We bring you the latest from around the World in wildlife and conservation news.
Everyone has probably seen a dolphin by now, they are easy to recognise thanks to their curved mouths that make them seem as if they are permanently smiling. Dolphins can be found in every ocean and there are 36 species of dolphin. Most species tend to be marine which means they live in oceans or along the brackish waters of the coastlines. There are some species that live in freshwater streams and rivers, like the Asian river dolphin and Amazon river dolphin.
Many states have reached an agreement that would limit the sale of wild elephants captured in Zimbabwe and Botswana. The practice is highly controversial and whilst the resolution has delighted conservationists, the African countries involved are not impressed. Wildlife experts say the vote taken in Geneva on trade in endangered species known as CITES is momentous for the species because sale of elephants to zoos has now been restricted.
The latest research conducted by Indianapolis Zoo and the University of St Andrews suggests that great apes have the ability to control their voices in much the same way humans can providing a unique insight into how human language evolved. The researchers studied an 11-year old orangutan named Rocky and a 36-year old named Kobi. They analysed how the species uses its voice to play a musical instrument. In order speak, there is a requirement to be able to have control over vocal fold oscillation.
Since the start of the new millennium, over 2,300 tigers have been killed and illegally trafficked according to a new report, that warns the big cats need more protection. Every year, an average of more than 120 tigers that are illegally trafficked are seized. That amounts to more than a couple a week since the year 2,000 conservation group TRAFFIC said in its report adding there is little respite for the species. The author of the report says the numbers are deeply concerning.
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.”