conservation

Big Tusker, Tuskless elephants in Africa

Tuskless Elephants in Africa

Tuskless elephants in Africa is increasing. The iconic feature of elephants is their large off-white tusks of varying sizes. These off-white ivory tusks are not only part of their uniqueness, but they perform a vital part of their survival. Both male and female African Elephants have tusks. However, only Asian male elephants have tusks. What are tusks? Tusks are elongated incisor teeth that grow out from an elephant’s mouth. Embedded deeply in the elephant’s skull is the internal part of […]

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Eastern Quoll ~ very cute little marsupials

Eastern Quolls (Dasyurus viverrinus) are very cute little marsupials native to Australia.  Once found in south-eastern mainland Australia and Tasmania, they were declared extinct on mainland Australia in 1967. Their extinction was due to feral predators, such as foxes, feral cats and dogs. Now, they are only found in Tasmania, as Tasmania is fox free, which has ensured their survival.  A few captive breeding programs have reintroduced small populations of eastern quolls back into mainland Australia in Booderee National Park (BNP), Jervis […]

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Australian White Ibis ~ wetland to urbanland

The Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca), also known as Sacred Ibis, is a protected native bird of Australia under the State Wildlife Nature Conservation Act 1992. Harming an ibis is considered a serious offence. Sadly, The Australian White Ibis has become a very unpopular bird due to its urban migration and disturbance to the community. These birds have earned themselves several nicknames, such as bin chicken, tip turkey, dumpster diver, foul fowl, rubbish raptor, dump chook and winged rubbish rat, […]

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juvenile tassie devil in tree

Tasmanian Devils ~ feisty carnivorous marsupials

The Tasmanian Devil (Sarcophilus harrisii), also known as the “Tassie Devil”, is a feisty, carnivorous marsupial. They are the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world.  They were once found throughout mainland Australia and Tasmania but became extinct on mainland Australia around 3,000 years ago. It is thought that they were named ‘devil’ by early settlers in Tasmania due to the nocturnal screaming sounds they make.  Australia has a few captive breeding programs. Specifically, in the hope that captive breeding and release programs […]

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International Zebra Day 2021

January 31st is designated International Zebra Day. These amazing black and white striped animals definitely deserve their own special day!  Zebras (Equus quagga) belong to the horse family along with donkeys. However, they are more closely related to donkeys than horses. Native to southern and central Africa, they live mainly in grasslands and Savannahs. Characteristics Length: 2.3 metres Height: 1.5 metres tall at shoulder Weight: 400kg Lifespan: 20-25 years in the wild, 25-30 years in captivity Communication: bark, bray and […]

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Wildlife Conservation Day 2020

Wildlife Conservation Day is celebrated on December 4th every year. Not only does this relate to the protection of plants, it also relates to all animal species and their habitats. Moreover, conservation efforts are made to preserve nature and endangered species for future generations. Animal welfare definition “Animal welfare refers to the animal’s physical and mental state. It considers how an animal is coping with the conditions in which it lives. An animal is in a good state of welfare […]

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World Gorilla Day 2020

World gorilla day 2020 is the day to celebrate Gorillas. It is the same day that Dian Fossey established Karisoke Research Centre in 1967.  A few gorilla facts Gorillas are the world’s largest living primates. Besides chimpanzees and bonobos, they are our closest living relatives. In addition, humans share 95 – 98% of DNA with gorillas. Moreover, these unique primates spend much of their lives on the ground. Gorillas are gentle giants and exhibit many human-like behaviours, such as sadness, […]

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World Rhino Day 2020

September 22nd is World Rhino Day 2020. According, it is a day for celebrating and raise awareness for the world’s last five remaining rhinoceros (Rhinocerotidae): white rhino, black rhino, Indian rhino, Javan rhino, and Sumatran rhino.  Sadly, animals only get their designated annual Remembrance Day when they are almost extinct! At the beginning of the 20th century, over 500,000 rhinos roamed around Africa and Asia. Today, there are an estimated 70,000 rhinos left, of which 27,000 remain in the wild. Unfortunately, few […]

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Kamchatka wild and untamed

The Kamchatka Peninsula is wild and untamed. It measures 1250 km long and 480 km wide at its largest point. The landmass is a 370,000 km² peninsula. Kamchatka peninsula is wild and untamed. Furthermore, the peninsular juts into the Pacific Ocean and juts off the eastern coast of Russia, north of Japan, and across the Bering Sea from Alaska. Kamchatka opened for tourism in 1990. Before that, it was closed, as it was a military base for missile testing. As a result, transport, […]

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World Lion Day 2020

WORLD LION DAY celebrates one of the most majestic species on Earth. World Lion day is celebrated on August 10th. This day was designated as it also coincides with the Leo Zodiac sign. This day is to celebrate and raise awareness to save and protect lions in the wild from extinction. African lions (Panthera leo) are at the top of the animal food chain ~ their size, strength, determination, courage, and beauty make them one of the most “must-see” animals […]

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International Tiger Day

International Tiger Day 2020

July 29th is International Tiger Day 2020. It is an annual worldwide celebration for Tigers. These big cats are some of the most impressive animals on Earth. This is a day to raise awareness about their dwindling numbers and how we can all support programs to protect tigers worldwide. Tigers are not only the largest species in the cat family, but they are also one of the most iconic animals on the planet! Over a century ago, there might have been over 100,000 […]

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World Chimpanzee Day

World Chimpanzee Day 2020

World Chimpanzee Day 2020 is a day to celebrate these amazing animals while raising awareness about the urgent need to protect chimpanzees, both in the wild and in approved safe captivity. It is also a day to learn about chimpanzees, such as their uniqueness, importance, and threats they are facing.  This date is very significant. n July 14th, 1960, Dr Jane Goodall joined the Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania, to study wild chimpanzees. are honouring both Dr Jane Goodall and […]

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