Global FinPrint is the first-ever global survey to inform shark and ray conservation. MIAMI (Feb. 21, 2017) – Researchers attempting the world’s largest survey of shark populations just reached their goal of 216 reefs — a year and a half ahead of schedule. They have no plans of stopping. Launched during Shark Week in 2015, Global FinPrint is a three-year project led by FIU marine biologist Demian Chapman to search for the last remaining strongholds of sharks and rays throughout the world. Nearly a quarter of shark and ray species are currently threatened with extinction, yet the lack of comprehensive, up-to-date data on species abundance and distribution is hindering efforts to protect and replenish them.
“The endangered Barbary macaque could get a new chance at survival at CITES CoP17.”  Johannesburg, 27th September 2016 - For the first time in 30 years, Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) will discuss increasing the level of protection for a monkey species. Barbary macaques will take centre stage in Johannesburg, alongside emblematic fauna such as elephants, lions, rhinos and sharks.
PORT-OF-SPAIN, TRINIDAD – September 29, 2016. Just over 4000 pounds of garbage were collected in just under four hours by volunteers at the International Coastal Clean -Up (ICC) held on September 17 ,2016 at the Las Cuevas Beach Facility. Coordinated by the Trinidad and Tobago Tourism Development Company Limited (TDC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Coca Cola Bottlers and Alstons Marketing Company Limited (AMCO) the clean-up attracted approximately 360 volunteers, including members of the Protectors of the Environment (POE), a Las Cuevas Community group.
For most of us who live or work along the coast, sand is simply sand – a natural commodity easily taken for granted, the beach buffer between the waves and the upland. But, for many coastal dwellers around the world, sand is hardly taken for granted – because it is frequented taken from beaches and river beds, gone from the coastal system for good once it is trapped in the hard infrastructure of buildings and roads, high-tech devices and low-tech substances.
Rescued against all the odds, hundreds of miles apart in South America, circus lions crossed the globe to become a pride again, home in Africa.  A lion family has been reunited in the African bush after they were torn apart by a travelling circus in South America. Leo, his mate Muneca, and daughters Africa and Kiara are back together. Animal Defenders International (ADI) is appealing for funds to complete an enclosure in the African bush where they can live out their lives together. https://lionsbacktoafrica.org/donate-for-leo/
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