Animal Conservation – Leopard Center Tue, 11 Jan 2022 19:14:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Animal Conservation – Leopard Center 32 32 Special rescues help sick owners find their pets’ next home Tue, 11 Jan 2022 18:36:29 +0000

Who will take your pet when you die?

The question often does not have an easy answer, especially for sick or elderly people who are moving to home nursing or assisted living. During the pandemic, specialist rescue, advocacy and adoption services run by volunteers try to fill the void, one animal at a time.

Leaders of the small movement said the past two years had opened the eyes of many.

“The thing with COVID is a lot of people think, I can’t be sure I’m there forever. A lot more people are trying to plan ahead which is the best thing to do. because unfortunately a lot of people wait until they are in hospice care or there is a dire situation, ”said Amy Shever, Founder and Director of 2nd Chance 4 Pets in suburb of Sacramento, Calif.

The number of pets handed over to shelters due to the health or death of the caretaker rose from 7.3% in 2009 to 10.2% during the pandemic, according to the Best Friends network of thousands of public and private shelters , rescue groups and other animal welfare organizations. 50 states.

Pets of the elderly are often elderly themselves, languishing in shelters or the first to be euthanized after being declared unadoptable, Shever said. They are regularly abandoned by relatives who cannot accommodate a dog or cat. The lifespan of other pets, such as parrots, is much longer, which sometimes scares loved ones.

Shever’s goal is to educate vets and shelters on how they can get involved. His organization also tries to help pet owners who need guidance. She urges owners to identify a committed caregiver, provide written instructions for a pet’s routine, and have a financial plan in place. His group has distributed thousands of emergency door hangers, for example, to pet food banks and animal welfare organizations so that owners can make their wishes known.

Another organization, Pet Peace of Mind, works directly with about 250 hospices across the country to provide and train volunteers to care for the pets of critically ill and terminally ill people, said Dianne McGill, President and Founder. of Salem, Oregon. Most hospices provide home care services, where pets often provide comfort and support.

“These specialist volunteers bring their animal care knowledge with them so they can do whatever it takes to help,” she said. “So they walk, feed, play, clean or help organize a relocation plan.”

While providing pet or adoption care services is often not a priority for social workers or nurses, it is a huge emotional driver for patients and their loved ones living far away, McGill said.

“Social workers hear about the problems of family members,” she said. “They say my mom is really, really upset about what’s going to happen to her pet. I live out of state. I can’t help it. How do we set up animal care as she navigates her end-of-life journey or when she passes by? “

“I have a million stories of patients who literally hung on until they found out their pet had been given a new home,” McGill said.

Step into the angels on earth as Kathy Reister, 79.

She adopted a 12 year old Chihuahua named Jackson with the help of Tyson’s Place Animal Rescue in Holland, Michigan. The association helps people with terminal illnesses find new homes for their pets. Reister, who was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, had recently lost her own dog and was struggling to stay home alone when she took in Jackson last August.

“I have never been without a dog since around 1965,” said the widow. “Its former owner has passed away.

Soon after, Jackson was also diagnosed with congestive heart failure, and Tyson’s Place stepped in with a grant to help Reister cover his medical bills. She promised to send him back to the agency to relocate him if his health deteriorated.

“Having it really helped me want to keep on living and fighting,” said Reister, of Grandville, Mich. “I started walking a block and a block with him. Now we walk for at least 20, 25 minutes a day. He needs to walk and I need to walk. He made such a big difference in my life.

Caitlin Koska, 31, and Michael White, 34, of Ypsilanti, Mich., Included Luna, 14, in their May 1 marriage after Koska adopted her via Tyson’s Place around Thanksgiving 2020. Luna, also chihuahua, was their ring bearer.

“Her owner had entered a retirement home and could no longer care for her,” Koska said. “She has a lot of dental problems, cataracts and very bad hearing. She’s just the sweetest dog. Everyone who knows her loves her.

Jill Bannink-Albrecht founded Tyson’s Place about six years ago. It serves the entire state of Michigan, working directly with an animal owner before placement becomes an urgent matter, or with family members after a death, using a small network of homes to ‘homepage.

For Koska, Tyson’s Place did some important dental work for Luna before she was adopted.

“I used to work for a high-mortality animal shelter and knew what happened to old dogs when they entered. I remember a dog that animal control literally picked up from the side of its deceased owner’s body, and it didn’t. I didn’t even get the chance to be adopted. He fell asleep because we had no space, ”said Bannink-Albrecht.

Now, hospices and social workers are referring patients to Tyson’s Place. Bannink-Albrecht is struggling to extend his reception reach.

“I just cannot meet the demand for this type of service, especially when it comes to cats,” she said. “In the past two months, I have turned down 40 cats that fulfill our mission simply because we don’t have room to put them.”

Bannink-Albrecht knows only a few other rescues like his. One in Canada also needs help.

Angela Rafuse, 27, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, founded My Grandfather’s Cat on May 18, her grandfather’s birthday. He passed away in 2019 and left behind his cranky 14-year-old cat, Mackenzie.

