A-Z OF ENDANGERED SPECIES - VULTURE

A-Z OF ENDANGERED SPECIES - VULTURE

 

This week it is the letter V and I have chosen another bird this week, it is a Vulture. 

The Vulture can be split into 2 groups, the New world Vulture found in North and South America, these are mainly Condors, then there are the Old world Vultures which are the scavenging birds found mainly across Africa but also in Europe and Asia. These 2 Vulture groups are divided into a further 23 species of Vulture, 7 in the New world and the rest in the old world. 

 

Vultures are often seen as disgusting birds, They are said to be bald, ugly and feast on decaying carcasses, some of these things may be true however he reality is that Vultures can be beautiful creatures, a vulture in flight is extremely graceful and not all vultures are bald and ugly.  Yes it is true that Vultures do eat dead animals however without the vultures to clean up the carcasses diseases would be far more likely, Vultures have amazing stomach acids that kill off most bacteria so can eat even the most rotten of meat. 

 

In India, Nepal and other parts of Asia there has been a period of treating cattle with an anti-inflammatory drug called Diclofenac, this drug stays in the bodies of the cattle and is highly poisonous to vultures, the vulture populations across India and Nepal have decreased rapidly because of this drug and Diclofenac is now banned in many parts of the world. Because of the decline of Vultures India has seen a sharp rise in dead decaying cattle and there is a significant risk from deadly diseases  such as Anthrax, the Stray dog population has also dramatically increased and with that there is an increase in rabies, with no vultures to clear the dead animals the diseases are easily passed on to other animals and humans. 

 

In 2016 a study reported that out of the 23 species of Vulture, nine are now critically endangered with a further three endangered and four threatened. Thankfully governments around the world are trying to conserve the remaining vulture populations and captive breeding programmes are aiming to introduce more vultures back into the wild.

 

One of the main reasons I am doing this project is to raise awareness for many of the threatened animals on our delicate planet, one way you can help is to share this and any of my posts on social media. You can also donate to my just giving page. It is a safe secure method of donating money to the WWF and ALL of the money goes directly to the charity - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/EndangeredSpecies

 

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A-Z OF ENDANGERED SPECIES - UMBRELLABIRD

A-Z OF ENDANGERED SPECIES - TUNA

It is time for the letter U and this week I am in Blackpool at the Blackpool Balloon Bash, its raining here so I figured that this animal would be really appropriate, it is the Umbrellabird. 

The Umbrellabird is found in the rainforests of Central and South America, there are 3 types of umbrellabird, the Bare necked, the Amazonian and finally the one I have made, the Long Wattled Umbrellabird. All the birds are predominantly black and they are named because of their amazing head of feathers on their head which kind of resembles an umbrella. All the birds have an inflatable wattle hanging on their chest, this is used to amplify their booming call. 

As with most rainforest animals the main threat to the Umbrellabird is the loss of habitat, vast areas of rainforest are constantly being removed for timber and then being turned into farmland, as you can imagine this has a devistating effect of all species who make the rainforest their home. Another threat is from hunting, they are fairly easy to track due to their booming calls. 

Protected areas have been set up in several places in Central and Southern America, this is giving the Umbrellabird a chance to survive without any threats from habitat loss and hunting. for more information about this beautiful bird visit - https://a-z-animals.com/animals/umbrellabird/

One of the main reasons I am doing this project is to raise awareness for many of the threatened animals on our delicate planet, one way you can help is to share this and any of my posts on social media. You can also donate to my just giving page. It is a safe secure method of donating money to the WWF and ALL of the money goes directly to the charity - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/EndangeredSpecies

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A-Z OF ENDANGERED SPECIES - TUNA

This week is my 20th week and, I cannot beleive how quickly the time has gone, Week 20 means it is the letter T and I hve decided to feature an animal that everyone will have heard of, it is the Tuna. "Wait" I hear you say? "Tuna? that fish I have in my sandwiches every Tuesday and Thursday? I thought this was a project about animals at risk? surely the tuna is not endangered?" well yes I am sad to say that the Tuna is another animal at risk from us pesky humans. 

There are 8 main species of Tuna and the ones I am going to tell you about are the Atlantic and the Pacific Bluefin Tuna. As you might guess these 2 types of Tuna can be found in the Atlantic and the Pacific (no prizes for guessing that). Tuna are basically built for speed, they are the torpedoes of the sea, from birth they start to hunt other fish and can travel at high speed at depths of up to 4000 ft, Tuna also migrate across entire oceans in search of food. 

