Antoine de Saint-Exupery wrote "You are responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.", but, alas, with each passing day those who committed to and trust us decline in number. We are talking about endangered animals, to save them is a sacred duty for Homo Sapiens, otherwise worthless is statements that people are the top of the evolutionary chain.
Today the criteria that make it possible to list animal species as endangered are blurred. This allows poachers to kill for their own purposes the most vulnerable species that are actually in danger of extinction. From several hundreds of those listed in the Red List of Threatened Species and all sorts of similar rosters, we stopped at seven representatives who suffers shocking drop in number.
Koala This loveable animal opens our selection not to evoke public sympathy and squeeze readers’ tears. In fact these animals are really on the verge of extinction. According to the Koala fund, in the wild nature there are as low as about a hundred thousand. Until the early twentieth century they were heavily hunted: fur trade sold millions of Koala pelts from the Green continent to the United States and Europe. Only in 1920 after a serious debate in the Australian community problem was considered, as a result authorities adopted the necessary laws protecting these animals from poachers. However, in our time not only people kill koalas: climate change, deforestation of eucalyptus, attacks of dog packs have been cited as prime factors preventing Koalas from recovering their population. In the 21st century the salvation of koalas is becoming increasingly important environmental issue for the whole of Australia.
These striped beauties were spread throughout North Africa. In some chronicles and literary works they were referred to as "tiger horses". Unfortunately, in the 20th century when humanity "suddenly" awoke and began to count zebras, numbers were disappointing: from the 1970s to the early 2000s their population has declined from 15 thousand to 3.5 thousand... The current situation when Grevy’s zebra stock reached a low number of two and half thousand animals on the planet, clearly does not delight conservationists and the public alike. Endless internecine wars and political showdowns in African countries do not provide for taking the animals under protection since the local rulers have a plenty of their own problems. The only state that takes at least some measures to protect the Grevy’s zebra is Kenya, but such efforts are not enough for the vast continent.
Meet king cobra – one of the most venomous and valuable animal in the world. Its habitat area is South-East Asia. Reptile skin is very much appreciated in the fashion industry, and its venom – in medicine, king cobras appeared in jeopardy due to both poaching and globalization. Many countries in Asia in the 20th century made an incredible infrastructural breakthrough turning from backward colonies to advanced powerful states. But everything must be paid for: construction of grandiose cities on the wildlife spots caused sustained loss of habitat that affected adversely number of this ecologically valuable species.
Loggerhead sea turtle
This species of sea turtles is unique because apart from warm seas and oceans, they live even in the cold waters of the Barents Sea. Often their shells show on the banks of the Russian Murmansk. Despite the fact that the Loggerhead meat is considered to be not delicious, in the early twentieth century mankind tasted its eggs which almost immediately became a delicacy. Due to satisfaction of gastronomic fantasies, over the past 50-100 years number of turtles reached alarming levels. Nowadays Greece, Cyprus, China and the US are struggling for their survival at the state level.
Living in the vicinity of the Grand Canyon and the mountains of California, California condor is considered a long-lived bird as some individuals live more than fifty years. However, in spite of it condors have not had as much time in the spotlight of looming extinction as at the moment there are about three hundred birds left. More than half of them is supervised by ecologists, releasing them into the wild is like signing a death sentence: in the 80s of the last century American fans of shooting almost completely killed the entire population. And since then weapons and attackers have not decreased in number.
Hard to believe but the number of all-favourite polar bears decreases with each passing year. Inhabiting northern lands hardly accessible for man, they are still critically endangered due to melting of glaciers and related changes in the ecosystem. Global warming forces polar bears settle farther and farther away from the usual area of residence. American and Canadian environmentalists have noticed the appearance of hybrids of polar and brown bears. Well, ambitious plans of super powerful states to develop the northern lands of the planet in search of oil add no optimism to both bears and their protectors.
Pelagic giants have always been preferred target for "large" anglers and humble pirates. Throughout 17-19 centuries whaling was so intense that no one counted slaughtered mammals. Even less interested were poachers in the number of remaining ones. And at the end of the second millennium their stock reached a critical point. So today there are severe rules that permit to catch only a few whales per year. Such a regulation has already yielded: the humpback whale population is slowly recovering. However, some states ignore the regulations. And misconduct is too contagious...
In recent years Georgia has rightly become very popular touristic spot on world map. Probably, everybody will find something for oneself in this proud mountainous state: amazing nature, delicious food, devote and cordial friends and much, much more. Outlook try to visit it as often as possible and share all kinds of interesting stuff with you. Today we’ll tell about a marvelous Sataplia Reserve.
At the bare mention of the word lake, our imagination pictures soothing, nostalgia-laden images of quite pond cosily embraced by the grassy hills. OUTLOOK prepared a selection of the most spectacular lakes, which will change your understanding of this work of nature. Each of them has something to surprise, whether it is unusual water shade, or frightening ability to petrify living creatures.
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When I, as a little girl, for the first time passed my hand over trimmed bush, my palm got scratched with sharp edges of twigs and lasting arborvitae fragrance hit my nose. Mesmerized, I was not able to take my eyes away from the cones, balls and squares that surrounded me in the park of a small resort town. I felt like being inside a fairy tale, where behind the leaves I could notice a smile of the Cheshire Cat.
The owners of island Calala near the coast of Nicaragua offer to rent it for one million dollars. The island with the square of 0.1 ha has all the infrastructure common for such sea areas. The only thing unusual is, perhaps, price. The editions describing all the expensive things paid attention to it. What is proposed for one million?
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After the legendary Frenchman Jacques-Yves Cousteau and his colleagues invented and perfected self-contained underwater breathing apparatus, scuba diving firmly entered the list of the most popular, but unfortunately, unsafe hobbies. OUTLOOK warns and talks about the most extreme places to do scuba diving.
When we hear about "water city", Venice immediately comes to mind, doesn’t it? Tranquil gondolas, narrow waterways, gentle light of the evening sun and ancient architecture create that heady romantic cocktail which attracts tourists from all over the world to the Italian city.
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Should we have a look at notes of those who plan their trips to Spain, next to the darling of all hearts, Barcelona, Montserrat is bound to rank second. Also, the mountain of the abbey is a must-visit spot for local dwellers, too – they believe it necessary to visit Catalonia’s religious heart at least once a year.
Figurines of dodo bird “invaded” all souvenir shops of Mauritius and its image even managed to become a national symbol complementing to the country’s emblem. But the most grievous thing of all is that all this glory came to Raphus cucullatus after it was completely extinct from the face of Earth – and it took it less then a hundred years…
Lighthouse - this word evokes beautiful associations: sea adventures, storms, huge ships. And we do not want to dispel these thoughts, but rather to add fuel to the fire. There is a great amount of them in the world, they are striking by their beauty and inimitable. Today we are sharing with you the quintet of amazing lighthouses!
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The Times newspaper edition recognized Ålesund as the most beautiful town in Norway. It is not without reason: wayward sea, mesmerizing northern nature, famous fjords, fabulous multi-coloured houses in the Art Nouveau style and the legendary Trolls' Path, beckon those wishing to see the stunning wild landscapes.
Icy island of Greenland was first discovered by the Norwegian Vikings. This fact is surprising since this nomadic tribe had enough courage to penetrate into the harsh Arctic climate. We will not delve into searching for reasons which led warlike people to edge of the earth, but supply the modern traveller with the list of core Arctic attractions with a unique Greenlandic touch.
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