Arkive’s Week in Review — Wildlife News
ICYMI: Arkive has compiled some of the biggest and most interesting headlines from this week.
Article originally published on Friday, May 8, 2015
Researchers find treasure trove of unique, threatened animals in Philippine forest
Researchers are attempting to declare Palawan’s Cleopatra’s Needle Forest Reserve a critical habitat. To be considered a critical habitat the area must support high biodiversity and the animals and plants that live in it must be threatened. Some of the unique species in Palawan include the Palawan bearded pig and the Palawan hornbill.
Article originally published on Saturday, May 9, 2015
Black bears chase visitors in Yellowstone National Park
A black bear and her three cubs surprised tourists last week when they appeared on a bridge lined with sightseers. Jack Hanna, director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo, said that “It’s a beautiful animal we can all enjoy. It’s their home. Treat them with respect…”
Article originally published on Sunday, May 10, 2015
Threat of listing the sage grouse as endangered may be enough to protect the bird
Simply mentioning the consideration of listing the greater sage grouse as endangered has been enough to raise $424 million since 2010 for restoration and 4.4 million acres of habitat have been conserved. A loss of habitat and fragmentation has been the primary cause of their decline.
Article originally published on May 11, 2015
Rhino poaching continues unabated in South Africa
South Africa has already lost 393 rhinos this year. Eighty percent of the world’s rhino population resides in South Africa. Crime syndicates appear to be responsible for the poaching fuelled by a demand for their horns.
Article originally published on May 12, 2015
The triumph of the bison: Europe’s biggest animal bounces back a century after vanishing
In 1927, the European bison became completely extinct in the wild, but since then has made an amazing recovery with over 5,000 bison in existence today. The European bison is found in nine countries, as far west as Germany and as far east as Russia. The most recent country to welcome back the bison was Romania where it had vanished in 1862.
Article originally published on May 13, 2015
Fewer shark are being caught – and that’s not good news
Shark catches are down 20 percent from their peak in 2003. In 2003, fishing fleets netted 900,000 metric tons of shark. Unfortunately, however, one of the reasons that shark catches have decreased is simply because there are less sharks.
Article originally published on Thursday, May 14, 2015
South African Airways bans all wildlife trophies from flights
SAA chose to ban all wildlife trophies on their flights after wildlife traffickers attempted to smuggle ivory to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Species targeted by hunters range from crocodiles to caracals and baboons.
Enjoy your weekend!
William Lazaro, Arkive Social Media Intern, Wildscreen USA