Category Archives: Habitat and Species Conservation

Save the koala

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We all know this cuddly bear with its round, furry ears and big nose. They look so cute carrying around their cub in the pouch or on its back. Sadly, the Koalas are an endangered species since most of its habitat is being cleared out.

On September 29, it’s Save the Koala Day where awareness about these furry little creatures is raised so that we can help conserve the Koalas and their homes.

The habitat that Koalas need to survive is increasingly being cleared, and 80 per cent of the Koala’s natural habitat has already been destroyed which have resulted in the extinction of local Koala populations. Only less than 80,000 Koalas are remaining, possibly as few as 43,000. If this rate of decline continues then the Koala is at risk of extinction.

So to spread some love and awareness about these cute, furry animals; Here’s five facts we bet you didn’t know about the koala:

Written by Lærke Vendel Steen, visiting communications and marketing intern from Denmark.

Cute otters to celebration National Sea Otter Awareness Week

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Let’s face it:  sea otters are so cute we really don’t need a week to show our appreciation.

They aren’t just cute, however. The heaviest members of the weasel family, sea otters are also the second smallest marine mammals. Unlike other marine mammals, they do not have a layer of blubber to help them keep warm. Instead, sea otters have the densest fur in the animal kingdom, ranging from 250,000 to a million hairs per square inch, which insulates them.

Sea otters are a keystone species, meaning their role in their environment has a greater effect than other species. As predators, sea otters are critical to maintaining the balance of the near-shore kelp ecosystems. Without sea otters, the undersea animals they prey on would devour the kelp forests off the coast that provide cover and food for many other marine animals. Additionally, sea otters indirectly help to reduce levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, a prevalent greenhouse gas, as kelp forests play an important role in capturing carbon in coastal ecosystems.

So when their numbers diminished less than 100 years ago for their pelts, there were less than 2,000 on the planet. Today, however, they are making a comeback with just over 106,000 worldwide.

But forget the facts and just dive in with this cute video. (Come on, you know you can’t resist!)

Appreciating – and helping – the elephants

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Favorite animal?  In a recent unscientific poll, most people say elephant.  And no wonder! They are currently the largest land animal and so interesting!

So much so we put together a video with more information on the animal that ‘never forgets.’  (It’s true!  Find out why in this video.)

How much do you know about farm animals?

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September 17-23 is National Farm Animal Awareness Week. From goats to pigs, from cows to horses, and everything in between, we all have a favorite.

And we wondered how much do you know about these important creatures?  Ready to find out?  Take our quiz (and share it too).

How much do you know about farm animals?

Take this farm animal quiz!

Celebrating the elephant

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We recently shared the story about how the Singita Grumeti Fund is working to train dogs in their anti-poaching and conservation efforts.  So who are these dogs protecting?

The Tanzania area’s elephant population, for one.

The escalation of poaching, habitat loss, and human-elephant conflict are just some of the threats to both African (less than 400,000 worldwide) and Asian (less than 40,000 worldwide) elephants.

Working towards better protection for wild elephants, improving enforcement policies to prevent the illegal poaching and trade of ivory, conserving elephant habitats, are the goals that numerous elephant conservation organizations are focusing on around the world, including the Singita Grumeti Fund.

And it’s working. The project has seen a fourfold increase in their elephant population. That’s why on World Elephant Day – and everyday, you should consider supporting the Singita Grumeti Fund.

 

Happy Audubon Day

April 26th is the anniversary of the birth of John James Audubon (1785), an American ornithologist (one that studies birds), naturalist, and painter.  He conducted his first scientific studies from his father’s Pennsylvania estate. After trying and failing in several different types of business ventures, he concentrated on drawing and studying birds, and began traveling around the country to pursue this work.

His major work, a color-plate book entitled The Birds of America (1827–1839), is considered one of the finest ornithological works ever completed.

He is remembered as one of the most important naturalists of his era, and his respect and concern for the natural world clearly marks him as one of the forefathers of the modern conservationism and environmentalism movements. In 1886, the first bird-preservation society, the National Audubon Society, was named in his honor. Countless wildlife sanctuaries, parks, streets and towns also bear his name and honor his legacy.

And here at T4CI, we think this quote from Audubon has the deepest meaning:

 

What’s your favorite wildlife film?

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Grab some popcorn, because it’s time for T4CI’s top film picks during International Wildlife Film Week.

We all have our favorites and it’s interesting to see how diverse the selection is.

Take a look, and let us know what your favorite wildlife move is by sharing it in the comments.

Carolyn:  March of the Penguins

Kristin: Planet Earth

Kvetka: The Edge

Laura: The Bear

Jessica: The Fight for Survival

Shannon: Out of Africa

Tenzin:  Gorillas in the Mist

National Dolphin Day

Who doesn’t love dolphins!?

And since April 14 is National Dolphin Day, we’re taking a moment to honor these charismatic animals and those who help them.

What you may not know is these animals are threatened by many human-made issues: climate change, destructive commercial fishing operations, and even collisions with boats.

And that’s where many of T4CI’s projects are stepping in to help.  Find out more at http://t4ci.org/sponsored

 

 

Week of the Ocean: What do you know?

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This week is the National Week of the Ocean.  Yet we know very little about the waters that cover 70% of the earth’s surface and holds 96% of all the water in the world.

But there are things we have discovered over the years. Let’s see how much you know by taking the quiz below!

How much do you know about our oceans?

It's the National Week of the Ocean. How much do you know about these bodies of water and its inhabitants?

Habitat sweet habitat

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April is World Habitat Awareness Month. It celebrates the Earth’s diverse natural habitats, but also reminds us of their fragile nature. Not only are species endangered, so too are many of the world’s habitats.

Which habitat should you most likely should be in? Find out by taking out quiz. (And don’t forget to share your results!)

Which Habitat is Right for You?

Celebrate World Habitat Awareness Month by taking this fun quiz to find out what habitat is right for you!