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Here's your Weekly Wildlife Wednesday for February 28th. As always, let us know what you think, and if there's anything you want to share or know about. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more :)
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World Wildlife Day is being celebrated this Saturday, March 3rd! The theme for 2018 is “Big cats: predators under threat". Big cats are in danger due to poaching and smuggling, human-wildlife conflict and climate change. How to make a difference this Saturday (and every day)? Head over to WWD's official website, read up on how to help, spread the word on social media, and check out the events happening near you.
That plastic straw you sip on is killing the environment. Over 500,000,000 plastic straws are used each day in the United States. Yes, 500 Million. That's crazy! The Last Plastic Straw and Be Straw Free movements are trying to reduce the amount of waste by encouraging people and businesses to move away from using plastic straws. Check out their websites for ways to help and encourage others to do the same. In the mean time, I recommend using reusable organic bamboo straws for your drinks - they're safe, biodegradable, sustainable, and they look cool!
Amazing wildlife photo of the week: In honor of this year's "Big cat" theme for World Wildlife Day, this week's featured photo is of nine-year-old snow leopard Irina from wildlife photographer Chris Godfrey. While snow leopards are no longer endangered (since only September of last year), they're still considered "Vulnerable" by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Some sad news: Conservationist and Director of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, Kavous Seyed Emami, suspiciously died in Iran's Evin Prison earlier this month. Seyed Emami was using cameras for filming wildlife when he was arrested and accused of spying for the U.S. and Isreal, along with at least six other conservationists. Read more at the Iran Center for Human Rights.
The war against elephant poaching isn't going as well as we wish, but there is hope. Even though China is cracking down on the ivory trade, resources to stop poaching are very limited. Over 20,000 African elephants are killed for their ivory every year. But a new technology might just help bring those terrifying numbers down.
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