"It is that range of biodiversity that we must care for - the whole thing - rather than just one or two stars."
-David Attenborough
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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Biggest Crocodile in Captivity Dies

Lolong, a 20.14 ft. long and 2370 pound saltwater crocodile, died at Bunawan Eco-park and research center in the Philippines. Lolong was captured in September of 2011, and when he was measured, he was put in the Guinness World record book as the largest crocodile in the world (the previous record was an australian saltwater crocodile that measured 17.97 feet long). No one knows the cause of Lolong's death. It is very sad that this mighty animal has died, but it is also sad that it lived in captivity. Animals deserve to live free and in the wild. So long, Lolong.

Endangered Sharks Return to Bahamas

The endangered Oceanic White-tip Shark, named for their unique white marks at the end of their tail,  are currently returning to their seasonal home in the Bahamas. They are headed to a marine protected area to help the sharks. These sharks have very powerful jaws and muscles and can be dangerous to humans, but there are very little attacks on humans by these sharks. These sharks are one of the most endangered of all the sharks. We need to help these animals. Not just this shark, but all the animals that are in trouble.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Poaching Spikes in Gabon

Poaching is very cruel. Thousands of animals die every year from poaching. But in Gabon, elephant poaching has reached its highest in 20 years. 11,000 elephants have died of poaching in Gabon since 2004. Gabon is home to half the amount of elephants in Africa. On the downside, elephants are highly prized for their tusks. Poaching is very high in Gabon currently. Although the government has put many laws against poaching, they are failing, and poaching keeps coming back. Most of the tusks have been going to illegal asian products such as jewelry and other ivory products. Poaching is very serious and must be put to an end, and it will be very crucial if we want to protect the african elephant.

UK Stops Shipment of Big Cats to Circuses

Circuses are made for entertainment. But, when there are animals that have been treated cruelly and forced to do stupid tricks, the show turns from entertainment to torture. Luckily, Uk has stopped using big cats in circuses. GBC, the Great British Circus, was the last to go into effect. But, not animals are taken out from circuses. Two circuses still use animals. Not using big cats is a start. But we still need to stop circuses from using animals. What do you think? Should animals be used, or should we get rid of them from circuses, and let them return to their natural lives?