The Friday Five: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this week
Each week, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or new discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. The Friday Five is a weekly roundup of some of the conservation and nature stories from around the globe that caught our attention the week of August 29, 2016:
There's no keeping this butterfly down
After decades of conservation efforts, the large blue butterfly population fluttered to an 80-year high in Britain. The butterfly was declared extinct in 1979 but in 1984, scientist discovered the species' survival was dependent on the nests of a species of red ants. Since this discovery, both species numbers have been on the rise.
A time-out for tourists
Yellowstone National Park has had a summer of trouble when it comes to its visitors. From taking selfies with wildlife to disobeying safety signs, visitors to the national park have been putting themselves and species in danger. In July alone, park rangers from 10 of the most visited national parks handled more than 11,000 incidents.
The elephant in the room may disappear soon
Due to heavy poaching and habitat loss, Africa’s elephant species are down a whopping 30 per cent. According to The Great Elephant Census, the most comprehensive survey of elephant population to date, more than 144,000 elephants have disappeared from 15 countries over the last decade. This year alone, eight per cent of the population has declined due to poaching.
Shelling out a home for abandoned turtles
A St. John’s, NL man and his wife have created a large artificial pond to house the city’s unwanted turtles. Since 2013, Dennis Oliver has been taking in abandoned turtles. This hobby has helped saved dozens of turtles from being dumped into ponds, something that can not only hurt the turtles but negatively impact the pond’s ecosystem.
What's my favourite wild cat? You've probably never heard of it
DYK? The pallas cat, a species native to central Asia, has the longest and densest fur of any feline. Their heavy coat helps keep them warm in cool, rocky climates, such as the alpine deserts or tundra in northern Russia.