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Australian government on “probation” – to save the Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef In June 2015 the UNESCO World Heritage Committee made a historic decision for the Great Barrier Reef that put the Australian government on probation until the Reef’s health improves.  The Australian Government now has until 2016 to show that its rescue plan is working and until 2019 to demonstrate it has stopped the decline of the Reef. The most significant features of the decision are:

  • The World Heritage Committee expressed concern that the outlook for the Reef is poor and key habitats and species have continued to decline, and listed climate change, poor water quality, and coastal development impacts as the major threats.
  • The Committee will continue its vital role as a watchdog to ensure Australia “rigorously implements all of its commitments”.
  • An acknowledgement that the existing financial commitment to the Reef 2050 plan is an ‘initial’ amount – a clear indication the Committee recognizes that the plan is underfunded.
  • If the Reef’s World Heritage values continue to decline, then an ‘in-danger’ listing will almost certainly be delivered at the 2020 meeting.

Just 12 months ago, the Australian Government had approved plans to dump millions of tonnes of dredge spoil from mega-port expansions into the Great Barrier Reef’s waters. On 1st July, that approval was overturned and WWF expects a ban on dumping from new port development in the Reef’s World Heritage waters to be in force within months. Read more   HERE turtle_Great_Barrier_ReefThe Great Barrier Reef (GBR) stretches 2,300 kilometres along the Queensland coast and includes over 2,900 reefs, and around 940 islands and cays. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is 345,000 square kilometres in size, five times the size of Tasmania or larger that the United Kingdom and Ireland combined! The reef is immensely diverse. It is home to more than 1,500 species of fish, 411 types of hard coral, one-third of the world’s soft corals, 134 species of sharks and rays, six of the world’s seven species of threatened marine turtles, and more than 30 species of marine mammals, including the vulnerable dugong. Add to that stunning marine suite as many as 3,000 molluscs and thousands of different sponges, worms and crustaceans, 630 species of echinoderms (starfish and sea urchins) and 215 bird species, of which 22 are seabirds. The GBR is listed under all four natural World Heritage criteria for its outstanding universal value.

READ MORE AT THE   WORLD WILDLIFE FUND WEBSITE

GET YOUR COPY OF AUSTRALIA’S   “REEF 2050 PLAN”    HERE

Click on the “Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan” link – to download the FULL plan

Meet Pepper – a baby Southern White Rhino

Werribee Open Range Zoo in Victoria, Australia, has welcomed a new female baby Southern White Rhino ( species name Ceratotherium simum) , born at 8.05pm AEST on Thursday 30 May.   The baby was born to mother SiSi and weighs a healthy 69 kilograms.   The baby will be hand raised.  Werribee Open Range Zoo is part of a regional breeding program for the Southern White Rhino.  The White Rhino is the most soical of the 5 species of Rhinoceros and has the most docile nature.

The other species of Rhino (abbreviation for Rhinoceros) are the Sumatran, Black, Greater Horned (or Indian), and Javan Rhinos.   Did you know Rhinoceros means “horned nose” from Rhino (or “nose”) and Ceros (for “horned”)?

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Palm oil in Australia: Facts, Issues and Challenges

A recent report has this to say about orangutans.

Estimates made in 2005 put the Bornean population at between 45,000 and 69,000, and the Sumatran population at about 7,300.75 Since 1900, 91 per cent of the Sumatran orang-utans have died, most of these in the past decade. The remaining population lives in fragmented forest areas totalling about 10,000 square miles, much of which is marked for future palm oil development. At the current rates of decline, both species are likely to be extinct in the wild within ten years.

Please go to the website of the WWF Australia (World Wildlife Fund) now, to download a copy of a comprehensive report about palm oil plantations and the socio-economic and environmental impacts at this page   here.

The Report was commissioned by the  WWF and The Australian Food & Grocery Council and written by an independent researcher, Net Balance Foundation, using an investigation from 2010.

Help yourself by supporting the biodiversity on Earth, and get informed about the important facts, rather than “stick your head in the sand” and ignore this important issue, or leave it to others to follow up.  Also, please read the posts on this blog about Orang-utans and Elephants, and read the Action Alert page.

http://www.wwf.org.au/news_resources/resource_library/?6761/palm-oil-in-australia

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The 100th Post & a Give Away

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This is the 100th post on “Fascinating Animals”, since I started this site in March 2012 (due to my appreciation of and love for animals).   Thank you to the loyal supporters of Fascinating Animals.

