At the turn of the last century the population of wild tigers was estimated to be around 100,0000. In less than a hundred years the population of wild tigers fell by more than 95 per cent taking arguably the most iconic species of big cats to the brink of extinction. By 2010 there were fewer than 3,200 wild tigers left largely as a result of intensive hunting, poaching and extensive habitat destruction. Tomorrow’s Tigers (Tx2) is a new fundraising initiative that seeks to raise money for WWF’s efforts to double the global population of wild tigers to 6,000 by 2022.
One of the biggest dangers to the earth is the demand for food and agriculture. This is because agriculture is the main cause of deforestation and is the reason why humans’ clear vast tracts of valuable habitat that threatens wildlife, sending many species to the brink of extinction. One type of cultivation is incredibly damaging, palm oil plantations. Palm oil is very important globally because it is used in a wide range of food and non-food products that people use on a daily basis. It is an incredibly productive crop, able to yield more per unit of land and requiring fewer inputs than any other type of vegetable oil crop
Last year was a great year for North Atlantic right whales because none were killed in Canadian waters. This is fantastic news because it suggests that there is hope for conservationists who are working to keep one of the most endangered species on the planet protected. It would appear that the measures enacted by the Canadian government are working, nevertheless the outlook for eight whales continues to be grim. It is believed that the global population is just 411 and there are fewer females giving birth than ever before.
It is scary how quickly wildlife is disappearing in the UK. Everything from hedgehogs to bee numbers are plummeting, making Britain one of the world’s most nature-depleted countries in the world. As the UK gets ready to exit the EU it is at a critical moment, facing a stark choice. Things could get substantially worse if EU environmental regulations are not replaced adequately. Alternatively, things could get better so long as the UK takes the right course of action and restores nature to its best.
Woolly mammoths have been extinct for millennia so it is a little surprising that it could gain protected status. The reason for this paradox is that it is an attempt to save the African elephant from the same fate by denting the global trade in ivory. If the move is approved, the mammoth will become protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites). Such a move could prove to be critical for saving its more modern cousin.
In a new report, WWF Scotland has warned that animal and plant life faces increasing pressure from habitat destruction and global warming. The report highlighted moorlands, machair and more to be at risk because as temperatures rise producing warmer winters, there is a threat to the mountain-dwelling snow bunting. The report estimates that the breeding population of the species in that part of the country is down to 60 pairs and increasing temperatures will only lead to further reductions in the range of the species leaving it with nowhere to go.
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.