Breaking #rhinonews - earlier today 6 key members of a #rhino horn poaching and smuggling syndicate “implicated in a massive trafficking of poached rhino horns” were arrested in south africa. just days before #worldrhinoday this is a welcome development and hope remains high that such efforts are sustained to reduce the 1,000 rhinos killed each year for their horns in south africa. photo credit: @jasonsavagephoto reminds us that rhinos are #worthmorealive
#seaturtlenews - some 640,000 tons of ghost gear enter the world’s oceans every year and can mutilate and k**l #marine animals for many years afterwards. combined with plastic debris left by consumers, scientists predict that by 2050 there will be more plastic than #fish in the #oceans if we don’t curb our #plasticaddiction soon. @jordan_robins photographs a beautiful example of what we stand to lose. all the more reason to practice #plasticfreeliving
#seaturtlenews - how much #plastic is too much plastic for #seaturtles ? a new study hopes to help determine just that. findings also highlighted deaths from boat strike and entanglement in derelict nets. check out this report at nature’s scientific reports section. @jordan_robins highlights this beautiful sea turtles resilience but also the sad reality that many sea turtles are maimed due to everyday human activities.
#elephantnews - “how teeth became tusks and tusks became liabilities”. humans, mice, narwhals— most mammals rely on ancient genes to produce teeth and tusks. but the tuskless #elephants of africa show that nature can quickly alter the code when push comes to shove. read more at @nytimes photo credit- a big beautiful #tusker by @markjdrury
#tigernews - can ai help mitigate human wildlife conflict? in india where some of the worst human #tiger conflict exists, a group is now testing ai tools in collecting and processing #wildlife crime data to protect local populations. this could be a game changer for #tiger conservation efforts. @arjunanandphoto s beautiful photo reminds us that these incredible animals are #worthmorealive#tigers
#seaturtlenews - tiny bits of #plastic have seeped into soil, fish and air posing a threat to both animal and human health. sea turtles unfortunately get hit twice. aside from accidentally ingesting large plastic bags (mistaking them for jellyfish), sea turtles ingest micro plastics which have been infested by their prey, c***s and mollusks. this beautiful photo by @benjhicks reminds us why #seaturtles are #worthmorealive
#sharknews - 8000 kgs of #sharkfin were seized in india over the weekend. the shipment was meant for export to china and hong kong. #sharks are prohibited for export and seven #poachers have so far been arrested. authorities then contacted malaysian authorities to help seize an additional 4000 kg of shark fin connected to the original raid. photo credit: @michaelmuller7 demonstrates the importance of sharks for healthy #marineecosystems with this striking image.