Breeze Speaks

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Playamart – Zeebra Designs  ( Z )

Johno – Freshwater Fish Fanatics

Young Nature Lovers

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Vote for this Site in the Best Australian Blogs 2013 Competition

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If you like anything on this site and want to “give back” and ensure this Blog continues, please take a few seconds to click on the gold and blue “Vote for Me” button on the right.  This will take you to a page of the “People’s Choice Award” for the Australian Writer’s Centre/Random House Best Australian Blogs Competition.

You need to find “Fascinating Animals‘ in the list and click in the check-box next to the title.   Make sure you don’t tick any other blog titles.   Then click on “Exit this Survey” in the top right-hand corner.

You don’t have to live in Australia to vote !

The People’s Choice Award will be announced on 1 May 2013.

Thank you on behalf of the animals.

More information about the Competition can be found at this page  HERE.

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Miracles of Life “Pocket Rocket” Race Horse

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Miracles of Life and Daniel Clarken

Miracles of Life and Daniel Clarken

It is estimated that 100,000 horses a year in America are sent to the slaughter house for horse meat, and ten percent are racehorses, as the video via the link below, showing a beautiful 4 year old race horse resccued from the “kill pen”,  reports.  Approximately 18000 racehorses are killed a year in Australia, for dog meat.  Please support the re-homing of Australian race horses via the   Australian Horse Welfare Society please.   Racehorses are NOT property.   They are living beings with souls.  Some like to race and some don’t.

http://video.kcts9.org/video/1809648702/

While I don’t condone horse racing because it is an industry run for the profit and entertainment of human beings, at the cost of many horses being hurt in accidents, or discarded because they do not win; I do observe some of it and came across a beautiful pint sized 2 year old chestnut filly called “Miracles of Life” nick-named the Pocket Rocket.  She is from Australia and trained by Daniel Clarken of South Australia.  Her father (technically called her “sire”) was “Not a Single Doubt” and her mother (technically called her “dam”) was “Dazzling Gazelle”.

Miracles of Life is owned by Sri Lankan billionaire Mr Muzaffar Yaseen, who runs a major garment export business.  Teeley Assets’s  Iris O’Farrell is the “Bloodstock Manager” for Mr Yaseen, and recounts the chance that led to her becoming the racehorse buyer for Mr Yaseen.

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Lady Gouldian Finch

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Erythrura gouldiae, also known as the Lady Gouldian Finch, the Gouldian Finch, Gould’s Finch or the Rainbow Finch, is a colorful passerine (perching) bird endemic to Australia.

The Lady Gouldian Finch originates across northern Australia from Derby in the west across to Cape York Peninsula. Their range in recent times has shrunk dramatically.

The Gouldian finch is a medium-sized grass eating bird that lives only in the northern savannas region of Australia.  It is a strikingly colourful bird which was once very common.  It is believed that less than 2,500 mature Gouldians exist in the wild.  Sadly, this bird is listed as endangered in Australia.

In 1841 the English Ornithologist, John Gould, while on an Australian expedition came across what most believe to be the most beautiful finch in the world. John Gould named this magnificent finch, “The Lady Gouldian”, to honor his artist wife, Lady Elizabeth Gould.

The Gouldian finch is easily recognised by its purple chest, yellow breast and green back. Their legs and feet are yellow and they have a long, pointed tail. Females are duller than males, and the juveniles are completely dull green. There are three different colour-morphs of Gouldian finches, which have either black, red, or yellow faces.

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Munro – Staffordshire puppy learns to walk

Bondi Vet – Series 4 – Episode 16

A Staffordshire bull terrier puppy has a disorder, Swimmer’s Syndrome, so the Bondi Junction Vet, Dr Chris Brown, gets creative and makes a customised jacket for her to help her breathe, and she has Aquarobics in her owner’s pool to strengthen her legs.  After 3 weeks, she is better, thanks to Bondi Vet (New South Wales, Australia).  She learns to walk for the first time.   What a sweeeeet puppy.  When I saw her , my heart just melted.   I am so glad Munro’s owner got help for her!!   I love Munro, she is beautiful in temperament, spirit and appearance.  You have to watch the whole video to look at the whole of Munro’s story, or at least fast forward past the “cat and the snake” story to Munro’s therapy.  

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