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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.
Many species in the wild can be found to cooperate, including when they hunt, raise their young or defend themselves from predators. The big question is whether the animals are strategically coordinating their behaviour or simply acting as individuals to accomplish the same goals at the same time? A new study suggests that bottlenose dolphins actively coordinate and that they learn to work together in synchronicity to solve a task or receive a reward.
Recently an American based group calling itself Safari Club International shared an image of a female big game hunter on social media proudly showing off her leopard kill. Rather unsurprisingly the image caused a great deal of outrage not just amongst animal rights activists but celebrities joined in the bashing too. Naomi Campbell expressed her horror after conservationists said they believed the big cat was the ninth largest leopard ever hunted.