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Bamboo Lemur
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Madagascar is one of the world’s greatest biodiversity hotspots, full of plants and animals that exist nowhere else on earth. And sadly, they are at risk. The incredible biodiversity has been negatively impacted from habitat loss caused by deforestation, hunting and the pet-trade. For the last 20 years, Dr. Edward

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orca whales in marine environmet
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Dyna Tuytel, a Barrister & Solicitor at Ecojustice in Calgary, has had a lifelong interest and concern about environmental issues. Following an undergraduate Arts degree, she attended law school to pursue a career in environmental law. She has loved whales since she was a kid, and is particularly excited about

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extinct passenger pigeon
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To better understand some of the challenges that the over 16,000 endangered species face and save them from going extinct, let’s take a look at what happened to drive some Canadian species into extinction. Over hunting/Overfishing Sea Mink Woodland Caribou (Queen Charlotte Islands population) Cascade Mountain Wolf Newfoundland Wolf Great

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orca whales in marine environmet
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125 marine species are at risk in and around the Georgia Strait, but the Georgia Strait Alliance (GSA) is wanting to change that and help protect their critical habitat. Christianne Wilhelmson, M.Sc., Executive Director of the Georgia Strait Alliance, shared some thoughts with me Monday about what’s happening. GSA was

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snow leopard
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The Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystems Program (GSLEP) is a joint initiative by all 12 snow leopard range countries and has the aim of achieving the long-term survival of this endangered cat. The GSLEP’s 1st Steering Committee meeting happened on March 19 and 20, 2015, when delegates from the range

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translocation can apply to elephants as well
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Translocation, which is the capture, transport and release of an animal species, is becoming more popular in wildlife conservation around our world. Ever since I was a child reading Gerald Durrell’s books I have been a fan of translocation to save threatened and endangered animals. Here are a few successful

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IUCN endangered Giant Panda
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Back in June 2016, scientists reported the first animal casualty to climate change. The Bramble Cay melomys, known as a mosaic-tailed rat, is now thought to be extinct as a result of dramatic habitat loss and rising sea levels caused by climate change. This alarming reality will unfortunately become more common

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Good news came out of Alaska recently when the Center for Biological Diversity announced that the State of Alaska’s challenge to “Endangered” status of Cook Inlet Beluga Whales had been rejected. On November 21 of this year, a federal judge rejected the state of Alaska’s 2010 lawsuit that tried to strip

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Court cases play an important role in wildlife conservation. When people disregard the needs of wildlife, such as Canada’s Environment Minister deciding to not recommend emergency protection for woodland caribou, court cases can right the wrong. Thus Ecojustice and CPAWS were recently happy when the Federal Court overturned the Minister’s decision. The

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Endangered Species

A new report has just been released by the International Boreal Conservation Science Panel called “Keeping woodland caribou in the boreal forest: Big challenge, immense opportunity”. The report emphasizes that recovery is achievable but the challenges are substantial. The decline of woodland caribou stems primarily from loss of their boreal forest

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Conservation groups are campaigning to get the BC government to introduce a law to protect 1,900 at-risk species. BC and Alberta are the only provinces in Canada with no endangered species legislation. Ecojustice, Sierra Club BC and the Wilderness Committee recently stated  that the BC government’s Species at Risk Task Force report makes

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The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in the UK has a pdf document on their website that tells you 10 things you might not have known about Durrell. Some of the information, such as that they have an on-site veterinary centre and laboratory, seems guessable. To me, this is something that

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Amidst all the stories of biodiversity loss are some conservation success stories of animals that have been saved. The animal that might have inspired the unicorn stories, the Arabian Oryx, is once again gracing the Arabian Peninsular, according to the IUCN. A-grain-of-hope-in-the-desert Hunted till it was extinct in the wild,

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New Democrat MLA Rob Fleming recently wrote and introduced a new private member’s bill to the BC legislature which was widely praised by environmental groups such as the David Suzuki Foundation and the Wilderness Committee. Bill M2, Species at Risk Protection Act, an endangered species law, seeks to protect the province’s

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WildEarth Guardians and the Department of Interior reached an important agreement on May 10th in which the US Fish and Wildlife Service has committed to making final Endangered Species Act listing determinations by September 2016 for 251 species that have been on hold for too long. “We are very hopeful

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