Endangered African Animals
Twenty penguins from a coastal zoo in Devon have been sent to a new home in Portugal to help with the conservation of their species.
Living Coasts in Torquay has sent the penguins to Parque Zoologico de Lagos. The birds travelled by road in a temperature-controlled van, taking a ferry across the Channel before being driven on to the Algarve, a total journey of 1,700 miles.
The group – two breeding pairs and a collection of younger birds – is starting a new colony. Clare Rugg, Living Coasts operations manager/curator, said: “They arrived and all went for a swim. They seem to be fine after their journey.”
Paulo Figueiras, the curator of Parque Zoologico de Lagos, said: “I am so excited, they are lovely birds. They will be a success at our zoo. When they arrived, they spent so long in the water… they go in the pool a lot. Thank you so much.”
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Source: Devon Live
The true scale of the slaughter of pangolins in Africa has been revealed by new research showing that millions of the scaly mammals are being hunted and killed.
Pangolins were already known to be the world’s most trafficked wild mammal, with at least a million being traded in the last decade to supply the demand for its meat and scales in Asian markets. Populations of Asian pangolins have been decimated, leaving the creatures highly endangered and sharply shifting the focus of exploitation to Africa’s four species.
Pangolins are secretive, nocturnal and some species live in trees, making them very hard to count and the total size of the populations in Africa is unknown. But the new analysis, based on data collected by hundreds of local researchers at scores of hunting sites and bushmeat markets across central and west Africa, found up to 2.7m are being killed every year, with the most conservative estimate being 400,000 a year.
“The number is definitely shocking,” said Daniel Ingram, at the University of Sussex, UK, and who led the research team. “Pangolins have been hunted out of many areas in Asia and recent analyses show there is a growing international trade between Africa and Asia. If we don’t act now to better understand and protect these charismatic animals, we may lose them.”
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Source: The Guardian