"Once species become extinct, no corrective legislation can bring them back—they are gone forever." -Allen M Solomon

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Goodbye!

As you might not have known, this was a student blog and sadly, my time with you guys is now over. Not to worry though, because hopefully I have provided all of the information that you need to go out there and spread the word about endangered animals! I hope that by reading this blog, you are now more aware of your actions and plan to help out our beautiful animals in the very near future. Don't forget to donate and join your local organizations; these animals are counting on us!

Thanks for this wonderful experience,
Kayla <3

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

List Of Endangered Animals


Do you know how many endangered species there are in the world? There are a whopping 10,796 endangered animals on Earth right now! Not to mention that this number doesn't even include plants! I don't know about you, but I want to make this number non-existent.

Together you and I can make a difference and help these animals. Please go to my previous suggested websites and donate or adopt. Many people don't really know how many endangered animals there really are. Help spread the word by clicking "share" below.

Here is the list of all of the endangered animals in the world: http://www.earthsendangered.com/list.asp

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Endangered Animals Video


I came across this YouTube video a couple of days ago and I found it very inspiring. I guess we don't realize  how many endangered animals there really are out there.These animals really need our help before they become extinct!

After watching this short video, I hope that we all think twice about your actions and make a difference in these animals' lives.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Top 10 Endangered Animals



According to the International Conservation Forum, in 2011, the world's top 10 most endangered animals are as followed:


1. Ivory- Billed Woodpecker
2. Amur Leopard
3. Javan Rhinoceros
4. Greater Bamboo Lemur 
5. Northern Right Whale
6. Mountain Gorilla
7. Leatherback Sea Turtle
8. Siberian Tiger
9. Chinese Giant Salamander
10. Hawaiian Monk Seal

For more information on these fantastic animals,check out the link below:

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Greater Bamboo Lemur

These funky looking animals are also known as the broad-nosed bamboo lemur. It's the largest bamboo lemur and weighs over five pounds. They eat bamboo most of the time. However, they do eat fungi, flowers and fruit.

The greater bamboo lemur can only be found in the southeastern part of Madagascar and usually live in groups of 28. So why are these lemur's endangered? Their population is slowly dying out due to farming, mining, logging and hunting.

These large lemurs are listed in The World's 25 Most Endangered Primates. That's pretty bad!

As always, you can click on this link to find out more information about these lemurs:

Monday, February 20, 2012

Amur Leopard

"It is believed that the Amur leopard can be saved from extinction if the present conversation initiatives are implemented, enhanced and sustained. "-WWF
Amur leopards live up to 10-15 years and adapt to almost any habitat as long as it provides food and shelter. What do they eat for dinner? Well, their main prey are Roe and Sika deers, wild boars and hares.

Today, there are approximately 20-25 Amur leopards living in Russia and 7-12 in China. These numbers are slowly dwindling and the Amur leopard is critically endangered. The main reason why these animals are endangered is because of the major factor that affects everyone: habitat loss. From 1970-1983, these leopards lost a breathtaking 80% of their territory due to logging, farming and natural things such as forest fires.

These leopards are also being HUNTED for their beautiful spotted furs. Can you believe this? We need to put an end to this. NOW!

Help spread the word by clicking the "share" button below or you could go to WWF's website and donate.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Rediscovered Ivory-Billed Woodpecker

"The ivory-billed woodpecker has a rare chance at recovery,but no one is listening"- David Carruth


Everyone thought that ivory-billed woodpeckers were extinct, but in 2005, a video confirmed that they are still alive. People thought of it as the equivalent of finding Elvis alive! Can you imagine walking down the street and looking at Elvis? The whole world was stunned at this new rediscovery.

Ivory-billed woodpeckers make a unique double-knocking noise when they peck at trees, (hence the name woodpecker). People still don't know how many of these beautiful birds exist to this day and did you know that their bill isn't actually made of ivory but bone?

To learn more about ivory-billed woodpeckers click below: 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Endangered Species Club


Hey guys,
I found a FANTASTIC blog called Endangered Species Club. Check it out here. It has tons of great info too. They have also posted a word cloud on endangered animals that I thought was pretty cool. It has names of endangered animals as well as how we can help and all of that fun stuff. Here it is:


You can go to the website to get a better look at it... sorry!