“She was my grandmother’s best friend and when she passed my grandfather took care of her for the following year before she passed away,” Rafuse said. “He wouldn’t put his name on a nursing home list knowing no one would take the cat, which has the crankiest meow I’ve ever heard.”

Rafuse promised her grandfather that she would take Mackenzie. She started posting TikTok videos of their adventures. A video, of Mackenzie scratching Rafuse’s face as she held it in front of the camera, has been viewed nearly a million times.

“Then so many people started telling us how their grandparents’ cats ended up in shelters and how their grandparents are worried about what will happen to their cats or dogs because they don’t. ‘there’s nowhere to take them,’ Rafuse said. “I’ve worked in a non-profit organization for the past four years, so I thought it should be pretty easy to find resources to help these people. Nothing existed that would empower a senior and help them organize this and empower their family. Everything was just shelters.

After its launch, emails asking for help and offering donations arrived, but it did not have enough foster homes to meet the demand. She is working to expand. One of Rafuse’s goals is to help keep a pet in the house until the last moment.

As for Mackenzie, she is living her best life, hiking and kayaking with Rafuse.

“She’s always cranky,” Rafuse said. “She developed a really special connection with my dad, and I know my dad likes it because she’s the last thing he has from her parents.”

Wolf roaming the Washington Cascades, other topics discussed at wolf recovery meeting Sun, 09 Jan 2022 18:55:14 +0000

For the first time, a wolf wearing a radio collar crossed southern Interstate 90 into southern Washington Cascades, Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists said at a meeting of the Wolf Advisory Group.

At Thursday’s meeting, biologists described the stray wolf’s route. Wolves previously crossed south of I-90. However, this is the first time that state biologists have been able to track the movements of a wolf in the area, which could help the state move closer to its wolf recovery goals.

Initially, the wolf crossed I-90 east of Cle Elum, said Ben Maletzke, statewide wolf specialist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

He will have a better chance of finding other wolves there than us. They kind of make sense for it, ”said Maletzke.

The department will continue to monitor the wolf’s movements, Maletzke said, especially because biologists don’t know where the wolf will end up.

“He could be in Oregon or even British Columbia in a week or two,” said Maletzke.

Gray wolves were exterminated in Washington in the 1930s. In recent years, the state has documented its first breeding pair in 2008, after wolves came to Washington from neighboring states.

In Washington, wolves are protected by state endangered species law. Gray wolves were removed from the federal endangered species list on January 4, 2021.

The state recovery plan divides the state into three distinct regions. There are two options where the state will consider salvaged wolves.

In a three-year consecutive scenario, four separate breeding pairs would live in each recovery region, with three additional breeding pairs anywhere in Washington state.

In a one-year scenario, four separate breeding pairs would live in each recovery region, with six additional breeding pairs anywhere in Washington state.

For the first time, a wolf wearing a radio collar traveled south of Interstate 90 in the southern Cascades of Washington.

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This new roving wolf could help achieve the recovery goal of the region that encompasses the waterfalls of southern Washington state and the northwest coast.

Recent snow will help biologists carry out a minimum count of wolves at the end of the year for 2021. The most recent figures for 2020 found at least 132 known wolves in 24 known packs comprising at least 13 breeding pairs. The Confederate tribes of the Colville Reservation have reported at least 46 wolves in five packs.

In 2021, a new wolf pack attacked cattle in Southeast Washington, after which Kelly Susewind, director of the Washington Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, authorized the fatal removal of two wolves from the pack. Department staff believed the pack numbered four adults and four puppies.

Two wolves were killed following the lethal deportation order. At about the same time, a vehicle struck a wolf on a gravel road; another hit a wolf on a remote county road, both in Columbia County, Maletzke said.

However, conservation groups questioned the need to kill the second wolf in the pack, after the department killed an adult male wolf and vehicles hit two other wolves.

“Taking four wolves out of a pack is a big impact,” said Paula Swedeen, policy director at Conservation Northwest and a member of the Wolf Advisory Group. “The original intention was to wipe out one or two wolves, and four wolves from that pack eventually died.”

Removing four wolves could damage the structure of the pack, Swedeen said.

“It’s not a numbers game. It’s really about maintaining the social integrity of the people by keeping the packages as intact as possible, ”she said.

At the time, wolves continued to congregate in a main grazing area for cattle. The goal of the lethal eliminations is to change the behavior of the pack, Maletzke said. However, nothing seemed to move the wolves out of the cattle grazing area, he said.

“If lethal elimination is to be used, eliminating a wolf in a pasture right around the cows is probably one of the biggest impacts you can have in trying to get those wolves out of there,” said Maletzke.

Now the new pack appears to have moved to other areas, he said.

Going forward, Swedeen said, lethal elimination protocols should take into account the total number of wolves killed in each pack, whether it’s the lethal elimination order or other accidents.

In the case of vehicle accidents, law enforcement officers checked every scene to rule out potential poaching, Maletzke said.

“There was evidence of car parts and evidence that wolves had been struck by vehicles,” said Maletzke.

The timing of accidents during the fatal deportation order is an unusual situation, Maletzke said. However, many white-tailed deer are affected in the same area, where brush often clutters the side of the road.

