As well as the natural challenges of life as a young loggerhead turtle such as avoiding larger predators, this little loggerhead will face a number of other human-made threats such as loss of habitat to coastal development, pollution, and accidentally being scooped up as bycatch by commercial fishing vessels.
The solution to giving loggerhead turtles and other marine species a chance is to increase marine protected areas in the Mediterranean Sea.
A group of 19 critically endangered black rhinos have been moved from South Africa’s Eastern Cape to a new range in the Limpopo province to encourage increased breeding and population growth. The location is the seventh new habitat established by the WWF’s Black Rhino Range Expansion Project.
The helicopter trip lasts less than 10 minutes and enables a darted rhino to be removed from difficult and dangerous terrain. The sleeping animals suffer no ill effect.
This year, we’re saluting rhino heroes, the brave men and women who devote their lives to defending rhinos. Some of them lose their lives.
South Africa’s rhinos are still facing a poaching onslaught, caused by the illegal rhino horn trade driven by demand from Asia. Rhino poaching is often carried out by well-armed, international criminal syndicates using sophisticated technology.
More than 280 rhinos have already been killed by poachers this year.
The courageous effort of rhino heroes must be backed up at other levels. This includes making sure that those guilty of rhino crimes do not walk free on technicalities, and that punishment is commensurate with the crime.
In South Africa, officials have begun to conduct more rigorous prosecutions and impose stricter sentences. WWF has called for a corresponding commitment by countries in Asia where illegal demand for rhino horn is driving poachers.