HD TVs for lemurs and langurs

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英國一個動物保護區,用高清大電視播放狐猴和長尾葉猴原本生活環境的照片,讓牠們在野放前能先習慣當地的境物。
an animal reserve in southeast england is showing their lemurs and langurs photo of their native homes on a big HD TVs. they want to let them have a taste of their original homes before they are reintroduced and established back to the wild.

http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/gadgets-electronics/blogs/lemurs-and-langurs-get-high-tech-taste-wild-being-released-back-it


pteropods

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海洋翼足目軟體動物是很多海洋生物如鮭魚、鯨魚等的重要食糧。人類製造的二氧化碳令海水變酸,腐蝕性加強,引致翼足目軟體動物的外殼慚慚溶解,這損害將影響整個海洋生態鏈。

pteropods are tiny snails that salmon, whales, and other marine creatures would eat. carbon dioxide from human activities increased the acidity of the seawater and the water becomes more corrosive. this not only causing pteropods’ shells to dissolve, this would also damage the ocean food chain.

http://cn.nytimes.com/science/20151201/c01climate-shells/


cinderella tiger

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2012年在俄羅斯,有獵人被現一隻四個月大的東北虎,他們把又凍又餓的東北虎送到保護中心。牠於那裡慢慢康復,保育人員更教育牠打獵技巧,數月為把牠野放回森林。最近發現這東北虎生了兩頭小虎,成功於野外繁殖,令保育團體非常鼓舞。

back in 2012, a four-month old Amur tiger was found starving and frostbite in Russia. it spent months at a rehab center for tigers where it recovered and learnt hunting skills. it was released into the forest in 2013, and now she recently gave birth of two cubs in the wild. this is an amazing news to the conservation groups as they not only successfully saved a tiger, but it also could hunts and gives birth of a new generation.

http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/cinderella-tiger-orphan-gives-birth-wild-cubs


all i want for christmas is a goat

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瑞典有一個團體希望透過送贈兩頭山羊,幫助及教育貧困家庭建立可持續的生活。為籌集更多資金,他們用山羊的叫聲合成作一系列經典聖誕歌,雖然山羊沒有很出眾的歌聲,但成功提高了社會對極端貧窮家庭的關注。

a swedish charity would like to give a pair of goat to families in areas of great poverty, hoping to help them step out of poverty and build up a sustainable way of living. the organization created a set of christmas carols called “All I Want for Christmas is a Goat” with screams of goats, hoping to fundraise for their project. the songs are not as easy listening but they raise awareness of the situations and how goats could help change it.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-16/goat-rest-ye-merry-gentlemen-goat-christmas-album/7032630


700 hunters vs 1 wolf

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挪威東南部約有30餘隻狼,因狩獵是挪威的一個重要傳統,當局開放讓民眾獵殺16隻。這個狩獵季有過一萬一千獵人登記,平均700名獵人可獵殺一隻。

there are around 30 wolves in southeast norway. hunting is an important tradition for Norwegians, the Norwegian Association for Fishing and Hunting decided to allow 16 kills for this hunting seasons. over 11,000 hunters registered for permits, and so there are over 700 hunters would be hunting for one wolf.

 

http://news.discovery.com/animals/hunters-outnumber-wolves-more-than-700-to-1-in-norway-151202.htm

 

 


elephants seek human help

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早前有三頭大象被捕獵者毒殺,中槍後趕到大象保護區求救。保護區表示,三頭大象從未到訪保護區,但其中一頭曾與在從保護區野放的大象交配,相信是從中得知保護區的資訊。這次亦證明大象能分辨好壞的人類,更會交換資訊。三頭大象其後留在保護區康復,情況穩定。

earlier this year, three elephants arrived an elephant reintegration center after they got shot with poison arrows. these elephants have never been to this center before, but one of them mated with two elephants that were released back to the wild about 4 years ago. this shows that elephants are smart and social animals; they would share information, and could also distinguishing good and bad human. with help of the center’s staff, these elephants have all made a full recovery at the center.

http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/shot-by-poachers-elephants-seek-human-help


dam projects put irrawaddy dolphin at risk

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經保育團體及柬埔寨政府多年來的合作,把非法流刺網清除,極度瀕危伊河豚的數量終於緩和了的下降率。可惜當地湄公河正興建11座水壩,工程噪音問題令伊河豚聽覺受損,生態被破壞及污染更使魚群遷徙,令伊河豚面對糧食短缺。現時伊河豚只剩下了80-100頭,興建這水壩將對伊河豚造成重大威脅。

after years of cooperating with the Cambodian government to protect habitat and remove illegal gill nets, conservation group helped to reduced the annual decline rate of the critically endangered Mekong Irrawaddy dolphin. however, they are now building 11 hydropower dams along the Mekong! this not only brings noise pollution that would damage the sensitive hearing, it would also reduce the dolphins’ food supply as fish would migration or due to their habitat being damaged. there are only 80-100 Mekong Irrawaddy dolphins left, and these dam projects would put them in even greater risk.

http://times.hinet.net/news/16651048

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/09/business/energy-environment/heading-off-negative-impacts-of-dam-projects.html?_r=0


mall cancels penguin event

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英國一商場原本計劃於聖誕把瀕危的漢波德企鵝帶到商場,希望讓更多人關注牠們。保育團體認為不應把企鵝帶到鬧市令牠們受驚,更不應用作娛樂或商業用途。因受各保育團體反對,商場最終決定取消活動。

a mall in UK would like to bring humboldt penguins to their christmas events; they explained it is an educational event where the public could meet the endangered penguins and gain more awareness. however, animal rights group said it is not right to use wild animals as “entertainments” and that penguins do not belong to the busy city; they are concern for the penguins. the mall cancelled their event at the end.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/nov/25/solihull-touchwood-shopping-centre-cancels-live-humboldt-penguins-event-opposition-animal-rights-activists


logging suspension to protect swift parrot

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雨燕鸚鵡只餘下約2000隻,澳洲的塔省布魯尼島是牠們遷徙及繁殖的重要地。在島上牠們不會受天敵蜜袋鼯的威脅,卻面對棲息地被破壞。原本計劃的砍木雖被暫停,但還未知能否禁止將來的其他砍木計劃。

there are only 2000 swift parrot in the wild, and Bruny Island in Australia is one of the important habitat for their migration and breeding. they are not threatened by the sugar glider on this island, but their home is being destroyed by logging activities. the logging is on temporary suspension but still unsure whether they would ban any future logging.

http://www.epochtimes.com/b5/15/11/21/n4578441.htm

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-11-19/logging-on-bruny-island-halted-to-protect-swift-parrot/6955472


farewell Nola

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直至上月,全球有四隻北非白犀牛,可惜其中41歲的 Nola 近日病逝,現在世上只餘下三隻北非白犀牛。

until last month, there were for northern white rhinoceros on earth, but 41-year-old Nola passed away recently. only three remaining northern white rhinos in the world.

http://www.livescience.com/52889-nola-northern-white-rhino-dies.html