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Elephant, Elephants -

Laos, for centuries, has been known of its large population of elephants, thus making it called as Lan Xang or “Land of a Million Elephants” in English. But these huge cultural icon has been facing a crisis for so long not known to most of Laos people. There have been a total of 800 elephants still left in the country, around 400 wild elephants and 400 in captivity, as estimated by the Laos government and conversation groups.   "Both populations are not sustainable and are actually declining," says Anabel López Pérez, a biologist from Spain with the Elephant Conservation Center....

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Elephant, Elephants, Queen -

Great moments are best kept in a photograph. It gives people easy access on reminiscing the good times and the past. Just like how Will Burrard-Lucas, a British photographer gets a shot of a lifetime on capturing the beauty and magnificence of Kenya’s ‘Big Tusker’ - who he calls the Elephant Queen - that freely roams around the natural landscape of Kenya’s Tsavo National Park. The huge female elephant with long tusks curving right above the ground is a rare and extraordinary sight as there are only less than 30 kind of them that still exist in Africa. “It was...

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Endangered, Sea turtle, Sea Turtles -

Established in 2012 by the United Nations Environment Programme and with representatives from 132 countries, Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) released and published a report last May 6, 2019 showing how human activities are massively deteriorating the global biodiversity, threatening about 1 million species of animals and plants. From roughly 15,000 scientific and government studies collected over the past five decades, Robert Watson, the panel’s chair and a professor of environmental sciences at the University of East Anglia in the U.K., warned in a statement “The health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more...

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Elephant, Elephants -

“Do unto others what you would want done unto you” is a well-known saying that does not only apply for the humans but also to animals. A poacher met his almost ironic fate Monday, after wildlife unleashed their own “hunt”. The suspected rhino poacher’s skull and a pair of trouser was the only remains that was found after being killed by an elephant and eaten by lions while hunting in the Kruger National Park, a South African National Park on Monday, April 6 together with four other poachers targeting rhinos.   Based on the statement given, the alleged poacher was...

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Turtle, Turtle Bracelets, Turtle Jewelry, Yangtze Turtle -

The Yangtze turtle is the RAREST turtle in the world...and highly endangered.  Some yards out, adjacent to one of the lighthouses, was a bobbing head. It's head, gourd-size with giant flared nostrils, was colored with zigs of lemon and zags of pine green. Its jaw was royal gold. It floated there for many minutes...then, as quickly as it had surfaced, it was gone.  The female turtle was one of four known Yangtze left, and recently passed away in an official zoo. What does this mean for the species? It's complicated.  On April 15th, official wildlife authorities and veterinarians were trying to artificially impregnate the only known giant soft shell Yangtze female in a final effort...

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