The commercial seal hunt in Canada started last week. Up to 400.000 seals can be killed in this season, although the market for seal products is nearly dead. But hunters and governments finds ways to keep this cruel practice alive…
Did you know that elephants paint, monkeys lie and crows use cars to crack nuts? Have a look at the continuation of the first part of 10 fascinating facts about other intelligent species. Photo credit: elephantart.com
For most people the evidence is clear: humans are the peak of evolution. But today, scientific research shows that many animals can keep up with humans on different levels. Just have a look at these 10 facts!
With their fuzzy bodies bumblebees are essential for pollination. Without them we would miss out on many fruits and wild herbs. But scientists have reported a huge decline of bumblebees. You can support these helpful insects by planting herbs, like lavender, and watch little visitors. Just check out our photo gallery!
Sodium Flouroacetate is better known as 1080. It is a poison to humans and most animals. A prolonged and painful death usually comes through ventricular arrhythmias. As a bait it is banned in most countries of the world to protect wildlife and ecosystems. But not in Australia, where it is used to kill one of the most beautiful indigenous species: the dingo.
Zoos often have to face harsh critique: Animals belong to the wilderness, not in cages. Featherdale Wildlife Park in Sydney Australia shows even sceptics the positive sides.
Established on 7 acres of land and 40km away from Sydney’s hectic, noisy inner city, Featherdale provides a realm for many endangered species
Most people associate bees mainly with honey. But they do so much more for us. Now, it is time we do something for them, as these little helpers are dangerously threatened. The EU already takes huge steps towards rescuing the bees.
While most people in Europe enjoy the sunny weather these days, some little fellows struggle to survive. For hedgehogs it becomes really difficult to find enough natural food, like worms and slugs. There is also a lack of fresh water. The British Hedgehog Preservation Society asks people to help these ground dwellers.
The stag beetle has always fascinated mankind. Their giant antlers-like mandibles that are used for wrestling with other males, demonstrate strength. The ancient Romans
used their heads as amulets and the old Germans considered these beetles as creatures of the god Thor. But lucanus cervus is red listed in many European countries.
Worldwide there are more than 180,000 different kinds of butterflies with about 700 new discoveries a year. All of them have a huge impact on the environment and help to conserve our nature. But now, the conserves are in need of conservation themselves.