- Support the Bermuda Audubon Society which works to protect local species and create nature reserves
- If you live in Bermuda volunteer at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo on a skink project
- If you live in Bermuda or are visiting Bermuda, at a minimum ensure that you do not litter but try and reduce your waste as much as possible
- Donate to the Bermuda Biodiversity Project
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Not only are chimpanzees smart, capable of building and using tools, they also demonstrate a range of emotions far greater than what we may have ever thought possible, including grief and mourning.
At the Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center, Dorothy, a beloved 40 year old chimp, passed away. The photo on the right, by Monica Szczupider shows the other chimps watching in pained silence as Dorothy, is wheeled past them and prepared for burial at a sanctuary in Cameroon. The amazing story is featured in National Geographic. Source: Monkeys in Mourning. (Note that chimpanzees are actually apes not monkeys, since they don't have a tail, but I digress.) Notice that the chimps have their arms wrapped around each other and are silent, even though they are normally quite vocal. Once again we are reminded that chimpanzees have so many qualities that us humans can relate to.
Why Chimpanzees Need Our Help
Chimpanzees are an endangered species. Their population is estimated to be between 150,000 - 235,000. They now only live in 13 out of the original 25 African countries they used to inhabit and only 6 of those countries have healthy breeding populations.
Chimpanzee's biggest threat is that they're hunted for bushmeat which is consumed by humans. This needs to stop if chimpanzees are to survive - more info on Bushmeat. Habitat loss and deforestation are also threats to chimpanzees. The illegal capture of chimpanzees for pets or amusement is also threatening chimpanzees, not to mention it leaves to a poor life for the chimp. Jane Goodall estimates that for every baby chimp taken illegally for the pet trade, 10 are killed since the chimpanzee family will try and protect the baby chimp. Source: Save Chimpanzees from Extinction.
Help Save Chimpanzees
- Click to Feed a Rescued Primate, each click generates donations from sponsors. You may click once a day, every day. 100% of the donations raised go directly to the Jane Goodall Institute, which runs sanctuaries in Africa where orphaned chimpanzees can be cared for and given the chance to live reasonably full lives in spacious conditions.
- Sign the petition Stop the Bushmeat Trade/Hunting of Primates
- Volunteer with chimpanzees at IDA Africa In Defense of Animals
- Shop at the Jane Goodall Institute. Profits generated help save chimpanzees
- Purchase artwork done by chimpanzees at IDA Africa.
- Adopt a chimpanzee at Save the Chimps, a chimpanzee sanctuary in Florida
- Sign a petition to Ban Primate Experiments in Europe
- Check out more chimpanzee volunteer opportunities with Save Chimpanzees from Extinction
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Ladies, on the right you are looking at a very handsome male proboscis monkey. How do I know this? Why by the size of his nose of course! Large noses on males are considered attractive to females, - the bigger the better! Noses on male proboscis monkeys can be up to 7 inches long! Females also have large noses but not nearly as big as the males noses.
The noses also amplify warning calls and the more upset the proboscis monkey is the larger the nose gets and the louder the warning call!
Why the Proboscis Monkey Needs Our Help
Proboscis monkeys only live in Malaysian Borneo and are threatened by habitat loss and hunting. Habitat is extremely important for any animal, but especially the proboscis monkey who requires such a specialized habitat and can only thrive in one place in the entire world. There are ~ 3000 proboscis monkeys and they are a threatened species.
Help Save the Proboscis Monkey
- Sign a Proboscis Monkey Petition which will be sent to the Malaysian Minster of Tourism and to the Indonesian Minister of Forestry showing your support for the proboscis monkey and their habitat.
- Sign up for Save the Proboscis Monkey on Facebook.
- Volunteer with Proboscis Monkeys in Borneo.
Photo courtesy of: Austin King
If you like primates check out these links:
Cute Monkey Pictures
Monkey Mountain in Germany
Observing Endangered Samango Monkeys in iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Cheeky Vervet Monkeys in Uganda
Macaques in Thailand
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I guess the baby dolpin in the photo on the right didn't need his mother's help off the west coast of Scotland. He seemed to do just fine on his own.
Why Dolphins Need Our Help
Each year over 20,000 dolphins and porpoises are being slaughtered in Taiji Cove, Japan, a remote fishing village out of sight from the public. Dolphins are slaughtered for their meat which contains toxic levels of mercury - not good for the dolphins or the Japanese eating the meat.
