“New Cheetah cubs need you!”


A Year of Successes and Setbacks

Perhaps nothing better illustrates the up-and-down life of species conservation than the day we released four long-time captive female cheetahs into our very large Bellebenno game camp. The camp, which contains an abundance of cheetah’s natural prey, is a safe place where these females could learn to hunt. If they were successful, they could be returned to the wild, as the NamibRand boys were in early 2009. To return a captive cheetah to the wild—long thought impossible—is a huge boost to our morale (and a $5,000-a-year savings), but we had no time to celebrate:

That same day we received four very young orphaned cubs (top left photo), scared, filthy and underweight. Once again the CCF staff went to work, and the top right photo shows how they blossomed into healthy, seemingly content cubs. But the fencing in the background is a reminder that, because they were orphaned so young, they may need to remain at CCF their entire lives.

Working to save a species is often a two-steps-forward, one-step-back process.

At CCF we remain determined to continue our march until the cheetah as a species is safe. Despite CCF’s 20 years of work, much remains to be done. We rely on you, as part of our army of supporters, to keep us moving in the right direction.

As 2010 draws to a close, we hope you will help us once again by contributing to our $200,000 matching challenge. All donations up to $200,000 will be matched dollar for dollar, through December 31. Your donation is tax-deductible.*

Please DONATE TODAY to help us return more captive cheetahs to the wild to grow up  free.

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“13 years to save the tigers”


Can we save the tiger?

Can we stop poaching and forest destruction?

Time is running out of the hour glass for tigers.

Three of the nine tiger subspecies the Bali, Javan, and Caspian have become extinct in the past 70 years.

There are estimated to be only 3,200 tigers alive in the wild.

One century ago there were about 100,000. An expert believes the endangered tiger only has thirteen years before its species goes extinct in the wild.

Their habitat is being destroyed by forest cutting and construction, and they are a valuable trophy for poachers who want their skins and body parts prized in Chinese traditional medicine.
The goal
Double the world’s tiger population in the wild by 2022.
13 countries that still have tiger populations: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam and Russia have back it. (Where are the western nations?)
Needed: about $350 million in outside funding in the first five years of the 12-year plan.
Needed: donor commitments to help governments finance conservation measures.
The program aims to protect tiger habitats, eradicate poaching, smuggling, and illegal trade of tigers and their parts, and also create incentives for local communities to engage them in helping protect the big cats.
Stronger action against poaching and specialized reserves for tigers must be developed that will also restore and conserve forests so the tigers can.

To save the tiger we must save and create a whole healthy biome is need.
“To save tigers you need to save the the communities that depend on the forest, the forests, grasslands and lots of other species besides the food, water and materials they get from those forests.
Russia’s Natural Resources Minister Yuri Trutnev said that Russia and China will create a protected area for tigers alongside their border and pool resources to combat poaching.

Can you encourage your country and your friends to adopt a tiger or  help create the funding or support an organization that is helping save the endangered tiger?

Do you want to look back fourteen years from now and learn all tigers in the wild are gone?

Resources

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“Give sea turtles a special holiday gift”


Give yourself and a sea turtle a special holiday gift this season.

Plan to be an Eco-Volunteer
Help the sea turtles.
Experience sustainable travel with do your part to help save sea turtles.
Your next vacation could be the most important of your life.

Depending on your age you might travel to Costa Rica, the east coast South Carolina or Florida or even Texas or California. Turtles breed in many places around the US, Central America and the

Eco-Volunteer Adventure in Costa Rica for those 18 years and older.
For 2nd through 8th grade Barrier Island Center offers a summer camp program for students entering 2nd through 8th grades!

Ages 12 to 112 an 8 day turtle conservation trip includes tagging  Flatback Turtle population during this rewarding travel experience. Located in the breathtaking natural surrounds of Eco Beach Wilderness Retreat, this scientific research program collects valuable data on nesting Flatback Turtles.

With the guidance of a Conservation Volunteers marine species specialist, volunteers spend their days patrolling sections of the beach and assisting researchers.

This fun and educational opportunity blends research with an exotic location to get you involved in protecting endangered sea turtles.
•    Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta) (right)

•    Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas)

(left)

 

 

Young leatherback

•    Leatherback turtle (right) (Dermochelys coriacea)

 

Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricate

Every year from June to September these endangered marine turtles come to lay their eggs in the white sand beaches of the Mexican Caribbean coasts. Now this unique and amazing sight can be witnessed on Cozumel Island!

