Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Saving Ethiopia's Wolves

While doing some research on Black-Backed Jackal's today, I rediscovered something I had long ago forgotten...the often mislabeled "Simian Jackal" is actually a wolf. I'd known them as Abyssinian Wolves.
What's more, the Ethiopian Wolf is a highly endangered creature, with likely less than 600 mature adults still inhabiting their home ranges in Afro-Alpine regions of Ethiopia. Threats include habitat loss and fragmentation due to increasing agricultural use of wolf habitat, human conflict, and domestic dogs, through the spreading of diseases which threaten wild wolves and also - Ethiopian Wolves being somewhat smaller and less aggressive than our North American wolves - through cross-breeding with wild or feral dogs.
The Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme even has its own blog!
Check it out to help support their efforts to save what is probably the rarest canid species on the planet.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

GreenPeace protection against Japanese Whalers

Hooray for a wish come true. Since I first heard the news about the Japanese intending to kill humpback whales for 'scientific research' the Greenpeace organization has been on my mind.
Now Japan has backed off of the humpbacks...but still intend to kill other whales including Fin whales and Minke can read more about it on the Greenpeace website.
I sometimes think people find Greenpeace to be too 'in your face' about their protection of environment and endangered species, but sometimes it is the only approach that works. On game reserves and in national parks in Africa individual teams of Park Rangers are often given exclusive guardianship over a specific animal, be it an endangered rhinoceros or elephant, or perhaps a pride of lions in order to protect them, with force if necessary from the danger of poaching. And Japan's plans to continue to kill protected whale species IS poaching. There is no scientific OR commercial basis for Japan's continued whale hunts. The market for whale meat is virtually non-existent at this point. Already whaling in Iceland has given up the ghost, due to the unmarketability of whale meat.
So what can you do to help? Aside from making donations to conservation organizations like Greenpeace, World Wildlife Fund, and Defenders of Wildlife, I encourage you to write to the tourism bureau of nations like Japan who refuse to concede to environmental science and let them know that you would never consider spending your hard earned money on a vacation to their nation until all unnecessary 'scientific' whaling ceases, and you would discourage anyone else from visiting as well.