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Florida Zoo Announces Birth Of Southern White Rhino

ZooTampa welcomed a baby southern white rhino to the family. The calf was born during the overnight hours of Sunday, June 6, 2021. The female calf and her mom, 20 -year-old Alake, an experienced mother, are doing well. According to NBC News: "A Florida zoo announced the birth of a southern white rhino, the eighth to be born in Tampa as part of a plan to help the species. Officials at ZooTampa at Lowry Park said the baby was born to a 20-year-old rhino named Alake last week. The female calf has not been named yet, but both baby and mother are healthy and doing well."

"Alake was paired with the only adult male in the Tampa zoo, Ongava. Their calf will join the crash, or group of rhinos, in the coming weeks, zoo officials said. Visitors will be able to see the baby rhino in the new Expedition Wild Africa attraction, set to open soon." We are so happy to hear both that mom and baby are doing well, and that plans to help the species recover are working!

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Beary Goofy Pandas For National Panda Day (Pics)

Happy national panda day, everyone! It's time to give some love to the biggest goofballs in the animal kingdom. They are floofy, they are cuddly, they clumsy, silly, and far more dangerous than anyone would ever think when looking at their pictures. 

Pandas are some of our absolute favorite animals. And given their extremely huggable qualities and their goofier than life nature, we think that they should probably be on everyone's favorite animals list. They are, of course, also endangered, and we're always concerned about them. So, the more opportunities we get to give them love, the better. 

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Giving Some Love To Awwdorable Endangered Numbats

There are so many amazing animals out there that we don't know about. Rare and special creatures that, as animal lovers, we wish we knew more about. One of them is the Numbat. Numbats are insectivorous marsupials, they're adorable, they're fluffy, they looks almost mythical, and there are only about 1000 of them left in the world. 

They're an endangered animal in need of help, and we think one of the best ways to help them is to spread awareness about them and show people pictures of how incredibly adorable they are. Because no one can withstand their cuteness. Another incredible way to help is to read up about them and consider donating at Project Numbat. But for now, let's take a look at how amazing they are

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Precious And Awwdorable Spotted-Tail Quolls

Have you ever heard of the spotted-tail tiger quoll? Well, if you haven't, you're about to fall in love with them. They are so cute and criminally underrated and deserving of love. These cutie patooties are the second largest extant carnivorous marsupial, which, in simple words, means that they're tiny. 

Of course, you know why that's important information - tiny animals are extra cute animals and you will extra love them for it. They're also endangered, so it's all the more important to bring attention to them and their situation, and what's a better way of bringing awareness about them than fawning over their cuteness

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Awwdorable Bumblebee Bats: Smallest Bat In The World

The bumblebee bat, also known as Kitti's hog-nosed bat or Craseonycteris thonglongyai, is the smallest bat in the world and one of the smallest mammals in the world. It just so happens to be one of the cutest mammals in the world as well. It weighs about 0.07 oz, it grows up to about 1.3 inches, and it is endangered, so it's time to give it some love

These tiny creatures have a pig-like snout, and they're so small they can easily fit on the tip of your finger. Us, animal people, have a tendency to love any tiny animal, and this one is no exception. So, get to know these guys if you haven't heard of them yet, aww at their cuteness, and hope that there will be more of them as time goes on.

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Critically Endangered Black Rhino Calf Is Born In Chester Zoo

Starting off the day with a piece of incredibly happy news! A critically endangered black baby rhino was born in Chester Zoo, and we could not be any happier about it. There are only less than 1,000 of them left globally, so any new addition to the black rhino family should be celebrated everywhere. On top of that, the rare birth and the baby's first steps were all caught on camera!

Take a look at the footage below!

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Be still our beating hearts! What is about pandas that turn our hearts into mush? 

They're one of the cutest animals around, and it definitely helps that they're so silly and weird. Sadly, giant pandas are an endangered species that's been really tricky to breed and raise in captivity. According to National Geographic, "n the 1960s, only 30 percent of infant pandas born at breeding centers survived. Today 90 percent survive."

What changed? This video helps explains. 

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Congratulations to Erie Zoo, Pennsylvania, for welcoming the birth of two critically endangered red panda cubs! 

On August 6th, 2020,  Erie Zoo announced that their two adult pandas, Pumori and Delilah, have welcomed their first litter! One male cub and one female cub had been born. Currently in the care of animal specialists after staff members noticed the cubs were "failing to gain weight naturally." 

In the video, we see the zoo's veterinarian P.J. Polumbo nursing the four-week-old cubs. 

"They are doing extremely well," the spokesperson said during the cubs' unveiling on Facebook. "They did just open their eyes within the last week."

Story via People

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San Diego Zoo Announces Birth Of Endangered Lemur Twins

A big congrats to San Diego Zoo and to the mother, Rosalita, who birthed two endangered ring-tailed lemurs on July 8, 2020. 

The twins, one male, and one female (yet to be named) went through the Zoo's veterinarian's quality wellness check, to make sure everything is fine (ie, nursing properly, gaining weight, etc).

 Both twins have yet to be named but are in good health and very loved by all, especially their mother. 

Yeleny Smith, wildlife care specialist at the San Diego Zoo knew Rosalita would be an excellent mother from the start, "She immediately exhibited all the appropriate behaviors of a lemur mom—being very attentive, grooming them, placing them in the appropriate nursing position, encouraging them to nurse and tending to their every need. These births are significant, as they allow us to continue to learn and share knowledge about this endangered lemur species."

