In New Zealand, a female New Zealand sea lion is nesting with her pup in a golf course next to a beach, and is regularly crossing a road to get to the beach. To protect this endangered species, the road is now closed for a month to avoid any collision, and dogs must be on a lead in that area as well.
it has been thought that domesticated animals like dogs, horses or goats are the only animals that would intentionally communicate with human, but recent study found kangaroos would do that as well. Researchers presented a container with food inside to kangaroos, and after failing to open the box, most of them would find a nearby human for help, and they even make eye contact with human.
Our ocean is heavily polluted by plastic, and these plastic is eaten by marine creatures. Study found among all seafood human consumes, mollusks like mussels, scallops and oysters contain the highest level of microplastics, followed by crustaceans like crabs, shrimps and lobsters, as well as fish.
Sunda laughingthrush was once a common bird in Indonesia; it becomes popular to songbird collectors because of its loud and unique calls. as its population declines and becomes harder to catch in the the wild, the price of them has a significant increase. The government tried to control the harvest quota fo these birds, but the number of them found for sale in the market is a few times more than that number. Sunda laughingthrush is an important seed disperser in the primary forest, and without them the ecosystem will be destabilized.
tourism supports more than 300,000 jobs in Madagascar. During the pandemic lockdown, the locals forced to move to rural areas to clear forests, where wildlife inhabits, to grow food and for firewoods. They are also hunting more wildlife, such as the critically endangered red ruffed lemur, for food or to sell in local markets then before.
in Utah, USA, a 330-foot- long bridge was built just for wildlife two years ago to reduce the number of wildlife and car collisions on one of the major highways. Surveillance cameras have caught different wildlife crossing the bridge including moose, bears, elks, bobcats, coyotes, etc.. The result is encouraging as the animals got used to the bridge quicker than expected, and the number of accidents went down dramatically.
Only 40% of world’s forests still have high ecological integrity without human damage. these forests mostly located in the Amazon, New Guniea, Canada, Russian and Central Africa, but only 27% of these forests are under national protection.
The water levels of Lake Baringo in Kenya has been rising in recent years. It has been particularly high with an estimated 6 inches rise each day in 2020. There were eight endangered Rothschild’s giraffes living on an island in the lake. To save these giraffes from the disappearing island, conservationists are moving them one by one to a sanctuary on the mainland with a special-designed barge. They have successfully moved two of them now, and planning to move the rest of them in the coming months. due to rapidly changing climate with heavy rains, droughts and increasing human activities in the watershed catchment areas, several lakes in Kenya have been flooded.
A trained detection dog helped to discover a suitcase with five rhino horns, 127 lion claws and 36 lion teeth at the Mozambique airport. These illegal products were hidden among chocolates, cookies and clothes, which aimed to confuse detection dogs. The trafficker was arrested for attempting to smuggle these wildlife products.
The Pantanal wetlands in South America is experiencing the worst drought since 1970. It is the world’s largest wetland which is more than 42 million acres; over 90% of the ares is pasture. Even with the government’s ban on fires, producers still set fire to clear farm fields, which leads to the worst wildfire in decades. Wetlands help absorbing carbon and plays a key role in carbon cycle. however, 64% of world’s wetlands have disappeared since 1900, and mainly due to agriculture and animal husbandry.