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July 29, 2020 | Via Sky News

Shark that Killed 63-Year-Old Woman off Maine was a Great White

The shark that killed a woman in a rare attack off the coast of Maine, New England, was a great white, authorities have confirmed. Julie Dimperio Holowach, 63, from New York City, died from her injuries after being bitten off Bailey Island on Monday while she was swimming. Great whites are not common in Maine, which is the northern tip of their range, but there have been reports of sightings in recent years.

November 21, 2019 | Via Daily Mail

Half World’s Donkey Population could be Killed in Five Years

More than half the world’s donkey population could be wiped out in five years due to rising demand in Chinese medicine, charity Donkey Sanctuary has warned. Nearly five million skins are used every year to make ejiao, a gel believed to be a health remedy, putting enormous strain on donkey populations around the world.

October 22, 2018 | Via Fox News

Lioness Kills Father of Cubs at Indianapolis Zoo

A lioness killed the father of her 3 cubs at the Indianapolis Zoo after living together for eight years. The 10-year old male died of suffocation from injuries to the neck. There were no previous incidents of aggression between the two lions. The Indianapolis Zoo has no plans to change their management of the lions.

November 21, 2018 | Via The Guardian

Plastic in Dead Sperm Whale Sparks Environmental Conversation

A dead sperm whale in a national park in Indonesia was discovered to have nearly 13 pounds of plastic waste in its stomach. The items found in the whale’s stomach included a pair of flip-flops, 25 plastic bags, and 115 drinking cups. The discovery sparked a conversation among environmentalists about the global pollution crisis.

August 13, 2019 | Via BBC

Environmentalists Warn Trump ‘Weakening’ Endangered Species Protections

The US federal government has announced an overhaul of the way it enforces the Endangered Species Act, a law credited with preventing countless extinctions. Trump officials say the new plan will reduce regulations, but environmental groups warn it will “crash a bulldozer” through the landmark 1973 legislation. The plan removes automatic protections for threatened species and allows economic factors to be considered.

May 7, 2019 | Via CNN

One Million Species Threatened with Extinction because of Humans

One million of the planet’s eight million species are threatened with extinction by humans, scientists warned Monday in what is described as the most comprehensive assessment of global nature loss ever. Their landmark report paints a bleak picture of a planet ravaged by an ever-growing human population, whose insatiable consumption is destroying the natural world. The report comes six months after the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that the world has less than 12 years to avoid catastrophic levels of global warming.

March 21, 2018 | Via CNN

World’s Last Male Northern White Rhino Dies

The world’s last male northern white rhino, Sudan, was euthanized in Kenya this week at age 45 following a string of infections and aging issues. Sudan’s death brings the species closer to extinction with just two northern white rhinos remaining, Sudan’s daughter and granddaughter. Rhino populations have been decimated because of war, poaching and habitat loss.

October 31, 2018 | Via The Guardian

WWF Claims Humans to Blame for Loss of Animal Species

The WWF released a report claiming that ‘exploding human consumption’ caused a major drop in global wildlife population in recent years. The report says that losses in vertebrate species including fish, birds, and mammals averaged 60% between 1970 and 2014. The report is published every two years to assess the state of the world’s wildlife.

March 8, 2018 | Via NPR

Trump Administration Lifts Big-Game Trophy Ban

The US Fish and Wildlife Service released a memo last week, reporting the Trump administration’s decision to lift the ban on importing sport-hunted big game trophies such as Elephant tusks from certain African countries. The agency will now consider importation permits ‘on a case-by-case basis.’ The decision contradicts public statements made by President Trump in support of the ban.

May 29, 2019 | Via Poeple

Last Male Sumatran Rhino in Malaysia Dies as Species Nears Extinction

The last male Sumatran rhino in Malaysia died on Sunday, leaving just one female of the rare species left in captivity. Sumatran rhinos are the smallest rhinoceros species in the world, standing at an average of 4 feet 3 inches when fully grown. The remaining rhinos not kept in captivity live on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, with a small group of them inhabiting nearby Borneo. The rhino, named Tam, had been suffering from kidney and liver disease prior to his death, according to The Borneo Rhino Alliance.

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