Archive for the ‘Elephants’ Category

Elephant road trip

Okay, this migration has a little more uncertain path. It’s the migration of Elephants out of Africa. While the exact route is still unclear, this article at least helps us begin to map out their road.

The article is entitled “The Mammoth March: Paleontologist Are on the Fossil Trail of How Elephants Walked out of Africa  by Brian Switek at Scientific American. At this point, there are still a lot of unknown variables.

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Good news for elephants, tigers and orangutans

With all the depressing news these days about elephants, tigers, orangutans and the like, it’s nice to see some good news. It seems that WWF, the Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) and The Orangutan Project (TOP) are taking a unique approach to conservation.

They will be actively managing a former logging forest known as Bukit Tigapuluh (or Thirty Hills) on the island of Sumatra, thereby protecting rather than exploiting the 40,000 hectares of forest land’s natural resources.

You can find out more in the article entitled “Long-term Protection Achieved for the Sumatran Forest” from WWF Global via the Environmental News Network.  A big thank you to the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry. Hopefully this will be the beginning of a beautiful relationship with other groups following their lead.

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Sixth extinction

Each day I read about elephants, rhino’s, lions and other majestic beasts that human’s continue to try to elimnate yet as we enter what has been called by many as the “sixth extinction”, we find that the vast majority of species that are moving this way have actually been invertebrates.

This according to the article “Invertebrates Are Forgotten Victims of “Sixth Extinction”” by Christopher Intagliata over at Scientific American. So let’s keeping plugging along, one species at a time and as Christopher Intagliata says, if you care about this you just can’t give up.

Just as an FYI, it’s also the name of a book on my reading list, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert.

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Herbivores, Carnivores, Omnivores and Detritivores

So my youngest son and I were at the Missouri Botanical Garden yesterday for a school field trip where they talked about food chains. That’s where they talked about herbivores, carnivores, omnivores and detritivores. The last one I must admit I’d not heard before.

Unfortunately I came across an article today that talked about a recent study on herbivores and the news wasn’t good. The article is entitled “Which is most valuable: Gold, cocaine or rhino horn?” at UCLA Newsroom. If that’s not depressing enough, here’s a link to the actual study at Science magazine.

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Elephants

It seems like over the last several days I received more than a few e-mail’s on ways to help reduce the demand for ivory products which would hopefully reduce the poaching of elephants for their tusks. The last one I received was from the Humane Society of the United States.

So in honor of Endangered Species Day this Friday, I hope everyone takes the time to do something to help these majestic animals. A couple of ways you can help are by visiting the action page of the Humane Society of the United States or the Wildlife Conservation website where you can take action or watch the 96 Elephants video and help education others.

For Horton (Hears a Who)!

  

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Goodsearch & elephants

I was over at goodsearch tonight doing a little research when I came across an amazing picture of elephants running though water.

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Unfortunately, I also came across this story over at Scientific American entitled “Why Is Namibia Killing Its Rare Desert Elephants?” By John R. Platt.

I know I just wrote a  post entitled  How I Became an Elephant the other day, but I feel obliged to do what I can to make  people of the aware of their plight. These majestic animals deserve a better fate than what we are doing to them. It just breaks my heart.

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How I became an elephant

What an amazing movie. I thought about letting my daughter watch it but at this point, I’m glad I didn’t. She loves all animals and while this movie makes many powerful points, it does so with a lot of very depressing and sad footage.

If you get the chance to see “How I Became an Elephant” with Juliette West, I highly recommend it. If not, you can also check out this article over at GrindTV entitled “Elephant Abuse is Widespread in Asia” by David Strege. This is definitely a story worth telling.

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