A report on the lion and tiger cub petting industry, that in short, does nothing to help wild tigers or captive tiger welfare but it does put a negative strain on the tiger and conservation industry. Many recent reports on ABC 20/20, WWF/TRAFFIC, CNN, and in NEWSWEEK support the findings here. http://www.newsweek.com/2010/07/27/the-american-tiger.html Only support non breeding sanctuaries or rescues that aren't dragging their cubs from their tiger mothes to be brought to malls, car shows, and state fairs etc... And put your support into real wild tiger conservation by helping field projects like ALTA, WWF, Sumatran Tiger Trust and accredited breeding programs by the SSP/AZA.
Some of the best things to see on safari are big male elephants playing. (From a safe distance that is) Elephants (the largest land animal) are protected from hunting and being culled in Kenya, but illegal poaching, limited habitat, and human conflict still remains a big threat to their survival. With your help, we can protect and save these elephants so that future generations can see the wild elephant roam Africa for many years to come.
This is a short look at just three of the many primate species that live in Africa. Baboons (along with Mandrills) are the largest members of the monkey family. The Olive Baboon featured here, has a large range spread across central Africa. New reports show they at times will cross breed with other baboon species. Also on this video are curious Vervet Monkeys, and the animal most closely related to us, the Chimpanzee. PLEASE REMEMBER- PRIMATES ARE NOT PETS! To help all of Africas old world monkeys check out groups like African Wildlife Foundation, Conservation International and Wildlife Direct.
Even though we may describe some of our family members as being as big as elephants, the hyrax is actually the elephants closest living relative. It is believed the giant hyracoid family evolved in different ways millions of years ago. Some evolved smaller and became the hyrax family, while others started the elephant family. Hyraxes, like elephants have four toes on each front foot and three on each back foot as well as other similar traits. Today they are broken down into 4 main species. The Southern and Western Hyrax, and then the Yellow-Spotted Rock and Cape Hyrax. They are listed as a vulnerable species due to their forest habitat being cut down for its wood. Some species are very social like elephants and can live in colonies up to of 50 members. Cape hyraxes often make large piles of dung and urine that eventually turn into hyraceum which has been used by locals as a medicine for treating epilepsy, convulsions, among other disorders. They are also hunted for their skin and as a food source. Some groups that protect the land that is home to wildlife like the hyrax: African Wildlife Foundation International Direct for watching, and be sure to subscribe to my videos, which help me raise funds for wildlife conservation. -Brian *dedicated to Vinney Hyrax
The world of poo poo. Who would have thought it would have so many uses? From helping locate and identify wildlife, to being used in conservation research for various studies. For instance, recently researchers collected elephant poo from Africa to make DNA maps in order to help them compile info against illegal poaching. Poo is also analyzed from captive animals to help with identifying everything from reproductive cycles to stress. Some animal facilities sell or give away their poo to the community where it can be used as fertilizer. And wildlife poo can also make a great gift! interesting zoo poo ideas: Art for Animals became a You Tube/Google Ad partner in August of this year (2008). And since then has earned over $2,000! Over 25% of that was donated into several animal funds such as: WILDLIFE DIRECT (Colobus Monkey Trust) CONSERVATION BOTSWANA WILDLIFE TRUST CONSERVATION FUND WILDLIFE FOUNDATION some others! Lets make next year ever better! This year was rough on my personal finances due to the economy and job situations, but soon that will get better, and then even more money can go to wildlife. (The remaining money goes into my eco travel fund and also helps me buy supplies so I can donate prints for art auctions that benefit animals. A detailed report 2008 report here: nice companies who donate to wildlife conservation= ELEPHANT PEPPER DEVELOPMENT TRUST (100% of profits helps elephants/locals) SPECIES CHOCOLATE (10% is donated to help wildlife) PATH FOODS (1% is donated to help wildlife)
To witness lions eating is one of the best moments you can have on safari, but when does it become a little scary? Well, when you can't see the lions anymore! These events took pace while on safari to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya, Africa. http://www.lewa.org--- (They do GREAT things for wildlife and the community.) The big male lion featured in this video is wearing a radio collar. They are used at Lewa to help keep track of the lion and to aid them in various research projects. At times the lions eyes will glow. This is due to their special reflective layer called the tapetum lucidum. This helps cats see better much better than we do in the dark. Even though we were in open jeeps as long as we stayed quiet and within the outline of the jeep we were relatively safe. So they say. Lions needs our help! Please view these various sites for more lion information. http://www.lionconservationfund.org..... http://www.lionsforever.com/... *Thanks to my wife for helping me film while I was taking pictures and for not killing me for getting her so close to lion in the dark!
