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Very close to South America’s Southern tip thousands of female Magellanic penguins seems to be vanishing from their nests. This species of penguin is native to the Patagonia region of South America and when not breeding Magellanic penguins migrate North, heading towards Uruguay and Brazil where they hunt for anchovies that live in the waters of that part of the world. Over the last ten years though conservationists have witnessed a disturbing trend, some of the migrating penguins swim far too North, often hundreds of miles away from where they breed and end up getting stuck there.
Conservationists are growing increasingly fearful about the fate of the world’s only known albino orangutan named Alba who was recently released into a protected forest. Alba was discovered a year ago in terrible shape, completely emaciated and bloodied in a remote village in Indonesia. After undergoing rehabilitation, the blue-eyed white-haired orangutan was declared very strong. The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) found Alba caged, weighing just 8 kilograms in 2017 and nursed her back to health.
Since the beginning of time the people of Ladakh which is a region in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir have co-existed peacefully with nature. In fact, the people who live in this part of the world worship their environment which is unsurprising given their Buddhist heritage places a lot of importance on non-violence making hunting a non-starter for many people who live there. In contrast to the rest of mainland India where encounters between humans and wildlife end up in killing, Ladakh’s residents rarely tolerate this kind of action.
The mountain gorilla has reached a small but important milestone. The iconic species is no longer considered critically endangered and its status has officially been reclassified as endangered. This small step towards recovery is the product of intense conservation efforts. Mountain gorillas are the only species of great ape whose population is growing with all other gorilla populations remaining critically endangered. Eastern gorilla numbers for example have fallen 5 per cent this year.
The Sumatran Rhino is one of the world’s most critically endangered species. There are fewer than 80 wild Sumatran rhinos left. During the 1980’s conservationists devised a plan to save the Sumatran rhino from extinction by establishing a captive breeding program. Unfortunately, the program was a massive failure. Now a new coalition of conservation groups is hoping to learn from previous mistakes and begin fresh with a new initiative to Sumatran rhino.
In the America’s jaguars and humans have coexisted for millennia with many cultures continuing to celebrate the elusive predator. Whilst the jaguar is the largest cat in the Americas and the third largest of all the big cats, its size and charisma have unfortunately not been able to keep it protected from the impact of human encroachment throughout its range which stretches from Argentina, into central America and then the American Southwest.
So by now you will have gotten over your new year’s hangover and dusted off all those mince pies and ready for 2019 to get started. You can make this year meaningful by doing something wonderful for the world by joining WWF’s Team Panda and participating at some of the best challenge events. By joining Team Panda, you will be given awesome support at each stage of your journey as well as some very useful tips to help you train and raise money. Not only will you have a wonderful time with your fellow pandas, you will be helping keep our beautiful planet protected.
China has already established 67 reserves for the protection of giant pandas and their habitat. That in it of itself is a wonderful thing but as it would happen, the reserves do far more than simply protect giant pandas according to the results of a new study. The study says that the biodiversity contained within the reserves appear to be amongst the highest in the temperate world and are filled with many endemic species to China.