Sea Turtle

Today’s animal in our weekly In Danger segment is the sea turtle.

This animal is near and dear to my heart as it is my favorite animal and reminds me of my painted turtle that I rescued from living in a fishbowl. Sea turtles are over 100 million years old and today nearly all species of sea turtle, from coast to coast, are endangered. When you observe a sea turtle, it looks like they can come out of their shell. There was an old cartoon called Franklin where each night he would crawl out of his shell like he was shedding clothing. As cute as that cartoon was, that’s not how it works in real life. The shell is the turtle’s lifeline. Along the inner shell curve is the turtle’s spine. If a turtle breaks its shell, it’s dead.[...]

Tasmanian Devil

Growing up watching Looney Tunes did not do the Tasmanian Devil the justice it deserves. Being the size of a small dog, they’re actually sort of cute little Austrialian pups. …see for yourself. 😛 

The name for these guys may be a little deceiving, as scientists have found. They mainly live in the state of Tasmania and are extinct in their original homeland of Australia. Hunters were killing dingoes for their pelts and when they ran out of dingoes they turned to the next best thing. The claim was that they were a massive threat to livestock and so they needed to be dealt with accordingly. Some 50 years later researchers are finding that they, along with many humans, are victims of facial and skin tumors and cancers. As a result, many are being sent to zoos in order to help provide better care for them.[...]

Northern White Rhino

Sudan, the world's last remaining male northern white rhino, has joined Tinder in a bid to successfully breed and save the species.This is Sudan. Currently he is the last, surviving great northern rhino in the world. As far back as 1919, there were two to three thousand great northern rhinos in the wild. By 1989, there were only 15 left in the wild and by 2007, 0. Why, you ask? Extensive poaching of course.

When conservationists realized what was happening, they began to pull the wild rhinos and bring them to captivity in the hopes of starting a breeding program to repopulate the dying population. Captivity didn’t work so well for these big beasties. For one reason or another, their survivability rate continue to plummet in captivity. It was decided that the last few great northern rhinos would be transferred back to the wild, where, naturally, they thrive better and have round the clock, 365 day, armed protection from puny poachers.[...]