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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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