endangered animals

The internet is outraged over tragic loss of #CeciltheLion and for a very good reason – He was illegally poached by American, #WalterPalmer. Walt is a rich older white guy, a dentist, a big game hunter and – you guessed it – a major fucking douchebag. Here’s why:

1) He paid $50K to kill, skin, and behead a treasured African icon. Walt is apparently flush in murder money.
2) Palmer and team lured the great animal out of a protected reserve with bait and spot light to kill him. Illegal? You can say that again.
3) Cecil suffered for over 40 hours before Palmer tracked him down and finally killed him – for a trophy. Sickening.
4) Palmer was previously sentenced to a year of probation after lying about where he killed a black bear in Wisconsin a few years back. Walt clearly isn’t new to this game.
5) Palmer often goes after endangered big game, even killing a WHITE RHINO.
6) There are tons of photos circulating of Palmer posing with his dead endangered trophies. Google it if you want to see a grown man hugging bloody animal caucuses.
7) Cecil was part of longterm Oxford study and a major tourist attraction in Zimbabwe. The already hurting economy will surely suffer more.
8) Conservationists say that Cecil’s 5 cubs will likely be killed by the new Alpha male. So Walt really killed 6 lions in this illegal endeavor.
9) Locals serve 2-5 years for illegal poaching, but charges against Palmer have yet to be served.
10) There’s currently a manhunt underway in Zimbabwe to find Palmer. Why are you hiding, Walt?
11) According to a spokesperson for Palmer, he’s “upset” over the internet outrage and that the hunter has become the hunted. Sorry, Walt. You’re just a cruel asshole. It was a only a matter of time.

Just because you’re an old rich guy, doesn’t give you permission to do this heinous shit like this. Sign the petition to demand justice for Cecil and to end trophy hunting in Zimbabwe: http://bit.ly/1D6wBLu

#endtrophyhunting Photo: Paula French

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Stunning Visuals That Depict Endangering Species By Destroying The World

Creative agency Photoby&co have introduced a set of highly creative advertisements for environmental activist Robin Wood. The incredible graphic designs engages the public to think of the drastic changes the world can suffer from by destroying the natural habitat of animals.

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The scaly ant eater, also known as the pangolin , is a mammal armored with large, keratin plates covering the top of its body. They are found in both Africa and Asia and are around 12 – 40 inches in size on average.

In the event of an attack, the pangolin will curl up into a ball to shield itself, hence its name, which derives from the Bahasa Malaysian word “pengguling” which means “roll up”.

They are also able to release an unpleasant gas, much like a skunk.

A solitary and nocturnal animal, the scaly ant eater survives on a diet of termites and ants, for which they use their long tongue to pick off their prey. Their tongues are often longer than their bodies, at around 16inches.

Unfortunately for the Pangolins, they are heavily hunted for both their armor as well as their meat.

Seen as a delicacy in some countries, they are often hunted and exported to countries in Asia, as there is a unsubstantiated belief that the keratin armor has certain medicinal properties.

This, as well as the Pangolins natural habitats being largely destroyed by deforestation, has earned them a place on the red list.

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Honoring Cecil the Lion Through Andy Warhol’s Psychedelic Endangered Animal Species Series

Known to be an animal-lover, Andy Warhol was approached by environmental activists in the 80′s to bring attention to the beauty and horrifying numbers of animals that were near extinction around the globe. Composed in a set of rainbow silkscreens, Warhol’s print followed his traditional composition of colorful, high-contrast pieces, which reveal the artist’s whimsical nature. Featuring animals, such as the Siberian tiger, the bald eagle, and the San Francisco Silverspot, Warhol’s portraits remind us that animal extinction is caused by humanity’s irresponsibility. Highlighting the beauty and artistic organic quality of animals, the series calls attention to preservation and admiration of nature.

Images Courtesy of The Andy Warhol Foundation of the Visual Arts

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All babies are small compared to their parents, but there is something particularly awesome about the size difference between this proud mama Galápagos Tortoise and her tiny new hatchlings, who emerged from their shells back in January 2014 at Australia’s Taronga Western Plains Zoo. This zoo became the first in Australia to successfully breed Galápagos Tortoises when RJ, the slightly larger baby you see standing between the wee hatchlings and parent, hatched three years ago.