“Things do happen. These wolves move in an area where there are a number of roads that people take every day,” he said. “It’s a difficult area for wildlife and people to cross. not to be touched. “

Additionally, in the Blue Mountains where these incidents occurred, the Fish and Wildlife Department has been unable to hire horse riders, who help manage cattle on horseback and help deter conflict with wolves. Rangers stay with the livestock and are often used to cover large areas.

Producers have continually requested a rider for the Blue Mountain area, said Samee Charriere, a cattle breeder near Clarkston, Wash., And a member of the Wolf Advisory Group.

“We’re going to have the same problems if we don’t end up with a range driver,” said Charrière. “There’s no one going to do it. This is the main point here.

The department will continue to look for someone who can ride a horse, who has a horse and a trailer, and who does not currently have a job and can work long hours, said Joey McCanna, Wildlife Conflict Supervisor. at the Fish and Wildlife Department. .

The contract position is not full time. Potential candidates also told the ministry the work wasn’t paying enough, McCanna said, leading the ministry to pay for mileage.

“In the Blue Mountains there is a lot of travel,” said McCanna. “If we need rangers in the Grouse Flats area, and they are located in Walla Walla, it takes three hours to get there.”

It also helps hire locals who know the mountains and the terrain, McCanna said.

In the meantime, the department has brought in horsemen from other areas, such as northeast Washington. McCanna said he would like to have at least two riders under contract with Fish and Wildlife in the Blue Mountains.

“We are constantly looking for range runners,” he said.

Cattle owners on private grazing plots can hire riders as well, and the department will share half the cost, McCanna said.

Sweden said it believes the state may need to find creative ways to fill its range runner program.

“It’s not that there is a shortage, the ministry just hasn’t created the conditions to attract people willing to do the job,” she said.

In northeast Washington state, Conservation Northwest helped create a grant program to help locals manage hikers, Swedeen said. Potentially, she said, a nonprofit could manage course runners in the Blue Mountains.

“It takes will and a lot of organizational effort,” she said.

Without that kind of effort, she said, the department might have to pay runners more money.

“Everyone puts their hands up and says, ‘There just aren’t any people ready to do it, so we won’t have enough runners,’ that’s not correct ‘, Swedeen said.

Additionally, McCanna said the department has recently struggled to procure other non-lethal tools to deter predation from wolves, such as the fladry, which are colorful flags that can be tied around small pastures or calving areas to scare away wolves, and foxlights, which can be used on heavy-use watering or salting sites.

Supply chain issues combined with supplier shutdowns caused the department’s rush, he said.

Fish and Wildlife borrowed Fladry from northeast Washington. A local Colfax company built a half mile of fladry but determined it wasn’t profitable enough to continue.

“Vendors can’t make that much fladry, and there is so much need of it in every western state,” McCanna said.

After McCanna raised the issue at Thursday’s meeting, conservation group Defenders of Wildlife offered another half mile of fladry. In addition, the United States Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services has offered to provide more service to the department.

“We just want to make sure we have enough fladry if we need it,” McCanna said.

The incredible work Warrington Animal Welfare did in 2021 Sat, 08 Jan 2022 06:00:00 +0000 A WARRINGTON charity has seen a significant increase in the number of animals it has cared for in the past year.

A Warrington Animal Welfare (WAW) volunteer said the charity is often “packed” and the number of calls they receive each day has “skyrocketed”.

From January 2021 to October 2021, Warrington Animal Welfare has relocated and rescued over 800 animals.

More precisely:

• 363 cats

• 160 dogs

• 170 chickens

• 95 rabbits

• 14 guinea pigs

• 8 gerbils

• 5 ferrets

• 3 rats

• 2 owls

• 2 turtles

Charity workers believe there are a number of reasons for the increase in the number of animals they care for – ranging from locked up pets, unwanted litters, older animals being thrown away. to make way for puppies or kittens, financial hardship or the death of their owners.

Last September, Slutchers Lane-based WAW released 20 rabbits from a “hellish life.”

Two of them were females, each with a litter of babies that had been left to rot in their own stool.

Last year, the association also received a call from a cat owner threatening to drown him if he didn’t take it immediately.

Although he had nowhere to put the neglected feline with a horrific skin condition, the association took him in and he is now recovering in a foster home.

The animals in the care of the association also need more support, which the volunteers say is in part due to the impact of the lockdown, as many have not been socialized or walked.

Fortunately, many animals have been relocated and placed in 2021 thanks to WAW.

One of those animals included a 16-year-old Beagle, Archie.

Archie was confused and scared when he was delivered to WAW after being hopelessly miserable in the kennels.

Following a successful advocacy for an emergency foster home, he left the kennel and joined his foster family where he still lives.

He has settled down well and is enjoying his retirement with lots of little pampering and nice naps!

Many animals have been relocated and housed in 2021 thanks to WAW.  One of them was a 16 year old Beagle, Archie.

Many animals have been relocated and housed in 2021 thanks to WAW. One of them was a 16 year old Beagle, Archie.

People often welcome animals from WAW to give them a wonderful retirement or end-of-life care and often welcome animals with health issues.

One volunteer said: “Host families are absolutely great.

“It’s really rewarding for people.”

WAW also offers a low cost sterilization service in an effort to help reduce the number of unwanted and abandoned pets across the city.