Internships available for 2011

The internships are offered from mid March – mid August of each year. We offer wages and housing on the island. Students participate in all three missions of the organization. They will learn medical treatment, triaging, calculating dosages, and tagging under our rehabilitation mission. They will be required to give short educational tours to the public. They will be conducting beach patrols to look for nesting turtles and their tracks for the protection of nests under our conservation program. Interns will travel to Mexico to the largest nesting beach for the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle to train. For more information

If you really love sea turtles, sign up today. -Mother Nature thanks you!


Resources

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Excerpts courtesy of   http://bit.ly/cZ3NRh

Excerpts courtesy of  http://www.tourstogo.com.au/tour/30015-8-day-turtle-conservation/

Eco-volunteers http://www.conserveturtles.org/volunteer-research-programs.php

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Image Flatback turtle http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/publications/images/tsd05flatback-turtle.jpg  http://bit.ly/bvy2BJ

Image 2. Loggerhead  http://www.answersingenesis.org/assets/images/articles/aqua/Loggerhead_Sea_Turtle.jpg

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“2 rare Kangal pups join Cheetah rescue program”


New hope and more diverse bloodlines ride on these little guys,

After several years of looking for new Kangal dog bloodlines to increase its breeding program, the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) recently welcomed two Kangal puppies donated by Anne Hupel from Bonnie Blue Flag Kangals in France.  The two puppies, Firat (male) and Feliz (female), were transported from France to Namibia by Patrick Couzinet, a French CCF supporter and an active member of Leadership for Conservation in Africa, of which CCF is also a member.

 

A Kangal Dog is the national dog of Turkey. It is a domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris). Kangal, which weigh between 90-145 lb full-grown, was originally used as a livestock guardian dog. It is of an early mastiff type with a solid, pale tan or sabled coat, and with a black mask.

The breed is often referred to as a sheep dog, but it is not a herding dog, but a guardian who watches his flock with gentleness and devotion of a mother. It lives with the flock fending off wolves, bears and jackals, lions and other prey.

After several years of looking for new Kangal dogs to diversify the bloodlines in its breeding program, the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) recently welcomed two Kangal puppies donated by Anne Hupel from Bonnie Blue Flag Kangals in France to the CCF family.

The two puppies, Firat (male) and Feliz (female), were transported from France to Namibia by Patrick Couzinet, a French CCF supporter and an active member of Leadership for Conservation in Africa, of which CCF is also a member. The puppies provide new bloodlines for CCF’s successful Livestock Guarding Dog Program.  CCF is one of the few places in the world using this rare breed of dogs.

“Kangals and Anatolians are very intelligent breeds of dogs; we are very excited that the recent puppy donations will give us a greater opportunity to work with even more Namibian farmers through our Livestock Guarding Dog Program,” said CCF Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Laurie Marker.

The puppies have joined female Kangal Aleya, who arrived at CCF in September through the generosity of German breeder Kristina Peez of Sivas Guardian Angels and CCF’s resident breeding females, Cazgir from the SPOTS Foundation in the Netherlands and Hediye from Turkmen Kangal Dogs. All four puppies will be used for breeding. Having Firat, the male, will allow CCF to use natural breeding with its Kangal females. Meanwhile CCF will continue to conduct artificial insemination (AI) to increase the bloodlines of this breed with sperm donated to CCF last year by Turkmen Kangal Dogs from the US. CCF’s first successful AI was performed on an Anatolian Shepherd with sperm donated by Rare Breeds Ranch and ICSB Grass Valley, also from the US. The three female puppies born in August will also be used for breeding.

The Livestock Guarding Dog Program began in 1994, specifically to breed dogs for the protection of sheep and goat flocks when they are grazing out in the veldt and vulnerable to predator attacks.  CCF has placed more than 375 Livestock Guarding Dogs with commercial and communal farmers.

The program is open to any Namibian farmer interested in a dog.  From the initial application, CCF conducts farm visits and assesses the conditions that the dog will be living under.  Once approved, the farmers are invited to Puppy Day at CCF, where they attend courses on caring for the dogs. CCF follows up with the farmers several times during the course of the first year and once a year after that, to make sure that the dog is in good health and behaving correctly and that the farmer is happy with the dog.  In addition, during the visits CCF provides any necessary advice to the farmers, as well as basic medical care such as de-worming and vaccinations, free of charge.

If you live in Nambia

To apply for one of CCF’s Livestock Guarding Dog, please contact CCF at (067) 306 225 (Namibia only).

