PROVIDING FOR COMPANION ANIMALS WHEN YOU DIE

December 23, 2016 @ 9:03 AM

We hope that those we leave behind will care enough about us and what we would have wanted for our beloved companion animals to take them in and give them a loving home. Some families will do the right thing, but many others surrender their deceased family member's animals to high-kill shelters or even have them euthanized.

It is the responsibility of all animal guardians to provide for their animals in the event of their death or serious disability. But be aware that the law sees an animal as a piece of personal property. Therefore, a companion animal cannot inherit in a will. For the same reason, you cannot name an animal the direct beneficiary of your life insurance policy. Because of these restrictions, it is important that you......

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THREATS TO ANIMALS

December 11, 2016 @ 9:05 AM

Surviving in an environment of continuous threat and stress is a serious challenge for most living species. Living organisms, in whatever form, need to adapt to changes in the weather, climate and all sorts of changes in the environment. Add to this the natural calamities in the form of floods, storms, fires and volcanic bursts and their aftermath. When new lifeforms enter their ecosystems, pressure on existing species mount. Dangers can be parasitic or predatory in nature. Challenges to adaptation can be in the form of diseases or the very complexity of biological changes themselves.

After millions of years of adapting to their environments, animals faced a new kind of threat - the advent of human beings. The effect of humans ......

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WHALES FACING MULTIPLE THREATS

December 7, 2016 @ 8:16 AM

Whales are among the most fascinating and talked about creatures on the planet. These mammals are not just the largest creatures of the ocean, but of the Earth. Even the smallest species, the dwarf sperm whale, is 8.5 feet long and can weigh at least 135 kilograms. The biggest, the blue whale, is over a 100 feet in length and can weigh as much as 210 tons.

Whale species include the killer whale, blue whale, humpback whale, the narwhal or narwhale, beluga whale, gray whale, bowhead whale, fin whale, North Atlantic right whale and dozens more.

The whale has a thick layer of fat that makes it immune to cold ocean waters. These submarine-like creatures are found roaming all the oceans and seas. Since the whales'......

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HOW YOU CAN HELP CONSERVE WILDLIFE

December 3, 2016 @ 8:23 AM

There are many ways you can help to conserve important animals across the globe. Here are a few examples of things you can do to help support international conservation efforts:

  • Volunteer! Many conservation organizations depend on volunteers in your country and abroad. Do a web search to find an organization near you.
  • If you can't volunteer, donate. Wildlife conservation organizations require funding to carry out their critical missions of saving animals.
  • Wild animals do not make good “pets”, and it is illegal to buy endangered species. Wild animal belong in the wild. Rescue a companion animal from a shelter.
  • Learn more about threatened and endangered species and tell your friends! Lesser known ......
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CHIMPANZEE FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL

December 2, 2016 @ 8:14 AM

Millions chimpanzees once thrived in the forests of 25 different African nations. Today, their populations have been reduced to only 5 nations and their numbers have plummeted to between 150,000 and 300,000. Without immediate action, humans' closest living relative could be lost in only 15 years.

Humans are largely responsible for chimpanzee population declines. In addition to poaching, which plagues areas of Africa, deforesting and farming are quickly eliminating the habitats of chimps.

Legal and illegal logging is rapidly depleting habitat for chimpanzees. Agriculture is stripping away forests at alarming rates. Changes in climate may be the biggest threat of all to chimpanzees. Climate change is expected......

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