Phew! It’s the end of November already and that can mean only one thing, Christmas is almost here. Have you sorted out what gifts you plan to give to the special people in your life? If you are still coming up with your Christmas shopping list, why not adopt a penguin for someone this holiday season? After all, who doesn’t love penguins? They are so cute and cuddly they even made an animated movie about them (If you haven’t seen it, it’s called Happy Feet). If you are still sitting on the fence, here are five reasons why you should adopt a penguin this Christmas.
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An oil and gas company has said it will stop drilling for oil in The Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park after receiving intense pressure from the WWF and the United States Government.
Soco International is an energy company with headquartered in London. The company has backed down from beginning exploratory drilling operations in the area.
Last month, the Government of Brazil, the WWF and its partners announced the creation of a US$215 million fund that is designed to help ensure the long term protection of the largest network of protected areas in the world coming in at 150 million acres of Brazilian Amazon rainforest.
Conservationists rarely ever get to celebrate such a big win and the outcome is truly deserving of international attention.
Starting last month, the film Virunga starring UK Actress Anna Friel is being shown as ODEON theatres throughout the UK. The film is just three minutes long but takes the viewer on a dramatic journey across snow capped mountains and lush tropical rainforest, highlighting an astonishing diversity of wildlife which includes elephants and gorillas.
The WWF has been working in the Mara Serengeti for over two decades and this is prime habitat for the lion. It comes as no surprise the WWF is familiar with the changes and they say the landscape faces more pressure today than it ever has in the past As agriculture sprawls and human populations grow, increasingly wildlife and humans are coming into ever closer contact.
Dr Kate Evans runs Elephants for Africa an organisation she founded back in 2007. Her interests in these magnificent animals started when she began researching adolescent male elephants in the Okavango Delta nearly a decade ago.
“Elephants have always been my passion, and growing up the poaching crisis of the 1970s and 80s had a massive impact on the journey that my life would take. Since 2002 I have been studying the elephants of Botswana, home to the largest remaining population in the world. My particular interest is male elephants and their ecological and social requirements.” Dr Evans said.
WWF UK President Prince Charles and his eldest son William, are at the forefront for calls to bring stronger action against those who commit wildlife crime. Both are huge animal lovers, and they recently hosted an international conference on 21st May 2013 alongside the government to bring together other countries from across the globe to try and bring an end to the trade of animals and their parts.
WWF charity officials were over the moon as news finally broke that Thailand has pledged to end their involvement in the trade of ivory. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has now began the legislative process to end the countries ivory trade after almost 1.5 million signed a WWF petition asking the Thai government to rethink their policies at the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora in Bangkok.