  • The Cheetah Conservation Fund is a Namibian non-profit trust dedicated to the long-term survival of the cheetah and its ecosystems.
  • Since 1990, the organization has developed education and conservation programs based on its bio-medical cheetah research studies, published scientific research papers and has presented educational programs to over 250 000 outreach school learners and over 1500 farmers. In addition, CCF has donated over 375 Anatolian Shepherd livestock guarding dogs to commercial and communal farmers as part of their innovative non-lethal livestock management program.
  • Research into cheetah biology and ecology has greatly increased our understanding of the fastest land animal and education programmes for schools and the farming community help change public attitudes to allow predator and humans to co-exist. However, despite the many successes of CCF programs, the cheetah is still Africa’s most endangered big cat.

For more information on CCF’s research, conservation and education programs, please contact:

Cheetah Conservation Fund
PO Box 1755, Otjiwarongo – Namibia
Tel : (067) 306225
Fax: (067) 306247
E-mail: cheetah@iway.na
Website: www.cheetah.org

“Endangered NZ singingbdogs being neutered in PA”


The endangered New Zealand singing dogs are being neutered starting today  11/08/2010 in Fannett Township Chambersburg, PA.These dogs are owned by Randy Hammond, 58, where about 85 of the dogs were recently found living in dozens of outdoor pens and cages. 

Since news of the discovery emerged, two organizations specializing in the breed have come forward to assist in the rescue. They have begun receiving donations and inquiries about the unusual animals.

“I just want to comment that I am in awe of the tremendous amount of effort and support being provided by everyone. I am starting to see a light at the end of this long tunnel,” Tom Wendt of New Guinea Singing Dog International wrote in an e-mail.

So far, about $4,000 has been donated to offset the expense of caring for and relocating the dogs, Wendt said. A number of volunteers and donated supplies will help to further defray the cost, he added.

Four veterinarians have agreed to assist with the spaying and neutering, according to Diane Buhl, a Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture employee from another region of the state who volunteered to help coordinate the project.

“There are also probably between eight and 10 vet technicians and assistants who are volunteering their time, along with the four vets,” Buhl said.

Use of the mobile veterinary clinic was donated by the Adams County SPCA in Gettysburg. The self-contained unit will provide an acceptable place to operate on the animals safely without having to leave Hammond’s property.

“This way, the owner will be the one to get each animal and carry it to the mobile hospital,” Buhl said. “It’ll be less stress on the animals.”

She said roughly 40 adult dogs, about evenly split between males and females, will be desexed on Hammond’s property today and Wednesday.

“We’re only neutering the adults. We haven’t touched any of the pups, and we’re not sure we’re going to,” Wendt said.

On Wednesday evening, two Singing Dog International members left Franklin County in a U-Haul truck bound for Phoenix, Ariz. On board were seven female singers with their 17 puppies, one pregnant female, and two severely handicapped dogs.

Now, 56 dogs remain on Hammond’s property, according to Wendt. About 16 will not be neutered this week, because they are scheduled to be picked up Thursday by Best Friends Animal Society and taken to a Micanopy, Fla., who have the facilities to house the dogs safely.

Once they are neutered, finding appropriate homes for the dogs will be the next challenge, Wendt said. Because they lack socialization, the adults will require new owners with experience in dealing with primitive dogs, as well as special facilities to house them. They need lots of space. they have lots of energy and are not domesticated dogs.

The dogs’ owner is cooperating with the rescue effort, and will keep 10 of the dogs, after being spayed or neutered.

Prior to the discovery of his dogs, there were about 150 members of the breed known to exist in captivity worldwide, many of them in zoos. Sightings of the animals in their habitat have been rare, and some believe them to be extinct in the wild.

Since all of Hammond’s animals are descended from only two breeding pairs, and suffer from genetic inbreeding problems. Thus the dogs won’t be used in captive breeding programs designed to increase the population.

Look and Listen to these beautiful endangered singing dogs.

To help

Anyone interested in making a donation or providing a home for some of the Hammond dogs may contact Tom Wendt of New Guinea Singing Dog International at (815) 814-4968 or tomcue2@hotmail.com.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of   http://bit.ly/bGuGWM

Excerpts courtesy of   http://bit.ly/cniERe

Information: New Guinea Singing Dog International http://www.freewebs.com/singingdogs.

“Bushmeat survivors-so cute”


“Bushmeat survivors-so cute need your love”

A two year old male chimp is the latest to lose his family and forest home at the hands of bushmeat hunters. Discovered by wildlife officers in a

village on the edge of the Dja Reserve, Kazi had been relegated to the back room of a house where he was tied with rope and largely ignored.

Luckily he was discovered early and brought to apeactionafrica.org in Cameroon, Africa while they were still in good health. The rope around this young chimp’s groin cut deep and caused a badly infected wound, but Ape Action Africa was able to clean, stitch and care for him  around the clock until he was well.

