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Save the Rhino

I knew that Rhinos were poached for their horns’ value.  I knew they were endangered.  I knew they were being killed by the numbers.  I knew all of this, yet the elephants being poached for their tusks, and the pit bulls being used for dog fighting seemed more important.  I did not even think twice about Rhinos, such a random yet beautiful animal.

Then I saw this photo on National Geographic:

It’s of a Black Rhino that game scouts found wandering with bullet wounds and the poor thing’s horns cut off.  They had to euthanize him.

What is happening to these animals is a tragedy and going right under most of our noses.  This needs to be stopped and there’s something you and can do to at least help out.

First, and the most obvious, is donating to organizations that dedicate their time to saving this endangered species.  A good one that I have found is Save the Rhino International.  Check them out and see how you can help.

Second, do NOT buy anything with Rhino horn in it.  The horn is used in daggers, and is used in Asian medicine.  If you’re traveling abroad, just be careful about what souvenirs and products you purchase.

 Third, tell everyone you know about the dangers Rhinos are facing.  Rhinoceroses are such interesting creatures, so dinosaur like, and it would be an extremely sad thing if they weren’t around for our children to see.

 Check out more ways you can help the Rhino here.  Also, check out National Geographic’s feature article: Rhino Wars.

Please, the word about Rhinos needs to be spread.  Be active in wildlife conservation.

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*Note: Check out the links above for more information and for my sources.  The picture above was taken from National Geographic.  The words of this article are my own: © Kalie Lyn, 2012.*

“10 Most Wanted Species”

 

Currently, I am reading The Devil’s Teeth by Susan Casey, a fascinating book about Great White Sharks.

She states in the book that in 1993, Great White’s became a protected species due to the fact that before, they were among the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) “10 Most Wanted Species”, which is a list of the 10 most endangered species in the world.

I was curious to see who is currently the “10 Most Wanted Species”, so I did a little Google search, and found a list.  Now, this list is from 2010, (I can’t find a more current one, and if you do please let me know!) but I am assuming these species are still endangered, if not even more now that they’ve been on the list for 2 years.

So, here are the 10 most endangered species (from 2010):

10: Giant Panda

There are only about 1,600 more Pandas left in the wild.  And we don’t want that adorable face to go extinct!

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9: Javan Rhinoceros

Considered one of the “most endangered large mammals in the world”, there are less than 60 of these animals and only 2 populations left in the wild.  Knowing that only 60 of them exist, is incredibly troubling.

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8: Monarch Butterfly

It does not say how many are left, but if it’s on the endangered list, there can’t be many.  It’s weird to think that an insect could become extinct (I know we all wish certain ones would!) however, imagine how sad it would be not to see these beautiful butterflies in the backyard.

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7: Mountain Gorilla

Probably the most beautiful of the great apes (in my opinion), only about 720 still survive in the wild, with more than 200 living in National Parks.  After I read the biography of Dian Fossey, Woman in the Mists, (I plan to read Gorillas in the Mist soon) tears come to my eyes just thinking about these creatures becoming extinct.

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6: Bluefin Tuna

Yes, it’s also weird to think of a fish on the endangered list, however this particular fish is “the source of highest grade sushi”, and could soon become extinct.  It does not say how many are left though.

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5: Leatherback Turtle

Turtles are pretty much everyone’s favorite animal, and I just love how serene and beautiful they are.  They are also one of the largest living reptiles, and there are only about 2,300 female Leatherback Turtles left in the wild.

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4: Magellanic Penguin

Everyone loved “March of the Penguins” and “Happy Feet”, and how could anyone imagine these cute creatures becoming extinct?!  However, “12 out of the 17 penguin species are currently experiencing rapid population decline”.

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3: Pacific Walrus

Ever seen “50 First Dates”?  Well, the Walrus is one of the “largest victims of climate change”.  200 dead Walrus (what’s plural for “walrus”?!) washed up on Alaska’s northwest coast in September 2010.

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2: Polar Bear

Unfortunately, this one is no surprise.  WWF reports that “many polar bear populations will be vulnerable to extinction within the next century if warming trends in the Arctic continue at the current pace”.  I could never imagine a world without these majestic bears.

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1: Tiger

And at #1, one of the most beautiful of the feline world, is the Tiger.  There may be as few as 3,200 left in the wild because they are poached for their body parts.  It is devastating to know that these tigers could be extinct because of the selfishness of humans.

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Whether it’s because of climate change, deforestation, or us humans, it is heartbreaking to know that our children and grand-children may not be able to experience the wonder each of these animals has to offer.  Something has to be done to protect and save these endangered species.

