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Old May 12th, 2015, 09:10 AM   #61
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Prestigious award to Malaysia for plans to create the largest marine protected area in Southeast Asia

  • Massive 1.02 million hectares of marine protected area off the north coast of Sabah, Malaysia.

  • The park is situated within the Coral Triangle, and will encompass 50 islands and will protect one of the world’s most biodiverse marine ecosystems.

  • The planned park holds four species of sea turtles, 550 fish species, 252 hard coral species, and 243 invertebrate species with new species being discovered continuously. Migratory marine mammals such as dolphins and whales also feed in the area, aside from the charismatic Dugongs.

  • “The announcement of the Sabah Government’s intention to gazette the TMP to create Malaysia’s largest marine park has not only national significance, but regional and global importance too as a significant marine area in the Coral Triangle – an area gravely threatened by overfishing and pollution,” said Dato’ Dr Dionysius Sharma, Executive Director/CEO of WWF-Malaysia.

  • Coral Triangle Initiative – The Coral Triangle is a marine region that spans those parts of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste. It is recognized as the global centre of marine biodiversity, and a global priority for conservation. It also called the "Amazon of the seas"










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In Portugal we have a breeding program for Iberian Lynx.

There were already many animals born in the reproduction center (more than 50), but they have been reintroduce in the wild in Spain (it's a join program).

This year the reintroduction started in Portuguese territory. Six animals were released in the last months, but one was already found dead by poison.

One other animal was spotted in Portugal (it came from Spain), so we can say that there are at least 6 Iberian Lynx living in the wild in the territory.

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The park can only be officially gazetted by the middle of next year though.

Before Tun Mustapha park (located between South China - Sulu Seas), the largest marine protected area in the state of Sabah was Tun Sakaran Park, in the Sulu Sea. Having said that, the total protected area in Tun Sakaran is merely 1% of the total size of Tun Mustapha park


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'Teddy bear' no longer endangered: What's behind the 'rewilding' of America?

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ATLANTA — The Louisiana black bear, the inspiration for the “teddy bear,” has clambered back from the brink of extinction, out of the Atchafalaya bottomlands, and promptly up into suburban neighborhood trees.

This month alone, three of the bears have had to be chased out of Louisiana neighborhoods, underscoring why the US Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday began proceedings to “de-list” the bear from the endangered species list, where it has been since 1992. In fact, the Louisiana black bear bear joins species as far ranging as alligators and armadillos, bald eagles and coyotes, that have seen populations explode and ranges expand amid a concerted, and sometimes controversial, American effort to return the backwoods to the beasts.

A potent combination of collaborative wildlife management techniques, cultural shifts in how Americans view large birds and mammals, the tenacity of the species themselves, and a cleaner overall environment have resulted in a record number of species being taken off the endangered species list in the Obama era, even as lawmakers start coming to terms with what it means to manage a country where raw, fanged wilderness now sniffs and grunts at the city limit.
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Israel has a multitude of nature rehabilitation projects, but perhaps the biggest and most famous one is the Hula Valley project. Basically in the past the government drained the Hula Lake in northern Israel to remove malaria, but in the 1990s the Jewish National Fund reintroduced it, bringing back countless species.



The Hula lake is now on the path of many migratory bird species, including cranes that fly from Finland to Ethiopia and back:

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition...ranes-1.349011
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Rapid action necessary to protect Malaysian sea cows and their habitat

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Malaysia aims to protect 10% of its marine environment by 2020. Less than 1%, however, is currently protected. This may have dire consequences for the country's endangered dugong population, warn a Malaysian scientist and her research team.

Dr Louisa Ponnampalam, a research fellow at the University of Malaya, first conducted aerial surveys around the islands on the south-eastern coast of West Malaysia – known as the Mersing group of islands – to assess the local dugong population.

Dr Ponnampalam's research suggests that the Mersing islands host the most significant congregation of dugongs in peninsular Malaysia, and the good news is the population is reproducing as evident with the high percentage of mother-calf pairs sighted.

