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Wow! Goosebumps! Can't wait to watch this documentary. #Repost @vetpaw (@get_repost)
Witness the account of how a small group of veterans put their diverse and superior skills to use in an effort to curb elephant poaching and the illicit trade of ivory in Tanzania.
Catch episode two on Tuesday the 19th of September on Animal Planet, at 10pm EST
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"The South African Police Service announced last week that 18 suspects were recently arrested and one fatally wounded while five others involved in rhino poaching were found guilty and sentenced.
Suspects have been arrested in Skhukuza, Hluhluwe, Barberton, KwaMsane, Nongoma and Gluckstadt. Two rhino horns, eight unlicensed firearms, ammunition, two silencers, a scope, an axe, a knife, two cellphones and two motor vehicles were recovered during the various operations." 📷 Unknown
Full article: https://lowvelder.co.za/406067/day-rhino-celebrated-amidst-justice-poaching/
A fine white rhino specimen in the Mkuze game reserve, KZN, South Africa. Were it not for the foresight of conservationists such as Ian Player and colleagues who realized that wildlife must be given a value in order to survive, there would be no discussion about the rhino's future today. They would have disappeared in the 1970's.#sustainableutilization#poaching#gameranger#wildlifeconservation#worldrhinoday #
Western Lowland Gorilla:
(Gorilla gorilla gorilla)
Distribution: Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Habitat: Rain Forest.
Conservation Status: Critically Endangered.
The western lowland gorilla is one of two subspecies of the western gorilla that lives in montane, primary and secondary forests and lowland swamps in central Africa in Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. It is the nominate subspecies of the western gorilla. Western lowland gorillas primarily live in rain forests, swamp forest, brush, secondary vegetation, clearing and forest edges, abandoned farming fields, and riverine forests. They live in primary and secondary lowland tropical forests that have elevations that extend from sea level up to 1,300 meters. In tropical forests, gorillas are hunted to provide meat for the bushmeat trade. Logging also destroys gorilla habitats. Although logging diminishes gorilla habitats, it may also provide for increased herbaceous vegetation as a result of gaps in the tree cover. Destruction of gorilla habitat may harm the overall forest ecosystem. Western lowland gorillas are seed dispersers, which mean they carry seeds from one place to another, and this trait is beneficial to many of the animals in the forest. Therefore, if there are no western lowland gorillas to disperse the needed seeds to other animals, not only will the gorillas become extinct but so will many other animals, which could over time destroy an entire ecosystem. #gorilla#westernlowlandgorilla#worldgorilladay#illegalwildlifetrade#poaching#endpoaching#endangeredanimals#endangeredspecies#bushmeattrade#wildlife#conservation#wildlifeconservation#deforestation#ape#primates
Eastern Lowland Gorilla:
(Gorilla beringei graueri)
Distribution: Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Habitat: Lowland Tropical Forest.
Conservation Status: Critically Endangered.
The eastern lowland gorilla or Grauer's gorilla is a subspecies of eastern gorilla endemic to the mountainous forests of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Important populations of this gorilla live in the Kahuzi-Biega and Maiko National Parks and their adjacent forests, the Tayna Gorilla Reserve, the Usala forest and on the Itombwe Massif. It is the largest of the four gorilla subspecies. It has jet black coats like the mountain gorilla, although the hair is shorter on the head and body. The male's coat, like that of other gorillas, turns silver at the back as the animal matures. There are many more western lowland gorillas than the eastern variety; compared to over 100,000 western lowland gorillas, there were only about 5,000 eastern lowland gorillas in the wild in a 2004 report and fewer than 3,800 in a 2016 one. Gorillas spend long hours feeding on plant matter every day. Groups are stable apes as they stay together for months and years at a time, much like the structure of a family. In comparison to the Western Gorillas, groups of eastern lowland gorillas are usually larger. Threats to the eastern lowland gorilla's survival include: poaching, mining, civil unrest and agriculture. Most parks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are insecure areas restricting the access of park rangers. Although park rangers are trained to stop illegal hunting. Government funding of the park was stopped. Conservation groups WWF, International Gorilla Conservation Program and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (German development agency) have funded the guards for the past several years. #gorilla#easternlowlandgorilla#worldgorilladay#poaching#endpoaching#primates#ape#endangeredanimals#endangeredspecies#bushmeattrade#wildlife#conservation#wildlifeconservation#deforestation#illegalwildlifetrade
