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Another Species Taken Off Endangered List

Most Humpback Whales taken off endangered list

Earlier this week, we talked about how the Giant Panda was no longer on the endangered list. Well even more good news this week for all animal lovers. Most Humpback Whales join the Giant Panda, and have been taken off the endangered list. All Humpback Whales were listed as endangered by the US Government back in 1970. Commercial whaling was the cause of the dwindling number of humpback whales.

However nowadays Humpback Whales are grouped into 14 distinct populations. After a scientific review, nine of those populations no longer need to be on the endangered list. Angela Somma, Chief of the Endangered Species Division, said that “Most of the Humpback Whale populations have increased, and increased substantially from where they were.”

Whales still considered endangered include populations in Central America, off northwest Africa, in the Arabian sea, and in the western north pacific, and a population near Mexico. For the Whales that are no longer considered endangered, nothing will change. They will still be covered under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and under the International Whaling Commission Moratorium on hunting them. This was imposed in 1982, and will remain in effect.

Somma said “That many of the day-to-day protections and activities will continue to occur.” Officials have filed regulations about how close a vessel can come to whales, and about maintaining proper distance. Collisions with ships are a danger to whales. They also face fear of getting tangled in ships nets. There have been 40 reports off the west coast just the first half of this year.

A humpback whale surfaces next to a boat off the coast of Gloucester, Massachusetts.
(Elise Amendola/Associated Press)

Just like the Giant Pandas, international efforts have succeeded in saving another species from certain extinction. Hopefully efforts like this can continue, and the rest of the Humpback Whale population can follow, and even more endangered animals join the formally endangered family.

Sources: Associated Press

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The Giant Panda Is No Longer Endangered

The Giant Panda Is No Longer Endangered

Good News And Bad News For Animal Lovers

The Giant Panda population has rose 17 percent from 2004 to 2014, allowing the IUCN to downgrade from endangered to vulnerable. The Giant Panda population in the wild in China has grown from 1,596 in 2004 to 1,864 in 2014.  An intensive campaign to save them has been underway since the 1970’s.

The trading of panda skins was banned in 1981, and a wildlife protection law was enacted in 1988. The law banned poaching and conferred the highest protected status to the panda. The Chinese government even partnered with international nongovernmental organizations and Zoos to spread research and conservation, and breeding efforts. Recently 19-year-old Lun-Lun gave birth to twins at the Atlanta Zoo.

However, the rise in the Panda population in the China wild seems to come from reforestation and forest protection efforts. However, climate change still threatens 35 percent of the bamboo Habitat. Which is why the Giant Panda is now listed as vulnerable, with the chance of extinction.

WWF Director General Marco Lambertini said “The recovery of the Panda shows that when science, political will, and engagement of local communities come together, we can save wildlife and also improve biodiversity.”

However even with the good news about the Giant Panda, there are still so many species at risk. Climate change is a serious threat. However the pandas are a good example of how we can all come together to save others species.

Sources: IUCN

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This Viral Video #DeputiesLoveBabyOwls has been viewed more than 1.8 million times

Video of a Boulder County deputy with an owl at a Colorado campground has gone viral after it was recently posted online by the Sheriff’s Office.

A Boulder County Sheriff's deputy encountered a baby owl on July 23, 2015. This photo, along with a video, was posted to the office's Facebook and YouTube pages the following day.

A Boulder County Sheriff’s deputy encountered a baby owl on July 23, 2015. This photo, along with a video, was posted to the office’s Facebook and YouTube pages the following day.

The sheriff’s deputies encountered the young Northern Saw-whet Owl while they were driving near a campground last Thursday, the office wrote on its YouTube and Facebook pages.

This type of owl is common but usually tends to keep to itself, they are also nocturnal.

But on this occasion, the baby owl was standing in the middle of a trail during daylight hours.

In the video, a female deputy can be heard talking to the owl, which in turn seems startled by her sounds and makes noises back at her.

Audubon.org noted that the owl is usually silent but they do communicate using a series of tooting whistles, normally only heard during the late winter and spring.

In the three days since it was posted to YouTube, the video — which was hash tagged #DeputiesLoveBabyOwls — has been viewed more than 1.8 million times. On Facebook, it received more than 1,000 likes and has been shared more than 1,200 times as of Monday morning.

 

The owl eventually safely flew away, according to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office.

“Dear, viral video shooters of the world. Use your phones like gangsters in movies use guns. Thank you! Forever Black Bars!” :D – Love Bruno

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Hippo Escaped From City Zoo

Animals Escaped Zoo in Tbilisi Georgia flood

Animals Escaped a Zoo in Tbilisi, Georgia flood

Several animals escaped a zoo in Tbilisi, Georgia after heavy rainfall and flash floods overnight.

Some other animals have also been captured, but it remains unclear how many are on the loose.

Authorities asked residents to stay indoors while the search for the animals goes on.

President Giorgi Margvelashvili promised that rebuilding would quickly begin.

Finance Minister Nodar Khaduri has estimated the damages from the flood are already over $18 million in cost.

Over one million people live in Tbilisi, Georgia.

 

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