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December 17, 2012

Google joins drone business, saves wildlife in one fell swoop

  • $5M the amount Google gave the World Wildlife Fund in an effort to fight wildlife crime. How, you ask? Well, it involves drones and rhinos. “The grant enables WWF to test advanced but easily-replicable technologies and create an overarching system to curb poaching—an important complement to the work WWF, partners and governments are already undertaking,” the group says. Cool. source
22:54 // 1 year ago
September 23, 2012
National Zoo’s recently-born giant panda dies: :( :( :( :( :( 

National Zoo’s recently-born giant panda dies: :( :( :( :( :( 

12:24 // 1 year ago
July 7, 2012
Luckiest bird alive: ”This Friday, July 6, 2012, photo, shows a 70-day-old golden eagle in Ogden, Utah, that was feared lost but found burned alive on June 28 behind a charred tree, about 25 feet below the nest that was burned to a crisp in the 5,500-acre Dump Fire near Saratoga Springs. The raptor was taken to the Wildlife Rehbilitation Center of Ogden where it was nicknamed ‘Phoenix.’” Do yourself a favor and click the full-resolution version of this photo. (photo by Leah Hogsten/The Salt Lake Tribune/AP)

Luckiest bird alive: ”This Friday, July 6, 2012, photo, shows a 70-day-old golden eagle in Ogden, Utah, that was feared lost but found burned alive on June 28 behind a charred tree, about 25 feet below the nest that was burned to a crisp in the 5,500-acre Dump Fire near Saratoga Springs. The raptor was taken to the Wildlife Rehbilitation Center of Ogden where it was nicknamed ‘Phoenix.’” Do yourself a favor and click the full-resolution version of this photo(photo by Leah Hogsten/The Salt Lake Tribune/AP)

22:05 // 2 years ago
May 4, 2012
denverpost:

Boulder’s famous ‘falling bear’ died after being hit by car on U.S. 36
The bear famously tranquilized on the University of Colorado campus last week, and immortalized in a viral photo by CU student Andy Duann, met a tragic death early Thursday in the Denver-bound lanes of U.S. 36.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials said a 280-pound black bear that died on U.S. 36 after being hit by a car at about 5:40 a.m. Thursday was the same bear that became known worldwide last week after wandering onto the CU campus near the Williams Village dorm complex.

In which a meme suddenly becomes less funny.

denverpost:

Boulder’s famous ‘falling bear’ died after being hit by car on U.S. 36

The bear famously tranquilized on the University of Colorado campus last week, and immortalized in a viral photo by CU student Andy Duann, met a tragic death early Thursday in the Denver-bound lanes of U.S. 36.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials said a 280-pound black bear that died on U.S. 36 after being hit by a car at about 5:40 a.m. Thursday was the same bear that became known worldwide last week after wandering onto the CU campus near the Williams Village dorm complex.

In which a meme suddenly becomes less funny.

11:27 // 2 years ago
December 29, 2011

Wildlife group: Despite worldwide ban, ivory seizures hit record levels in 2011

  • 23 tons amount of ivory acquired from 13 major seizures in 2011
  • 2,500+ number of elephants that died to produce that much ivory source

» This despite a global ban on ivory trade: What’s causing the black-market trade of ivory? According to Traffic, a group that monitors wildlife trading, much of this is as a result of larger Asian influence on the continent. ”We’ve reached a point in Africa’s history where there are more Asian nationals on the continent than ever before,” said Traffic official Tom Milliken, based in Zimbabwe. ”They have contacts with the end-use market and now they are at the source in Africa. This is all adding up to an unprecedented assault on elephants and other wildlife.”

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12:57 // 2 years ago