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Baby leatherback turtle crawling across the beach in Florida, heading for the ocean 

Part of the most remote island archipelago on Earth, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument supports a reef ecosystem with more than 7,000 marine species and is home to many species of coral, fish, birds and marine mammals. This includes the endangered Hawaiian monk seal, the endangered leatherback and hawksbill sea turtles. A Hawaiian monk seal naps on the beach with a rainbow on the horizon. Photo by Mark Sullivan, NOAA/HMSRP, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer.

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This bumblebee is the first bee species in the continental US listed as “endangered”

  • The adorably named rusty patched bumblebee just became the first bee species in the contiguous United States to be officially categorized as “endangered” by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • Since the late 1990s, its population has shrunk by 87%, CNN reported.
  • “The rusty patched bumblebee is among a group of pollinators, including the monarch butterfly, experiencing serious declines across the country,” Tom Melius, the Wildlife Service’s midwest regional director, told CNN. Read more

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Giraffes are on their way to becoming extinct — thanks to humans

  • There’s a troubling new report from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on giraffes.
  • The global giraffe population is shrinking fast, and giraffes may be on their way to extinction.
  • According to the IUCN’s report, “the global giraffe population has plummeted by up to 40% over the last 30 years,” which represents a “devastating decline.”
  • Giraffes are under threat from “illegal hunting, habitat loss and changes through expanding agriculture and mining, increasing human-wildlife conflict, and civil unrest.” Read more

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The Saimaa ringed seal (Pusa hispida saimensis) is a subspecies of ringed seal (Pusa hispida). They are among the most endangered seals in the world, having a total population of only about 320 individuals. The only existing population of these seals is found in Lake Saimaa, Finland (hence the name).This seal, along with the Ladoga seal and the Baikal seal, is one of the few living freshwater seals.

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After mating, the female cassowary will lay three to six large, green eggs.  Once these eggs are laid, the female’s job is done, and she will wander off to find another male to mate with.  It is the father who constructs a nest of waterproof vegetation and incubates the eggs for the next fifty days.  A devoted parent, the male will not leave his eggs until they have hatched.  A broody male cassowary does not need to eat, drink, or even defecate for the entire period of incubation.

Cassowary chicks are small, beige in colour, with dark brown stripes.  The father will protect his new family with devotion, showing them what foods to eat and ferociously protecting them from predators.  The chicks will stay with their father for the next nine months.

It has also been noted in zoos that cassowary chicks will imprint readily on anyone who is present when they hatch, including humans.  These chicks are then extremely tame and will follow their adopted parent anywhere.  In some native villages in New Guinea, cassowary chicks are even kept as pets and left to wander loose through the village, like chickens.  However, even the tamest chick will turn savage and dangerous upon reaching adulthood.  

Photo credit to Mark Malleson This photo shows the now deceased J34 Doublestuf with his ribs protruding this summer. Oreo his mother has lost a niece whom she raised and either miscarried/had a calf that was stilborn or died shortly after birth. Considering this Doublestuf would be her third offspring to die in the past two years. The southern resident orcas are critically endangered. They could die out in our lifetime. The main problem is there depleted food source. Google free the snake and sign petitions to remove the snake river damns. I will try to link you to a petition or ways to help but sadly I doubt writing to president Trump will help these magnificent creatures. The way to help is to write to the Feds in Washington state. Remember, if this goes unsolved Doublestuf’s death will soon be followed by other orcas starving. Don’t let this be the future of the SRKW.

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I got to watch Olive Ridley Sea Turtles get released on the beach in Puerto Vallarta last week. They keep the nests safe from scavengers and tourists by putting them in this cage and dating them. Then when they start to hatch they take them to the water and release them. These efforts have managed to raise the amount of young turtles that make it to the ocean alive.

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Polar fox - II (Explored, my 97th) by Per Ottar Walderhaug

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The clouded leopard is so called because of the distinct, cloud-shaped patches on its coat.  These same patches are, in China, believed to resemble mint leaves, and so in China these cats are known as “mint leopards”.  In Malaysia, the arboreal habits of these predators have given them the name “tree tigers”.

Southern White Rhinoceros - Africa

Over 98% of Africa’s Southern White Rhino’s can be found in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Kenya. They are the second largest land mammal in the world, after the elephant. They can grow to weight 3.6 tonnes, and have a longer skull and a more pronounced shoulder hump than their northern cousins, the Black Rhino.

A conservation success story, they were brought back from the brink of extinction. In the early 20th century, it was estimated only 20 individuals remained in the wild. Now, the Southern white rhino is the most abundant sub species of rhino in the world, with over 21,000 individuals living in the wild. Despite all these efforts, the rhino is still under a great threat from poachers, who illegally trade their horns.