Discussion in 'Wildlife & Nature Conservation' started by Loxodonta Cobra, 22 Dec 2016.
The Worst Wildlife Conservation Stories of 2016
Thank you for posting this @Loxodonta Cobra. Everything it mentioned is quite depressing, but the news about the Acehnese government wanting to bulldoze all of its rainforests is the one that worries me most of all. That's not just one threatened species, that's many threatened species and an entire ecosystem.
The biggest priority for conservationists, I think, is convincing governments and populations to care about and invest in their native species and ecosystems. Unfortunately, money talks loudest, and I think there will need to be quite an extreme shift in social consciousness to eschew making decisions based on financial profit alone (note: I actually suspect that preserving the rainforest would be more financially beneficial in the long run than replacing it with oil palm plantations, which just makes it even more infuriating).
Also here is an article from May about the three addax:
Only 3 Addax Antelopes Left in the Wild?
Gosh I had no idea addax were so rare... as the article mentions they're in many zoos... hopefully we can maintain them.
WOW! I should consider myself lucky to see addax as often as I do? What zoos are currently keeping them?
Many zoos in the United States and Europe keep them, in addition to many ranches and game farms in Texas and large captive herds in range countries. The last time I visited them, both Brookfield and Lincoln Park in Chicago held addax.
Only Brookfield does, Lincoln Park does not.
As does Louisville, the only other zoo I've seen in person with them - The other being Brookfield (as you know)
I also saw them in St. Louis.
Saint Louis, DAK, Busch Gardens, Kansas City, Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia, Fresno, San Antonio, and SDWAP just to name some more major zoos.
Thanks for sharing Loxodonta Cobra, very depressing news ! Lets hope humanity will got a little smarter and it's not neccecary any more to publish such articles in the future - althrough I fear this will not happen !
Your welcome everyone. Here is the link to the best conservation stories of this year to lighten up our moods:Best Conservation Stories of 2016
Here another story full of bad news :
Living Alongside Wildlife: The Animals That Went Extinct in 2016
only one of those species actually became extinct in 2016. As with all these "animals which became extinct this year" lists, most of the animals listed have either been extinct for many years or nobody knows if they are extinct or not.
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