South Africa: R1 Million Boost to Help Sanparks Counter Poaching

Anti Poaching Support

Kruger National Park

“Skukuza — An amount of R1 million has been added to the South African National Parks’ (SANParks) war on rhino poaching.

“Unitrans Volkswagen divisional chief executive Kevin Gillmer recently handed a R1 051 720 cheque to SANParks Honorary Rangers national executive committee deputy chairman, Louis Lemmer, in Skukuza.

“Unlike many fundraising initiatives, the SANParks Honorary Rangers utilise 100% of all money raised for counter poaching to help our rangers. We do not use donor money to fund our activities,” said Lemmer.

“Lemmer said the donation would go a long way in safe-keeping the endangered rhino population within national parks.

“As we are the South African National Parks’ preferred channel for counter-poaching support in our national parks, and as our parks are home to the majority of the world’s rhino population, this donation is important in the fight to save our rhinos,” he said.

“SANParks chief executive David Mabunda said the ongoing scourge of rhino poaching in South Africa is an area of concern to government and ordinary people in villages and cities, including corporate South Africa.

“It is therefore with great humility and a sense of pride that SANParks accepts the generosity presented by Unitrans Volkswagen. This is proof that together we can do more to win the fight against rhino poaching,” said Mabunda.

“He said rhino poaching is a crime that is undoubtedly fuelled by a thriving black market trade in rhino horn.

“Mabunda said since January this year, a total of 166 rhinos have been poached, with 111 of them in the Kruger National Park.

“It is worrying that we are still losing such a high number of rhinos throughout the country. However, the most encouraging area in this whole saga is the increasing number of arrests, which stood at 343 for the country by end last year, of which 133 were made in the Kruger National Park,” he added.

“South Africa is home to approximately 20 000 white and black rhinoceros, of which 10 000 are found in the Kruger National Park.

“This represents over 80% of the world’s total rhino population.

“Unitrans Volkswagen’s Unite against Poaching initiative has contributed R6 781 250 million to the SANParks’ counter poaching effort over the past three years, in partnership with the SANParks Honorary Rangers.”

Jaguar Habitat Protected in U. S.

Habitat for Jaguars in the United States Protected

Areas are Key to Reestablishing Rare Cats in the U.S.

Washington, DC – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at last protected habitat deemed essential for the survival and recovery of the jaguar in the United States. The long-awaited rule designates 764,207 acres in Arizona and New Mexico as “critical habitat” for the imperiled cat. The jaguar was listed as “endangered” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) throughout its range in 1972, and listed explicitly in the United States in 1997. Continue reading

Oregon wolf population grows modestly in 2013

The Oregon wolf population totals at least 64 wolves at the end of 2013-

Oregon is perhaps the state with wolves that treats them the best. An official wolf count began in 2009 when 14 wolves were detected. Since then it has grown steadily though more slowly than did wolves in neighboring Idaho.

At the end of 2013, the minimum number of wolves was determined to be 64, up from 48 the previous year.  In 2013 six breeding pairs of wolves were found, but in 2013 that fell to four.  All the wolves were in extreme NE Oregon. The lone exception is famous wolf OR-7, named “Journey” by many. He lives in SW Oregon’s Cascade Mountains, sometimes till ranging southward down into California.

The packs are named Imnaha, Wenaha, Walla Walla, Umatilla River, Snake River, Mt Emily, Minam, and  “New Pack in Catherine Cr / Keating.” Snake River, Umatilla River, Minam and Walla Walla are the packs with breeding pairs. Minam is the largest pack with 12 wolves. In 2012 the Wenaha Pack was the largest with eleven wolves. This year Minam dropped to nine,  and were not considered to be a pack with a breeding pair of wolves.

There were two new packs detected in 2013 — probably five wolves in the “Catherine Cr/Keating Units.” This is near Medical Springs on the west side of the Wallowa Mountains.  Four wolves were detected northwest of LaGrande, Oregon and named the Mt. Emily Pack.  Mt. Emily is a pair of wolves that had 3 pups last spring. Two pups survived the year.  All of the packs live in the part of the state where the federal government delisted wolves but they still have Oregon state endangered species status. Only OR-7 is in the part of Oregon where the federal government still maintains endangered species status for the gray wolf.