Last year, the team of 80 volunteers helped sterilize 390 animals.

But since WAW is a charity, it relies on donations and fundraising for its support.

Despite the impact of the coronavirus over the past two years, people have always been “very supportive”.

Fundraising events include a volunteer who ran a marathon, a lady shaving her head to raise £ 1,600, vets, vet nurses and their families participating in the Tough Mudder Challenge and various others – including a sale of children’s pastries.

To find out if you are eligible for sterilization, you can visit their website here.

If you would like to join the team of volunteers, click here.

And to make a donation, go here.

What led to the extinction of the cheetah in India and how Modi’s government plans to reintroduce it Thu, 06 Jan 2022 06:42:49 +0000

New Delhi: The cheetah that went extinct in independent India is about to return, Bhupender Yadav, Union Cabinet Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, announced Wednesday.
the minister tweeted that an action plan for the reintroduction of cheetahs in India has been launched at the 19th meeting of the National Tiger Conservation Authority.

Over the next five years, 50 cheetahs will be reintroduced to India, Yadav said in a statement released by the Union’s Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Climate Change.

How the cheetah became extinct in India

India has not lost a large species of mammal in historical times except one – the cheetah. The animal is charismatic and has a very special significance for the ethics and ethics of national conservation. Word, ‘Cheetah’, comes from Sanskrit, which means “the speckled”, and Neolithic cave paintings in India were found at portray the animal.
The animal was found across the country, except high mountains, coasts and the northeast region, according to different accounts.
The large-scale capture of animals from the wild for running, bounty and sport hunting, and extensive habitat conservation as well as the consequent decline of the prey base have been the main reasons for the decline of the cheetah in India, the Governments action plan Remarks.
The number of cheetahs in India had declined dramatically by 1900.
During the reign of Mughal Emperor Jahangir in the 16th century, the world’s first cheetah was bred in captivity in India. During Akbar’s reign, there were as many as 10,000 cheetahs. Of these, 1,000 were in his yard.
In the 20th century, cheetahs were imported for sport. Between 1799 and 1968, there were at least 230 cheetahs, according to research.
The last cheetahs in the wild were recorded in 1948 when three two were felled in the forests of Sal (Shorea robusta) of the district of Koriya (Nowadays VShhattisgarh), and some sporadic reports from the Central and Deccan regions up to the environment1970s.
Simultaneously, India had entered into negotiations with the Shah of Iran in the 1970s. at to bring the Asian cheetah in India in exchange for Asian lions.
In 2009, it was decided that the African cheetah would be used for introduction into India.
In 1952, the first independent India wildlife board meeting was requested to assign special priority to the protection of cheetah in vsCentral India.
After the enactment of the Indian Wildlife Protection Act in 1972 and the establishment of a network of protected areas over the past five decades, the root cause of the cheetah’s extinction in India has been properly addressed, says the action plan.

Where are cheetahs currently found in the world?

It is estimated that only 7,100 cheetahs remain in the wild, according to They are mainly found in the eastern and southern ranges of Africa, south of the Sahara Desert. Small populations are also found in North Africa and Iran. In 2015, more than 3,500 cheetahs lived in Namibia.

How does the government plan to reintroduce the cheetah to India?

In September 2009, a consultative meeting of global experts was held in Gajner, Rajasthan, where the reintroduction of cheetahs was discussed. At the meeting, a consensus was reached at conduct a detailed survey at selected sites to explore the potential for reintroduction of cheetahs.
According to the Action Plan for the Introduction of the Cheetah to India. In addition, the KNP is devoid of any human establishment.

Based on 2010 surveys as well as recent evaluations, other recommended sites for cheetah reintroduction to India are Nauradehi Wildlife Sanctuary, Madhya Pradesh, Gandhi Sagar Wildlife Sanctuary, Madhya Pradesh, Shahgarh Bulge in Rajasthan and the Mukundara Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan. These sites are recommended for breeding and keeping cheetahs in the wild.

According to the action plan, a total of 10 cheetahs will come from India from South Africa or Namibia and will be fitted with satellite telemetry collars.

The first group of cheetahs will need to settle in the reserve and will need to learn how to find the appropriate prey to hunt or kill, and begin to breed.

Initially, around three to four male cheetahs will be imported into India. This will allow the males to know the area and to hunt more successfully. Males are expected to be four to five years old, as they are said to be dominant and seek to hold territory, the action plan says.

About six female cheetahs will be part of the initial group of cheetahs to be introduced to India. Females must be over 2.5 years old.

The cheetahs will be airlifted to India and trucked from the airport to Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary.

They will be anesthetized before transport, and radio collars will be placed on them so that when released in India, they will have them already attached in the event of an escape or long-distance travel.

The animals will be fed on natural prey during their stay in the enclosure.

New California Wildlife Preserve gives animals room to roam – NBC Los Angeles Tue, 04 Jan 2022 07:00:27 +0000

What there is to know

  • Protected animals will have room to roam without the threat of invasive development thanks to a large new nature reserve.
  • It creates a wildlife corridor connecting northern and southern California.
  • The Randall Reservation covers over 112 square miles.

