'Conservation Success': Once 'Extinct' Scimitar-Horned Oryx Returned to the Wild in N. Africa - EnviroNews. (EnviroNews World News) — Gone but not forgotten, and now returned to the wild.
Five thousand years ago, as many as one million scimitar-horned oryx (Oryx dammah) grazed the steppes and subdeserts of North Africa. The white-bodied antelopes with russet necks are well adapted to this hot, arid region. As recently as 100 years ago, hundreds of thousands still roamed. Sadly, with a little help from humanity, by the year 2000 the species was declared extinct in the wild by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). But as of 2017, they are back in nature where they belong once again. Fourteen oryx from captive breeding programs were released into a game reserve in Chad in January 2017, joining an initial 21 that were reintroduced to the wild in August 2016.
In March, the Smithsonian announced that two calves had been born in the wild. The largest group of captive oryx exists in the United Arab Emirates, numbering about 3,000 animals. Victory! Major Airline Bans Shark Fins. In a major victory for sharks, China Southern Airlines has officially banned the shipment of shark fins on its flights.
The airline is the largest in China and is based in Guangzhou, a city that’s gained notoriety for serving up shark fin soup. Not only is the shark fin trade incredibly cruel and wasteful, it’s causing serious problems for shark populations around the world. Switzerland bans trade in commercial seal products. March 7, 2017 Exemption made for products of hunts traditionally conducted by Inuit or other indigenous communities that contribute to the community's subsistence Humane Society International/Canada, Humane Society International/Europe.
Success! China Announces End To Ivory Trade In 2017. In an announcement that could prove to be extremely good news for elephants in the wild, the Chinese government has promised to end its domestic ivory market by the end of this year.
Every year, thousands of elephants are killed for their tusks by poachers. Between 2011 and 2014, more than 100,000 elephants were slaughtered. The African elephant population dropped 30 percent from 2007 to 2014. More elephants are being killed than are being born. A 1989 international ban on the ivory trade has done little to stop the poaching. While other countries, including the United States and Hong Kong, have already taken stronger measures to end the ivory trade, China has been a holdout until now.
Success! African Grey Parrots Are Protected From The Wildlife Trade. Conservationists are celebrating a huge victory for African grey parrots, who are now one of the world’s most heavily trafficked birds, with news that world leaders voted to ban the international trade in wild-caught members of their species.
African grey parrots are known for their incredible intelligence that’s on par with a small child, and ability to learn and mimic human speech, but the fascinating qualities that make us want them are causing major problems for these beautiful birds. African grey parrots are native to east, central and west Africa, but their popularity as pets has caused the suffering of countless individuals who end up in the pet trade, and the demand for them has driven severe declines of their wild counterparts who are taken from their homes.
Their range in the wild has continued to shrink drastically and they’ve been declared locally extinct in some areas. Love This? Never Miss Another Story. Après 100 ans de déclin, le nombre de tigres sauvages serait pour la première fois en hausse. Selon les estimations énoncées par le Fonds mondial pour la nature (WWF), le nombre de tigres sauvages serait en hausse pour la première fois depuis 100 ans.
Most Dramatic Turn Around For Critically Endangered Species. Ten thousand years ago in the Pleistocene era, the California Condor roamed free and proud among other iconic ice age species such as the saber tooth cat, giant sloths and mastodons.
The California condor however was one of the few super-sized species that could boast of making it through the ice age. For thousands of years more, the California Condor continued to claim its throne as king of the skies, as it watched homo sapiens migrate south wrapped in animal skins and bringing with them fire and a desire to colonize the land. Victory! Ontario Bans Orca Captivity. In a major victory for animals, this week lawmakers in Ontario passed landmark legislation that bans keeping orcas in captivity and will bring improvements to living conditions for other captive marine mammals.
Under the new law, the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, the acquisition and breeding of orcas is banned effective immediately, leaving violators facing potential fines of up to $60,000 and the possibility of two years in prison. It also makes Ontario – which has more zoos and aquariums than any other province – the first province in Canada to set specific standards of care for marine mammals. While the specific details of the new standards of care for marine mammals are still being worked out, they are expected to improve a number of aspects from sizes of enclosures and social groupings to updating regulations on how animals are handled and displayed. At a recent Tedx Talk “Let’s Throw Shamu a Retirement Party!” Dr. Québec / Victoire pour les bélugas. Resté invisible pendant 66 ans, le cerf porte-musc réapparaît en Afghanistan. Après plusieurs décennies sans se faire remarquer, une espèce rare, le cerf porte-musc, a récemment été de nouveau identifiée en Afghanistan.
This new whistleblowing site wants to be the WikiLeaks of poaching. 2013 Thank You to Online Activists. Victory! EU's Seal Product Ban Upheld by World Trade Organization. In a landmark victory for seals, the World Trade Organization ruled on Monday to uphold the European Union’s (EU) ban on imported seal products over ethical concerns.
In 2010, the EU enacted a ban on seal products, with exceptions for Inuit and other indigenous communities and for products that were derived for non-commercial purposes as a result of managing marine resources. The move was challenged by Canada and Norway, which both argued that the embargo violated global trade rules and that the hunts are humane and sustainable, despite evidence to the contrary. The WTO pointed out inconsistencies and problems with trade agreements, but ruled in the end that the ban was valid because it fills “the objective of addressing EU public moral concerns on seal welfare to a certain extent, and no alternative measure was demonstrated to make an equivalent or greater contribution to the fulfillment of the objective.” Canada and the EU have 60 days to appeal the ruling. Et si le tigre de Tasmanie était toujours en vie ? Tigers Make a Comeback: Something to Roar About. In a small triumph, the population of tigers in India and Thailand has grown.