Thursday, February 09, 2012

Quote Of The Month

"When it comes to looking after all the species that are already endangered, there's such a lot to do that sometimes it might all seem to be too much, especially when there are so many other important things to worry about. But if we stop trying, the chances are that pretty soon we'll end up with a world where there are no tigers or elephants, or sawfishes or whooping cranes , or albatrosses or ground iguanas. And I think that would be a shame, don't you?" -Martin Jenkins

I think that this quote basically sums up my whole opinion on endangered animals. Yes, there will be times when there are more important things in our lives than animals but in the end, our world would be A LOT different if there were no animals on it. Don't you agree?Agreeing with the quote above, it would be a shame if we never saw the species that we have seen ever again.

Comment below and tell me what your opinion is on this topic. :) 

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Yao Ming Helping Our Animals

Yao Ming (Famous Basketball Player)
"Endangered species are our friends". In 2006, Yao Ming pledged that he would stop eating shark fin soup. Yes, I did say SHARK FIN soup. It may not sound like much to westerners, but in China shark fin soup is very expensive and has a honourable history. Plus, the emperors loved shark fin soup.

Today if you go to almost any Chinese restaurant, you can order shark fin soup, fresh lobsters and many other dishes that involve animals. Why do these places serve this? These dishes are usually the most popular instead of the old noodle dish. In the company's point of view, if they can make more money, I bet you they would do it. I mean, who wouldn't?

If this continues, there won't be any more of these animals left. Then what would we do? Have a world where all of the animals are extinct? I don't know about you, but I'd much rather live in a world where there are other existing animals.


 

Saturday, February 04, 2012

101 Ways To Make A Difference

How can we help our endangered animals? I found an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G website that you guys just have to check out! It has 101 different ways on how we can make a difference on our animals' lives.

Click Here --> 101 Ways To Make A Difference


Wednesday, February 01, 2012

WWF Wildlife Fund Video


Today I am going to make this post short and sweet. Global warming is affecting Everyone on Earth - including the animals.

I'm going to change things up and show you guys a video that really spoke to me.

Make sure you see this: WWF Wildlife Fund Video
*Warning, the video does have a cruel photo.*

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Mountain Gorilla

Mountain gorillas are so lucky. Their habitat is a lush mountain forest, high up in the Virunga mountains of Africa, whereas my habitat is boring Canada. I wish we could trade, but we both know the answer to that.

Male gorillas protect their families from any threats. The leader of the typical group is called a silverback. Do you see the hair on his back? Yeah, that turns from black to a silver-gray color when he matures. This process usually happens when he is 11-13 years old. Mountain gorillas spend the majority of their time eating plants, insects and worms.

Most people (including myself), sadly stereotype gorillas. When someone says "Gorilla" I automatically think of chest pounding, roaring and bared teeth, but research shows that gorillas are actually gentle and peaceful.That just goes to show you, "Never judge a book by it's cover".

These gorillas DO NOT live a peaceful life at all though. They are hunted for the sake of food or for trophies. Do you see that beautiful background in the picture above? Right now they are being cut down for farmland. Less than 650 of these gorillas are left in the wild today.

If you want to learn more about these gorillas (You know you do!) Click here.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

North Pacific Right Whale


According to the Center For Biological Diversity, the North Pacific right whale is the most endangered whale on Earth. These whales are extremely large; the average length is a whopping 18.3 meters! Over 15,000 of these whales have been killed by whalers. Yeah, that's right... 15,000.

Right whales usually travel alone or in very small groups and since there are very few of these whales left, this is a HUGE threat. When disasters occur such as oil spills, this can easily wipe out the population of these whales. Did you know that? 

Where can you find these North Pacific right whales? So far, there is only one location. It's a small area in the southeastern Bering Sea. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Hunter By: Richard Belis


the hunter,
has the gun in his cold hands,
The hunter waits for his prey,
The hunter wants to kill a harmless animal,
For what the fun?for the sport,
I don't know,
But when the animal knows its being hunted, 
it freezes on the spot, 
it sweats and can't move its head, 
so stiff and afraid, 
and he knows one shot and his whole life is done, 
so why, why kill a harmless animal, 
It only loves and is beautiful, 
just think if you were that animal, 
how would it feel knowing,
you might just die tomorrow.... 

Many animals are on the endangered species list because of us. We hunt these animals to make money for ourselves, or even for the thrill of killing. In my opinion, it's alright to hunt animals but you have to draw the line at some point. If you keep hunting, and hunting, and hunting, well there just won't be enough animals left, will there?

