We bring you the latest from around the World in wildlife and conservation news.
South Korea has announced that they plan to kill endangered whales using a loophole in the International Whaling Commission (IWC) treaty, for ‘scientific whaling’. This proposed move has drawn widespread criticism from across the globe, with the hunt seen by many as totally unnecessary and unacceptable.
WWF charity officials are becoming increasingly concerned as the extremely rare Saola, or ‘Asian Unicorn’, gets pushed closer to extinction due to poaching in Vietnam and Laos. This beautiful creature, which was only discovered 20 years ago, is very similar to the antelope. It has two parallel horns and lives in the remote, mountainous region that splits the two countries.
It’s World Turtle Day on Wednesday 23rd May 2012, offering you the perfect opportunity to adopt one of these beautiful creatures with WWF UK. Over the past 200 years, an astounding six of the world’s seven species are now on the endangered list or vulnerable.
WWF charity representatives have reported that up to a third of the world’s 63 legally protected tiger sanctuaries areas only just maintain their minimum protection requirements. At the 2010 ‘Tiger Summit’ in Russia, the Tiger Range Governments committed to doubling the number of wild tigers by 2022, but this looks a long way off if the designated refuges are not being run properly.
WWF charity officials are concerned that a court case against a gang suspected of killing 20 Rhinos in South Africa, has been postponed.
WWF charity officials are pleased to see the opening of a new national park in Russia that has been set up in an effort to save the world’s rarest cat – the Amur leopard. There are believed to be only 30 left in the wild today, with the majority now living within the new Land of the Leopard National Park in Russia.
WWF charity officials were over the moon when one of their night vision camera captured a snow leopard going about it’s business in the Wangchuck Centennial Park in Bhutan, India’s largest protected area.
Truly amazing scenes last week, as WWF charity officials floated an 11 metre Western Grey whale down the River Thames to highlight the plight of one of the world’s most endangered species. With as little as 130 whales left on the planet, the Western Grey is becoming extremely close to extinction unless something is done immediately.