Turtles may well seem like nature’s equivalent of Steady Eddie, unfortunately their populations are falling precipitously and that is bad news for the planet. The latest research is dire and suggests 61 per cent of the 356 different subspecies of turtle are either threatened or already extinct. A team of scientists from a variety of institutions published the study which reveals that amongst the major vertebrates, turtles are one of the most threatened species and the authors say this could have massive implications on the ecological landscape.
Roger the boxing kangaroo known for his beefcake muscular physique and made famous when a photo of him crushing a metal bucket as if it were paper three years ago went viral, died at the grand old age of 12. Roger had 1.3 million fans on Facebook and Instagram and news of his death sparked an outpouring of grief. Roger weighed 89 kilograms and stood at just over 6 foot tall. Pop star Natalie Imbruglia wrote in a post “He always brought a smile to my face. Such a proud strong boy”.
This video has to be seen to be believed, after all it is not every day that you come across what looks to be a real-life dinosaur. Recently a couple of trappers captured a massive alligator measuring 12-feet long that was discovered by some divers who happened to be working on a private property in Florida. The divers came across the beast underwater which weighed in at an astonishing 500 pounds and immediately contacted Jim Cutway a licensed alligator trapper who also owns Myakka’s Gold Apiary.
Last year everyone who visited this site, even if they didn’t adopt an animal with WWF contributed to wildlife conservation and that on its own is something to be thankful for. That being said, that was far from the only achievement of 2018. There were lots of things that happened and some major achievements took place. Here we review the five most impressive achievements of conservation last year.
Sylvester the lion who twice escaped from his home in South Africa’s Karoo National Park has finally settled down to have a family at his new home. Sylvester mated with a lioness named Angel at Kuzuko Lodge in Eastern Caps and has fathered two cubs. So far photographs of the recently spotted cubs show them staying close by their mother who is one of two orphaned sisters living in Kuzuko.
Penny Mordaunt, the UK’s secretary for International Development has pledged new funding to help keep Sumatran tigers and West African chimpanzees protected. The number of wild tigers left roaming Indonesia is estimated to be between 400 to 500 and their declining number is down to habitat destruction. In Liberia chimpanzees are threatened as a result of the illegal trade in wildlife body as well as loss of habitat.
Riff Raff is a 6.5 tonne bull elephant that has fathered more than his fair share of calves and has certainly contributed towards the cause of helping save his species for future generations. Hopefully this guy will be allowed to live because as things stand he is in danger of being killed by villagers in the South African province of Limpopo who see him as a nuisance because he raids their crops. Riff Raff doesn’t seem too interested in any rescue which required a massive operation to move him and failed the first time. He simply chose march home again.
Is it possible for an elephant to survive without its trunk? That may seem like a ridiculous question but unfortunately for one elephant calf in South Africa’s Kruger National Park this is a reality it must contend with and an answer that needs to be arrived at. Recently footage of an elephant calf with a short stump in place of its trunk emerged. No one is quite sure how it lost its trunk but the loss of the appendage should not be taken likely.
The crew on recently deceased billionaire Paul Allen’s research ship Petrel who were exploring the wreckage of a World War 2 ship off the coast of the Philippines using a remotely operated submersible were surprised when a shark with no dorsal fin suddenly appeared on their screens. One of the researchers can be heard identifying the shark as a Sixgill and asked the operator to zoom in on the rare predator. As the camera zoomed in the shark turns around confirming what was suspected, what the crew were seeing was an extremely rare sixgill shark.
An electrical worker in Alaska was able to capture footage of a local resident’s dog wrestling with a polar bear and amazingly enough actually winning the encounter. Christopher Miller said he arrived for a job when the owner of a property asked him if he would like to see a polar bear. Mr Miller than followed the individual to his house where he came across the resident’s dog tussling with a polar bear.
Tourists visiting the wilderness of the Canadian Arctic on a fly-in polar bear safari got their money’s worth when they had a breath-taking encounter with a mama polar bear and her two 2-year-old cubs. Fortunately for the tourists, they were safely positioned behind an electric fence so were not in any danger whatsoever, but if you check out the video, you will see the polar bears approaching the camp from the distant sea ice.
Recently tourists at a safari park in Ukraine had a remarkable experience. A lion climbed over the lot of them and even licked one in the face! This is actually a little disturbing given the fact that just a few weeks earlier, a woman was mauled by a lion at the same spot. If you watch the video you will see an untethered lion climbing aboard an open vehicle filled with tourists at Crimea’s Taigan Safari Park.