The koala has become a symbol of Australia’s sad record of species decline and could be extinct within 50 years, conservationists say. A study of dwindling species in the Indo-Pacific region paints a bleak future for the koala. The 2012 Living Planet Report, by the conservation group WWF, says species in the region have declined by 64 per cent since 1970 - the worst of all the world’s regions. WWF Australia ecologist Dr Martin Taylor says that if the rate at which koalas are vanishing is not curbed, they could be extinct within 50 years.
(Photo by TheCameraTrap)
Original artwork for Orangutan conservation by runningblind30.
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“Orangutans share a preference with humans for fertile alluvial plains and lowland valleys – a habitat once rich in tropical forests but now disappearing fast due to logging and agricultural schemes. ” (http://wwf.panda.org/)
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The Vanishing Rhino…
Rhinoceros horns, unlike those of other horned mammals, consist of keratin only and lack a bony core. They are used in traditional Asian medicines, and for this their horns are worth many dollars to poachers.
- Javan Rhino; Critically Endangered (Declared Extinct in Vietnam 2011)
- Sumatran Rhino; Critically Endangered
- Northern White Rhino; Critically Endangered (4 Individuals left)
- West African Black Rhino; Declared Extinct in 2011
A critically endangered species of rhino is now extinct in Vietnam, according to a report by conservation groups. The WWF and the International Rhino Foundation said the country’s last Javan rhino was probably killed by poachers, as its horn had been cut off.
A critically endangered species of rhino is now extinct in Vietnam, according to a report by conservation groups.
The WWF and the International Rhino Foundation said the country’s last Javan rhino was probably killed by poachers, as its horn had been cut off.Fewer than 50 individuals are now estimated to remain in the wild.
— World Wildlife Fund’s Living Planet Report
Marine turtles in Northern Australia are suffering from a debilitating virus and are also starving since many of the sea grass beds they rely on for food have been badly damaged.
Stella and Jurgen Freund visited the area to photograph and blog about the situation. Click here to see their photo blog.
‘On Borrowed Time’ trains a spotlight on the poaching crisis in Belum-Temengor and calls for the problem to be put on the national agenda. These forests in northern Perak are of critical importance for the conservation of tigers and other endangered species, yet research and monitoring by WWF-Malaysia and TRAFFIC Southeast Asia since 2008 have documented decimation of the wildlife by relentless illegal hunting, with little standing in poachers’ way.
Filmed by award-winning Malaysian documentary makers Novista for WWF-Malaysia and TRAFFIC Southeast Asia.