced staunch opposition because its Abbot Point terminals are located close to the Great Barrier Reef.
National Australia Bank has said it will not fund the mine and other banks are being pressured to follow suit.
PLEASE READ ABOUT THIS ISSUE & TAKE ACTION NOWWWW !!!!!
THE UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE COMMISSION HAS PUT AUSTRALIA ON NOTICE
AUSTRALIA MUST HONOR ITS CARE-TAKING OF OUR GREAT BARRIER REEF – SEE HERE
The Screws are being tightened – there is even an under-hand un-ethical movement to stop opposition to these hugely monied and vested ventures.
Environment groups will be forbidden from challenging large developments in court as the Abbott government responds to the controversial decision that stopped Australia’s largest coal project – Adani’s Carmichael coal mine – in its tracks.
Attorney-General George Brandis will move to repeal a section of Australia’s environment laws that allows conservationists to challenge environment approvals for mining projects and other large developments.
The ACF ( Australian Conservation Foundation ) says it’s senseless to prop up a dirty, dying industry while the rest of Australia and the world races to a future powered by clean energy. South Australia and the ACT are leading the country on clean energy. Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide are racing to cut pollution. Even regional towns like Lismore are racing ahead with a goal of 100 percent clean energy in 10 years.
Poll after poll shows Australians want clean air and water, a healthy Reef and a future powered by sun, wind and waves.
And countries around the world, from China, to the Netherlands to the USA all the way to Costa Rica are taking great leaps to leave the dirty energy of the past behind and embrace the clean energy of the future.
If this mine goes ahead, this one mine will add more pollution to global warming than the whole of New Zealand,drain billions of litres of precious groundwater,irreversibly damage our Reefand drive threatened wildlife further towards extinction, without the informed consent of the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners.
As world leaders meet in Paris for the United Nations climate summit, in November we, the people, will gather in Australian cities and across the world to call for action. We will march alongside millions of people in hundreds of major cities around the world.
Sign the Pledge below, to march and have your voice heard. Write / Lobby to stop the Adani coal mine.
Jenna Ushkowitz was recently filming on a free-diving trip with Oceanaat Santa Barbara Island off of Southern California.
At our dive spot, we saw cliffs known for being covered in sea lions. They were barren.
While I was in the water, a young sea lion pup came up to our boat. It was so skinny. You could see its ribs. It was truly heart breaking.
That starving pup was an undeniable example of the problems sea lions and other ocean animals face – there’s simply not enough forage fish to go around.
Excessive fishing and a combination of ocean conditions have driven down sardine and anchovy populations to such low numbers that sea lion mothers can’t find these fish. With support from the public, Oceana took action and helped win a short-term solution: closing the Pacific sardine fishery last April through next June.
But more sea lion pups will starve if we don’t find a long-term solution.
The United States fishes the same population of Pacific sardines as Mexico and Canada, yet the sardine catch limits do not accurately account for this fact. We must update this calculation to ensure we harvest a responsible share of fish and don’t contribute to international overfishing.
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