"It is that range of biodiversity that we must care for - the whole thing - rather than just one or two stars."
-David Attenborough
Questions? Email me, Ronak Sathyanarayana, at ronaks@goanimals.org.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Factory Farming in 60 Seconds Flat

Peta has put this video on their blog. They have put this to show what goes on in factories to create animal products. Please watch this video.

Please spread the word and show what really goes on to make animal products.
Here is the link to their actual post on their blog.

Shark Finning Ended in Europe

The European Parliament announced that shark finning would come to the a stop. Shark finning is a very sad time for sharks. Finners would cut multiple fins off a shark, and they would die, but if they did survive, they wouldn't be able to move, and they would be immobile in the water. Shark finning was originally allowed to fisherman with special permits in 2003, but now it is banned. Oceana helped out with this decision. Shark fin soup is banned in Europe. Shark fin soup is the main cause of shark finning. But now sharks may have a chance. It is our job to help prevent shark finning in other countries.

Orangutan Resurrection?

Amazingly, an Orangutan that had been shot 104 times by air gun pellets was saved. The female Orangutan Aan was brought for surgery and people had successfully removed 32 of the pellets. The orangutan was brought for rehabilitation, and is currently recovering.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Lonesome George Isn't The Last of its Kind?

Months ago, Lonesome George, the last of the Galapagos Tortoise died. We thought that the great Galapagos Tortoise was extinct, but we are wrong. Scientists have found other Pinta Tortoises to have common DNA. Scientists believe that around the time the Galapagos Tortoise was getting in trouble, evolution formed a new species. This species is technically, also Galapagos Tortoises. The great and mighty Lonesome George, may not even be Lonesome after all. The tortoise has risen They might have a bit of hope left

The Most Legged Animal Has Been Found

The most legged animal lives right here in Silicon Valley. Illacme plenipes is the name of the millipede. The female millipede has 750 legs and the male millipede has 550, but it is about the size of a pinky and usually, millipedes have 80-100 legs, not 750. This bug was first recorded in 1928, but went unrecorded for 84 years. But now, it has been found again. Even stranger, this bug makes its own clothes. The millipede spins silk, and coats itself in it. This bug has fascinated scientists, and scientists are starting to look into the life of Illacme plenipes.

Tasmanian Devils Get a New Home

Facial Tumor Disease, which is contagious in Tasmanian Devils, is deadly. If affected, it can die, and spread the disease. In order to protect he endangered Tasmanian devil, the unaffected ones will be sent to a nature preserve far away from the infected ones. By sending the healthy ones away from the island, they are isolating the disease to a limited amount of Tasmanian Devils. Soon, the Tasmanian Devil will become populated again.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Endangered Animal Clones

In Brazil, scientists are starting to take action to save "at risk" animals. They will be cloning them. Scientists will be cloning Black Lion Tamarins, Maned Wolves, Jaguars, and a few others. They have over 400 DNA samples and are going to start cloning soon. Since cloning won't create a diverse group, the clones will only be in captivity, since they pose no use in the wild. Once the population is diverse, he clones will be let loose in the wild. This idea might help animals get out of the "danger" zone.

Croc Jaws Have More Than Strength

New research shows that a Croc jaw not only is super powerful, but it is also super sensative. In fact, it's even more sensitive than human fingertips. The master of surprise, which is mastered by crocodiles, is caused by super sensitive bumps on the snout and all around the mouth. So, if anyone puts anything in a Croc's mouth, it's gone.

The Result of Sandy

Hurricane Sandy has not only left humans stranded and in danger, it has left many animals stranded. The coastal birds were hit the hardest. When the hurricane hit, the birds were very confused and many had leave their nest and children. A lot of birds flew towards the south to keep away from the storm. But, some birds were hit hard, especially those who have nests on the ground or in holes. The endangered Barrel Owl and Piping Plover live on the ground. The birds didn't drown, but they were left in a tricky situation. It is our job to help not only the people who got hit, but also the helpless creatures.