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Giraffes recommended to be placed on the U.S.A. Endangered Species List

Kamili baby giraffe

Kamili baby giraffe

Did you know that a series of valves in the Giraffe’s neck stops blood from rushing to its head when it bends down to drink?

Read more here  about the amazing Giraffe !

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.

https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/animals/perth-zoo-unveils-name-of-baby-giraffe-kamili-ng-b88790424z

https://perthzoo.wa.gov.au/article/we-have-giraffe-calf

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.

AA GIRAFFE CLASSIFICATION

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Polar Bears are Starving

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.

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW

video.nationalgeographic.com/video/news/171207-polar-bear-starving-iceless-land-vin-spd

 

READ THE FULL STORY HERE

WHAT CAN YOU DO??

1. Research Climate Change

2. Write to as many influential people as you can about this – need an urgent Solution

3. Discuss this with people

4. Join organisations that campaign for Climate Change awareness and real immediate Solutions –  just google or search  Climate Change Groups  and find some to join.

5.  Read relevant books, e.g. Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” and “An Inconvenient Sequel – Truth to Power”

6.  Pray

Rare Tortoise taken from Perth Zoo

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.

http://ht.ly/XVjjE

READ THE NEWS ARTICLE AT THE LINK BELOW

Juvenile Radiated tortoise stolen from Perth Zoo

 

CLICK   HERE   FOR A LINK TO  MY VIDEO  OF

A BEAUTIFUL RADIATED TORTOISE AT THE  ZOO

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!

FRONT OF TORTOISE ENCLOSURE

 

RADIATED TORTOISE 1

 

RADIATED TORTOISE 2

 

ENDANGERED TORTOISE

If I get my hands on you if you stole this Tortoise,  watch out …..

Ocean Currents – “Oceana”

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Please support “Oceana” however you can.  You can read about their great work in 2015 and accomplishments to support healthy oceans, via their regular blog or Newsletters.

http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2015/12/30/celebrating-a-big-year-for-the-ocean

Click on the title “Ocean Currents” to view all posts there.

To see more photos and blog posts of my personal experiences at the Ocean, visit my other Blog “Our Lovely World”.

https://starstruckworld.wordpress.com/?s=fremantle

 

Environment Minister approves Australia’s largest coal mine – animals under threat

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 yakka skink, 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.

 

SIGN THE PETITION TO STOP THIS DRACONIAN CHANGE TO THE LAW

http://linkis.com/RTC6S

 

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 Reef and drive threatened wildlife further towards extinction, without the informed consent of the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners.

TRADITIONAL OWNERS CAN SIGN THE PETITION BELOW

 

Other links of interest

 

 

 

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.

https://www.action.org.au/peoples-climate-march

Sea-lions Starving – please Help

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California sea lion (Zalophus californianus)

Monterey Bay, California, USA
by Kevin Schafer, Seattle, Washington, USA

Jenna Ushkowitz was recently filming on a free-diving trip with Oceana at Santa Barbara Island off of Southern California.

She says:

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.

I subscribe to OCEANA’s Newsletters.  Oceana is an excellent organisation that helps marine life worldwide.  Please help them to help our wildlife.

Add your name before October 14 to help save thousands of sea lion pups and restore the abundance of our oceans >>

Thank you

 

Marvellous Monkeys

Silvered Leaf Monkeys

Silvered Leaf Monkeys

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The silvery lutung (Trachypithecus cristatus), also known as the silvered leaf monkey or the silvery langur, is an Old World monkey. It is arboreal, living in coastal, mangrove, and riverine forests in Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, and Borneo.

I just watched a great BBC Documentary called “Monkeys Revealed“.  It covered fascinating facts about a numerous range of monkeys or primates.  My favorite was the Silvery Lutung or Silvered leaf monkeys of Malaysia.  The babies are born ginger in colour whereas the adults are a beautiful silvery colour.   The babies are really cute and the documentary proposed that their coloration is to make them “hi-vis” or to give them high visibility vests, so to speak!   It certainly showed the babies were very noticeable in the trees for the adults to look out for and protect!

The baby lutungs, also called langurs are born with orange fur and turn to silver at approximately three months of age, although some can begin their transformation aged just one month, according to Beth McDonald, a senior keeper at the San Diego Zoo

The link below tells more about these delightful monkeys, and shows an un-missable photo of a baby turning silver, head first.

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According to the IUCN ( International Union of Conservation of Nature & Natural Resources ) –
Considering the extensive habitat loss that has taken place within the range of the species, there is reason to believe that this species is in decline, probably at a rate of less than 30% over three generations (approximately 30 years), thus qualifying if for listing as Near Threatened, almost qualifying as threatened under criterion A2c.

http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/22035/0

A monkey is a Primate and Primates are mammals belonging to the order Primates.  Homo sapiens or human beings are Primates.  If you are interested, you can find out how human beings sprung from the Order of Primates, and that apes and monkeys also originated from the same ancestor, by reading the Post below.

https://facinatingamazinganimals.wordpress.com/2012/03/11/animal-trees/

I also liked the Japanese or Snow macaques whom cuddled up in sub-zero temperatures, to keep warm during winter. They even took turns to get into the middle “hot spot”, as shown by cameras that filmed thermal ( hot ) areas.  Mind you, I wasn’t so happy to see them having a hot bath in the hot springs, but turfing out the lowly ranked.  I discovered that the monkeys have “ranks” e.g. the females are ranked according to their mothers, and the males according to their physical prowess and strength.

I liked the colorful Mandrill Baboons, but was not keen on the Hamadryas Baboon male “leader” whom attacked the females just to throw around his weight.

In finishing, I recommend this Documentary if you get a chance to watch it.

I love Orang-utans and of course, Gorillas !  Please see the information below about conservation of the magnificent Orang-utans.

https://facinatingamazinganimals.wordpress.com/action-alerts/orang-utans/

https://facinatingamazinganimals.wordpress.com/2013/03/24/celebrate-easter-by-helping-chocolate-the-orang-utan/

Rare Dingo Puppy Wave

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This is sweet.  Eight little pups – 8 dingo puppies born to a gorgeous white Alpine Dog .. . and to a rare Bogong Dingo.

They were born at Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre in the Perth Hills, Martin, Western Australia !

Please click on the Link below for full information.

http://www.yourlocalexaminer.com.au/rare-dingo-puppy-wave/

FOR INFO ABOUT DINGOES,  LINKS BELOW

http://www.outback-australia-travel-secrets.com/australian_dingo.html

http://www.dingoconservation.org.au/dingo-physical.html

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