The white rhino is the largest of the remaining 5 species of rhinoceros and second only to the elephant in size of land animals. They are divided into the southern and northern white rhinos. It is thought the northern rhino is extinct in the wild due to poaching, and only a handful remain in captivity. Some research shows the southern wild population numbers around 11,000, but the IUCN red list list over 17,000. At any rate, even though the white rhino has the largest numbers of any of the rhino species, it still is endangered and needs our help. (On a side note-the IUCN recently took the Asian greater one horned rhino of the endangered red list, but I along with others feel it is still needs the protection given by that status) There are over 700 white rhinos in captivity world wide. The rhino is one of the few larger animals that can be introduced into the wild. Meaning a captive born rhino could make its way to Africa. Recently in October 2008, a white rhino was born via artificial insemination at the Budapest Zoo. Even with protection they can still be legally trophy hunted in areas of South Africa. I find this to be counter productive with all the time and money going into increasing their numbers. I think we have to get it into our mind set that ALL rhinos need not to be killed. *They can also be “green hunted” in which a tranquilizer gun is used to and the hunter gets a picture next to their "kill." These are less expensive, but not as popular as a regular hunt. The rhino horn is still found on the billion dollar animal black market which is driven mostly by China and the US. Please visit the following web sites for ways you can help save the rhino.... http://www.savetherhino.org..... http://www.sosrhino.org..... http://www.rhinos-irf.org..... *All footage taken by me at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya, Africa (A great place for rhinos!) http://www.lewa.org
Monstersearch is my tribute and parody of the very cool and wacky History Channel show Monsterquest. Are the people all nuts? well… Aug 2008: A new species of snake was discovered on the island of Barbados. July 2008: A new small nocturnal mouse lemur species discovered on Madagascar March 2007: Scientists discovered a new species of Clouded Leopard cat on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. What else is out there? New mammals, a cure for cancer, a cure for H.I.V.? All good reasons on why we should protect wild habitat. *to date nothing new found in Indiana -Thanks for watching. Fell free to subscribe to my other more normal animal videos. -Filmed by me by my place with my wife’s dumb dog.
The Jackal, once viewed as Anubis, the Egyptian god of embalming & the underworld, (who had a Jackal’s head on a mans body) and now as seen as a scavenger or a nuisance animal and is killed and in South Africa they are hunted for their fur and meat. But to me it is another amazing predator that needs our protection. The Jackal is a member of any of three (sometimes thought to be four) species of the family Canidae, found in Africa, Asia and southeastern Europe. The Four species are: Black-backed jackal (Canis mesomelas) *featured in this video. Side-striped jackal (Canis adustus) Golden jackal (Canis aureus) & Ethiopian wolf (Canis simensis) These mate for life pairs, can also live in packs and have various social calls they make out to one another. Jackals are opportunistic omnivores and can go for young antelopes, reptiles, rodents, insects, birds, fruits, and even grass. But their popular image as scavengers has resulted in a negative public image, (also a mostly false image people have of the hyena) and I hope this video will help put an end to that. *All animal footage filmed in Kenya. For more Jackal info: http://www.predatorconservation.com/blackbackedjackal.htm... And PLEASE help protect their habitat by going to: Wildlife Direct http://wildlifedirect.org/... African Wildlife Foundation: http://www.awf.org/
One of my favorite things to do on safari is to just simply sit with a herd of elephants. Watching their social structure is very interesting and one can’t wonder what the future of the largest land mammal on earth will be… African elephants are usually divided into the savannah and the forest elephants. They rage from being highly protected in eastern Africa to areas in southern Africa where they can be legally hunted and are also “culled” meaning killed to try to keep their numbers manageable given the amount of land they use. This is controversial as some wildlife groups would prefer to see them transported to lower population areas as hunting leads to abandoned calves which at times can grow up to become rogue elephants killing the endangered rhinos. Elephants are also illegally poached for their ivory tusks. Recent reports show a huge drop in populations of forest elephants in the Congo in central Africa. There are approx 500,000+/- African elephants in the wild. Elephants, like humans and apes, have the ability to recognize themselves in a mirror and are very intelligent. The elephants trunk filled with thousands and thousands of muscles can be gentle enough to choose between different blades of grass or powerful enough to uproot a tree. Elephants will attack and kill humans both in the wild and in captivity. For ways to help the elephant: African Wildlife Foundation: http://www.awf.org... Amboseli Trusts for Elephants: http://www.elephanttrust.org... Sheldrick’s orphan elephants & rhinos http://www.daphnesheldrick.com... IUCN Elephant page: http://data.iucn.org/themes/ssc/sgs/afesg/.... Thank you for watching and please subscribe to my Metacafe wildlife videos.