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In 2018, the Rwandan government sold tourists 15,132 mountain gorilla permits raising US$19.2 million, exceeding the $15 million raised in 2016 before the price of permits was doubled from $750 to $1,500 in 2017. The figure was released by a Rwanda Development Board official in the country’s capital Kigali. The central African state has seen an increase in the demand for tracking permits for mountain gorillas says an official spokesperson from the RDB.
The Northern white rhino is on the brink of disappearing for good. There are only two members of the species that remain, a mother and daughter both of whom live under 24-hour protection in Kenya to guard them from poachers. There are a couple of Northern white rhinos residing thousands of miles away in San Diego Zoo. Edward and his mother. Edward took his first steps a couple of months ago and created history as the first Southern white rhino born in North America through artificial insemination and frozen sperm.
The supreme court in Argentina has been petitioned to recognise legal rights of the South American jaguar. It is estimated that there are less than 20 individuals left in Argentina’s Gran Chaco region. The species is the largest feline across the Americas and used to roam as far north as the Grand Canyon. Unfortunately, its numbers have declined dramatically across the entire Western hemisphere. In Argentina the jaguar has been driven to virtual extinction as a result of habitat destruction.
Tourists visiting Beijing Zoo in China were caught on film hurling rocks at a giant panda in his exposure and the footage was posted on social media site Weibo. The video shows at least one individual throwing rocks towards the Meng Da a seven-year old giant panda residing in the enclosure. The species is considered a national treasure in the country. According to newspaper reports the video drew more than 100 million views, with one poster suggesting the tourists were attempting to “wake the panda up.”
Not every warthog lives a cared free a life as Pumbaa from the Lion King. Certainly not when there is a leopard clawing at your back. Fortunately for this hefty warthog a second leopard entered the picture providing the perfect opportunity to escape. The whole tense encounter was captured by a guide who was taking a guest out… View Article
In 1965 a man-eating lion that was featured in Outdoor Life after attacking a Kenyan hunter became famous. That lion was not alone. Many other lions desperate from a deepening drought attacked people in Southern Kenya that year. But this particular lion named Darajani had something curious about him. When he was finally killed, it was discovered that he had a porcupine quill sticking out of his nose.
The latest research has found zoonotic pathogens in wild snow leopard blood which is very concerning to people working towards the conservation of the rare big cat. The study was conducted by an international team of researchers who captured 20 snow leopards and found all but one in healthy condition. The study was conducted between 2008 and 2015 by scientists from the Snow Leopard Trust, Snow Leopard Conservation Foundation and other organisations.
Singapore will be sending several snake-necked turtles to Indonesia. The species of turtle is actually endemic to Rote Island in East Nusa Tenggara. Singapore is repatriating the species through a re-introduction program run by the Wildlife Conservation Society Indonesia Program (WCS-IP) and Wildlife Reserve Singapore. The turtles will be shipped to Indonesia over the next few months and have been bred by a variety of conservation organisations.