Kazi’s the new chimp was  initial confused, but quickly adapted showing his lively personality.  Now Kazi was introduced  to a new friend, Captain Song.

The two chimps are the same age and size and are “brothers” now. They are also very attached to their care taker Zanga, who supervises their day-time play and stays with them throughout the night. A recent attempt to introduce them to an older female chimp was sadly unsuccessful, but the boys will continue in the dedicated care of Zanga until a new family group can be found for them.

Orphaned gorillas and chimpanzees urgently need your help

Ape Action Africa need your help so that they can continue to give these orphaned animals a safe, caring environment where they can enjoy their lives with each other. Over 300 primates live here, including 100 chimps and 18 gorillas, and they must be fed, housed and medically cared for. It’s full time and full on!
With your help, the running of this truly groundbreaking operation in the Cameroon forest will continue to be a reality.

What can you do?
Give a gift of life and caring early this year.

Donate please – Financial help is one of the greatest gifts you can give to help conserve the endangered gorillas and chimpanzees of West Africa. Small or large, all donations assist our front line work. What you give today could feed a baby chimp tomorrow and the days to come.
Adopt an Ape in Africa  – Like people, gorillas and chimps are all different. They have real personalities. There’s nothing quite like adopting one of our orphans, getting regular updates and watching him/her grow, develop and become an active member of their group.

With more than 290 primates in our care, including 98 chimps and 18 gorillas, and all of them  must have food, shelter and medicines, you help is sorely needed.. Chimps and gorillas can live for 40/50 years so we have a long term commitment to them.….and you can help us take care of them by adopting one of our orphans and becoming involved in their lives with regular updates, watching them grow into their new family groups.
Our primate cousins need your suupport today. Thank you Mother Nature.

See the work on  video.

“Cheetah work wins Lowell Thomas Award”


CCF FOUNDER LAURIE MARKER RECEIVES THE EXPLORERS CLUB’S

LOWELL THOMAS AWARD

Dr. Laurie Marker, Founder and Executive Director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), received the Lowell Thomas Award at the Explorers Club annual awards dinner, held in New York City, USA on 23 October.  The award honors outstanding achievements in the field of exploration and this year centered on the theme “Exploring Extinction. Is It Forever?” Marker was recognised for her work of over three decades to stabilize cheetah numbers in the wild through research, education and building partnerships.

Wildlife expert Jim Fowler nominated Marker for the award based on her efforts to unite a nation, a continent, and the world in the effort to save the cheetah.  “As past chair of the Conservancy Association of Namibia for six years, Laurie used education and collaboration with local farmers and landowners to form conservancies to provide thousands of contiguous acres of land where cheetahs can roam more safely,” said Fowler.  “She learned that with improved livestock and wildlife management techniques, cheetah, people and livestock can peacefully co-exist. “

Wildlife expert Jim Fowler nominated Marker for the award based on her efforts to unite a nation, a continent, and the world in the effort to save the cheetah.  “As past chair of the Conservancy Association of Namibia for six years, Laurie used education and collaboration with local farmers and landowners to form conservancies to provide thousands of contiguous acres of land where cheetahs can roam more safely,” said Fowler.  “She learned that with improved livestock and wildlife management techniques, cheetah, people and livestock can peacefully co-exist. “

The Explorers Club’s award is named in honour of Lowell Thomas, whose ambition was “to know more about this globe than anyone else ever has”, travelled to remote sites around the world in the early 1900s and led the way for modern explorers and scientists.

Marker founded the non-profit Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in 1990 and based its international centre in Namibia, the country with the largest remaining wild cheetah population.  The world population of wild cheetahs is approximately 10,000 individuals and is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. For more information on CCF, visit www.cheetah.org.

This year’s other Lowell Thomas Award winners are: Peter C. Keller; Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher; Curt and Micheline-Nicole Jenner; John Hare; Linda Elkins-Tanton; Ian Mackenzie and Nancy Sullivan.

Congratulation Dr. Laurie and everyone at CCF.

“Do you love dolphins and dogs? Check out this clip”


First MoonWalking” now  Tailing walking.  In Adelaide, Australia, wild dolphins have been observed teaching themselves and their  young  to “walk on water” by furiously paddling upright on their tail flukes, scientists say.
It  is the newest social behavior seen in wild dolphins.

However if you think that rocks then you need to click this link to see one of the most touching animal stories of all times “Friends for life -the dog and the dolphin”.

Why can’t humans behave like these two friends?
Thanks Betts and http://www.dogwork.com/ddcv4/ for sending this clip in.

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