Since Dragon Appreciation Day is on the weekend, what a better time to have a little post about Dragons.
You want to know the best thing about Dragons?
They are real!
May I introduce you too…the Komodo Dragon!
The saddest thing?
Last year Komodo Dragons and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), a global authority that this weekend released its latest Red List of threatened species. The list, which included the evaluation of more than 138,000 species, shifted the status of the Komodo dragon from vulnerable to endangered.
Rising sea levels caused by hotter temperatures melting ice and expanding oceans will reduce the dragon’s habitat on Komodo and neighbouring remote islands by at least 30 per cent in the next 45 years, the IUCN said at its World Conservation Congress gathering in the French city of Marseille.
Although Appreciate a Dragon Day is about Dragons in literature, we can appreciate a real life Dragon…RIGHT NOW…By helping fight climate change. Are you up for not slaying the Dragon this time, but to rescue it?
Komodo Survival Program
…Is not actually today, but on Friday the 21st. However, I do feel that Endangered Species are sometimes forgotten, especially when humans are experiencing global issues, like global viruses. There are also different dates for National campaigns in your country, so look those up some time!
This may be the saddest article I’ve read so far…Mainly because it was written at the beginning of May 2021, and actually that before you even finish reading the article, some of the animals may have gone extinct already.
42 Most endangered Animal Species – Owlcation, May 3:2021 – Kelley Marks
I just wanted to also say that you don’t have to spend money to help endangered species either. It’s more about being aware. For example, Orangutans. Their habitats are being destroyed because the plants in their area, can create palm oil. Which is used in a LOT of products.
Every hour 300 football fields of precious remaining forest is being ploughed to the ground across South East Asia to make way for palm oil plantations. Palm oil is used in everything from snack foods to soaps.Palm Oil – The Orangutan Project
It can be just as simple as being aware of what is in each of the products you’re buying, and then deciding whether or not if that product is worth it.
Well, as the title suggests it is International Tigers Day.
So let’s celebrate the day with some facts about the tiger.
- There are only roughly about 3,900 tigers left in the world.
- Since the beginning of the 20th century we’ve lost approx 95% of the tiger population.
- International Tigers Day created in 2010 at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit.
- India counts the number of wild tigers every four years.
- Please read more about TX2 vai this link. A conservation goal was set by the governments of the 13 tiger range countries. Too double the number of wild tigers by 2022 – the next Chinese year of the tiger.
- Although usually solitary animals. A group of Tigers
- There are more tigers being kept as pets, then there are in the wild.
Okay all these facts are depressing.
Today is important for two reasons:
The reciognition and information spreading of one of the worlds largest and heavily endangered animals. The Rhino…A Day which celebrates ALL five species of Rhino: Black, White, Greater One-Horned, Sumatran and Javan.
Taronga Zoo announces Rhino pregnancy.
Today is also Hobbit Day…Hobbit Day is the birthday of both Bilbo and Frodo Baggins (different years though, obviously) The two main characters/protagonist of the two greatest series ever written!
The Kings and Queens of the African Savannah!
This celebration of the animal kingdom’s most beautiful and fearsome creature was founded by Big Cat Rescue, the world’s largest accredited sanctuary dedicated to big cats. August 10th is a day for people to come together from across the world to pay tribute to the mighty lion in as many ways as possible. Though a fun and exciting occasion for all, its foundations are based in a very serious matter: lion numbers have dramatically declined to the point where the species needs to be placed on the endangered list, just like its larger cousin the tiger.
Big Cat Rescue
*Now please be VERY careful when you chose to donate to any cause…Especially when it comes to Wildlife. They can’t let you know if the money is even getting to them and there are LOT of people who DO take advantage of this. Please do research before donating*
Saying that…Please DO donate too:
Please DO NOT donate too:
- Kevin Richardson aka “The Lion Whisperer”
I actually used to follow both of these accounts. BJWT isn’t even a registered sanctuary, despite what “Papa Bear” may say. It’s kind of like saying I’m Beyonce, just because I say. Kevin Richardson, blamed one of his own staff for her being killed. When it wasn’t the case and the women unknowingly walked into an area where the gate had not been shut properly. It was also NOT the first time someone has been killed on one of his properties.
