A-Z OF ENDANGERED SPECIES - WHITE RHINO

Hello everyone, I am up to the letter W and this week I am featuring an animal I nearly made for the letter R but for some reason I made a Red Panda instead, thankfully I get a chance to feature it this week, it is a species of Rhino, the White Rhino. 

White Rhinos are not white, the word white comes from the German word for wide which references the animal's muzzle, they have a very square top lip. Rhinos are the words second largest land animal and the White Rhino is the largest of all the rhinos weighing in at 2.3 tons and are a massive 4 metres in length, that means they are about as big as a car and they weigh twice as much. 

The White Rhino can be divided into 2 categories, the Southern White Rhino and (no prizes for guessing) the Northern White Rhino. The Northern lives in central Africa and the Southern lives mainly across the southern parts of Africa. Back in the late 1800s the Southern White Rhino was thought to be extinct however a small population of just 100 Rhinos were discovered, with so few of these rhinos left it was decided that they needed to be protected and managed, over the next 100 years the population slowly grew and eventually the animal moved from the Endangered category into the Near Threatened category, there are now over 20,000 of these amazing animals in the wild and the numbers are continuing to grow.

Rhinos are threatened by a whole host of things, loss of habitat and poaching being the main two. The WWF is taking a very active role in helping to protect rhinos by helping to strengthen local law enforcements to protect the rhinos from poaching. The WWF is also taking an active role in monitoring the rhinos and the movements of the poachers, using rhino horn DNA analysis (RhoDIS) they are able to get a better understanding into where and how the illegal trading of rhino horn is taking place, it also helps bring the criminals to justice for their crimes against rhinos.

To find out more about the work the WWF is doing to help rhinos check out this website - https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/white-rhino

I have just 3 more animals to go before I bring my project to an end, I am STILL collecting money for the WWF, I would be so happy for any donations no matter how small, every penny makes a difference to help the WWF with their work and my just giving page is both safe and secure - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/EndangeredSpecies

Every donation you make to my Just giving page helps save another endangered species, it also helps make a balloon man smile. 

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 believe 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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