To all the hunters out there, think about that the next time you go on your trip.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Javan Rhinoceros


Have you ever heard of a Javan rhinoceros? Probably not because they are on the edge of extinction. There are only 40 of these one- horned mammals left on Earth and there are none in captivity. Javan rhinoceros's live in Ujung Kulon National Park in Indonesia and if a natural disaster shall hit this park, this species will be gone forever. Has this ever occurred to you?

How did Javan rhinoceros's become so endangered is the question. Humans play a big part on our animals' habitats. With our population rapidly rising, and poachers threatening to cease the existence of Javan rhino's, these poor guys don't have anywhere to go except to be gone.

With the very few rhino's that are still alive, we need to make an urgent rhinoceros project A.S.A.P. You can help save these rhino's by clicking on the link below to donate to WWF's rhinoceros project :
https://support.worldwildlife.org/site/Donation24700.donation=form1&df_id=4700&s_src=AWE1108GD90R

P.S. On WWF's website, you can adopt a rhino!Wouldn't that be so awesome if you could say you have a pet rhino?

P.S.S. If you want to learn more about these fantastic animals, be sure to check out this way cool video!
http://www.youtube.com/watchv=7dl3f8L6fAs&feature=fvst&safety_mode=true&persist_safety_mode=1&safe=active

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Asian Lion


Once upon a time, India's Gir Forest was a royal hunting ground.Thank gosh that today, they made it into a protected reserve. If not, they could've already been extinct! They used to prowl large areas from India to the Middle East. Today, an insufficient number of only 200 - 260 of these mammals survive in the wild- not nearly as many as before. Not to mention that 200 live in zoos.

Did you know that lions are a bigger, more dangerous form of your little kitten Fur Ball at home? I don't really think they look alike...but then again that's just me. Anyways, they are the only type of cat that live together in groups. These groups are called prides and they are usually made of 3 men, up to 12 women and the young ones. So basically, these prides are the same as our families. As the younger men grow up, they start to leave the family pride and make their own. They do this by taking over another group lead by a male.

How can you tell a male Asian lion to a female Asian lion,you ask? Well, the males are the only ones who have manes- the fringe of hair that encircles their heads. The job of the male is to protect their prides territory by urinating, chase off intruders and roar menacingly to warn them too. Females are the hunters of their prides.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Giant Panda

Have you ever heard the quote "Your days are numbered?". There are approximately 1,000 giant panda bears (also know as pandas) left in the wild and their days actually are numbered.This is no laughing matter guys. Everyday this number is rapidly going down because of our doings. Did you realise that?

As we continue with our everyday lives of farming, logging and developing land higher up on mountain slopes, at the same time we are killing our beautiful pandas. The giant panda species is dying out because of one major factor: habitat loss. Pandas usually starve to death because as the bamboo dies off naturally, they cannot locate another area where the bamboo species thrive. Stop what you're doing before it's too late!

Today, an organization has been formed to help save our pandas and many other endangered species. Do you want to help them too? To donate to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) please click on the link below:

http://wwf.panda.org/how_you_can_help/support_wwf/donate/

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Alligator Snapping Turtle

The Alligator Snapping Turtle is the largest
freshwater turtle in North America.












They are known as the"dinosaurs of the turtle world" and just like dinosaurs, they are becoming extinct-this time because of us. Why were they were given these names? Sharp spikes on their shells that resemble an alligator, snapping jaws, and scaly tail. That's why!

They can be in the canals, lakes and rivers in the U.S waters, but can also be found in Europe and Asia because of the exotic pet trade. You will most likely find Alligator snapping turtles in South Carolina and northern Florida. Every time you throw garbage into a river or flush chemicals down the toilet, you are personally killing these guys! 

Adult alligator snapping turtles don't have any natural predators but because of us, they are on the endangered species list. People capture and sell them in the exotic animal trade and even sadly, kill the alligator snappers to sell the meat and shells. It makes me so sad that because of what we're doing, these scary looking guys won't be on Earth with us in the future. We have to stop this now! The population is rapidly diminishing because of loss of habitat and unregulated harvesting. Do you really want that? 

Today, many places in America protect the turtles in most of their ranges but there are still some places that allow people to hunt them. These animals need our help! How can we help these animals from ceasing to exist? We can do our part in keeping their habitats clean, help restore their wetland area, try to avoid water pollution, and even organize a community day where we can clean up the streams. Think twice before you make an action that can harm many species.