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There are remarkable examples of how wild canids can also assist us with understanding and preserving our environment. Being the most widely distributed canine on Earth, foxes provide us a unique perspective on ecosystem health in differing habitats around the world.
Learn how foxes are helping humans monitor ecosystem health.
Conservation is incredibly important to maintaining our environment’s biodiversity and keeping our wildlife at steady population sizes. This is true for both our wildlife on land and in our oceans. After all, our oceans are our planet’s largest ecosystem. We once thought that the ocean was too big to be impacted by our actions, but in recent years we’ve found out that that is just not true.
Why Do We Need to Conserve Marine Life?
Polar bears are at the top of their food chain. They are also considered marine mammals. These bears weigh hundreds of pounds: females can get up to about 1,000 pounds, while males can weigh significantly more than that.
How does climate change impact their survival?
If you’re thinking of adding a new pet to your family, but already have a pet or two in the house, you’re going to need to prepare for the process of introducing your new pet to your old ones. This process can’t be rushed and it’s important to establish safe and...
When it comes to keeping track of the well-being of species, there are two resources you can look at. You check to see how they’re listed under the Endangered Species Act or look at the IUCN Red List.
You’re already familiar with the ESA, but what about the IUCN?
They stand about 24 inches tall and measure 32-47 inches in length from head to tail. They have long, dense fur that keeps them warm in the winter. Their paws, too, have fur on them which helps them move over snow more easily. The long tufts on their ears help them with their hearing. They also have great eyesight.
They are the Lynx of North America, Europe, and Asia.
Mixed breed dogs are dogs whose genetics are a combination of more than a single breed.1 Purebred is a single breed. For example, a purebred labrador retriever will have a family tree of only labrador retrievers. Meanwhile, a mixed breed dog might have a whole combination of different breeds that make up its genetics.
Is one better than the other?
When we talk about action to help the environment, the words conservation and preservation come to mind. Is there a difference between the two? Nowadays, not really. Conservation and preservation go hand in hand with the goals of environmental organizations. However, when you get down to the specific definitions of these two words, there is an important difference.
Grizzly bears used to have a wide range throughout the United States and much higher numbers. However, these animals require a lot of space to live – they usually occupy about 600 square miles in their territories. Ultimately as humans spread out and built communities throughout the United States, we encroached on their habitats. That, matched with fear, led to a population number of under 1,000 bears (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) by 1975. That’s when the grizzly bear received protection under the Endangered Species Act.
If you’ve been to an airport, a big train station, or at a large public event, you’ve probably seen police officers with K-9 dogs. These dogs help the police maintain safety – both for the officers and for the people around them.
What does it take to be a police dog?
We know that putting in the effort to conserve species is important. We also know that protecting predators has positive effects on their entire ecosystem and the other species that live within it alongside them. Thanks to the Endangered Species Act, the United States has been able to bring back many species that were on the brink of extinction.
But what does recovery actually look like?
Wildlife is usually a step ahead of us when it comes to natural disasters. They can sense things before we can as humans. Hurricanes, flooding, and wildfires are all natural disaster events that pose a threat to our wild animals. This is especially true of animals that have low population numbers – like red wolves in North Carolina.
Seek and destroy canine missions have become a critical component of the war against invasive species around the world. Not only do dogs find these alien invaders once released into our wildlands, but now they also have become a major player in preventing the spread of noxious plants, animals, and even pathogens before they arrive at suitable habitat.
Whether you’ve brought home a puppy already or are thinking about getting one, we put together some advice on what to do before and after you bring them home. After deciding what type of dog you want, where you’d get them from, and all the paperwork, your dog is either home or about to be. Now that you’ve made the leap, what else do you need to know?
Here are some tips for before and after your new puppy comes home.
At the Wolf Center, we know that kids are the key to the future. They’re the ones who will be inheriting the planet however we leave it and they’ll be the ones who need to tackle any environmental issues thrown their way.
But they won’t know what to do or won’t care to take action if they don’t love the world around them
These owls are very important to us humans. Because of how much they eat and how easy it is for them to choose a place to live, they are a natural way to combat pests. Setting up nest boxes in orchards, vineyards, and farms allows barn owls to move in and eat pests like voles or mice, which can ruin plants and crops.
As human activities increase around our planet, water is quickly becoming a valued commodity and governments are recognizing the importance of protecting this precious resource. Using dogs to assist in protecting groundwater is just one more way dogs are human’s best friends.
Find out how they are helping.
When you think of animals that are at risk of extinction, elephants are probably one of the first animals that come to mind. Their numbers have been dwindling for years and many organizations are working hard to preserve their numbers.
So why are elephants at risk? And what are people doing about it?
Puppies grow up so fast. One day they’re falling asleep in your lap, and the next day they’re too big to fit! But when does a puppy stop being a puppy and become an adult dog?
Read on to learn about the puppy aging process, and how to tell when your puppy is no longer a puppy.
They are known as opportunistic omnivores. They mostly eat meat but will take the opportunity to eat other things like vegetation or carrion when they come across it. Mostly they eat small mammals, birds, or reptiles. They’ll even follow big cats to eat the leftovers of their prey. When they hunt in packs, they’re able to take down animals much bigger than they are, like antelope or sheep.
They are the Jackal.
Many predators are thought of as “bad” because they kill the animals below them in the food chain. A lot of these animals are also thought to pose more of a threat to us than they actually do. These animals aren’t bad because they eat other animals. In fact, they play a very important role within their ecosystems.
Poaching of critically endangered elephants and rhinoceros is a severe problem in most of Africa. Hunted down for their ivory tusks, poachers kill an estimated 100 elephants EVERY DAY in Africa! Canines are instrumental in their survival.
Owl experts have been very excited by the increase in sightings of these beautiful animals throughout Ontario and the rest of Canada during this winter. Bird watchers are eager to gather and photograph one of nature’s most photogenic creatures too.
You already know that wolves live in packs. Living in a pack helps the survival of all involved. Together, they can take down bigger prey, defend their territory, and raise the pups. Jeremy describes some reasons they lay so close together. It may surprise you.