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Scientists were thrilled to report last week the discovery of a species of tortoise that was believed to have been extinct for more than 100 years. Known as the Fernandina Giant Tortoise, the Galápagos National Park is planning an expedition to look for more individuals of this species — based on excrement samples they discovered, they believe there could be more still alive. The Environment Minister of Ecuador said in a tweet, “Certainly, @leodicapriowe are full of hope that the efforts to preserve Galapagos and its extraordinary biodiversity are shown in facts like this. I appreciate once again the labour of @parquegalapagos.” DiCaprio, who has long supported the Park, tweeted that the discovery of “the only-known Fernandina Giant Tortoise – giving us hope for the rediscovery of the remaining lost species on @rewild‘s list.” Rewild is a project to solve both the biodiversity and the climate crisis not by re-inventing the planet, but rather by “rewilding” it.
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Almost 1,000 of Florida’s manatees have died as of Oct.1 this year, setting a tragic record for the most deaths in a year, with two months left to go. Deaths were largely caused by starvation — the predator-less sea cows typically spend hours a day eating seagrass, but declining […]
Do you have a good eye? Are you surprisingly good at Where’s Waldo and like Walruses? If so, we have great opportunity for you! The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is seeking volunteers to help count Atlantic walruses…from space. Sea ice is retreating fast as global temperatures rise, forcing walruses to crowd on smaller floes […]
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer At a UN conference in Kunming, China, President Xi Jinping set aside $230 million to form a fund that preserves biodiversity in developing countries. This announcement was made at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity talks (COP15) which are dedicated to preserving delicate ecosystems and preventing plants and animals […]
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