Tracking the Amahoro Mountain Gorilla group, Virunga Mountains, Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda
The Giraffe Conservation Foundation has recently published a Giraffe Conservation Guide with up-to-date information on the evolution, taxonomy, distribution, habitat and conservation status of these strange and fascinating animals.
Chris Palmer, Director of the Centre for Environmental Filmmaking at American University, discusses with Alexandra Cousteau the ethical challenges of producing wildlife films. He argues that production companies deceive audiences by making them believe the images they see on TV or film are natural when in reality many of them have been staged. In many cases animals are treated cruelly and even killed. Palmer advocates a different way of producing nature films; on in which animals are treated kindly and with respect. Remember we humans are just a part of nature not its masters.
Mother Jones conducts an investigation on the misstreatment of animals during TV productions. Contrary to what people believe most TV series involving animals are produced by staging action and forcing such animals to perform acts that are far from natural. They are harassed and treated in an inhumane way. Animal Planet and other TV production companies showing animals should be guided by strict codes of conduct that ensure animals are treated in respectful way.
The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) is an independent campaigning organisation committed to bringing about change that protects the natural world from environmental crime and abuse. Their vision is a future where humanity respects, protects and celebrates the natural world for the benefit of all. Support EIA and help save animals for present and future generations.
Giraffe population has declined by 40% over the last 15 years. Less than 80.000 exist in the wild today. In Africa, for every giraffe there are 5 elephants. Habitat loss, disease and poaching are decimating these gentle giants at a worrying pace. Urgent action is necessary to protect these extraordinary animals. You can act now. Join the giraffe conservation efforts by participating in the first World Giraffe Day on 21 June 2014. Continue reading
Giraffes are very unique animals. They are the tallest of mammals, they have the largest heart in proportion to their body size to be able to pump blood into their brain and they has special valves used to manage the high pressure at which their blood is pumped throughout their bodies. They are the most liberal of mammals in their social organisation with no evident leaders. Baby giraffes live in creches where one mother giraffe takes care of all the babies while other mothers go to browse. Still scientists debate whether giraffes grew their long necks to reach out for highly nutritious plants or if this happened to be able to reach the ground to drink water. A discussion similar to that of the chicken and the egg.