One of the longest-living vertebrates, Galápagos Tortoises can live for over 100 years in the wild and reach weights of around 880 pounds (400 kg) and lenghths of up to 5 feet (1.5 m). They are found only on the Galápagos archipelago, west of continental Ecuador.

Head over to ZooBorns for additional photos and to learn more about Galápagos Tortoises.

Rare Footage of Rare White Whale Off the Coast of Australia

A rare albino humpback whale has been spotted off the Golden Coast of Australia, much to the excitement of animal lovers around the world. We know of only a handful of these magnificent animals in the entire world.

Keep reading to catch a glimpse of the whale below.

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6 of the Worlds Most Beautiful Creatures that soon Won’t Exist:

(In no particular order)

  1. The Ivory-Billed Woodpecker is so endangered that it may already be extinct! .It was previously thought extinct until unconfirmed sightings of it in 2004 kept peoples hopes up.
  2. After the recent loss of block rhino’s, the javan rhino is the next closest to extinction with only around 40 individuals still living. 
  3. The leatherback sea turtle’s population has dropped roughly 80 to 90 thousand in the last 14 years, leaving about 20,000 alive and their population continues to plummet.
  4. The northern sportive lemur is currently the most endangered of all the lemurs, but virtually all of the 100 species of lemur (that all live on Madagascar) are at risk.
  5. The whaling of the 19th century left as little as 350 individuals of northern right whales left in the world.
  6. The amur leopard’s habitat used to range all across Russia, China, and Mongolia, how ever the 20 individuals still left alive live exclusively in a forest east of Russia’s Primorye region.

More beautiful animals that will soon be gone if nothing is done.

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Today the Department of Unexpected Interspecies Friendship brings us the awesome story of ‘Bubbles’ the 32-year-old African elephant and ‘Bella’ the 3-year-old black Labrador. They’re best friends and they live together at The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species, also known as Myrtle Beach Safari, a wildlife park in South Carolina.

Bubbles was rescued when she was still a baby, orphaned after her parents were killed by poachers for their tusks. She was flown to the US along with a few other elephant orphans where there were facilities ready to care for them.

One of Bella and Bubbles’ favourite games to play is play catch. Bubbles uses her trunk to throw a ball for Bella. When they’re in the water together, Bubbles throws the ball and Bella leaps off her perch atop Bubbles’ head to dive in and retrieve it. Bubbles also likes to play keep-away with the ball and Bella because Bella can only leap about as high as her friend’s knees.

Photos by Barry Bland.

[via Design Taxi and Dailymail.co.uk]

ENDANGERED Animals for the signs

Aries: Tiger

// Like you, Bengal Tigers are fiery and independent, they can camouflage themselves into the background, but once they show themselves you’ll never forget it // Current Threats: Commercial Logging, Poaching, Agriculture, Development, Human Settlements, Decline of Prey // Entire Population: 3,200 // ENDANGERED //

ADOPT A TIGER (UK) // ADOPT A TIGER (USA)

Taurus: Giant Panda

// Like you, Giant Pandas are charismatic and stubborn, most of their time consists of eating and they’re just generally loveable all-round // Current Threats: Habitat Fragmentation, Human Expansion // Entire Population: 1,864 // ENDANGERED //

ADOPT A GIANT PANDA (UK) // ADOPT A GIANT PANDA (USA)

Gemini: Asian Elephant

// Like you, Asian Elephants are sociable and intelligent, they travel in herds to support and comfort one another, they also learn easily and are renowned as wise // Current Threats: Habitat Loss, Human-Wildlife Conflict, Poaching // Entire Population: 40,000-50,000 // ENDANGERED //

ADOPT AN ASIAN ELEPHANT (UK) // ADOPT AN ASIAN ELEPHANT (USA)

Cancer: Blue Whale

// Like you, Blue Whales have huge hearts, literally, their’s is the size of a Volkswagen Beetle, and will call out for a partner in 188 decibel cries that can be heard hundreds of miles away // Current Threats: Bycatch, Whaling, Climate Change // ENDANGERED //

MAKE A DONATION (UK) // ADOPT A BLUE WHALE (USA)

Leo: Lion

// Like you, Lions are the Kings/Queens of the jungle, the symbol of power, they are the most sociable of all the big cats and have an admirably majestic aura // Current Threats: Agriculture, Habitat Fragmentation, Decline of Prey, Human Settlements, Human-Wildlife Conflict // Entire Population: 30,000-35,000 // VULNERABLE //