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Saturday, May 30, 2015, 5:47 PM - The recent sudden death of more than 120,000 saiga antelopes have left scientists bewildered. Recent rains may have lowered their immunity to infection, conservation experts confirm. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has called the drastic decline of the endangered species "catastrophic."

"This is a major blow for conservation efforts given that saigas have in the past ten years only just started to recover from a global population size of less than 50,000 animals following a 95 per cent crash in numbers," UNEP reports.



Scientists predict the cause is a combination of environmental and biological factors. It is believed a bacterial infection known as pasteurellosis may be responsible for the deaths, according to Kazakhstan's Agriculture Ministry.

A group of international experts was set up by Kazakhstan's prime minister Karim Massimov to investigate reasons for the mass deaths. The group is in charge of overseeing disinfection of lands in areas the saiga died. Surviving saiga live in Kazakhstan and two isolated areas of Mongolia.

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First Lions to Return to Rwanda After Two Decades

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Lions will return to Rwanda for the first time in more than two decades, wildlife officials have said, after the endangered animal was wiped out following the country's 1994 genocide.

Seven lions -- two males and five females -- are being transported from South Africa and will arrive by air in Rwanda on Monday after a 36 hour journey, where they will be taken and released after at least two weeks quarantine into the eastern Akagera National Park.

Park officials in Akagera, a 112,000 hectare (27,6800 acre) park bordering Tanzania, said the reintroduction was "a ground-breaking conservation effort for both the park and the country of Rwanda."
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Bontebok Can’t Jump: The Most Dramatic Conservation Success You’ve Never Heard About





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Make a list of the best-known African animals, and the bontebok isn’t going to make the cut. Chances are, you’ve never even heard of this antelope.
But the bontebok deserves a place in the annals of conservation history. It is arguably the first African animal saved from human-caused extinction. Its rescue is flat-out one of the most dramatic conservation success stories anywhere.
At one point, the global bontebok population had been reduced to 17 animals. That’s right. Seventeen. Other species were disappearing around it. The bontebok was, it appeared, doomed.
Today, there is a long list of African wildlife in peril. But not the bontebok. Its population is secure and growing, and its near-miss with oblivion is largely forgotten.
How did such a dramatic turnaround occur? Like many conservation rescue stories, this is a story of destruction followed by a bit of drama and a bit of luck.
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Secret South African orphanage cares for baby rhinos

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ENTABENI SAFARI CONSERVANCY, SOUTH AFRICA — They are the most vulnerable victims of South Africa's rhino poaching scourge, the baby rhinos that survive the shooting deaths of their mothers.

Many probably die of dehydration or other perils in the wild, but some lucky ones end up at The Rhino Orphanage, where workers become mothers to the traumatized young ones, feeding, walking, and comforting them until they are ready to return to the bush. They learn to recognize voices, sleep in a stable, feed on a milk substitute, roll in the mud, and play with each other and their human minders, who try not to get knocked over by these big, rambunctious babies.

The orphanage takes extreme measures to protect its rhinos from poachers, barring all but selected visitors and not advertising its exact location. Managers say only that it is near a golf and safari resort at the Entabeni wildlife park in Limpopo Province, about a three-hour drive north of Johannesburg.

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New Zealand is to create one of the world's largest marine reserves to protect wildlife in the South Pacific.

Roughly the size of France, the Kermedec Sanctuary will cover 620 thousand square kilometers of largely pristine ocean where all mining and fishing will be forbidden. Beneath its waters, which lie in-between New Zealand and Tonga, is one of the world’s biggest strings of volcanoes.

The reserve is home to an array of endangered wildlife, including dolphins, turtles and whales, while new marine species are regularly discovered. It is also an important breeding and feeding ground for seabirds, fish and invertebrates.

Covering 15 percent of New Zealand’s exclusive economic zone, the sanctuary is 50 times the size of the South Pacific country’s largest national park.
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This Vaccine Could Save the Tasmanian Devil From Extinction




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The fight to save Tasmanian devils just got kicked up a notch.

