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Sumatran Rhino Declared Extinct in Malaysia

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Sad news out of Malaysia. Once a primary habitat for the Sumatran rhino, Dicerorhinus sumatrensis, this country has now been declared void of this magnificent species.

http://news.yahoo.com/hairy-rhino-now-extinct-malaysia-232726584.html

When Laws Meant to Save Endangered Animals Hurt Them – Yahoo News

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I know I have been quiet on this for quite a while, but this is the main point I have tried to get across in past writings about species conservation. The most important part of conservation efforts is to give species real value. If the species is being driven into extinction due to illegal trade often the best way forward is to regain control of that trade and create a real world value for the species other than its value on the black market.

When Laws Meant to Save Endangered Animals Hurt Them – Yahoo News.

Rarest Big Cat on Earth Starting to Make a Comeback – Yahoo News

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Rarest Big Cat on Earth Starting to Make a Comeback – Yahoo News.

Endangered species: scientist discovers the cause of the decline of the technicolour Gouldian finch – ABC Kimberley WA – Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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Endangered species: scientist discovers the cause of the decline of the technicolour Gouldian finch – ABC Kimberley WA – Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

LA Times – Grand Canyon gets surprise visitor — a gray wolf

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LA Times – Grand Canyon gets surprise visitor — a gray wolf.

Weekly Update: Hunter Legacy Fund and SCI Foundation Fund Wood Bison Reintroduction

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Another example of how hunters are the greatest force for conservation.

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Liard Wood Bison, Near Coal River, British Columbia

SCI Foundation recently received a $95,000 grant from its Hunter Legacy Fund (HLF) to help reintroduce wood bison into the Innoko National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. The reintroduction of wood bison has been a long-term goal for many stakeholders in Alaska, Safari Club International and SCI Foundation. After six years of maintaining a herd of wood bison at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC), and after federal approvals have been obtained under the Endangered Species Act, the bison can finally be released into the wild. This long-term project of multiple organizations can finally be completed. 

Returning wood bison to their former range in Alaska will be a great contribution to North American wildlife conservation. Wood bison once roamed widely in North America as the largest land animal until unregulated hunting eradicated population segments, including the segment living in Alaska. Wood bison are important in their ecosystem because their unique grazing…

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‘Animal Earth’ – A look at of some of the most unknown and overlooked creatures on the planet

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‘Animal Earth’ – A look at of some of the most unknown and overlooked creatures on the planet.

Fires: Friend or Foe

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Catastrophic wildfires are now frequent events in many places around the world. Currently, there are eight American states with active fires! Some blame global climate change, which causes longer fire seasons with hotter, drier conditions.  Others would argue that fire is a natural event. But perhaps biologist and land managers can do more to reduce the negative effects.

Prescribed burning is a controversial subject, but it is also an effective tool that can be used to prevent wildfires from becoming catastrophic. Prescribed burning is the careful use of fire to manage forested areas, which reduces hazardous fuels. Hazardous fuels include pine needles, hardwood leaves, fallen branches and herbaceous vegetation which make the forest more susceptible to fires. Large accumulations of these fuels lead to hot, damaging fires.  Prescribed burns also consume trees, shrubs, and invasive species that compete with other vegetation for moisture and nutrients.

Prescribed fires enhance vegetative growth…

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Jaguars and Land Use

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The jaguar is one of the largest feline species in Central and South America, with an average adult male growing to 7 feet in length and weighing 200 pounds. Their range stretches from the southern tip of Mexico to the thick forests of the Amazon Basin.  However, the Amazon, particularly the Pantanal (a large tropical wetland spanning across Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay), is where the majority of the jaguar population resides.  Their habitat has been fragmented due to rapid expansion of agriculture, ranching and continuing deforestation throughout Central and South America.

According to Victor M. Villalobos, Director General of the Inter American Institute for the Cooperation on Agriculture, Latin America holds 42 percent of the world’s agricultural expansion potential. With growing human populations in South America and the necessity for economic stimulus, many countries are exploring new options for land use.

Agricultural practices have profound effects on biodiversity. Much like…

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Reflections by Dr. Paula Kahumbu, the global elephant lady, on the death of Satao

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This is sad news about Satao. I was in Tsavo a year ago and unfortunately did not have an opportunity to see this majestic animal. Mountain Bull, another famous large tusker from Kenya was killed recently in the Lewa conservancy of northern Kenya. We must find a way to end this poaching pandemic!

ATC News by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome

Much has been said and much more will be said in coming days about the fact that Satao, an iconic huge elephant who roamed the plains of Tsavo, was killed by poachers and his tusks, said to be the largest of any elephant at the time in Kenya, hacked out of his skull.

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This latest killing of an iconic elephant, the previous one only two weeks ago when in similar fashion another big tusker was poached in Central Kenya, exposes the rot in the establishment, which has been big on lipservice and short of action, to the point of even denying that there is a poaching crisis in Kenya. Clearly, this latest case, one of dozens in the wider Tsavo/Taita/Taveta area in recent months, demonstrates that the Kenyan government is NOT doing all which could be done and should be done to take the battle…

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