Mountain lions, eagles, salamanders and other protected animals will have room to roam without the threat of invasive development thanks to a vast new nature reserve that creates a wildlife corridor connecting northern and southern California.

The Randall Preserve covers more than 112 square miles, connecting a patchwork of ranches across the southern Sierra Nevada and the Tehachapi Mountains that will serve as a “biodiversity hotspot,” the Nature Conservancy announced last week.

The reserve is the largest ever assembled in California by the nonprofit environmental association. Its topography stretches from the desert to rolling meadows through the pine forest.

“This area is also one of the most important in North America, as by connecting northern and southern California, it helps complete an intact network of open space lands from Canada to Mexico,” said Nature Conservancy in a press release.

The project cost $ 65 million, all of which but $ 15 million was donated by philanthropists Frank and Joan Randall.

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It will enable the movement of rare, threatened and endangered animals that have been threatened by habitat loss, fragmentation and extreme weather events.

“Protecting this huge area ensures that 28 susceptible species across California, including slender salamanders, condors, legless lizards, golden eagles, primrose sphinxes, pumas, badgers and several endangered plants and blue oaks have the best chance of survival, ”the statement said.

As part of the reserve, the Nature Conservancy said it will work with state transportation officials to create a system of wildlife crossings on and under certain mountain roads to further facilitate safe travel. animals in the area.

In addition to Randalls money, the reserve has been funded by public and private donors including the Wildlife Conservation Board, Department of The Navy, CalTrans, Resources Legacy Fund, Sierra Nevada Conservancy, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

Happy New Year for whale and dolphin watching in Cornwall, but leave the wildlife alone, charity warns Sun, 02 Jan 2022 06:00:00 +0000

This has been a good year for whales and dolphins in Cornwall, but people need to leave the wildlife alone for animal numbers to recover even more, a leading environmental charity has said.

The Wildlife Trusts, the parent organization of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, said cetaceans (whales, dolphins, butts) took center stage in 2021 with sightings of humpback whales off the Isles of Scilly and orcas just below the Minack Theater.

Large numbers of humpback whales have been spotted in the UK this year. Until recently, sightings were extremely rare, but more than 75 sightings have been recorded since 2019, showing how populations are recovering after commercial whaling was banned. The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust saw humpback whales feeding around the islands with one individual, named Pi, who stayed for over two months.

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Meanwhile, two orcas named John Coe and Aquarius from the West Coast community, who normally reside off the Hebrides, have been spotted from the clifftop performance hall at the Minack Theater in the summer. It was the southernmost sighting of members of this unique group of killer whales in over 50 years and also the first confirmed record of killer whales in the charity’s database in addition to a decade.

Long-distance travelers have also seen Wally the arctic walrus show off off the north Cornish coast and also in Hugh Town harbor in St Mary’s.

Matt Slater, Marine Conservation Officer for Cornwall Wildlife Trusts, said: “Only a few years ago it would have been extremely rare to see a humpback whale in the UK. But it looks like they are hunting the large schools of sardines that are now present around our coasts. It’s wonderful to see these creatures up close.

An amateur wildlife photographer got ‘pinched’ after filming stunning footage of a huge humpback whale on a boat trip in Cornwall. Brenda Tregunna, of St Columb Road, filmed the whale on a boat trip around Tater Du Lighthouse near Penzance.

However, the charity warned that the number of strandings has unfortunately increased with the tide of human pressure playing its part.

In Cornwall alone, more than 170 cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) and an astonishing 247 seals stranded in 2021, many of which were injured by fishing activities. A humpback whale was found stranded off Looe Island after being caught in fishing lines, while seven gray seals washed up on Mousehole Beach in two days, tied to a spider net from Wed Nearby, the Devon Wildlife Trust reported 51 cetaceans washed up on beaches.

In February, the Cornwall Wildlife Trust reported the stranding of a striped dolphin, which is rarely seen in the UK and more commonly found in the Mediterranean.

In September, a bottlenose dolphin known as Nick, which had been admired by Cornish swimmers, ran aground in Ireland with wounds corresponding to propeller damage while in December the Dorset Wildlife Trust ran aground in Ireland. found a stranded young pygmy sperm whale – only a handful have ever been seen in the UK.

Isles of Scilly authorities have built a 'safe space' for Wally The Walrus - a pontoon where he can relax undisturbed and cause less trouble
Isles of Scilly authorities have built a ‘safe space’ for Wally The Walrus – a pontoon where he can relax undisturbed and cause less trouble

In October, the Cornwall Wildlife Trust reported that a pufferfish had been found on Downderry Beach – the first time it had run aground in 20 years. Pufferfish are oceanic species and rarely come this far north. This extraordinary fish inflates its body to ward off predators.

Matt Slater, Marine Conservation Officer at Cornwall Wildlife Trust, said: “It was an incredible sighting. The ocean pufferfish lives in the open sea and rarely comes this far north. How and why he ended up in Cornwall is a mystery, although it is possible that he was swept away by summer storms.

Daniele Clifford, marine conservation officer for The Wildlife Trusts, said human activities, human disturbance, as well as the effects of climate change, were responsible for many strandings and injuries sustained by marine animals.

