"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, April 28, 2013

Lead Bullets Still a Major Threat for US Birds

Lead bullet fragments in dead game can be lethal to one of the most important birds in the American food chain: the condor. And especially the California Condor. The California condor is still in big danger. Lead can poison the carcass of the condor's food, and when the condor  eats it, it faces the same fate as its food. The use of lead bullets should be stopped. And even better, if hunting stopped all together, many important animals in our ecosystem can be saved. If we don't stop using lead ammunition, many animals will suffer the same fate as the California Condor

Should Badgers be Culled

Culling is the killing of a specific species. Sometimes it can be good, but in this current situation, it is a cruel thing to do. The RSPCA is trying to stop the EU from doing this horrible action. Badgers aren't much of a nuisance in Europe, but the European Union is deciding on whether it should happen. What do you think? Should the culling of badgers take effect?

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Pesticides Could be a Major Reason for CCD

CCD, also known as Colony Collapse Disorder has been the cause for mass bee deaths around the world. Many people may despise bees, but those tiny pollinators play a key role in nature. No one is sure what is the cause for CCD, but scientists have many theory. One theory is cell phone signals, which interfere in a bees locating system. But scientists have found a new theory. Pesticides might be the main cause for CCD. Pesticides kill many bugs. Seems likely that this might be the key reason of CCD. A special chemical in pesticides called Neonicotinoid is the main culprit. We must be careful to protect nature's key pollinator, or the Earth may face consequences.

First Bear to go Through Brain Surgery

Champa, an Asiatic black bear has become the first bear to go through brain surgery. Champa had it done to cure her of hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus is a brain disorder when fluids swell your brain from birth. The disorder, since it's in your brain which controls many movements, can ruin many organs. Champa is still recovering from the surgery, but vets have gotten rid of hydrocephalus. This shows that we have the power to help animals. We just have to use that power.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Jurassic Park Come to Life

Can Jurassic Park come to life? Well, the answer to that is no. But can Ice Age Park come to life? The answer to that is maybe. Dinosaurs died hundreds of millions of years ago, so their DNA is very hard to get from fossils. But Ice Age creatures like the Wooly Mammoth can be resurrected. Also, many modern animal extinctions will be brought back to life, such as the Passenger Pigeon. The steps to bring back these animals are:
1) Find fossils of those animals and then find DNA.
2) Incubate and multiply the DNA with a host animal nucleus (ex: woolly mammoth and elephant).
3) Cells would start to form and multiply.
4) It will hopefully develop into an animal.

The top animals on the list are:

Woolly Mammoth (Extinct around 10,000 BC)

Gastric Brooding Frog (Extinct in the 1980's)

Passenger Pigeon (Extinct in 1914)

Thylacine or Tasmanian Tiger (Extinct in 1930's)

Pyrenean Ibex (Extinct in 2000)

Saber-Toothed Cat (Extinct around 10,000 BC)

Dodo Bird (Extinct around late 1700's)

Ground Sloth (Extinct around 10,000 BC)

Irish Elk (Extinct around 10,000 BC)