Beware of “rescues” and “foundations sanctuaries” that allow people (especially celebrities) to come in and handle cubs/baby animals. Sanctuaries will NEVER allow humans to handle the Cats. We give them and they give us diseases, but ours kill them. Another reason to NOT support BJWT. Constantly having cubs come in (most of the time on a weekly basis), then they get sick, then they “disappear” is not what a Sanctuary will do. Sanctuaries will only come and “rescue” cubs IF it’s urgent.
Probably not the best way to start the “weekend” off…but today is Endangered Species Day.
Endangered Species Coalition (Please click this link to see the different endangered animals. With more information about the “Protecting the Endangered Species Act)
It’s my own personal view that people underestimate how many endangered animals they are and the how fast they rapidly disappearing. I know that my article posted below that says “US”, but it is an epidemic around the world. With so many things happening, sometimes it may be easy to forget or to just plain not care. Apparently Australia, for some reason, have the worst reputation for not protecting their animals. Which just breaks my heart.
U.S. Americans greatly underestimate how many animals on the Endangered species list, study shows:
( I know this video was for #WorldWildlifeDay…but it does the numbers of the animals we are losing)
Uploaded by: Lion Mountain TV
Published on 2 Mar 2016
On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) decided to proclaim 3 March, the day of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as World Wildlife Day, which proposed by Thailand, to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora. – http://www.wikipedia.org
Today is a beautiful and sad day…
Beautiful because what animal isn’t beautiful? I just love talking about them…but sad because so many animals are under threat…
I am sure that most of you have probably heard of the latest news about the Sudan White Rhinos:
The World’s last male northern white Rhino is on death watch – Inside Africa – CNN
If you haven’t let me break it down, the last northern white rhino is dying. Now he is pretty old for a Rhino. There are still two northern white female rhinos and this does not mean that Rhino’s are extinct altogether. It is sad though in this day and age we don’t have more of the resources to protect these animals. Well we do…Some people aka Government officials, don’t want to do it.
There are so many Myths and Legends when it comes to Rhinos and their horns, which are completely unfounded and are just not true. Rhinos horns are made out of the same stuff that our finger and toe nails are!
I also don’t know how many of you follow Big Cat Rescue...But they are a wonderful organisation and they usually only rescue Lions and Lionesses
(and a helluva lot better than BJWT…Do not support that wacko!)
One of their Kings…King Joseph also passed away today, but at least we can comfort in the fact that he was rescued and lived out a much better life, and did not die alone. Then the life he was living.
Official website of UN World Wildlife Day website
Please look at this website, it has so much information about animals that are under threat and can give you ideas on how to help.
There was no way that today of all days I was not going to write something about such an important topic!
World Rhino Day
World Rhino Day – Taronga Zoo Sydney
Rhino’s are probably one of the earths large animals that are being hunted into extinction.
World Rhino Day was first planned by World Wildlife Fund-South Africa in 2010. Then, in 2011, Lisa Jane Campbell of Zimbabwe and Rhishja Larson joined forces to promote World Rhino Day 2011.
- There are all five species of rhino: black, white, greater one-horned rhinos, Javan and Sumatran. All Rhinoceros are herbivores, meaning that they only consume plants, and lots of them.
- The Black, Javan and Sumatran Rhinoceros species are listed as critically Endangered, meaning that they have a 50% change of extinction within 3 generations.
…Is actually on the 18th 2017 but I’ve only just found out about it. For future reference though World Pangolin Day is held every third Saturday in February. The reason I still wanted to post this though is because Pangolins are one of the heaviest trafficked animals on the planet. Although there are moves to stop them from being hunted, they are still trafficked.
World Pangolin Day (website)