International Tigers Days

Well, as the title suggests it is International Tigers Day.

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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.

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World Rhino Day AND Hobbit Day…What a Treat!

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.

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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!

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World Lion Day

The Kings and Queens of the African Savannah!

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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:

  • BJWT
  • 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.

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Endangered Species Day

Probably not the best way to start the “weekend” off…but today is Endangered Species Day.

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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:

SAFE Species

( I know this video was for #WorldWildlifeDay…but it does the numbers of the animals we are losing)

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Published on 2 Mar 2016
The Future of Wildlife is in Our Hands | WORLD WILDLIFE DAY, MARCH 3 #WWD2017 #WorldWildlifeDay
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,[1] to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora. – http://www.wikipedia.org

World Wildlife Day

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.

 

World Rhino Day

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.

 

#actonextinction Australia – National Threatened Species Day

#actonextinction

World Pangolin Day

…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)

The Great Circle of Life

So I’ve been thinking a lot over the weekend and sometimes that 140 characters on Twitter just cannot express how your feeling…Without posting about 20,000 tweets…Which is a little annoying for others…And no chance for editing either!

Over the weekend on the live safari that I watch regularly…(Seriously, check it out). There was a great tragedy that started a huge debate. I thought about what everyone was saying and what I’ve learnt while watching and I just wanted to express how I felt about the situation…That involves more than 140 characters.

The situation involved some of Djuma’s highly endangered Wild Dogs and one of the safari’s more well known Prides the Styx Pride. Usually Wild Dogs are pretty good at getting out of the way of a Lioness/Lion. Wild Dogs have huge ears designed for listening, but unfortunately and by some sad situation, they just didn’t hear the Lioness, and she came out of nowhere to kill one of the younger Wild Dogs. Too lose even one Wild Dog is horrible because they are just so highly endangered. At the same time though I don’t blame or hate the Lioness for killing the Dog, especially with her own cubs being so close by, which if the Dogs are had found, would have torn them apart.  The Lioness also does not know that the Dogs are so critically endangered.

It started a huge debate on what type of animal is “better”. The wildlife is not Disney, even in the Lion King, Mufasa doesn’t say anything about NOT eating the antelope. Just all the “Great circle of Life”… stuff … The best thing I have discovered since watching Safari Live was love for all creatures, the herbivores, the predators, even some of the bugs and insects…Have you ever seen a Dung Beetle, did you know how much they can lift?!

dung-beetle

Yes I still have my old and tried favourites, but now I just have so many more!

  • I have a huge amount of respect for Buffalo,
  • Warthogs make for fierce mothers,
  • Egyptian Geese duckling are just the cutest,
  • Jackals are the most nervous creatures I have ever seen and
  • The hearts of the elephants…Just stunning!

What I’m saying, I hate it when we all fight on the safari live channel, it really unsettles me. People like different animals, and predators having to kill another predator when their own cubs are nearby, it just really is nature. We can’t all like the exact same animals, because, well it just can’t happen…I think we can all agree though, Maggots are just icky.

This post is also a excuse to post this classic video…Enjoy!

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Quokka

In case you hadn’t guessed already I come from a “Land Down Under”…Best Country in the world =P lol…Anyways I came across this article over the weekend and it filled me with joy.

http://themindcircle.com/quokka-selfie-is-cutest-trend-in-australia-right-now/?utm_content=bufferf91ac&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer%20

The Quokka has been the happiest animal on earth, as you can see from the pictures, you can probably see why. As one article quoted:

Meet the Quokka, a marsupial that seems to have come straight from an animator at Disney, but is actually native to a small corner of southwestern Australia.

Source: Meet The Quokka, The Happiest Animal In The World (PHOTOS) (Huffington Post)

Quokkas are usually very friendly animals as you can tell by the pictures, and pose no threat to humans whatsoever. However, these sweet little creatures, as you can imagine, because they are so placid and docileb. Their numbers were greatly reduced when Foxes and Cats were introduced to Australia. They are currently listed as “Vulnerable”. The good news though due to conservation and fox control programs, the numbers are starting to increase again.

I would normally not enjoy the selfies with a wild animals, but they don’t seemed stressed out. The other reason I don’t object to it, is mainly because it’s not the same as those “Lion/Tiger” photos. Were you take a photo with one and then they get killed afterwards? You know those ones?

Most of these photos are done in conservation parks. If I felt it was wrong, I definitely wouldn’t be “advertising” it, so to speak.