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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500 Elephants Relocated from Parks with Surplus of Elephants to Park Where They Were Almost

In an effort to reduce the risk of elephant extinction, African Parks, in collaboration with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW), is moving 500 elephants from Liwonde National Park and Majete Wildlife Reserve in southern Malawi to Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve in northern Malawi.  In 2016, 250 elephants will be moved from Liwonde, and …

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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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Third Mass Extinction:  Permian-Triassic Extinction Event

 The Permian-Triassic extinction event occurred 251 million years ago. This is the worst recorded extinction period, also known as the Great Dying.  During this period, 96% of all marine species and 70% of all terrestrial vertebrate species became extinct.   All types of life forms were affected including marine life, plants and terrestrial invertebrates and vertebrates.  Due …

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Second Mass Extinction: Late Devonian Extinction Event

The Late Devonian extinction event occurred around 375 to 360 million years ago.  During this mass extinction 19% of all families, 50% of all genera, and 70% of all species went extinct.  At this time, there were two major continents Euramerica and Gondwana that started to merge to create the supercontinent Pangea.  This extinction event …

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