To read the full list, and to hear why and how to save these animals, click here.

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*Note: Click on the link above to view my sources and to read the full list of the “10 Most Wanted Species”.  The pictures were taken from Google Images.*

Link of the Day: Don’t Fake It

A man carries a fresh-cut Christmas tree.

National Geographic:  Real Christmas Trees Save Water

A Striped Thanksgiving

The biggest blessings seem to come in the smallest packages.

Five-year-old Kirana, a Sumatran tiger at the Chester Zoo in the U.K., gave birth on October 21st to three baby cubs, and on Tuesday, October 22nd, mother and triplets made their big debut.    

These three births were very special, not only because they are just so darn adorable, but because they may be one of the last glimmers of hope for this particular species of tigers.  There are less than 400 Sumatran tiger left in the wild in their home of Indonesia, and have been claimed critically endangered.

 ‘”It’s estimated that there are just a few hundred left in the wild and only around 7% of their original habitat remains, which is why these triplets are so, so important,” Tim Rowlands, the zoo’s curator of mammals, told Sky News.’  

So, while the zoo still does not know the sex of the cubs – since they’re still too small – these three cubs could be the future for the Sumatran species.  It seems that we should all be thankful for something this Thanksgiving.

Sumartan Tiger cubs at Chester Zoo

Sumartan Tiger cubs at Chester Zoo

To see the full article and more pictures of these precious blessings, click here to visit the Huffington Post.

Happy Thanksgiving All and remember, there is always something to be thankful for!

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*Note:  Click on the links above to read the full articles and to check my sources.  The pictures were taken from the source.  I, however, summarized the article (the italicized section at the top) in my own words, and the opinions, thoughts, phrases, and words in this post are my own: © Kalie Lyn, 2011.*

Now That’s A Lot of Bebés!

Yes, I’ll admit it: I’m a slight celebrity gossip junkie.  My guilty pleasure is reading People.com and seeing what’s going on in the celebrity world.  However, that was until I discovered PeoplePets.com.  Now, I’m a pet gossip junkie, if that’s even possible.

One of the photo slides I found today on PeoplePets.com was called “Doggie Duggars” and it featured the world’s biggest litters of puppies.  It’s amazing how many puppies can actually come from one litter and I thought I would share with you some of the biggest puppy litters from the article.

Button the Dalmation – Liter Count: 33

Tia the Blue Mastiff – Litter Count: 24

Dixie the American Pit Bull – Litter Count: 20

Ariel the Leonberger – Litter Count: 18

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These are just some of the world’s biggest litters.  Check out the full article to see more pictures and to hear about each dog’s story at: Doggie Duggars!  World’s Most Massive Litters 

While I am sharing these pictures and this article, and while looking at baby puppies (or anything baby) is so adorable, I am still in support for always spaying and neutering your pets.

Besides the overpopulation of dogs and cats – the fact that many are homeless, roaming the streets, and thousands are being killed because there are not enough homes for the animal’s rising population – there are many other benefits to spaying and neutering your pets.

Here are some of them:

1)  50% of dogs and 90% of cats will die if they get breast cancer (yes, even animals can get breast cancer too).  Spaying helps prevent breast cancer and uterine infections, which will help your female pet live a longer and healthier life.

2)  Neutering helps your male pet too by helping to prevent testicular cancer.  Plus, a neutered male dog will not run away in search of a mate, he will not spray in the house, and he will overall be better behaved.

3)  For the pet owners, spaying and neutering your pet is also very cost-effective.  The price of getting your pet fixed is a lot less than the price you would be paying if your pet were to have a litter.  Imagine how much money and work would be needed if your pet had a litter as big as the ones above!

These are just 3 of the many reasons why you should spay and neuter your pet.  Check out the full 10 reasons to spay and neuter your pet on the ASPCA website here.

Remember, there are animals dying out there because they can not find homes.  Prevent the overpopulation, which eventually leads to millions of dogs and cats dying every year, by spaying and neutering your pet.  Plus, your pet will thank you by leading a longer and healthier life!

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*Note: Click on the links above to check out the full articles and to check my sources.  The pictures above were taken from the article featured on peoplepets.com.  The thoughts and wording in this blog post is my own: © Kalie Lyn, 2011.*

Animal Expression

Everyone that’s read my blog by now knows that I LOVE animals!  I also love photography and catching the lovely creatures in their “natural” beautiful state. Here are some of my favorite pictures I’ve taken of animals, along with one of my boyfriend’s photos. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A close-up of an elephant at Busch Gardens in Florida. […]