Temperature changes can disrupt eating habits and reproductive cycles, the association said.

Gray seals are often seen on Cornish beaches
Gray seals are often seen on Cornish beaches, but human disturbance can lead to injury and death

Daniele added: “Noise at sea caused by wind farms and other developments can confuse wildlife and divert whales and dolphins – we need to think carefully about any marine development going forward.

“In addition, far too many sea creatures are being needlessly killed due to unsustainable fishing practices, with lost and discarded fishing gear also causing havoc – especially for seals, dolphins and other marine mammals.”

Recreational activities are increasingly accused of disturbing animals, with vacationers enjoying activities like SUP or kayaking approaching whales or seals and scaring them which in turn can lead to injury.

The Cornwall Wildlife Trust has reported that disturbances to marine wildlife have tripled since 2014, with increasing numbers of jet skis and motorboats a major concern.

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Lissa Batey, head of marine conservation for Wildlife Trusts, said: “It has been a fantastic year for marine megafauna sightings, especially in the southwest, but it is clear that our oceans are under immense pressure. fishing, development, pollution, climate change and recreation. All of these issues have a huge impact on life at sea.

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]]> National ranking for Saint-Louis in 2021 Fri, 31 Dec 2021 16:30:11 +0000 We know St. Louis has awesome attractions and delicious food, but several studies and rankings have put it in writing this year.

ST. LOUIS – If you’re from St. Louis, you probably agree with Nelly, you’re pretty proud of the place. But we don’t have to tell you, we can show you with just some of the accolades The Lou received in 2021.

From high marks for being one of the best foodie towns to serious recognition from the Saint-Louis Zoo, the people of Saint-Louis know they are part of something special.

5. St. Louis drivers named 2nd best in the country

Anyone who has driven during rush hour in St. Louis, or tried to quit a Cardinals game might not agree with that ranking, but a study released this year says it’s true.

The study was carried out by analysts at QuoteWizzard, a lending tree company that helps users compare quotes and auto insurance companies. They used four key metrics to determine the overall quality of drivers.

  • Accidents
  • speeding
  • DUI
  • Quotes (turn on a red light, use a cell phone while driving, etc.)

St. Louis was in fact almost the best city for drivers. He narrowly missed the first place that was claimed by Birmingham, Alabama. To view more study results, click here.

4. WalletHub recognizes St. Louis for food, fun and accessibility

In 2021, WalletHub, a personal finance website, gave St. Louis high marks in several studies.

St. Louis was named third best city for people with disabilities, scoring points for the lowest cost of doctor visits, the highest percentage of the population with access to a pedestrian park, and most family physicians per inhabitant. To see the full breakdown, click here.

It’s also not a shock that Saint-Louis has been ranked among the “Best Food Towns in America” according to WalletHub. The town known for its toasted ravs, gooey butter cake and Imo pizza placed 16th overall. We performed well in three categories: restaurants per capita, most gourmet specialty food stores per capita, and affordability and accessibility of top-rated restaurants. Here is the full list.

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Finally, Saint-Louis was named one of the top 20 “funniest cities in America”. We obtained 20th place thanks to the accessibility of our bars, restaurants per capita and festivals per capita.

3. Forest Park named 2nd best urban park in the United States

With attractions like the St. Louis Zoo, the Muny, and the Saint Louis Science Center, it’s easy to see why Forest Park ranked second for the best park in town in USA Today 2021 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards .

READ: Forest Park named second best urban park in the United States

Its widely used outdoor recreation like skating, jogging, boating and soccer fields also made it a favorite among the panel. And this is not the first time that the park has won this honor, in 2016 Forest Park won the first place.

2. Children’s museums get high marks

St. Louis has marked not one, but two places for our children’s museums. The Magic House and The City Museum were ranked in USA Today’s top 5 of the 10 best children’s museums.

The Magic House took second place, with USA Today saying it helps visiting children “explore their curiosity, enhance their creativity and develop their problem-solving skills.” The City Museum came in fifth, being billed as having a bit of everything, including “the world’s largest jungle gym, a 10-story spiral slide, and a rooftop garden with stunning city views.” .

1. Saint-Louis Zoo, one of the best in the United States

Tell us something we don’t know. It’s no secret that St. Louis has one of the best zoos (it’s free too!), But someone went to put it in writing. Travel + Leisure named our zoo in their ranking “9 of the best zoos in the United States”.

But it’s not just on the list because of the food or fun you see initially, the zoos on the list are also “doing their part to fund and kick-start animal conservation efforts.” The article explains how the Saint-Louis Zoo “is recognized around the world for its innovative approach to animal care and wildlife conservation.”

The St. Louis Zoo has joined a group selected for this ranking which includes the Smithsonian National Zoo, San Diego Zoo, Omaha, Columbus, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Various areas where you can volunteer Thu, 30 Dec 2021 01:14:32 +0000

We all want to make a difference in our lives, and there are many ways to do it. As a dedicated volunteer, you can devote your time and energy to programs ranging from conservation initiatives to public service.

Indeed, with so many areas of volunteering options on your doorstep, figuring out what form of volunteer work best fits your personality, interests, and professional goals can be a challenge. If you are wondering about the type of volunteer activity, it is best to consider the following options.