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Trimming #Rhino horns may be controversial but I can confidently say that a Rhino without its horns is better than a dead Rhino and we should be thankful for @rhino911npo for helping to protect one of Africa 's most important #mammals . And it's not painful at all, just like trimming your fingernails 😉🦏____________________________________________________
Rhino's horns are indeed one of their adaptations for fending predators, competing for mates, protecting young, digging, and breaking branches for food but that's not their only means of survival and they survive without them. Remember, Rhinos other adaptations for survival include their massive size, heavily armored bodies, incredibly strength, and impressive speed for their size (>30 mph (almost 50 km/hr), much faster than people)! 🦏____________________________________________________
And FYI their horns are simply made of keratin. The same organic material as hair, fingernails, bird beaks, turtle/tortoise shells and more importantly they serve NO, ABSOLUTELY ZERO, medical purposes. Unfortunately, certain #Asian cultures believe that consuming Rhino horns can improve your libido and even cure diseases like cancer...there is NO scientific evidence of this because it is NOT TRUE. 🦏____________________________________________________
Regardless, many ignorant people are willing to pay $30,000/pound for Rhino horn and that black market drives #poachers to slaughter Africa's Rhinos just for their useless keratin. Please help amazing #conservation organizations like @rhino911npo that work to stop #poaching and save Rhinos lives (link to donate in bio). 🦏____________________________________________________
I'll be matching donations personally over this weekend because I'm passionate about saving this species and I know our money is going straight to the Rhinos in need. Thank you for viewing, thank you for caring, and a big thank you for donating if you can 🙏 Much love ❤️🦏. Btw, this Rhino was trimmed at @mankwereserve in SouthAfrica .
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#WorldRhinoDay 🦏💔 .
This image is from this disgusting page but be warned it's very upsetting content ➡️ @spitskopsafaris 😞
So @Instagram took down my kind #AnimalRights page yet happily leaves all these depraved pages up that showcase the evil decimation of our beautiful #Wildlife ?
People think we're losing rhinos because of #Poaching for their horns, which is true but let's also not forget that trophy hunters, especially from the US like members of the Dallas Safari Club, are STILL legally going to Africa and killing them for 'fun' and calling it #Conservation 😢 Rhinos are #WorthMoreAlive
Photo #Repost @spitskopsafaris who wrote: Another beast of a Rhino bull hunted by one of our US clients today that brought in more revenue for conservation than any "PETA" member would ever donate. Well done Sir and thank you for what you are doing for conservation. Book your 2018/2019 African Big Game Hunting Safari with us now, we do it all!!!
Grauer’s gorilla (Gorilla beringei graueri), a subspecies of eastern gorilla, the world’s largest #ape , and confined to eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, has been listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Few Grauer’s gorillas exist in captivity and if this ape becomes extinct in the wild it will be effectively lost forever. This listing also means that the two gorilla species (eastern and western gorillas) and four gorilla subspecies (two for each species) are all Critically Endangered.
The WCS and FFI surveys documented that Grauer’s gorilla has declined by at least 77% over the past 20 years using three methods of estimation. The main cause of the decline is hunting for bushmeat, which is taking place around villages and mining camps that have been established by armed groups deep in the forests in eastern DR Congo. The mines are set up in remote areas to provide the financing for weapons to continue the armed struggle by these groups. Being deep in the forest to avoid detection, they are also in the areas where gorillas have tended to survive because of the remoteness and distance from villages and roads. (Souce: voices. nationalgeographic.com)
@thewcs @gracegorillas @savinggorillas #WorldGorillaDay
Rp from @endextinctionintl - Today is the first ever World Gorilla Day! 🦍
#DidYouKnow there are 2 species of Gorilla? The Eastern Gorilla (2 subspecies) and the Western Gorilla (2 subspecies). Gorillas are the largest primates in the world, with males reaching up to 200kgs/440lbs in weight!
