Beluga Whale playing some rugby

A beluga whale has been captured fetching a rugby ball and returning to it a boat of South African rugby fans near the Arctic pole.

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This is a 2 hour old baby hippo..

Baby hippo..

Now your appetite has been whetted, here are some more sweetie pie baby hippos.. starting with a video of a baby pygmy hippo taking a swim!

Endangered orangutans made homeless as farmers ..

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start illegal forest fires to clear land for agriculture

The rampant burning, whilst useful for farmers, destroys the habitats of jungle residents forcing them down onto the ground where they are more open to predators. 

One of those residents are critically endangered Sumatran orangutans who consider the jungle flora to be their home. 

The population of the great ape is now thought to be as low as around 7,500 Read more..

Lions will be gone – in our lifetime

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Lions are one of the most loved animals in the world and one of the biggest drawcards for travelers to Africa. Unfortunately, with the illegal wildlife trade booming, poachers lurking in the shadows, and trophy hunters paying thousands of dollars to hunt them, lions are disappearing at an alarming rate.

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Some Facts About Lions in the Wild:

  • The lion population in Africa has decreased by 90% in the last century.
  • There are currently only about 23,000 lions left in the wild
  • Lions are extinct in 26 countries across Africa
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A genetically mutated baby zebra is born

“Last night a Maasai guide discovered a one of a kind genetically mutated baby zebra in the Maasai Mara and named it after his surname – Tira.

This morning we were one of the first ones to visit Tira! A few years ago there was a similar case, however that zebra still maintained the stripes and brush-like tail.

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Tira, however, has patterns that appear as polka dots!
I hope the experts will look into this case and share some interesting discoveries soon!”

Man Buys Turtles and sets them free

Man Buys Turtles From The Food Market And Sets Them Free In The Ocean

Although it might come as a surprise to most people who read this, it is possible to buy live sea turtles for food in some areas of the world. Perhaps it also surprised Arron Culling and Mark, his co-worker, when they were in Papua New Guinea at a local market and saw two sea turtles. 

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Most sea turtles are classified as endangered or vulnerable but it is still legal to fish for marine turtles in areas, such as Mexico, Australia, and Papua New Guinea. Turtles are harvested for their meat and shells in those countries. When Aaron and Mark realized the turtles were going to be bought for food, they paid $50 to buy them, drove them to a safe area and set them free in the ocean. They have done this a number of times, rescuing 10 turtles so far and giving them another chance to be free.

More information about protecting sea turtles can be seen on the Sea Turtle Conservancy’s website.

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Koalas now “functionally extinct”

Koala’s to humans: We are not bears!

Saving the Koala: Australian Koala Foundation

Koala and her joey rescued after surviving Hinterland bushfire

report released by the Australian Koala Foundation says koala bears are now “functionally extinct,” which means their population has fallen below the point at which they can produce another generation of viable offspring.

There are no more than 80,000 of them left in the wild, according to the organization. Read more..

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Conserving the Wild Koala and its Habitat

The Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) is the principal non-profit, non-government organisation dedicated to the effective management and conservation of the Koala and its habitat. Our main goals are to refine and update the Koala Habitat Atlas mapping of all wild Koala habitat and to get the Koala Protection Act enacted to ensure Koalas and their habitat are protected. Read more..

And they’d be right. Though koalas are often called “koala bears,” they are not bears. In fact, they’re not even that closely related. Read more…

If koalas could talk, they might say: “Hey, humans. We’re not bears.”

Koala and joey rescued after surviving Hinterland bushfire

A heartbreaking photo has emerged from the Hinterland bushfires of an injured koala protecting her joey after fire tore through the area.

The koala and her joey were found late on Friday afternoon near Canungra by a local Police officer.

The mum had suffered burns – Read more..