ADOPT A LION (UK) // ADOPT A LION (USA)

Virgo: Marine Turtle

// Like you, Marine Turtles are wonderful observers and are able to navigate thousands of kilometres when migrating between feeding and nesting grounds // Current Threats: Habitat Destruction, Fishing, Poaching, Climate Change // Entire Population: Unknown // ENDANGERED-CRITICALLY ENDANGERED //

ADOPT A MARINE TURTLE (UK) // ADOPT A MARINE TURTLE (USA)

Libra: Adélie Penguin

// Like you, Adélie Penguins need others around them to thrive and live in colonies of hundreds, and although they can explore depths of up to 180m, they prefer to stay in shallow waters // Current Threats: Climate Change, More Snow, Gentoo Penguins, Overfishing & Oil // Current Population: 5,000,000 // NEAR THREATENED //

ADOPT AN ADÉLIE PENGUIN (UK) // ADOPT A PENGUIN (USA)

Scorpio: Mountain Gorilla

// Like you, Mountain Gorillas may appear intimidating, yet they generally mean no harm, unless threatened, they have a quiet and mysterious aura and are one of the species that has intrigued humanity the most // Current Threats: Habitat Loss, Catching Human Illnesses, Poaching, Oil Exploration // Entire Population: 880 // CRITICALLY ENDANGERED //

ADOPT A MOUNTAIN GORILLA (UK) // ADOPT A MOUNTAIN GORILLA (USA)

Sagittarius: Snow Leopard

// Like you, Snow Leopards like to explore and are usually found in high, rugged mountain landscapes, they are solitary creatures and are rarely seen outside the early and late hours // Current Threats: Habitat Fragmentation, Human-Wildlife Conflict, Illegal Wildlife Trade, Climate Change // Entire Population: 4,000-6,500 // ENDANGERED //

ADOPT A SNOW LEOPARD (UK) // ADOPT A SNOW LEOPARD (USA)

Capricorn: Polar Bear

// Like you, Polar Bears are extremely hard working and determined, they can roam up to 600,000 square km to find food and mates, they are tough and survive some of the harshest climate conditions on the planet but still manage to warm our hearts // Current Threats: Human-Wildlife Conflict, Oil & Gas Exploration, Climate Change // Entire Population: 20,000-25,000 // VULNERABLE //

ADOPT A POLAR BEAR (UK) // ADOPT A POLAR BEAR (USA)

Aquarius: Amur Leopard

// Like you, Amur Leopards are unique and of a rare variety, they are able to adapt to every situation by varying the length of their fur coat, which stays short in Summer and grows long in Winter, they keep to themselves and thrive in solitude, and (as they are nocturnal) rule the night-life // Current Threats: Human Settlement, Logging, Forest Fires, Habitat Loss, Decline of Prey, Inbreeding (Due to low population), Illegal Trade in Body Parts // Entire Population: 70 // CRITICALLY ENDANGERED //

ADOPT AN AMUR LEOPARD (UK) // ADOPT AN AMUR LEOPARD (USA)

Pisces: Sumatran Orang-utan

// Like you, Sumatran Orang-utans seek out care and support and can stay with their mothers for 7-11 years, clinging to their bodies and sleeping in their nests.  They spend a lot of their time alone but now and again meet up with members of their community so as not to drift too far from contact and become isolated // Current Threats: Agriculture & Palm Oil, Habitat Loss, Illegal Pet Trade // Entire Population: 6,600 // CRITICALLY ENDANGERED //

ADOPT AN ORANG-UTAN (UK) // ADOPT AN ORANG-UTAN (USA) 

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New York’s Landmark Empire State Building Shines Light on Endangered Species.

  • 160 of the world’s endangered species were projected onto the landmark Empire State Building Saturday night. (August 1, 2015).  Animals on display included snow leopard, cheetah, bald eagle,eastern black rhino, mandrill, celebes crested macaque, humpback whale, manta ray, and various land and sea creatures.  Cecil the Lion whose death sparked international outrage was memorialized in last nights event.
  • Forty 20,000 lumen projectors stacked together were used to display the images onto the south facade of the building, spanning more than 180 feet wide and 350 feet tall (33 floors).  
  • In addition to raise awareness of endangered animals, the show was part of a promotion for the upcoming Discovery Channel documentary , ‘Racing Extinction, set to air in December.
  • The project was conceived by “The Cove” filmmaker Louie Psihoyos.

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