What a sight it must be! According to San Diego Zoo, the 13-day-old twins are often seen "clinging to their mothers' belly" as she often nurses them and relaxes in the sun. 

Who else is currently looking up San Diego ticket prices to see these two precious babies? Both San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park are open but with added safety and health protocols. 

Story via San Diego Zoo Global ZooNooz

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Endangered Gorilla Is Expecting 1st Baby In New Orleans' Zoo

What beautiful news! 

13-year-old Tumani is excepting her very first baby! The critically endangered gorilla, who currently resides at the New Orleans' zoo, is already being trained in preparation for the bundle of joy! Tumani has been given a "doll" to care for, but since a stuffed doll doesn't look anything like a gorilla, it could be easily torn apart. 

Instead, they come up with another idea. Audubon Zoo's chief veterinarian, Dr. Robert McLean, explained that they created a "rugged section of canvas firehose tubing has been woven roughly to the proportions and weight of a 4-pound newborn gorilla."

"I haven't seen it myself, McLean continued. "Apparently it's pretty ugly but it does the job."

Tumani is a western lowland gorilla. In 2016, there was only an estimate of 362,000 in the wild, and that number falls about 2.7% a year. And according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, by 2082, those numbers might plummet to 80%. 

Unfortunately, due to diseases, such as Ebola, habitat loss, and illegal hunting, their population is plummeting quickly. 

And all the more reason to celebrate Tumani and her baby to be. We wish this mama a healthy delivery and a healthy baby! 

Story via ABC3340 News

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Endangered Javan Rhino Was Spotted Taking a Mud Bath in Indonesia

Indonesia's environment minister shared a video of a rare Javan rhinoceros taking a mud bath in Ujung Kulon National Park. 

It's believed there are just 72 of the animal left in the world.

The minister who shared the video, Siti Nurbaya Bakar, wrote that the rhinoceros had been identified as a 7-year-old male.

Listed as "critically endangered" on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) red list, the Javan rhinoceros is found only in the Ujung Kulon National Park. Forest rangers have been guarding the national park to prevent poachers from killing rhinos and removing their horns, which can fetch huge sums of money on the black market.

Siti also explained that rhinoceros take mud baths to protect their skin from sunburn, insect bites and other parasites as well as to maintain their skin's moisture. Mud baths also help rhinoceros cool down and fulfill their mineral needs. Rhinoceros could take mud baths twice a day, with each session taking up to three hours, Siti added.


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Pygmy hippos are an endangered species, there are approximately fewer than 2,500 of them currently living in the wild. 

And now, the San Diego Zoo has revealed the exciting news that the latest addition of the beautiful species is a male pygmy hippo! The hippo has had a successful birth and is the first of its kind in over 30 years!

His mother, a 4-year-old pygmy hippo named Mabel, is a first-time mother and is doing well after giving birth to her 12.4-pound calf. 

"Mom and calf are doing very well, they said – and the calf is nursing and getting lots of attention from the first-time mother," San Diego Zoo Global said in a statement.

Congrats, Mama Mabel! 


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British Photographer Travels The World For Two Years Capturing Endangered Animals

London-based photographer Tim Flach traveled the world for almost two years, capturing the nuanced expressions, unique patterning, and unusual profiles of endangered animals, large and small. Flach focused his lens on highlighting the traits of those valuable species that are at risk of disappearing due to habitat loss, climate change, and human activity. 

Flach has published several books of his photography: one is centered around endangered animals, while others are species-specific, celebrating horses, birds, or dogs. You can explore the artist's catalog as well as several galleries of animal portraits on his website, and follow him on Instagram for first glimpses of new work.

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Endangered Rhinos: New Stunning Photographs From Kenya

Below are 8 stunning and intimate photographs of white rhinos, taken with a BeetleCam at Solio Lodge wildlife conservancy, Kenya. 

The powerful images taken by British photographer, Will Burrard-Lucas, are part of his latest wildlife series. 

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species, black rhinos are labeled as "critically endangered," and Southern white rhinos are "near threatened."

With a long lens, Burrard-Lucas' traveled around Kenya, and found black rhinos to be "very shy and elusive," he tells CNN Travel

While he found white rhinos to be the opposite, claiming they were "quite sociable animals."

"It's a very different experience being able to actually see them while I'm photographing them," he says. "That was a wonderful experience to be able to see that calf and mother going about their daily life."

Check out the extraordinary images below:

Story via CNN Travel

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Brilliant Campaign Features Images of Endangered Species Made Of Pixels to Show How Many Are Left

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) created back in 2008 A jaw-dropping campaign featuring several pixelated images of endangered animal species. Initially, as the photos look blurry, you wonder what is going on, as if a mistake has happened. Upon closer look, you realize that the pixels represent the number of species that are currently alive — the blurrier the image, the fewer the numbers. It's a heart-breaking yet fantastic campaign that brings awareness to the endangered species problem. Now, a follow-up project by JJSmooth44 has emerged, where the artist's work is based on the WWF campaign, and it's as impressive as the original.


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CITES Has Voted To Ban Endangered Smooth-Coated Otter Trade

Huzzah! Another step in the right direction! 

CITES is a multilateral treaty to protect endangered plants and animals, and as of yesterday, in a meeting in Geneva, over 100 countries have voted to ban the trade in the smooth-coated otters and officially placing the otters onto the CITES most endangered list. 

Story via France 24

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