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Australian documentary Save This Rhino, with Outback Wrangler Matt Wright and cricketrs Kevin Pietersen and Graeme Smith profiles the world’s critically endangered rhinoceros population in South Africa, on National Geographic.As Matt Wright explains, it is these kinds of solutions, along with empowerment of the local community, that can help save the world’s rhinoceros population: “As a conservationist, filming this series reinforced my belief in the importance of protecting the environment. Rhinos are one of Africa’s ‘Big Five’ and imagining a world without them is almost beyond comprehension. And yet it’s a frighteningly close reality. “The work that is being done...

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Did you know there are only approx 415,000 African elephants remaining in the wild?  These magnificent animals have a lifespan of 60-70 years, weigh 2-7 tonnes, and their size is up to 4 metres.  The female elephants, the cows, give birth to only one calf every 3-6 years so the elephant regeneration rate is 5-6% annually.  Did you also know that the greatest predators of these majestic animals are human beings and that the rate of poaching is 8-9% annually of their population, resulting in a net loss to their numbers each year.  At the current rate of poaching, the...

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With less sea ice, there is burgeoning interest in shipping and other commercial activity throughout the Northwest Passage – the fabled route that links the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, via Canada’s convoluted Arctic archipelago – as well as the Northern Sea Route, which cuts across Russia’s northern seas. This trend has serious potential impacts for Arctic sea life. We found that more than half (53%) of marine populations – including walruses and several types of whales – would be exposed to vessels in Arctic sea routes. This could lead to collisions, noise disturbance or changes in the animals’ behavior.Arctic seas...

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This animal is one of my favourites! The weighty creature has a large carapace or shell and inhabits tropical coastal waters like those around Zanzibar (as seen in photos above at a conservation location in Nungwi). Most turtles travel large distances of 10,000 miles or more to feed and nest on sandy beaches. Every 2-4 years, the Green Sea Turtles mate and choose an area to lay their 100-200 eggs in a deep pit. Unfortunately, after two months when the eggs begin to hatch, predators such as crabs and gulls prey on the hatchlings attempting the journey back to the...

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We can’t all be pandas! Most of the worlds donations to animal conservation charities goes to the most commonly known, and widely loved species. However, there are plenty of other species who also deserve our help. For example, the Saiga Antelope, the Red-faced Bald-headed Uakari, or the Purple Pig-nosed Frog. The Saiga Antelope is hunted for its unusual horns (US$150) which are used in Chinese medicines, photographed for its bizarre nose, and killed during their mating practices which are so exhausting that the male often passes away. As it stands there are 100 females to 1 male. Conservation efforts are...

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