Entries in animal conservation (26)

Tuesday
Jun202017

Can Oil Rigs Become Artificial Reefs? 

Offshore oil rigs have always been an unsightly enemy to environmentalists and the environment alike. The everlasting connection between oil rigs and oil spills continues to live on in international memory...

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Wednesday
Dec282016

The Conservation Status Of Christmas Wildlife

Colder weather is no problem for well adapted winter species around Christmas time, yet light pollution, climate change and hunting all threaten the species that we usually associate with the festive season. But there are also conservation success stories...

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Monday
Dec192016

Top 5: Inspirational Women in Conservation

Here are 5 inspirational women whose contributions to conservation have benefitted the natural world and our attitude towards it.

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Friday
Nov182016

Flagship Species: Are They Necessary?

Everyone knows about the conservation story of the Panda, Orangutan and Elephant, yet despite the planet current mass extinction occurring, little is discussed in the mainstream media about the less cuddly species going extinct. We investigate whether flagship species actually aid in the conservation of all threatened species.

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Monday
Jun132016

Swaziland Lifts The Ban On Ivory Trade

Just as Kenya amazed the world with its stand against the ivory trade by burning 105 tonnes of Elephant tusks and 1.5 tonnes of Rhino horns that had been confiscated by local authorities, Swaziland quietly lifted its own ban on the trading of ivory products.

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Wednesday
Dec022015

QUIZ: What Is Your Spirit Animal? 

Everything is connected. We are linked to one another, to nature, to the animals. What are you? Is your inner animal a fierce lion? Or are you maybe a chilled out sloth?

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Friday
Nov062015

5 Celebrities That Are Helping To Change The World

With great power comes great responsibility, and these are five famous faces that take that notion very seriously, using their influence and reach to bring global issues to the forefront.

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Thursday
Oct292015

The Bee All And End All: Why Should We Care That The Bees Are Dying?

An apocalyptic statement, often attributed to Albert Einstein, claims that if the bees disappeared, ‘man would only have four years of life left’. You’d think a premonition this dire would spark immediate action, but despite the devastation of bee populations over the last decade, it seems like the world could care less. So is Einstein right? And if so, what can we do about it?

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Wednesday
Oct212015

Seeing Double: How Many Orcas Are There?

It is seen as one of the most fearsome marine predators on the planet, and recent incidents at SeaWorld, as well as the 2013 documentary Blackfish, have thrust it into the limelight, but just how much do we know about the killer whale?

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Tuesday
Oct132015

The Ethics Of Zoos And Aquariums

Circuses are known for their mistreatment of animals, and after Blackfish (2013), the exposé documentary on orca whales at SeaWorld, we see shows featuring animal performers in a different light. These productions are typically avoided by the conscious-minded or those aware of the animal exploits at work to draw crowds.

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Monday
Sep072015

The Elephant's Relationship with Humans

The elephant is a fascinating animal on many accounts. Not only are elephants exceptionally intelligent, they also have a strong sense of social responsibility and cooperation that is in many respects similar to ours.

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Wednesday
Nov192014

40 years later and the Big Blues Bounce Back!

Despite the horrific exploitation of Blue Whales since the 1930s; hunted for their meat and blubber by Russian fleets, recent research has shown that numbers are on the rise again, reaching around a mere 97% fight back from their previous numbers (500). This said, there is still cause of concern towards the probability of ship strikes that would directly impact upon cherished numbers and therefore populations may remain unstable still.

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Thursday
Nov132014

Four successful reintroduction programmes

Once a species becomes endangered, it is critical to work to preserve its habitat and remaining individuals, lest it disappear from our world. Occasionally, wildlife conservation projects and organisations can be so effective so as to reverse the process and reintroduce a species into the wild, where it will no longer need human intervention.

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Wednesday
Aug272014

Can trophy hunting actually help conservation? 

Supported by hunters and numerous conservationists worldwide, but despised by many animal rights organisations, trophy hunting is one of the most controversial approaches to conservation out there. Media portrayal of trophy hunting is emotive and very black and white. But does this reflect the reality or can a middle ground be found?

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Thursday
Jun122014

New kids on the block

Over 18,000 new species were identified last year; meet some of the weird and wonderful animals, plants and even microbe

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