Did you know that the United States government
authorizes the commercial fishing industry to kill nearly
10,000 sea turtles each year?
here to take action!
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Asia's giant Catfish are in
Pla Buek in Thai, the giant catfish can weigh as much as 650
pounds (300 kilograms) and measure up to 10 feet (3 meters) in
length. They are the largest scaleless freshwater fish in the
Chimps need your
has been an increase in the poaching and slaughtering of adult
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ANTELOPE ENDANGERED FOR SHAHTOOSH SHAWLS
A Los Angeles fashion boutique agreed recently to pay a $175,000 fine for importing and selling Shahtoosh shawls made from the wool of the chiru, an endangered Tibetan antelope.
The shawls are woven by a secret Kashmiri technique and sell for several thousands dollars each, according to Reuters reports.
The agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s office settled government allegations
that Maxfield Enterprises imported and sold shawls between 1994-1996, violating
the Endangered Species Act.
Maxfield’s must also place public service advertisements in national
magazines, describing the plight of the chiru. The retailer told Reuters it
believed the shawls were made from the wool of the ibex goat.
The United States is one of 143 nations that have outlawed the shawls. Since
1990, the animal’s numbers dwindled from one million to less than 75,000.
Andy Summa is a freelance writer in Sugar Land, Texas.
An innovative way to help the endangered snow leopard!
Snow leopards are beautiful, majestic animals and, with only 3,500 to
7,000 left in the world, highly endangered. Yet a new, unique website
and organization are working to save the leopards while, at the
same time, improving the lives of indigenous people.
SEA TURTLE THREATENED
By Andy Summa
A proposed public pier in the Gulf of Mexico could threaten the safety of endangered sea turtles, according to Gulf Specimens Marine Laboratory.
The lab released six endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles June 2 into the Gulf to draw attention to a proposed public fishing pier that could decimate the recovering population of endangered turtles. The turtles had been caught by recreational fishermen on Dickinson Bay near Panacea, Fla., according to
Kemp's Ridleys are the most critically endangered sea turtle in the world. Gulf Specimens Marine Laboratory’s chief concern is the unintentional capture of large numbers of the sea turtles by fishermen
Caribbean Conservation Corporation (CCC) is working with the lab to either halt the pier's construction or make sure safeguards for Kemp's Ridleys are incorporated into the pier's design and management, ENN said.
Andy Summa is a freelance writer in Sugar Land, Texas.
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our quiz and test your knowledge of endangered species.
What do Apache Trout, Whooping Cranes, and New Mexican Ridge-nosed Rattlesnakes have in Common? They are all endangered species. Endangered species are at risk of extinction, of disappearing completely from their normal habitat and range.
There is some hope for endangered species. The Endangered Species Act is a US federal law with the purpose of protecting endangered and threatened species and to provide a means to conserve their ecosystems. The law, passed in 1973, is administered by the Interior Department's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Commerce Department's National Marine Fisheries Services.
The list of endangered species includes 735 U.S. plants and 496 U.S. animals, and there are an additional 152 plants and 103 animals that are candidates for the list. To make a few of these numbers real, they include Gray Bats, Black-footed Ferrets, American Black Bears, Hawaiian Hawks, Northern Spotted Owls, Brown Pelicans, Loggerhead Sea Turtles, Giant Garter Snakes, and way too many more... .The lists include birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, clams, snails, insects, arachnids, and crustaceans; and flowering plants, conifers and cycads, ferns and lichens. You can download a PDF file of all listed plants and animals
Recovery Plans in Development:
The Fish and Wildlife Service has approved recovery plans for 940 species, with 266 more recovery plans under development. You can read about what is being done to protect the threatened Peninsular Bighorn Sheep, the Mexican Spotted Owl, and the Spectacled Eider on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
homepage. Subscribe to have the latest Fish and Wildlife Service news releases emailed to you. For recovery plans and activities, research developments, and more, click here to read archives of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's newsletter,
The Endangered Species Bulletin.