Last week, 20 captive-bred Tasmanian devils were returned to the wild. While that may not seem to be much of a population bump, it’s a start for the famously snarly marsupials, which have been devastated by a communicable cancer known as devil facial tumor disease.

Since it was first discovered in 1996, the cancer has killed off as many as 90 percent of the animals in many parts of their habitat. With no cure in sight, conservationists resorted to rounding up hundreds of disease-free animals from the wild; they were placed in safe captive-breeding programs located far from the possibility of infection.

Over the past few years, scientists have worked around the clock to figure out how to save the animals, and this release could be the starting point: The devils are not only disease-free but also the first recipients of a new vaccine that may prevent them from catching DFTD.
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Cougars likely to recolonize middle part of U.S. within the next 25 years
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A groundbreaking new study shows that cougars, also known as mountain lions and pumas, are likely to recolonize portions of habitat in the middle part of the United States within the next 25 years. It is the first study to show the potential “when and where” of the repopulation of this controversial large predator.

The study, led by researchers at the University of Minnesota and Southern Illinois University Carbondale, will be published soon in the international journal Ecological Modelling.

This is the first, large-scale population viability study on cougars. The research examined more than 40 years worth of data on demographics and geographical information on more than 3 million square kilometers to determine possible areas of population establishment. The researchers specifically looked at the female dispersal since population settlement is dependent upon the arrival of females in a given area.

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Northern white rhino dies in US, leaving only three alive

One of the world's last four remaining northern white rhinos has died in a zoo in the United States.

The condition of Nola, a 41-year-old female, had deteriorated after surgery and she was put down on Sunday.

Nola had been a popular attraction at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park since 1989.

The remaining three northern white rhinos - all elderly - are kept closely guarded at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.

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South Georgia Island: A Wilderness Replenished

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The people had come first for the fur seals (to make felt hats), but they soon took elephant seals for their blubber and penguin eggs for food. In the first half of the 20th century, it was the turn of the whales, which were all but wiped out in the surrounding ocean by 1960.

Yet today the island looks again much more like it was in Cook’s day than in Shackleton’s. The total human population is about 25 in summer (though some 8,000 tourists visit each summer on cruise ships and sleep on board). There are now some four million fur seals. They are everywhere, growling and moaning in crowds on the beaches, in the tussock grass and in the ruins of the towns. Elephant seals snooze and belch in heaps on every beach. King penguins abound: One colony has gone from 350 pairs in 1912 to 60,000 pairs today. Even the whales are back: Humpbacks and right whales were blowing regularly off the coast last month.

A spectacular ecological restoration has occurred, a wilderness replenished—on a scale probably unmatched anywhere else in the world. Last month, as I sat at the dining table of Pat Lurcock (one of three government officers for the whole island) at King Edward Point, eating potted krill and watching the light fade on the glaciers, I surveyed a wondrous scene: Stormy petrels flitted up the bay to feed their young, fur seals porpoised through the water, king penguins cooled their feet on the snow, and plump elephant seal pups snoozed on the steps of the laboratory.
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The perks of hosting so much of wilderness inside a growingly urban country.

This bear was found roaming just behind Kajang Hospital, KL


A female Malayan tiger was hit when she was crossing a highway busy with cars on Chinese new year exodus. Post mortem autopsy revealed that she was pregnant with 2 cubs.

Recently the number of wild Malayan tigers in the country had been revised down from 500 to 200+

Do you know that despite Malaysia's land mass is only 0.0006% of the world's total, it is estimated that Malaysia contains a whopping 20% of the world's animal species.
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Update on the California Condor.

A critically endangered species just reached a key survival milestone
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A captive breeding program that at one time included every living California condor has passed a key milestone in helping North America's largest bird return to the wild.

For the first time in decades, more condors hatched and fledged in the wild last year than adult wild condors died, officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday.

Fourteen young condors took flight compared with 12 that died. Officials say it's a small difference but a big step since the last 22 wild condors were captured in the 1980s to start the breeding program that releases offspring into the wild.
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