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Yellow-eyed Penguin - Megadyptes antipodes

The Yellow-eyed Penguin, Megadyptes antipodes (Sphenisciformes - Spheniscidae), is a penguin species endemic to New Zealand where it breeds on the South Island’s south-east coast, Stewart Island and offshore islands of Stewart Island, Auckland Islands, and Campbell Islands.

It is a large, robust, timid bird, up to 55 cm tall, and as its common name suggests it has yellow eyes, accentuated by the yellow band that runs from the eyes around the back of the head.

This species is listed as Endangered because it is confined to a very small range when breeding, in which its forest/scrub habitat has declined in quality. Its population has undergone extreme fluctuations and is now thought to be in overall decline.

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Photo credit: ©Tony Ernst | Locality: Brushy Beach Scenic Reserve, New Zealand (2007)

OH MY GOSH YOU GUYS
DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU CAN “ADOPT” A KAKAPO AND GET A SUPER CUTE KAKAPO PLUSH?
I wish I could make the text vibrate back and forth to show you how exciting this is.


Adopting them helps their recovery efforts. Kakapos are critically endangered!
ADOPT A KAKAPO AND GET A CUTIE TO HUG: http://kakaporecovery.org.nz/adopt-a-kakapo/


(this photo is not mine and belongs to the Kakapo Recovery group!)

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GOOD NEWS FOR CONSERVATION:

Myanmar roofed turtles reintroduced to the wild

Species believed extinct until rediscovery in 2001

Congratulations to the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Turtle Survival Alliance in Myanmar for the recent release of 60 captive-raised Myanmar roofed turtles (Batagur trivittata) - a species believed to be extinct until 2001. We’re pleased to see the world’s second most endangered turtle on the road to recovery in its native habitat, and happy that funds from our Critically Endangered Animals Fund have helped support this effort!

Additional information on this particular project can be found at:

Wildlife Conservation Society - Roof Turtles


(via: USFWS_International Affairs)

photographs by Wildlife Conservation Society

Can you spot the snow leopard?

Click here to find out if you were right!

Inger Vandyke and her team sat for six hours watching the snow leopard that’s camouflaged in the photo above. Known as the “ghosts of the mountains,” snow leopards are super stealth, but they’re also endangered—there are only about 1,000 of these amazing animals left in the wild. Check out the source article on Earth Touch News Network to find out if you spotted the leopard correctly, and to learn more about how they camouflage themselves. 

BIG NEWS: The Louisiana black bear is no longer at risk for extinction thanks to conservation efforts over the past 20 years. President Theodore Roosevelt made the Louisiana black bear famous in 1902 when he spared one from his trophy collection and it became the inspiration for the “Teddy Bear.” Learn more: http://on.doi.gov/1JAsBTS

Photo of a Louisiana black bear eating grass by Pam McIlhenny, USFWS.

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A SAD REALITY:  The Countries With The Most Threatened Mammals

The map below shows the number of threatened mammals in countries across the world according to data from The World Bank.
The results of their research are disturbing; 25% of mammals are at risk of extinction. In total 1,201 mammal species are categorised as threatened.
Indonesia, Madagascar and Mexico lead the list and have more than 100 mammals at risk of disappearing. Animals such as the lemur, the Sumatran tiger and the vaquita (a small porpoise) are some of those harmed by hunting and human action.