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South Africa’s Red List Species

South Africa’s red list of species threatened with extinction was announced in 2004, a full 18 years after the last assessment was made. Of the 295 mammals surveyed, 19% are either critically endangered, endangered or vulnerable. Concerted action is being taken on all fronts to bolster their numbers.

Exotic Animals As Pets

From the ASPCA website: Would you keep a cat in a fish bowl? Or a hamster in a horse stable? Would you feed rabbit chow to your dog, or try to train a snake to sit? Yes, these are silly - even dangerous - things to do. Unfortunately, people do something similar when they keep exotic animals as pets.

Which Is Better For The Environment, Local Or Vegetarian?

OK, of course, you can go both vegetarian AND local. But for those interested in the nitty gritty details of which really matters more for addressing global warming/climate change and protecting the environment, a study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology may have the answers for you.

2.4 Billion Extra People, No More Land: How Will We Feed The World In 2050?

Steve Connor reveals how scientists propose a major policy shift to tackle one of the great challenges of the 21st century Saturday, 22 January 2011

World's Sixth Mass Extinction May Be Underway - Study

AFP report / Monday, 7 March 2011 Mankind may have unleashed the sixth known mass extinction in Earth's history, according to a paper released on Wednesday by the science journal Nature.

Celebrities Voice Forest Privatisation Fears

By Rosa Silverman, PA / Sunday, 23 January 2011 / UK Famous names ranging from Annie Lennox and Dame Judi Dench to the Archbishop of Canterbury have implored the Government not to sell off the country's publicly-owned forests.

Pamela Anderson Urges End To India Monkey Testing

NEW DELHI | Sat Feb 19, 2011 4:03am EST NEW DELHI (Reuters Life!) - Former Baywatch star and model Pamela Anderson has accused one of India's most prestigious research centers of animal cruelty, urging it to retire decades-old test monkeys and adopt humane practices.

Disturbing Photos Leaked From Primate Products Research Facility

Internal photos show severely injured primates, firm offers explanation By JEFF BURNSIDE Updated 10:45 AM EDT, Wed, Sep 1, 2010 The public is getting a rare, if unsettling, glimpse inside an animal research facility right here in South Florida after ten internal photos of severely injured primates fell into the hands of animal activists. When it comes to experimentation on live animals, emotions and opinions run the gamut. Are animals still used unnecessarily? Isn't it worth saving human l...

Eu: Primates Now Protected From Testing

Posted on: Thursday, 9 September 2010, 06:25 CDT European Union on Wednesday ruled to ban animal testing on primates -- including chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos and orangutans -- as it tries to scale back the number of animals used in scientific research.

Monkeys Can Recognize Themselves In Mirrors

Monkeys may possess cognitive abilities once thought unique to humans, raising questions about the nature of animal awareness and our ability to measure it. In the lab of University of Wisconsin neuroscientist Luis Populin, five rhesus macaques seem to recognize their own reflections in a mirror. Monkeys weren’t supposed to do this.

100 % Renewable Energy Possible By 2050

A major new study by WWF demonstrates that all of the world’s energy needs could be provided cleanly, renewably and economically by 2050.

Earth Hour Goes Beyond The Hour

Beyond the Hour marks the start of a new phase for the Earth Hour movement. In 2010 hundreds of millions of people across the world took part in Earth Hour, but switching off their lights was only the beginning. This year Earth Hour asks people to commit to an action, big or small, that they will sustain for the future of our planet.

Vietnam's Illegal Wildlife Trade Exposed

Over 850 pounds of illegal wildlife from nearly 20 species was just seized from restaurants in Vietnam, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society. The law enforcement campaign is the largest of its kind in Vietnam's Lam Dong Province.

300kg Of Bushmeat Seized In Vietnam

A sweep of restaurants in Vietnam's Lam Dong Province turned up hundreds of pounds of illegal wildlife products, reports the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

Horrid! Monkey Head Soup - Why Is The Question

In 1960, the estimated population of chimpanzees was around one million individuals.  Now ‘Endangered’, their numbers have dropped dramatically to only 172,000-300,000 remaining–a decline of 70-83% in only 50 years. Roughly 40% of this population is living within the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), an area where conservation efforts are greatly limited because of the nation’s dangerous, war-torn status. The fact that a large portion of the chimp population inhabi...

Bush Meat Hunting ‘threat To Wildlife, Forests’

Dar es Salaam. Experts have warned on several occasions that conservation activities in Tanzania are seriously impaired by shortage of funding, which consequently expose the country’s fantastic forests and wildlife– especially rare species– to imminent threats of extinction.

In Memory Of Irena Senlerowa

Some people save animals and some save humans.  Since humans are also in the order of primates, I decided I should add Irena's story to our website.  This lady's life story proves that 1 persons actions CAN change and BETTER this world. On Monday May 12th 2008, the death of a 98 year-old lady named Irena occurred. During WWII, Irena got permission to work in the Warsaw Ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist. She had an 'ulterior motive' .. She KNEW what the Nazi's plans were for the...

48th Annual Meeting Of Atbc

This year, the 48th annual meeting of the Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) will be held jointly with the 2nd Regional Meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology’s (SCB) Africa Section in Arusha, Tanzania on 12 – 16 June, 2011. 

Scientists In Dubai Plan 'frozen Zoo' For Cloning

From TheNational: Apr 2, 2011 DUBAI // Scientists in Dubai are keeping a repository of frozen cells they hope can one day be used to create cloned animals that can repopulate species facing the threat of extinction. Experts at the Camel Reproduction Centre, in al Aweer, are in the initial stages of putting together a "frozen zoo" of cells taken from endangered species.

Zoo Leads Effort To Map Genes Of 10,000 Animals

By Keith Darcé FROM SIGN ON SAN DIEGO Monday, May 9, 2011 at 4 p.m. Oliver Ryder, director of genetics at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, with a storage rack containing frozen tissue samples that are part of the zoo's animal genetics library. Ryder is playing a leading role in a global effort to map the DNA of 10,000 animals, including some from the local zoo, by 2015. By all measures, Eddie died young.