Most of the wolf packs are genetically related, but the Walla Walla Pack is unique, not related to the other packs.

The scattered information released on the Oregon wolves shows that those captured and weighed were all somewhat small — less than 100 pounds.

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Lemurs On The Verge Of Extinction, Primate Is ‘Collateral Damage’ Of 2009 Political Crisis In Madagascar

The puppy-eyed primates are particularly vulnerable following political turmoil following a 2009 military-led coup.

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Swedish Endangered Species Part 4 : Spiny Dogfish

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People Kill More Than 11,400 Sharks EVERY HOUR

A recent paper published by the scientific journal Marine Policy estimated that 100 million sharks are killed per year (the paper said the number could be as high as 270 million). If you’re wondering, sharks kill about 12 people per year.

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Legislative Effort to Reduce Drought Impact on California Birds

Step in the Right Direction to Reduce Drought Impact on California Birds

February 19th, 2014 · by Garrison Frost

Northern Pintail (Wikimedia Commons)

Northern Pintail (Wikimedia Commons)


p>Audubon California today expressed support for new legislation authored by California Senate Leader pro tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John Pérez to address impacts from the California drought. The legislation would allocate about $680 million toward a variety of programs to alleviate the impacts of the drought on communities, farmers and the environment that supports birds.

“California’s drought impacts everyone, and the legislative package announced today represents an effort to offer support to the hardest hit areas,” said Brigid McCormack, executive director of Audubon California. “We’re pleased to see these steps being taken to alleviate the tremendous human toll that the drought is taking on families and the economy, especially in disadvantaged communities. We’re also pleased that the bill considers urgent bird habitat needs – and would certainly like to see more attention paid in this area.”

McCormack noted that while the drought relief package offers a number of short-term solutions, it does not create the same kind of long-term problems created by legislation recently passed out of the House of Representatives. That bill would upend longstanding agreements on water policy, suspend Endangered Species Act protections and roll back the restoration of the San Joaquin River. A subsequent bill out of the Senate showed more promise, and Audubon California is looking forward to working with the authors on that bill.

California’s network of refuges and wildlife areas have been hit particularly hard by the drought and McCormack noted her organization’s interest in seeing more water allocated to these vital habitats for birds.

“Central Valley refuges depend on full allocations of water to support the millions of birds that need them for breeding and migration,” said McCormack. “Congress made a promise to these natural places that it needs to keep.”

About Audubon California
Audubon California is building a better future for California by bringing people together to appreciate, enjoy and protect our spectacular outdoor treasures. With more than 50,000 members in California and an affiliated 48 local Audubon chapters, Audubon California is a field program of the National Audubon Society.

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Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News

What is the Nature Conservation News?

VultureMy online Scoop.It newspaper, Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News began operating last September.  It presents news stories called scoops.  My scoops are mostly concerned with animals and their interactions with humans.  I sometimes scoop interesting items about writing, and I scoop the rare items of science fiction news that involve stories and books with a nature conservation theme.  This post is a request for your help with scoop suggestions.  (Visit the news). Continue reading

Arizona Wildlife Notebook Second Edition

Arizona Wildlife Notebook Introduction

Base Layer for Notebook Cover

Base Layer for Notebook Cover

The second edition of my “Arizona Wildlife Notebook” will be off to the printer (CreateSpace) as soon as I finish the cover.  This edition has introductions and checklists for 12 groups of Arizona animal species:  Amphibians, ants, bats, birds, butterflies and moths, dragonflies and damselflies, fish, grasshoppers, lizards, mammals, snakes, and turtles.  Groups in bold type are new to the Notebook.  The introduction to each group covers the group’s conservation issues and provides references for printed and online field guides.  The checklist for each group includes scientific and common names and conservation status.  I alphabetized each checklist by scientific name, and I included an index for all the common names. Continue reading