They live in small family groups consisting of a dominant male, several females and their offspring. Females only produce 1-2 young every 3-4 years, and only 3-4 young over their entire lifetime.
Gorillas are native to Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Nigeria.
They were upgraded on the IUCN Redlist to Critically Endangered in 2016.
Main threats to Gorillas are:
* Illegal poaching for bushmeat
* Human conflict
* Habitat destruction and degradation
* Climate change
* Weak law enforcement * Civil unrest
You can help save Gorillas:
* Don't throw away a good thing- if your mobile/cell phone, tablet or MP3 player is still in good condition and still does the job, won't throw it away for the newest one on the market. One of the biggest threats to Gorilla habitat is Coltan mining. Coltan is used in the production of these devices, and the more we increase the demand for them, the more habitat Gorillas lose. If you do buy a new device, recycle your old one! The Coltan in old devices can be recycled and put into new devices, reducing the need for mining.
* Do not support bushmeat trade, and report any suspicious activity to local and international authorities.
* Reduce your carbon footprint and support green energy and products
* Support ecotourism such as Gorilla treks
* Donate to @savinggorillas
From @savinggorillas - It only takes a minute with Ishemwe to see the importance of protecting all gorillas and their habitats. #WorldGorillaDay Protect their future ---> http://dfgfi.org/protectgorillasfuture
Young Male Lion
23rd September 2017
Young male lion carrying a snare around its neck.
Thank you to Paul de Montille of DART for attending to this situation at such short notice and ZPHGA members for responding to cover fuel costs for Paul.
Lion was darted, a copper wire snare(Most likely old telephone wire) removed and lion treated.
It is commonplace for lions of this age to be pushed out of prides and become nomadic. Ranging out of protected wildlife areas in search of food and to avoid mature territorial males, they all to often fall victim to illegal wire snares laid for smaller ungulates, as they are attracted by the struggles and/or smell of decay of animals trapped in snare lines that can stretch for kilometres and contain hundreds of snares.
1. Who is Anti-Poaching in the Deka area?
2. Is the notorious Bill Taylor involved considering he now lives in Deka
A drawing of An African elephant.
Africans regard the elephant as the king of the forest. Nigerian is one of the areas you can find elephant, though not has concentrated as those is Kenya. Hunters in this part of the world are very superstitious. They believe before u can have the boldness to engage an elephant during hunting, there must be some certain ritual which must b carried out before and after, it's death. Hence, the encounter with elephant is most time avoided. Elephants are hunted only when the hunters are required to perform a certain ritual to mark the death of a war lord, or head of the hunters. It is important to note that before the high demand for elephant's tusk for ivory, by the foreigners, African hunters don't just kill in the wild for commercial purposes. It is mainly for their consumption. And it is not an every day activity. For the fact that some certain rites and rituals needed b carried out before engagement, this simply serves as a regulatory measure that preserves animals especially the big and the strong ones. African believe there are spirits that control the animals wild, and these spirits needed to b appeased. The Yoruba, so much respect elephant. An elephant is referred to as a mountainous hill, to as "Ajanaku"(a mighty monster that could not be Subdued), they also refer to elephant as a " Demon flapping the fans of War." If not for foreign demand for its tusk for making ivory, there existence wouldn't have been threatened by poachers.#drawing#ink#elephant#african#tusk ,ivory#poaching#stoppoaching#stopkillingelephants#preservethewild #
Today is #WorldRhinoDay ! 🦏 Rhinos are majestic, iconic animals that many of us want to see protected and thriving in their natural habitats. Tragically, all species of rhino are critically endangered, and black rhinos have officially gone extinct. This is because rhinos are hunted for their horns in many parts of the world 🌎.
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) is an international agreement between governments that aims to put an end to the illegal trade of endangered plants and animals. Because the trade in wild animals and plants crosses borders between countries, the effort to regulate it requires international cooperation to safeguard certain species from over-exploitation.
While the ratification of CITES in 1975 was an important legal step towards better protecting endangered species, nation states must do more to police exotic wildlife trade within their borders, and meaningfully enforce the agreement ⚖️.