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Government officials in Botswana have said that the coronavirus pandemic has prompted poachers to be more active which is forcing officials to take drastic action. Since the beginning of March, there has been a rise in the number of Rhino killed. There is now a race on to evacuate the critically endangered Black Rhino from the Okavango Delta in Northwestern Botswana so that they don’t become victims of the poachers.
World Penguin Day is celebrated annually on the 25th April. The date is significant in that it roughly coincides with the start of the northern migration of Adelie Penguins. There are 17-20 recognised penguin species (it varies depending on different authorities division of subspecies), whose habitats can be found distributed across all the southern hemisphere continents.
The widespread instruction to stay at home amidst the coronavirus pandemic, and subsequent drop in the number of tourists, has provided wildlife, in many parts of the world, with a chance to thrive.
With schools shutting (for all but the children of key workers) and days on end confined to our houses due to the spread of the coronavirus, parents face the prospect of keeping their children healthy and entertained for a potentially lengthy period of time. The dilemma of what to do with kids when they are not in school is a familiar one for parents (albeit not usually confined to your own home), however the task of home schooling is not. Given the vast majority of us are not teachers, it is somewhat of a daunting scenario.
Last year Washington D.C.’s Smithsonian National Zoo had to say goodbye to Bei Bei the panda who was returned to China. He was flown by private FedEx plane non-stop to Chengdu. Millions of people in the US and around the world have watched Bei Bei mature into an adult either by visiting the National Zoo or online thanks to the panda cam. Bei Bei was born in 2015 and that year the then First Lady of the US Michelle Obama and her Chinese counterpart Peng Liyuan named him.
Early in 2019 52 polar bears converged up a small military settlement in Russia’s Novaya Zemlya archipelago forcing the town of Belushya Guba to declare a state of emergency. The dramatic polar bear invasion was an illustration of a widespread problem. When polar bear territory and waste intersect the bears are likely to be found muzzle deep in rubbish. That is a real threat to the safety of humans and a diet of trash is not exactly good news for the bears either.
At the end of last year, a third lion pride was brutally butchered in South Africa making it the third pride in a month. The evil poachers hacked of their heads and paws to be used for making black magic potions. The owner of the pride said his male lion and four of his lionesses were poisoned chicken carcasses resulting in an agonising deaths. The Sunward Ranch where the lion pride lives provides lion experiences for under-privileged children.
New research shows that dolphins are similar to humans in that their right-hand side tends to dominate. In humans approximately 90 per cent of people are right-handed. Gorillas also tend to be right-handed whilst kangaroos favour their left and cats also favour particular sides depending on their gender. Researchers have now shown that bottlenose dolphins tend to display an even stronger preference for their right side than humans.