Help Save Dolphins
- Never eat dolphin meat, which is sometimes marketed as whale meat. It is obviously bad for dolphins but is bad for us too due to the high levels of mercury found in dolphins.
- Sign a letter Help Save Japan's Dolphins to be sent to President Obama and other political heads.
- Go see the movie The Cove, a documentary on the dolphin slaughter in Japan (movie trailer at The Cove
- Don't swim with dolphins in captive settings, although fun for you, this is a cruel existence for dolphins. Also don't attend dolphin shows for the same reason. Sign a pledge at Captivity is Cruel - Don't Go to a Dolphin Show
- Volunteer with dolphins in the Hebrides (off the west coast of Scotland) through the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust. I loved it. See my experience at Volunteer Vacations The Pros and Cons.
Thank you for taking the time to help save dolphins!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Why Black Cats Need Our Help
Unfortunately black cats (and black dogs) are the least likely to be adopted at animal shelters because of superstitions that they bring back luck. More info on Why Adopters Don't Want Black Cats. Also some people still use black cats as part of sacrificial ceremonies at Halloween so if you go to an animal shelter right before Halloween you may not see any black cats since some animal shelters take them off of public viewing at this time to try and protect them.
Help Save Black Cats
- Adopt a black cat (or black dog) from the animal shelter if you are looking for a new pet
Not looking for a new pet but are a pet owner ? You can still:
- Buy your pet supplies from your local animal shelter if they have a store or shop online at the ASPCA (U.S.A.) or Humane Society of Canada (Canada)
Not a pet owner? You could still:
- Buy whatever the animal shelter is selling (calendars, chocolate, cards,etc.)
- Make a donation to an local animal shelter, to the ASPCA (U.S.A.) or to the Humane Society of Canada
- Volunteer at your local animal shelter
- Play Meow Trivia. Each trivia question you answer results in a donation to an animal shelter to help feed hungry cats.
Once you have your black cat (or other cat) at home. Find out fun: Cat Care Tips for a Happy Cat
Spoil your cat with a visit to the Amazon Cat Store, the PURRFECT store for cat lovers.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Why Napoleon Fish Need Our Help
Napoleon fish are listed as endangered due to overfishing. They are considered a delicacy in parts of Asia, especially Hong Kong and catch a good price for fishermen. Making things even worse is that they are are frequently caught with cyanide which damages coral reefs and kills other fish. By eating a napoleon fish you will also likely be ingesting cyanide. I'm not a doctor, but that can't be good for either you or the napoleon fish. Don't fret, you can help save the napoleon fish with a few simple steps.
Help Save Napoleon Fish
- Never eat napoleon fish.
- In a restaurant that serves napoleon fish either boycott the restaurant and tell the manager why you are doing so, or second best ask the manager where it came from and whether it was caught using cyanide. In Hong Kong, you can ask to see their possession permit.
- Promote and be aware of the Sustainable Seafood Initiative, and make your choices accordingly
- For further information on how you can help: Humpback Wrasses Awareness Campaign
Photo courtesy of Nemo's Great Uncle.
You may also be interested in: Clown Fish - The Bravest Fish in the Sea?
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Grizzly (and Black) Bear Fun Facts
If humans don't urinate, we die of toxic urea. Grizzly and black bears don't urinate when they hibernate but don't die. Why? They recycle their urine back into their bodies. Come spring time, they urinate normally again. One of the true marvels of bears that has scientists creeping into bear dens in the middle of winter to find out how it all works. Click for more bear facts. Enter the Amazon Bear and Wildlife Store for a truly wild experience.
Why Grizzly Bears Need Our HelpIt was estimated that there were 1000 grizzly bears in the province of Alberta, Canada, but the newest study shows that there are only 581 bears in the province. It is estimated that 90% of grizzly bear deaths are caused by humans. Government support and funding is needed to save these majestical creatures. Grizzly Bear Viewing in Lake Louise, is a great place to have the chance to observe grizzly bears in Alberta, Canada.
Help Save Grizzly Bears
Through the Sierra Club of Canada Action Grizzly Bear you can send an already produced letter to key government officials with just a few clicks and it takes less than 30 seconds. Please take a minute to do so by clicking on the Action Grizzly Bear link above and help save grizzly bears. You can also join the Save the Grizzly Bear cause on Facebook to show your support.
Thank you for taking action to help save grizzly bears!