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Study: Cheetah Population Dwindling

Study: Cheetah Population Dwindling | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
In 1900, cheetahs numbered around 100,000. Today, there are just 10,000 in the wild. A new study says being fast is not enough to survive.

Listen to De Capua report on cheetahs




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Monospecific landscapes are boring.  Wouldn't we all prefer to have a few more cheetahs and a few less humans?

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An Epic Move for Rhinos

An Epic Move for Rhinos | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
After much speculation as to whether or not it would happen, the South African government has made it official. They have approved moving 500 rhino out of Kruger National Park. Of the rhino to be m...
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Be sure to read Rhino Girl's closing remarks.  The possibility of corrupt intentions is very high.

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Last 250-300 Wolverines in Lower-48 Denied Protection | Defenders of Wildlife

Last 250-300 Wolverines in Lower-48 Denied Protection | Defenders of Wildlife | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it

"WASHINGTON – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today denied protections for the rare wolverine under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), potentially jeopardizing the species’ long-term survival in the lower-48 states. Although the Service proposed to list wolverines as “threatened” in 2013 citing a primary threat of reduced habitat and range from climate change, the agency today said wolverines do not warrant a listing due to uncertainty about the effects of climate change on the animals, a claim disputed by conservation groups."

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When a species' numbers get this low, there can be no denying that it is endangered.  Without protection, trapping and habitat disruption by human activity will extinguish this fine example of nature's art.  Has the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service no feelings for wildlife?


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EPA to study pesticide impacts to endangered species

EPA to study pesticide impacts to endangered species | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it

"Legal settlement requires agency to analyze effects of 5 common pesticides Staff Report FRISCO — Under legal pressure from conservation advocates, the EPA last week agreed to take a hard look at how five commonly used pesticides affect endangered animals across the U.S."

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Pity the EPA must be forced to perform such analyses.

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We’re Eating Pangolins Off the Face of the Earth

We’re Eating Pangolins Off the Face of the Earth | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it

by Alicia Graef July 31, 2014


While we’ve been focused on the poaching crisis that’s threatening the future for charismatic animals like elephants, rhinos and tigers, another species now faces the threat of extinction thanks to human appetites and could disappear before most people even hear of it.


The pangolin, which includes eight species who live in Africa and Asia, are unique little creatures in a number of ways. They’ve been described as walking artichokes and because they’re insectivores they’ve been dubbed “scaly anteaters.” These toothless animals are also the only mammal covered in true scales, which are made of keratin, and the the fact that they walk like a miniature T. rex only adds to their charm.

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Guess who's motivating the poachers:  The Chinese and Vietnamese.

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Stop South African Mine That Threatens Rhino Sanctuary - The Petition Site

Stop South African Mine That Threatens Rhino Sanctuary  - The Petition Site | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
A proposed mine in South Africa poses serious risks to rhinos, giving poachers easier access to the animals. (79263 signatures on petition)
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U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Reverses Wolverine Protection Proposal

U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Reverses Wolverine Protection Proposal | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Jeff Copeland, a spokesman for the nonprofit Wolverine Foundation and a retired U.S. Forest Service biologist, said that for Walsh to reverse the recommendation "without any new scientific evidence...
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Concerns for human recreation, development, and trapping can block endangered species protection.

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Be Their Voice!

Be Their Voice! | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Please take a couple minutes to peruse the following petitions. Sign and share, and share and share...our rhinos are counting on us. If you already have, THANK YOU, please share again. Save the Whi...
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Call for greater protection of endangered lynx in the US

Call for greater protection of endangered lynx in the US | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
New rules reduce rare wild cats critical habitat despite extending legal protection in 48 states, conservationists say
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Human demand for land for growth and profit gradually overcome the needs of wildlife.  Nature suffers gradual wasting in tiny steps.  Over times long for us, and short for Earth the beauty of nature is disappearing. We have to stay engaged--sign the petitions, send the emails, make the calls.

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Conservation groups to sue over wolverine decision

Conservation groups to sue over wolverine decision | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
A coalition of 13 conservation groups has filed notice that it will sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its decision to withdraw proposed protections for the wolverine.
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Having to sue for protection for a species that is down to a few hundred individuals should not be necessary.  Perhaps we need some new faces in the FWS.

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Celebrate World Elephant Day With 5 Great Organizations Working to Save Them | Care2 Causes

Celebrate World Elephant Day With 5 Great Organizations Working to Save Them | Care2 Causes | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
August 12 is World Elephant Day, which means it’s a great time to recognize the many ways elephants are important. After all, elephants are known as a “keystone species,” meaning that plants, other...
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Here are some elephant conservation organizations you can visit to show support.

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The future of Mexican gray wolf reintroduction program

The future of Mexican gray wolf reintroduction program | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it

"The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) with revisions to the reintroduction program for the Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi).  (Photo Credit: Tracy Brooks/Mission Wolf / USFWS). 

"Notwithstanding the fact that this should have been a full recovery plan, and that FWS has to divorce the highly imperiled lobos from its ill-conceived plan to delist gray wolves nationally, there are also some critical problems with the new proposal itself that conservationists will want to note."

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The American crocodile: A prehistoric beast on the brink of extinction

The American crocodile: A prehistoric beast on the brink of extinction | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it

"A crocodile takes a swim in Everglades National Park — but not all is rosy. There's still work to be done to maintain populations worldwide.  

An American crocodile photographed in Florida
"One of the largest of the crocodile species in the world, the American crocodile can be found in coastal areas in southern North America, Central America, and northern South America. (This one is in Everglades National Park in Florida.) They love the brackish water of estuaries and mangrove swamps, and can even be found at sea as it swims from island to island. An adult can grow to lengths of over 15 feet, and weigh as much as a ton. However, its large size also made it a target for hunting. This combined with pollution, habitat loss, and adults removed from the wild for crocodile farming all sent its numbers plummeting. While it is currently considered an endangered species throughout most of its range, it was downgraded from endangered to threatened in the United States in 2007 thanks to a small but important rise in population after protections were put in place. Unfortunately, not every country where the species is found has the ability or desire to fully protect the species from poaching."
Garry Rogers's insight:

CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, http://www.cites.org) needs more power and must incorporate the IUCN Red List (http://www.iucnredlist.org).  Moreover, the United Nations must encourage members to adopt regulatory standards for biodiversity protection.

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DiCaprio Raises $25 Million to Protect Environment | Ecorazzi

DiCaprio Raises $25 Million to Protect Environment | Ecorazzi | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Leonardo DiCaprio has friends in high places, which comes in handy when he’s trying to raise money to save the planet. The award winning actor raised $25 million on Wednesday to protect the environ...
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Again, leadership comes from outside government.  Thank you Leonardo.

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High profile supporters might Will make people think more. Good job Leo.

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Save this critically endangered bird!

Save this critically endangered bird! | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it

Less than 500 are left, but if the government steps up to increase habitat protections we could save them. (23,536 signatures on petition)

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This Francolin (Francolinus ochropectus) occupies two small areas in Djibouti in the horn of Africa.  It prefers dense African juniper habitat near the coast of the Gulf of Tadjora in the southern Sea of Aden.  Formerly abundant, the Francolin numbers were first reduced by hunting, and then more recently by destruction of the juniper woodland by livestock grazing and fuel-wood gathering.  Climate change appears to be involved too. 


The Francolin is surviving in the dying juniper woodland and in less suitable neighboring vegetation. Please sign the petition to the Djiboutian Prime Minister to extend protections back over the Forêt du Day and establish captive breeding programs for the Francolin before this rare species disappears forever.

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