At the very end of last year, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) reported that the numbers of tigers have increased in some protected areas in those two countries, thanks in part to significant government effort. Shipping Primates for Research Slowly Becoming Taboo. Conférence d'Hyderabad: Accord pour doubler l'aide aux pays pauvres en faveur de la biodiversité. Deux ans après l'adoption à Nagoya d'objectifs ambitieux pour enrayer l'érosion toujours plus rapide des espèces végétales et animales, plus de 180 pays se sont engagés samedi à augmenter les financements pour tenter de tenir ces promesses pour la biodiversité. Au terme d'intenses tractations qui ont emmené délégués et ministres très loin dans la nuit, un accord a finalement été adopté à Hyderabad pour doubler l'aide financière aux pays en développement d'ici 2015 en matière de biodiversité.
Ces aides financières visent à permettre d'atteindre une série d'objectifs internationaux pour 2020 adoptés à Nagoya, comme la multiplication des aires protégées sur terre et en mer, la lutte contre la surpêche ou la restauration d'au moins 15% des écosystèmes dégradés. L'accord conclu samedi instaure comme objectif de «doubler l'ensemble des flux financiers internationaux relatifs à la biodiversité» vers les pays en développement d'ici 2015 et de les maintenir «au moins à ce niveau jusqu'à 2020». Point d’étape 1 « Entre nous : Sommet international de la Biodiversité : état des négociations. Biodiversité : la conférence d'Hyderabad. La France salue l’accord intervenu à la 11ème conférence des parties à la Convention des Nations Unies sur la diversité biologique à Hyderabad (Inde) Après l’avancée qu’avait représenté le protocole de Nagoya il y a deux ans, l’enjeu était que la COP 11 prolonge la dynamique en faveur de la préservation de la biodiversité mondiale et s’engage pour la concrétisation des 20 objectifs d’Aïchi.
C’est maintenant le cas et les négociations ont abouti à un bon résultat. Hyderabad marque une avancée positive sur deux points importants : - Un compromis a été trouvé, après avoir été longuement discuté, sur la question du financement sur la base d’une proposition de l’Union Européenne inspirée par la France et l’Allemagne. Conférence d'Hyderabad : « Un nouveau pas franchi pour la biodiversité » IUCN Proposes 'Green List' of Non-Endangered, Thriving Species. The International Union for Conservation of Nature looks as though they’ll be adding a positive spin to their work: Adding a Green List of species to the existing Red List of endangered species. The Green List will highlight those species which aren’t at risk of extinction, are “fully conserved” and “that exist in ecologically significant number, interacting fully with other species in their ecosystems.”
Though it somehow sounds like the intro to a piece in The Onion about endangered species, the idea, adopted at the World Conservation Congress in Korea, is intended to highlight the fact that conservation isn’t just about saving individual species from extinction, but is also about preserving intact ecosystems. Wildlife Conservation Society President and CEO Dr. Cristián Samper: “The conservation community should be giving to the world a positive and proactive vision of success: Species at or near their natural carrying capacity, as integral parts of fully functional ecosystems.” Photos - Le dauphin rose de l'Amazone déclaré trésor national en Bolivie. Photos Prove Nearly Extinct Sumatran Rhino Is Still Alive. For the first time in 26 years, seven Sumatran rhinos were filmed on hidden cameras this week in an Indonesian national park.
Some feared the critically endangered species had become extinct in the region. Experts believe there are less than 200 Sumatran rhinos left in the world, but on Thursday seven of them were sighted in the Mount Leuser National Park in Indonesia. It is the first sighting in 26 years. The group of six females and one male were caught on infrared cameras set up in the northern tip of the park. “This discovery can allay doubts over the rhino’s presence in the park,” Tarmizi, team leader of the Leuser International Foundation told AFP.
Success! Leatherback Turtles Protected In Puerto Rico! A beautiful stretch of Puerto Rico’s north coast that developers have long coveted is now a nature reserve. The new reserve makes up 66 percent of what is known as the Northeast Ecological Corridor, located just north of El Yunque rainforest, a popular tourist attraction, and is also considered one of the prime nesting sites for the endangered leatherback turtle. Thank you, Care2 Activists! Over 18,400 of you signed our petition, sponsored by the Sierra Club, asking that this land be designated as federal critical habitat for leatherback sea turtles. Pour la première fois depuis 140 ans, des bébés faucons pèlerins sont nés à Paris. Mardi, la Ligue de Protection des oiseaux (LPO) a annoncé la naissance de trois faucons pèlerins à Paris.
C'est la première fois depuis le XIXe siècle qu’un tel événement se produit dans la capitale. Avez-vous déjà partagé cet article? Partager sur Facebook Partager sur Twitter C'est en 2011 qu'un couple de faucons pèlerins avait été découvert au sommet de la grande cheminée de chauffage urbain Beaugrenelle, dans le XVe arrondissement. Spain's endangered Iberian lynx brought back from brink of extinction. Ten years ago the Iberian lynx was nearing extinction but today, thanks to an imaginative conservation programme that has brought hunters, farmers and the tourist industry under its wing, its numbers have tripled from 94 to 312. "We can't claim victory yet but now there is hope," said Miguel Ángel Simón, the director of the programme for the recovery of the lynx in Andalusia, southern Spain.
The awesome-looking Iberian lynx might not go extinct after all. If you’ve never come across an Iberian lynx, that could be because there were, at one point, only 94 left in the world. These guys live on the Iberian peninsula, have weird little beard manes and pointy ears, and really like to eat rabbits. Video - Le kakapo de Nouvelle-Zélande bientôt sauvé de l'extinction ?
Photos - Espèce en danger, le markhor est de retour au Pakistan.