The 27th February is International Polar Bears Day to raise awareness of the plight of polar bears but also to help Polar Bears International raise funds for their Moms and Cubs project.
The charity is raising funds to continue devleoping new technology to help them protect dens that mums and cubs need. If we can protect mums and cubs, then polar bears are more likely to have a future.
The okapi live in the dense jungle of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The opaki is under threat
Although it is a respected cultural symbol of the DRC (have had protect status since 1933), the opaki is threatened by human activities: slash-and-burn agriculture, illegal gold mining, logging, encroachment from human settlement and bush-meat poaching.
The reserve itself is a designated World Heritage Site. It sits within the Ituri Forest, and it encompasses 13,700 square kilometres. As well as the opaki, it is home to animals such as forest elephants, chimpanzees, 13 species of primates, leopards, bongo antelopes and a huge variety of birds and insects.
International Animal Rescue needs our help to rescue Nelson the bear. He's been in this cage, captive for 30 years. He's gone blind.
His owner apparently loves him. But Nelson deserves better than life in this cage.
This poor bear has spent years going round in circles, desperate to relieve his boredom, walking on a floor of compacted filth.
International Animal Rescue (IAR) says that the Armenian government must get involved and order the owner to give the bear up. The charity is putting as much pressure as possible on the government to make this owner surrender the bear. It will then act to rescue Nelson and care for him.
Nelson needs treatment and care to relieve his pain. Veterinary attention will establish if he could ever see again. Once he is under anaesthetic, the vets will be able to give him an initial health assessment to see what sort of condition he in. Then Nelson will head to the rescue centre in the mountains for quarantine and tests - the latter will give a clear idea of his health.
Do you ever hear about the incredibly brave work wildlife rangers do on the front lines to protect the beautiful wildlife we all love to much?
The job of a wildlife ranger is becoming increasingly dangerous – the African Wildlife Foundation says that they must be prepared to act in a number of roles:
A law enforcement officer
A community liaison
Even whilst the COVID-19 pandemic has been going on, they have been working to protect the species, landscapes and communities in Africa.
Image copyright African Wildlife Foundation
They undertake rigorous training and face difficult conditions as they work – and they are vital in investigating wildlife crimes. Both poachers and the very wildlife rangers are trying to protect can be dangerous and deadly.
The hours are long and rangers may not see their families for a long time. Communications can be very limited which means access to urgent help can be difficult or even impossible to come by.
So the African Wildlife Foundation is giving us all a wonderful opportunity to thank these rangers – we can send them a note in time for World Ranger Day on 31 July!
Thousands of people worldwide take part by celebrating, learning about and taking action to protect species who are threatened and endangered.
Most of the events will be online or consist of digital actions but there will also be nature hikes, garden plantings and litter clean-ups!
The day is organised by the Endangered Species Coalition. Their mission is “to stop the human-caused extinction of our nation’s at-risk species, to protect and restore their habitats and to guide these fragile populations along the road to recovery.”
They work to safeguard and strengthen the Endangered Species Act. The law means every citizen can act on behalf of threatened and endangered wildlife and the wild places they call home.
For a start, there’s a Pollinator Party, a Chalk Art Event and a Youth Art Contest. And there are other events around the world, too.
The Coalition is a network of organisations and hundreds of thousands of individuals, all dedicated to protecting the US’s disappearing wildlife and remaining wild places.
They help protect the Canadian lynx, Gray Wolves, Grizzly Bears, Mexican Gray Wolves, the beautiful Monarch Butterfly and Wolverine.