The greater one-horned rhinoceros are now critically endangered, with only 3,500 of them left in the wild.
Om Sin, or "Piggy Bank" the sea turtle has died due to blood poisoning after swallowing nearly 1,000 coins thrown by locals and tourists. The sea turtle has undergone two surgeries since March 6 with veterinarians removing about 11 pounds of coins all in all in Om Sin's stomach.
Are you thinking of riding elephants, take selfies with tigers or watching dolphins dance? Well, you might want to think again because behind the fun and thrilling experience of animal tourism is a cruel industry that most people didn't know.
A unanimous council committee decision has rejected to renew the license of South Lakes Safari Zoo after knowing that almost 500 animals died in just two years in its care. The Barrow Council gave its ultimatum of turning down the application of renewal after concerns over animal welfare had been raised.
A town, Sri Racha, near the Gulf of Thailand, has a pond on which people, locals and tourists alike, tossed coins for a turtle that was believed to be holy and brought them luck. However, Om Sin the sea turtle suffered from eating almost 1,000 coins thrown into her pond.
To protect endangered grasslands and wildlife, Australia will see to culling about one million kangaroos this year. Animal activists are baffled and angry at the same time with how Australia treated its animals despite defending that it's for the good of the environment.
About 16 wild bison were reintroduced last week to Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada's oldest national park, after more than a century of poaching and hunting that almost drove them to extinction. Park official considered the initiative successful as the animals are adapting well to their new environment.
Animal welfare groups are calling on tourists to stop buying turtle products as it encourages poachers to kill more of the animals. Too Rare To Wear organization has seen Hawkbill turtles as one of the most exploited species of their kind in the world and found 90 percent of their population has been dwindling down through the years.
Twelve global leaders from snow leopard countries met in Kathmandu, Nepal to discuss the atrocities made against the big cats and lamented that only 4,000 of them are left in the wild. Last week, the Steering Committee of the Global Snow Leopard Ecosystem Protection program (GSLEP) tackled poaching and illegal trades in the northern borders of Asian mountains.
Perhaps one can blame televisions or that one tourist destination who says it's alright for visitors to ride elephants. In reality, there's nothing worth more ignorant than a person wanting to ride the gentle animals that end up getting a good beat when the day ends.
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