Wildlife conservation

When you volunteer for wildlife conservation, you can conserve endangered animals and plants. That’s right, all it takes is a little study and training. You will also have experiences with some of the most amazing animals in the world.

Whether it is collecting information, studying animal behavior, educating local populations or mapping ecosystems, you will help preserve the planet’s biodiversity. Volunteering initiatives for wildlife conservation are important if you are a nature enthusiast who enjoys traveling to different places. Because of the extensive training provided by animal conservation programs, these volunteer assignments are also appropriate for anyone considering a career in this industry.

Conflict resolution

While resolution and collaborative justice are widely recognized as tools for community building and peace, you can do your part in this growing endeavor through volunteerism. When you volunteer with this non-profit organization, you will benefit from expanding your conflict resolution skills, including training and professional career opportunities.

Volunteer mediators gain exposure to the fascinating field of industrial dispute mediation and other real world experiences. It provides an opportunity to enhance settlement expertise and make a difference in the lives of others. Most importantly, volunteers engage in continuous development by receiving constructive feedback as part of the organization’s continuous learning framework.

Child support

If you have a lot of patience and compassion, as well as a strong desire to see young people thrive, you will enjoy a volunteer role in projects involving children. While you can work directly with children, you should avoid volunteering at an orphanage for ethical reasons.

Children are often trafficked to institutions around the world, where volunteers or foreign visitors accept them. So choose voluntary organizations wisely if you want to help the children of the nation.


Educational activities range from helping primary schools to teaching English to improve their job prospects. Volunteers can organize seminars to give vocational classes or instruction in health and hygiene or teach difficult children in an after-school program.

Marine preservation

Participating in marine conservation efforts is an effective approach to preserving the world’s water bodies. Volunteering in marine conservation initiatives might involve conducting biodiversity surveys through snorkeling or diving tours. They can also collect data to influence marine conservation legislation and educate local people about environmental issues.

If you want to learn to swim and dive professionally or have a career in protecting the world’s seas while enjoying most of your free time on the beach, a marine conservation program is for you.

Public health

Public health initiatives address a wide range of health issues, with particular emphasis on reducing illness and disability through education. You could serve as a volunteer to promote nutrition, water safety, cleanliness, maternity health, or AIDS and HIV awareness.

Since volunteers operate under a protective policy, no training or prior medical knowledge is required for our public health programs. This implies that anyone can apply and acquire the necessary training.

Public health volunteer opportunities may vary. Make sure you only choose ethical initiatives that have a positive effect in a responsible way.

Empowerment of women

Women’s empowerment programs have tremendous benefits, such as lowering infant mortality rates, improving community well-being, and mitigating the effects of global warming. Volunteering to provide learning, promote public health, and provide income alternatives for young girls and mothers can all help empower women.

This initiative is aimed at anyone passionate about women’s rights who wishes to participate in community mobilization. These initiatives offer a unique opportunity to broaden your horizons and gain meaningful information about international communities.


Sport volunteering programs might be suitable if you enjoy being active and enjoy working with young people. Physical activity is used in sports initiatives to improve health, help with attention, promote collaboration and rules, and increase children’s confidence.

As a member of the community, you can train or participate in sporting events with children in your area. Because fun is an essential part of these activities, you will thrive in a sports program if you have a jovial attitude.

When working on a community project, remember that many people pursue initiatives to solve huge challenges, and contributors need to find ways to recognize that their efforts are a step ahead on the path to transformation. .

EWVCF awards over $ 120,000 to youth and education groups in the Eastern Panhandle | Newspaper Tue, 28 Dec 2021 05:00:00 +0000

MARTINSBURG – The Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation recently awarded 49 grants, totaling $ 123,661.21, to 40 Eastern Panhandle groups dealing with youth and education issues.

These grants were made possible by donations from generous donors, who established the C. Scott and Elizabeth C. Shade Youth Fund, the Jane P. Snyder Youth Fund, the Tom and Virginia Seely Morgan County Children’s Fund, the EWVCF Endowment for the Community, the Bonn Poland Family Roundhouse Recreation Fund, the Frada Fine Berkeley Education Fund, the Calarma Farm Fund, the EWVCF Endowment for Recreation and the EWVCF Endowment for the Arts.

Nine of these grants, totaling $ 32,500, were made to organizations serving more than one county in the Eastern Panhandle, including the Eastern Panhandle CASA, the Wind Dance Farm & Earth Education Center, and the Faith Community Coalition. for the Homeless. 21 grants totaling $ 40,012.37 went to organizations serving Berkeley County. 12 totaling $ 27,798.84 went to organizations focused on Jefferson County; 7 totaling $ 23,350 to Morgan County organizations.

The majority of the funding went to programs that meet basic needs in our region, with $ 40,500 being used to purchase diapers, wipes, formula, food and clothing, and to provide shelter to populations. the most vulnerable. Karen Reyes of Renewed Life Ministries, Inc., a group serving both Jefferson and Berkeley counties that received a $ 3,000 youth grant, kindly wrote that the Foundation “will probably never know what [their] the support made for our local families […] with you we can help you.

