Animals

African Elephants Face Extinction as Poaching Flourishes

December 21, 2012 / 1 Comment

Jane Goodall, one of the world's greatest conservationists, has made a vehement plea for a worldwide ban on the sale of ivory as she fears that the illegal ivory trade will lead to the extinction of the African elephant. She issued the plea soon after the authorities seized 24 tons of illegal ivory in Malaysia recently. According to her, a massive ...

Costa Rica Passes Law Banning Hunting as a Sport

December 17, 2012 / No Comments

Costa Rica has passed a reform on its Wildlife Conservation law, which bans hunting as a sport. Costa Rica is the first Latin American nation to ban hunting as a recreational activity. The Congress made it official with a unanimous vote sealing the deal. Under the new law, those who violate the rule will have to pay a fine of $3,000 ...

Future of Rhinos at Stake in South Africa

December 3, 2012 / No Comments

Many measures have been taken to protect Africa's rhinos from extinction. But despite the global push, Africa has lost around 588 rhinos to poaching since the first week of 2012. The killings are feared to touch 600 by the year-end. The insatiable demand for horns in Asia has resulted in rhino poaching in larger numbers. The poachers grab $100 thousand per ...

The Hobbit Production Company Blamed for Animal Deaths

November 22, 2012 / No Comments

The Hobbit is a magical terrain, but a dangerous place for the four-legged creatures which is filled with bluffs, sinkholes and other death traps. The film is expected to hit theaters within a month, but the much awaited flick is now making headlines for wrong reasons. Animal wranglers involved in the making of The Hobbit movie trilogy are slamming the production ...

Conservation efforts Help Push Mountain Gorilla Population Up by 12%

November 15, 2012 / No Comments

The world's population of mountain gorillas has gone up from an estimated 786 in 2010 to 880 today. The WWF says that new census numbers from the Uganda Wildlife Authority show that the numbers of the critically endangered species, Gorilla beringei beringei, have increased by more than 12% in two years. The survey was carried out by Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National ...

Transgender Bird Spotted in New Zealand; First-of-its-Kind

October 15, 2012 / No Comments

Have you seen one of these before? Chances are that you haven’t. This species is considered the first of its kind  - this bellbird is neither male nor female. Yes, folks, a first-of-its kind transgender species has been found. Experts are yet to observe the bird during its mating period, and they have concluded that this new species is neither a ...

Costa Rica Fully Bans Shark Finning

October 12, 2012 / No Comments

Costa Rica has officially declared a blanket ban on shark finning. Shark finning is a process where the sharks’ fins are sliced off and left in the ocean to die. Costa Rica has rules to protect sharks, but they had many a loophole. In an effort to close those loopholes, President Laura Chinchilla has signed an executive order preventing shark finning ...

Bird Extinction Rate Rising Alarmingly

October 11, 2012 / No Comments

Human activities have made hundreds of bird species disappear from the face of the earth. Around 279 bird species and subspecies have already been wiped off the earth’s surface during the past 5000 years, a new study suggests. The extinction rate was on the rise in the early 1900s and slowly started to decline. But according to the new research, it ...

Fish Size Shrinking Due to Global Warming

October 2, 2012 / No Comments

It is common knowledge that the fish population, all over, is shrinking. But as per a new study, along with the fish population, the fish themselves are also shrinking. Under the influence of global warming, the body of around 600 types of marine fish will probably decrease. Pollution, decrease in habitat, and food sources also contribute to this disaster.   The researchers ...

Mammoth Fragments Found in Russia Raise Cloning Hopes

September 13, 2012 / No Comments

An international researchers’ team from Russia’s North-Eastern Federal University have discovered mammoth remains in the northeastern province of Yakutia. They hope that the remains may contain the necessary source to clone the woolly mammoth. The researchers found the remains from Ust-Yansk area of the Yakutia region in Russia's Arctic coast. They have uncovered mammoth hair, soft tissues, fur and bone marrow along with ...