Causes

Feb 222018
 
Heartbreaking Red Panda Rescue Raises Concerns About the Illegal Pet Trade

Red pandas are unquestionably adorable, but unfortunately that could be causing them problems. A recent rescuehas raised concernsthat their cuteness is making them vulnerable in the illegal pet trade. In January, a random inspection of a vehicle by customs officials in Laos led to the discovery of six red pandas near the Chinese border. The […]

Feb 212018
 
Canada Will Ban Capturing Whales and Dolphins

Animal advocates and conservationists are applauding the government of Canada for introducing a measure that will ban the capture of whales and dolphins for captivity. The measure is included in an overhaul of the Fisheries Act aimed at restoring protections for fish and their habitat. The measure will allow the minister of fisheries to make […]

Feb 202018
 
Half of Britain’s Hedgehogs Have Disappeared, But There’s Still Hope

Conservationists are raising concerns about the plight of hedgehogs after finding that half the population has disappeared from the countryside in Britain over the past two decades. Despite the discouraging numbers, their advocates still believe there’s hope for their survival. By some estimates, there were more than 30 million hedgehogs in the UK in the […]

Feb 192018
 
7 Common Food Items Not Good for Backyard Birds

We keep our backyard birds supplied with sunflower seed and suet throughout the cold winter months. Recently my husband started to toss old bread to the birds but I was concerned that this might not be helping our little friends. As it turns out I was right. According to avian experts, throwing bread to the […]

Feb 172018
 
Fang trafficking to China is putting Bolivia’s jaguars in jeopardy

BOLIVIA — A skull rests in the hands of a hunter. It is a jaguar’s skull that has all of its teeth in place, except the four fangs that the jaguar used to sink into the necks of its prey – until Jesús shot him with an old shotgun in the Bolivian Amazon. “For the […]

Feb 152018
 
World's biggest wildlife reserve planned for Antarctica in global campaign

A global campaign is being launched to turn a huge tract of the seas around the Antarctic into the world’s biggest sanctuary, protecting wildlife and helping the fight against climate change. The huge 1.8m sq km reserve – five times the size of Germany – would ban all fishing in a vast area of the […]

Feb 142018
 
Love Baby Birds? Oil and Gas Drilling Is Risking Their Births

On top of all the other problems people associate with the oil and gas drilling (spills, air pollution, habitat reduction, etc.) there’s another one that goes underreported: it’s just plain noisy! Now we’re starting to get a sense of what that noise can do to the animals whose land has been invaded by drilling operations. […]

Feb 122018
 
Climate Change is Turning These Green Sea Turtles Female

Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef is home to one of the largest populations of green sea turtles on earth, but warming temperatures there linked to climate change are having a bizarre and worrying impact on them – they’re turning an alarming number of hatchlings female. Unlike most animals, genetics don’t determine the sex of sea […]

Feb 112018
 
How the ‘Bomb Cyclone’ Affected Animals

During Winter Storm Grayson, aka the “Bomb Cyclone,” temperatures on the East Coast dropped below those on Mars. While 21 people had died as of Jan. 6, the storm also affected animals that aren’t used to such cold weather, including iguanas in Florida, sea turtles along the Gulf Coast and even penguins in a zoo. […]

Feb 102018
 
Hundreds of flying foxes die in searing Australian heat

A colony of flying foxes has been nearly wiped out by extreme heat in Campbelltown in south-west Sydney, according to environmentalists. The Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands in Campbelltown campaign posted a series of images to Facebook showing the corpses of the animals lying in the ground, apparently after they had died from dehydration […]

Feb 092018
 
Beak fitness: New Zealand develops roadside gym for endangered keas

Bird experts in New Zealand have designed a special gym for the country’s playful alpine parrot to keep them away from some of the nation’s most dangerous roads. For the last couple of years contractors working on the road to Milford Sound in the South Island have captured footage of keas moving their road cones […]

Feb 082018
 
Lions deal blow to giraffe numbers by targeting young, study finds

Lions put a damper on the number of young giraffes that survive to maturity, according to a new study, raising concerns about a species that has recently slipped into decline. “It is thought that lions preferentially target giraffe calves in the wild, and there is anecdotal evidence of this,” biologist Zoe Muller said in a […]