Eastern Panhandle Public Schools received $ 40,311.21. Katlin Grantham of Washington High School plans to use her grants to set up Water Tower Gardens and to further fund Washington’s FFA community meals. Susie Howell and MJ Pavlik will use their grant to fund a dedicated playground for their pre-kindergarten program hosted at Musselman Middle School.

Laura Bohrer, a 6th grade science teacher at Spring Mills Middle School, received exactly $ 785, which she will use to purchase an UV sterilization glasses cabinet and twenty additional pairs of glasses, ensuring hygiene and safety of his students.

Programs addressing the social and emotional health of our youth received $ 12,650. Berkeley Heights Elementary School will now be able to set up a Calming Corner, which will be particularly useful for students with autism, ADHD and / or attachment disorders. The Martin Robison Delany Opportunity Learning Center will be able to continue offering yoga sessions, which have been shown to decrease behavioral benchmarks and increase their students’ GPAs.

Youth arts programs received funding of $ 10,600. The $ 2,600 grant from Black Cat Music Cooperative will allow them to invite Dominic “Shodekeh” Talifero, innovator in residence at the College of Fine Arts and Communication at Towson University, to participate in their mentorship program for students. youth. Taylor Fox and Kelli Polen of South Jefferson Elementary plan to use their $ 1,000 grant to create a mural in their school made of ceramic tiles decorated by students.

Other issues receiving funding include recreation programs, receiving $ 9,200; traditional educational programs, receiving $ 22,953.84; technology and equipment upgrades, receiving $ 15,335.37; and educational programs related to environmental, agricultural and conservation issues, receiving $ 12,422.

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society, which received four grants totaling $ 8,500, will continue to host its “Nature in the Neighborhood” summer camps for children in the very poor neighborhoods of Berkeley and Jefferson counties. Caitlin Mitchell, a physical education teacher at North Jefferson Elementary School, received a grant of $ 2,500 to install a climbing wall in the school’s gymnasium. Climbing “teaches concentration, concentration, mindfulness of the body, […] stability, […] [and] whole body resistance force, ”Mitchell wrote in the app. Other teachers and educators will use their grants to buy books, math games, and to upgrade classroom technology. April Bageant of Bunker Hill Elementary School impressed our grants committee with her plan to purchase magnet letters and cookie sheets for a guided reading program for her very young students.

The Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation (EWVCF) was established in 1995 to help donors create permanent endowments to provide grants and scholarships throughout the region. Since its inception, the EWVCF has awarded $ 13.7 million, including $ 1.2 million in 2020 alone. The Community Foundation now holds over 260 endowment funds with assets of just over 38 million dollars and she is the primary steward of philanthropic giving in the region. The EWVCF works with a wide range of nonprofit organizations that fund projects ranging from human wellbeing and scholarships to affordable housing and natural resource conservation; youth and animal welfare and historic preservation education, and much more. For more information, visit or contact EWVCF Executive Director Michael Whalton at, 304-264-0353.

Kapil Sharma receives thanks from PETA for helping save abused elephant Sun, 26 Dec 2021 11:14:36 +0000

In 2015, Kapil Sharma was named “Indian Person of the Year by PETA”.

Kapil Sharma last year started a petition on titled “Justice for our Voiceless Soul” to save elephants from abuse.

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Animal rights group People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) recently took to Twitter to thank comedian Kapil Sharma for helping save an elephant from abuse. A court in Chhatarpur has ruled that Lakshmi, known as “the leanest elephant in India,” of the SOS Elephant Wildlife Conservation and Care Center (ECCC) in Mathura, should be permanently rehabilitated. PETA tweeted, “Thanks again for helping Elephant Sunder. We have great news for another elephant! As a result of PETA India’s efforts, “The thinnest elephant in the country,” Lakshmi, has been given the green light by a court to be definitively saved from abuse. ”The actor retweeted the tweet and said it was was great news. good news. so proud of you guys. God bless you. “

Last year, Kapil Sharma started a petition on titled “Justice for our Voiceless Soul” to save elephants from abuse. Sundar was one of those elephants who was rescued from a temple in Kolhapur in Maharashtra. In 2015, Kapil Sharma was named “Indian Person of the Year by PETA” for his dedication to promoting dog adoption in animal shelters or on the streets and helping animals in other ways. The host of the Kapil Sharma Show said, “I am delighted to hear that I am known to help animals. I love making people laugh, but what we should all know is that dog and cat roaming isn’t about laughing. Anyone who has the time, resources and patience to welcome a pet into our homes should adopt a dog or cat in need from shelters or from the streets. “

According to the PETA website, Lakshmi suffered from chronic arthritis and joint deformities, with hip abscesses. She was in excruciating pain and was weakened from the long-term deprivation of food and water. The animal was used for begging. During the first week of December, following complaints by PETA India and local activists, the forestry department registered a preliminary report of violation under section 42 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, against Lakshmi’s guard for illegally detaining her and mistreating her for begging. The Animal Welfare Board of India and the Project Elephant division of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change have called on the forestry department to take immediate action to rehabilitate the elephant. The court ordered that she be sent to the ECCC based on Wildlife SOS ‘willingness to take care of her.

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