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Here's your Weekly Wildlife Wednesday for May 9th.
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It's not looking so good for lemurs :( As I write this message, the IUCN and other groups are finishing their third day of the IUCN Red List Meeting in Madagascar. After their assessment of all lemur species, they determined all sifaka species are now under the Critically Endangered criteria, and all phaner (fork-crowned lemur) species are Endangered. While this is of course sad news, at least they are getting proper recognition and the group is now forming a Lemur Action Plan. Keep updated with the #IUCNRedListMeeting hashtag on Facebook, and of course I will update you next week with the results.
You won't see this tiger until it's too late. Watch this very short clip showing just how incredibly sneaky tigers can be while stalking their prey. Imagine being this guy! I'm sure that small bamboo stick really scared him away though...perhaps he should have brought a spray bottle instead 🤣
“The cow is the worst environmental problem in the Amazon, and in the world,” says Greenpeace’s Paulo Adario in a new film showing just how bad the cattle industry is for the Amazon. Watch the trailer for Grazing the Amazon, which won the One Hour prize at the Film Research and Sustainable Development” (FreDD) festival.
The most common pesticides will be banned in the EU to help protect the dwindling bee population. In a recent vote, EU states agreed to place a ban on neonicotinoids - the most common type of insecticides used worldwide. Over the past decade, scientists have noticed a severely dwindling bee population around the world, but couldn't figure out exactly why. While it's believed to be a combination of reasons, these insecticides are thought to have a large influence. Read more at The Guardian.
The world's newest and rarest great ape is under serious threat. According to a study published in the journal Current Biology, "the Tapanuli orangutan, one of only seven species of non-human great ape alive today, faces serious threats to its survival as infrastructure development and agriculture threaten more than one-quarter of its habitat." They believe fewer than 800 Tapanuli orangutans are alive, and more development is pushing them closer and closer to extinction. Read more at Mongabay.
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