Venus Flytraps Being Poached to Extinction in North Carolina

Venus flytrap is a carnivorous plant that grows in the wild only within 90-miles of Wilmington, North Carolina.  The plant catches insects and uses them for nutrition.  The plants leaves have hair.  When an insect contacts a hair on the leaf, the trap closes if a another hair is contacted within twenty seconds of the first …

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Tiger population in the wild growing for the first time in 100 years

Tiger populations have been in steady decline for almost a century.  Tiger populations in the wild reached a low of 3200 in 2010 but have increased back up to 3,890 in 2016.  The countries with tiger populations came together in 2010 to come up with a goal of reaching 6000 tigers in the wild by …

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Can We Resurrect the Extinct Tasmanian Tiger

The last known Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, died in captivity in 1936.  A 6-month-old pup of a Tasmanian tiger had been preserved in alcohol since 1866 in a museum.   In 2013, Australian scientists successfully extracted intact genes from their specimen in the hope of reviving the extinct species via cloning.  Professor Mike Archer, professor …

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Relocating Rhinos from Africa to Australia for a Breeding Program

Poaching has caused rhino population to reach close to extinction levels in South Africa.  The Australian Rhino Project is an unconventional approach to relocate the endangered rhinos from Africa to Australia for a breeding program.  The plan is to move 80 rhinos from Africa to Australia starting in 2016. The project plans on establishing breeding herds of white …

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WWF uses thermal infrared cameras to catch poachers

Poachers take advantage of cover of night to evade rangers.  WWF installed a thermal infrared camera that can sense poachers in darkness using their body heat. This is a game changer for rangers and allows them to track down poachers through darkness. According to Colby Loucks, lead of the WWF’s Wildlife Crime Technology Project, “Poachers …

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DiCaprio’s “The Ivory Game” Exposes the World of Illegal Ivory Trade

"Ivory game," a Netflix documentary from executive producer Leonardo Di Caprio and directors Richard Ladkani and Kief Davidson exposes the underground world of ivory trafficking. The directors filmed the movie undercover for 16 months with a team of intelligence operatives, conservationists, and wildlife activists.  The team followed poachers and tracked the illegal trade from Africa …

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Sixth Mass Extinction:  The Holocene Extinction

The Holocene extinction is the extinction of species during the present Holocene epoch (since around 10,000 BC).  The extinction includes families of plants and animals including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and arthropods.  The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources has recorded 875 extinctions occurring since 1500 but the vast majority of extinctions are …

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