Indonesias top Islamic clerical body has issued a religious fatwa against the illegal hunting and trade in endangered animals in the country, which the WWF hailed on Wednesday as the worlds first.
The fatwa by the Indonesian Ulema Council declares such activities “unethical, immoral and sinful”, council official Asrorun Niam Sholeh told Agence France-Presse AFP.
via Indonesian clerics issue fatwa to protect wildlife | Environment | theguardian.com.
CNN’s list of the 11 great wildlife experiences could disappear within your lifetime.
1. Witnessing the wildebeest migration
2. Coming eye-to-eye with a polar bear
3. Counting the stripes on a tiger
4. Swimming amid live coral on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef
5. Tracking gorillas in the mist
6. Seeing the creatures of Galápagos as Darwin saw them
7. Hanging around with orangutans
8. Watching sea turtles nest
9. Spotting Africa’s Big Five
10. Swimming alongside whale sharks
11. Be awed by a giant panda in the wild
11 wildlife experiences that could vanish in your lifetime – CNN.com.
Scientists in Brazil have discovered the first new river dolphin species since the end of World War One.
Named after the Araguaia river where it was found, the species is only the fifth known of its kind in the world.
Writing in the journal Plos One, the researchers say it separated from other South American river species more than two million years ago.
There are believed to be about 1,000 of the creatures living in the Araguaia river basin.
River dolphins are among the world’s rarest creatures.
via BBC News – Brazil dolphin is first new river species since 1918.
The predator and her cub approached the vehicle from behind and caught the visitors to the Masai Mara reserve in Kenya by surprise.
The pair landed on the back of the truck before climbing to the top of it. The adult cheetah surveyed its territory while the cub chewed on a railing.
As the animals were distracted photographer David Newton, from Amersham in Buckinghamshire, was able to take pictures of the cheetahs.
Cheetah stuns safari tour by jumping on truck and using it as vantage point to hunt prey | Nature | News | Daily Express.
Seeing the big five was a life-enhancing experience. But each of the species we saw was wondrous in its way. We should not only see beauty in rarity or in predators. I’m thinking of the near-invisible pottoo bird, immobile in a tree. Or the multi-coloured araçari and banana-beaked toco toucan, which never sat still. The rufous ovenbirds with their clay-and-earth caves for nests. Pearl kite. Tufted-eared marmoset. Snail kite. Anhinga. Black howler monkey. Janday parakeet. Flavescent warbler.
Read more: Brazil wildlife holidays: in search of the Big Five – Telegraph.
A competition and prize fund established to seek out the world’s most incredible animal photography is back, as the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) today launches the ZSL Animal Photography Prize 2014.
Now in its third year, organisers are expecting a high calibre of entries from around the world for the wildlife photography competition, which will be judged by television presenter Kate Humble, and ornithologist Bill Oddie.
Read more: Wildlife Photography Competition Launches With 10k Prize Fund.
Further to our story back in October. The auction for the black rhino hunting permit has now taken place: raising $350,000 for rhino conservation. A radical approach to wildlife conservation? Or a smokescreen for for the mega wealthy to hunt yet more of Africa’s endangered wildlife? You tell me.
Background: Permit to hunt endangered African black rhino sells for $350,000 – Telegraph.