Most of the tuna we find in our supermarkets comes from the Atlantic bluefin Tuna in the Mediterranean Sea, this is the most important tuna fishing ground in the world. Being a predator of the seas the Tuna is very important for maintaining a balance in the ocean environment. Over fishing is causing major problems in our oceans and new fishing techniques are just making things worse. 

The WWF has been working to help regulate the fishing of Tuna and is also monitoring the population by tagging and tracking the fish, you can find out more about their work here - https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/bluefin-tuna

One of the main reasons I am doing this project is to raise awareness for many of the threatened animals on our delicate planet, one way you can help is to share this and any of my posts on social media. You can also donate to my just giving page. It is a safe secure method of donating money to the WWF and ALL of the money goes directly to the charity - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/EndangeredSpecies

A-Z OF ENDANGERED SPECIES - SEAHORSE

It is week 19 of my Endangered Species made from balloons, I am a little bit late for this one as I have had a hectic few days but here is this weeks sculpture, it is a Seahorse. I love seahorses, in fact doesn't everyone? they are such lovely little creatures. 

Did you know there are 54 different types of seahorse and they can be found all around the world, here in the UK we have 2 species of Seahorse that live all along the south and west coast all the way up to the Shetland islands. Seahorses generally live amongst sea grasses and seaweeds, they have a prehensile tail and use it to grip onto the grasses and weeds. 

It is fairly well known that the seahorse is the only animal in the world where the male carries the eggs before birth, the female will transfer the eggs into the males egg pouch where they will stay until hatching time, usually about 3 weeks. 

Seahorses have many predators in the wild, crabs, fish and rays being the most common, one of the main problems however is of course the worst predator of them all, Humans. The Traditional Chinese Medicine Trade is the main culprit, it takes in excess of up to 150 million seahorses a year from the wild and these are used for all types of medicines.

Other problems include the Curio Trade, taking one million seahorses from the wild and the Pet Trade taking another estimated one million seahorses from the wild, Finally as usual, habitat loss is another massive problem for these delicate little animals. 

One of the main reasons I am doing this project is to raise awareness for many of the threatened animals on our delicate planet, one way you can help is to share this and any of my posts on social media. You can also donate to my just giving page. It is a safe secure method of donating money to the WWF and ALL of the money goes directly to the charity - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/EndangeredSpecies

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A-Z OF ENDANGERED SPECIES - RED PANDA

I am into my last 9 weeks of my Endangered Species made from balloons and it is getting progressivly more difficult to choose what to make each week, this week however was an easy one, On a recent trip to essex I was lucky enough to visit Colchester zoo, the home of many amazing animals and a lot of excellent conservation work. While at the zoo I happened to be near the Red Pand area while a keeper was in the enclosure and it was the first time I had actually seen Red Pandas up and about doing things rather than laying on a branch asleep. We had a nice chat with the keeper and he told us lots of useful information which made me want to feature these cute little chaps in my project

Just like the Giant Panda, Red Pandas eat mostly Bamboo, in fact the name panda is said to come from a Nepali word meaning bamboo or plant eating animal. Bamboo is a very difficult plant to digest and more of the nutrients passes straight through the Red Panda digestive system, during the summer months the Red Panda makes up for this by eating insects and fruit. 

The Red Panda can be found in mountainous areas from Nepal to Myanmar and in parts of western China, because of their dependence on bamboo they live only where the plant can be found, usually on the southern slopes of mountains. Many zoos around the world have Red Pandas and take part in management programs to ensure the survival of this species for future generations.

The WWF is working hard to help the Red Panda populations in the wild, they are helping to monitor the animals and keep track of them and are working towards reintroducing them back into some areas.  As with many of the species I have featured the Red panda populations are affected by human and in the case of these animals a major problem are the Nepalese Yak herders, the WWF are working with Yak herders to help reduce the human impact on the fragile habitat, they also encourage alternative means of income such as tourism and the production of yak dung briquettes.


Check out more about the Red Panda here - http://www.worldwildlife.org/species/red-panda
One of the main reasons I am doing this project is to raise awareness for many of the threatened animals on our delicate planet, one way you can help is to share this and any of my posts on social media. You can also donate to my just giving page. It is a safe secure method of donating money to the WWF and ALL of the money goes directly to the charity - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/EndangeredSpecies