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Here's your Weekly Wildlife Wednesday for April 18th.
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Duke Lemur Center's popular Lemurpalooza event for May 5th has sold out already, so they're adding another event for June 1! If you're in the area (Raleigh-Durham, NC), I highly recommend attending. The event is a $50 donation per car, and you'll be helping support their animals as well as education, research, and conservation programs. Plus it includes a lemur adoption! Head over to the DLC's Lemurpalooza page to reserve your spot before this one sells out too!
One of my favorite subreddits called /r/NatureIsF*ckingLit just hit 1,000,000 subscribers and has voted to raise $15,000 for the International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF) in honor or Sudan, who as you may remember from our WWW Edition 6, recently passed away, leaving the only two remaining Northern White Rhinos in the world, females, meaning that this beautiful species will soon be extinct. Head over to the Crowdrise fundraising page to donate anything you're comfortable with to help stop poaching.
Dame Daphne Sheldrick, a Kenyan wildlife conservationist who helped hundreds of orphaned elephants and created the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust after the passing of her husband, has passed away at the age of 83 after a long battle with breast cancer. The trust is the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world. Dame Sheldrick is also the author of many books, including An African Love Story: Love, Life and Elephants and An Elephant Called Eleanor.
Amazing wildlife photo/video of the week: Since we're on the subject of rhinos, this Southern White Rhino calf racing her mother is quite possibly the most adorable thing I've seen all week. Back in the early 1900s there were only 20 southern white rhinos left. Over time and with intense conservation efforts that number went up to 1,000 in the 1980s, 11,000 in 2001, and now the subspecies has rebounded to the best point in more than a century.
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