Saturday, September 27, 2008

Rescued baby gorilla fuels campaign to save a species: News | Africa - Reuters.com

News Africa - Reuters.com
By Belinda Goldsmith

LOS ANGELES, Sept 24 (Reuters Life!) - The cold-blooded murder of about 10 of Congo's endangered mountain gorillas last year horrified author Craig Hatkoff until one glimmer of hope emerged -- the rescue of an orphaned baby gorilla.
The baby, named Miza, was feared dead as her mother was among the gorillas killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Virunga National Park, home to 380 of the world's 720 mountain gorillas.
But after several days lost in the jungle, Miza was rescued by her father, silverback gorilla Kabirizi, and brought back to live with her family to be raised by her sister and half-brother.
The story inspired New York-based Hatkoff to write "Looking for Miza: The True Story of the Mountain Gorilla Family Who Rescued One of Their Own", along with his daughters Isabella, 9, and Juliana, 13, as the centrepiece of a campaign to help save the gentle giants that range across the borders of Uganda, Rwanda and of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
It is not the first animal story by Hatkoff. He has previously written books about the polar bear Knut who became an icon for global warming and about the friendship of a tortoise and hippo, Owen and Mzee, after the southeast Asian tsunami.
"Miza's true story is a life-affirming tale of hope and courage. I think the appeal of this story is that gorillas are about 98 percent human from a genetic standpoint and it is like we are looking into a mirror at ourselves," Hatkoff told Reuters.
"My guess is you could put a name, face and nose print to every mountain gorilla left on the planet and it becomes a powerful metaphor because if we can't save the mountain gorillas what does it say about the other species we have to save."

CAMPAIGNING FOR GORILLAS

Hatkoff wants to use the book, released this week by Scholastic, as a centerpiece of a campaign to raise awareness about the endangered mountain gorillas and help the people living in the Great Lakes area of Africa.
"This is a war-torn area of the world and the loss of habitat and economic problems like the charcoal mafia have created a crisis," said Hatkoff.
"This is not longer just about saving the gorillas but we have to save the people there too who need clean water, food security, education and health care. These are complicated problems but they are solveable."
His company Turtle Pond Publications has joined forces with Scholatic, Wildlife Direct, the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative founded by Bill Clinton to raise awareness about Africa's endangered mountain gorillas.
The book will be at the core of the campaign with a children's summit on gorillas with U.S.-wide webcast planned and websites to get people involved and show how they can help.
"These true stories can create an emotional connection to real animals and the idea here is to say what you can do about it and you can become part of the story," said Hatkoff.
"Mountain gorillas must be the most magnificent species on the planet and if this campaign works, it will work for tigers, for people as well."


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Caribbean Conservation & Sea Turtle Survival League :: Saving Sea Turtles, Manatees...& Their Habitats

Caribbean Conservation & Sea Turtle Survival League :: Saving Sea Turtles & Their Habitats


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2 manatees spotted in Balto. Co. creek

2 manatees spotted in Balto. Co. creek


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Kinship Circle

Kinship Circle

Animal Rights Advertising Tools!
This is a great website for information about animal welfare issues.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Marc van Roosmalen, New Species, Dwarf Manatee, Amazon Association for the Preservation of Nature

Marc van Roosmalen, New Species, Dwarf Manatee, Amazon Association for the Preservation of Nature

A NEW SPECIES OF LIVING MANATEE! AAPN Manus-Amazonas, Brazil: Shallow clear-water adapted dwarf manatee is already on the edge of extinction due to deforestation, hunting... THERE ARE NO LAWS TO PROTECT THIS CRITICALLY ENDANGERED DWARF MANATEE.

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Interview with Marc van Roosmalen

Interview with Marc van Roosmalen

Today we have the pleasure of bringing you a unique interview with Marc van Roosmalen which illustrates his situation and problems as he sees them. For those of you who aren’t familiar with who Marc van Roosmalen is, what he has done, and his present situation, I recommend reading this short introduction before reading the interview.


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Marc van Roosmalen, Brazil, New Species, Amazon Association for the Preservation of Nature

Marc van Roosmalen, Brazil, New Species, Amazon Association for the Preservation of Nature


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Marc van Roosmalen, Brazil, New Species, Amazon Association for the Preservation of Nature

Marc van Roosmalen, Brazil, New Species, Amazon Association for the Preservation of Nature


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Marc van Roosmalen, Brazil, New Species, Amazon Association for the Preservation of Nature

Marc van Roosmalen, Brazil, New Species, Amazon Association for the Preservation of Nature


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Bus Kills Escaped Circus Elephant Indra in Mexico - Elephant News

Bus crashes into escaped circus elephant hilda in mexico - Elephant News
Indra was her name.
Indra the elephant was killed by a bus when she escaped her cage and tried to run away. Indra ran onto highway where she was hit and killed by a bus.


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- Elephant News

- Elephant News


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Wildlife Direct: Tools for Conservationists

Baraza » Tools for Conservationists

This page is full of links for conservationists to find interesting information, conservation networks, funding opportunities, and job openings.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Wolf Song of Alaska: Wolf, Wolves, Canis lupus, Wolf News, Current Events, Education, Science, Information, Facts, Adoptions, Memberships and Gift Shop

Wolf Song of Alaska: Wolf, Wolves, Canis lupus, Wolf News, Current Events, Education, Science, Information, Facts, Adoptions, Memberships and Gift Shop


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Endangered Species Coalition

Endangered Species Coalition
Help stop extinction!

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BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Driving primates to the edge

BBC NEWS Science/Nature Driving primates to the edge
The IUCN Red List of primates makes grim reading, says Conservation International president Russell Mittermeier. In this week's Green Room, he says the sooner we listen to the message that our closest living relatives are telling us, the longer we have to save ourselves.


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BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Calls for bushmeat ban rejected

BBC NEWS Science/Nature Calls for bushmeat ban rejected If current hunting levels persist, many species will be extinct in less than 50 years, says CIFOR - the Centre for International Forestry Research.

CIFOR estimates that the annual harvest of bushmeat in Central Africa amounts to more than one million tonnes — the equivalent of four million heads of cattle.
According to the report, large mammal species are particularly vulnerable.

Many - such as elephants, gorillas and other primate species - have already become locally extinct.
Overall, international trade in wild animal products has an estimated value of US$3.9bn.

For West and Central Africa alone, the estimates range from $42m to $205m a year. Yet, these statistics are still "largely ignored" in official trade and national policies regulating forest policy, claims the CIFOR report.



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Yes on Prop 2

Yes on Prop 2


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My Yes on Prop 2! | julesrs007

My Yes on Prop 2! julesrs007


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