Proyecto Titi is an organization designed to save Colombia's critically endangered cotton-top tamarins Saguinus oedipus and preserve habitats and biodiversity within the forests where tamarins live. Cotton-top tamarins are a small primate species found only within Colombian tropical forests. Although there are no accurate estimates concerning their original population size, tamarins must have numbered at least within the tens of thousands since 20,000-30,000 were exported during the late 1960's for medical tests and the pet trade, and since at least 75% (but possibly 98%) of their original forest habitat has been cleared. The latest population estimate is there could be 7,400 animals left, presumably 20% or less than the original population. Unfortunately, habitat destruction continues unabated, and two hydroelectric dams being built will flood much remaining forest.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
The Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) was originally founded to support Zoo Frankfurt over 150 years ago but has grown far past that purpose alone. Progressive zoos today focus their energies not merely into entertainment, but also utilize their unique positions to improve the nature's state through research, education, species conservation through both captive breeding and habitat protection, animal welfare, and sustainability. FZS is among the global leaders within the zoo field through their outstanding work.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
15 crane species globally within zoos and have seen another species flying free occasionally. Given my tremendous love of cranes, I know the amazing crane work done at the International Crane Foundation (ICF) because they do most global crane conservation work. George Archibald and Ron Sauey formed ICF during the early 1970's to promote crane conservation through research, education, habitat protection, captive breeding, and releasing captive bred birds into protected wild areas. ICF have done an outstanding job through all those areas.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Some conservation organizations like the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust start because someone sees how human devastation affects flora/fauna globally. Other organizations were founded by people who are extremely familiar with one species (often researchers who study the species) who discover they cannot watch impassively while their study species plummets towards extinction. Snow Leopard Conservancy (SLC) is the latter type. Rodney Jackson is a head snow leopard Panthera (Uncia) uncia researcher so he knows better than anyone how precarious their continued existence is and how many threats face them. Fortunately, Rodney understands those threats and has unlimited drive. Rodney founded SLC and has devoted himself to alleviating threats against snow leopards.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Conservationist, nature documentarian, and author Gerald Durrell founded the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust during 1963 (although 1959 saw the zoo open) to create captive breeding groups of endangered animals and plants. Since that time the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust (formerly the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust) has driven much endangered species protection, often through captive breeding at the zoo (the Durrell Wildlife Park, formerly the Jersey Zoo). The trust made the dodo Raphus cucullatus their symbol, highlighting their conservation work's importance and demonstrating what happens among endangered species when conservation enterprises are not taken or are not strong enough.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
The Xerces Society was formed 40 years ago to protect insects and other invertebrates and their habitats. The Xerces Society was named after the Xerces blue Glaucopsyche xerces, the first North American butterfly species we made go extinct. Exact reasons behind the Xerces blue's extinction are not known because its ecology was poorly understood before it went extinct, but current best guess is the butterfly and a local ant species had a symbiotic relationship and when invasive Argentine ants displaced most local ant species the butterfly lost a vital life cycle requirement. Which just shows that little unloved species like ants should be saved just like glamorous mega-vertebrates like giant pandas, because all those little invertebrate species form the food webs' bases and every time a base species is removed it will likely have a disproportionately large response higher up the trophic pyramid. While most conservation organizations save adorable fluffy animals, the Xerces Society fights the good fight for the little guy, quite literally, saving animals which you would be hard pressed to call cute but are still equally deserving.
Monday, June 6, 2011
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Friday, June 3, 2011
Who doesn't love a duck? Their rounded, rubbery bills, their endearing waddling gait, their happy tail-waggling, their wonderful calls- it's hard to hate ducks. Waterfowl have always been my personal favorites, and are also the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust's (WWT) personal favorites. WWT is a British nonprofit which Sir Peter Scott (among the greatest conservation biologists, who also helped found the World Wildlife Fund and create the IUCN Red Data Books)founded in 1946 and protects, expands, and creates wetlands and researches and protects wetland species. WWT has nine wetland visitor centers scatted around the country which are all spectacular (Martin Mere is the only one I have visited so far during my UK trips, but it blew me away and I have heard the other centers are equally beautiful and amazing), but WWT does not work only throughout Great Britain. WWT also saves many endangered species globally. Following are a few examples: