Animal world

New Dam on Mekong River Could Doom Irrawaddy Dolphins

An estimated 85 critically endangered Irrawaddy dolphins cling to survival in a stretch of the mighty Mekong River between Cambodia and Laos—exactly where Mega First Corporation Berhad is scheduled to begin construction of a massive dam in a few months. “It is a dangerous experiment that if built could see permanent damage to the Mekong River’s ecosystem,” said Chhith Sam ...

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An artist’s push to protect Alaska’s breathtaking Bristol Bay

In the second-floor studio of her light-filled cabin, Apayo Moore squints at her latest canvas, the paintbrush between her fingers flickering over the scene: verdant mountains, coursing rivers, a contented family sitting down to a meal. Beyond the artist’s window beckons Lake Aleknagik, where millions of sockeye salmon will soon return to spawn. Fish are a near-constant motif in Moore’s ...

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Victory for Mexican Marine Park

An ocean victory was declared on June 15, 2012 when Mexican President Felipe Calderón announced his decision to cancel the development permit for the Cabo Cortes mega tourist development. This development would have threatened the future of Cabo Pulmo Marine Park and the livelihoods of the local community. The Cabo Pulmo reserve is considered to be one of the most ...

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The Mighty Mekong at Risk

The Mekong River’s spectacular biodiversity, rich fisheries and the livelihoods of millions are all at grave risk after the government of Laos broke ground today on a massive hydropower dam. The Xayaburi dam will be the first dam to span the entire mainstem of the lower Mekong River—home to more than 1100 freshwater fish species. With 10 additional dams proposed ...

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Tigers Threatened by Proposed Dam

Rare new footage shows a tigress and her cubs inside the forests of Thailand’s Mae Wong National Park. With fewer than 300 endangered wild Indochinese tigers left in Thailand, the video is a thrilling sight. Wild tiger numbers have been in steep decline because of illegal tiger trade, shrinking habitat and loss of prey. But along with the footage comes news that ...

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Saving Belize’s magnificent and endangered barrier reef

The coral reefs and coastal mangroves of Belize teem with life: sea turtles glide through clear waters; vibrant corals stud the ocean floor; and a vast array of aquatic animals protect their young in the tangled roots of mangroves. They’re necessary for both the wildlife that live there and the people who rely on it for income and protection. But ...

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New Coral Bleaching Database to Help Predict Fate of Global Reefs

By UBC News A UBC-led research team has developed a new global coral bleaching database that could help scientists predict future bleaching events. [embedded content] Until now, knowledge of the geographic extent of mass coral bleaching has been incomplete. “We know that mass coral bleaching is happening all over the world, but the majority of events are in places in ...

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China to close over a third of legal ivory factories and shops by today, to remain on track to complete ivory trade ban by end of this year

China to close over a third of legal ivory factories and shops by today, to remain on track to complete ivory trade ban by end of this year Posted on 30 March 2017     African elephant (Loxodonta africana), bull with large tusks. Amboseli National Park, Kenya. © Martin Harvey / WWF 31 March: Today marks the end of the ...

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Tanzania’s most wanted elephant ivory trafficker sentenced to 12 years in prison

Tanzania’s most wanted elephant ivory trafficker sentenced to 12 years in prison

Posted on 03 March 2017 The number of ivory seizures worldwide averages 92 cases a month, or three per day. © WWF / Folke Wulf ​Dodoma, Tanzania: One of Tanzania’s most notorious ivory traffickers was found guilty and sentenced to 12 years in jail. Boniface Matthew Mariango, who has been referred to by law enforcement officials as “Shetani” or “The ...

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Latest official poaching figures show that South Africa is still losing three rhinos a day

Posted on 27 February 2017 Black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) © Martin Harvey / WWF Today, the South African Department of Environmental Affairs announced that in 2016 1,054 rhinos were reported killed in the country. This is a decline from 1,215 in 2014 and 1,175 in 2015. Enhanced enforcement efforts in the Kruger National Park, one of Africa’s biggest wildlife reserves ...

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