Happy World Wildlife Day

The United Nations began the tradition of this annual celebration March 3rd, 2013. Today, on the seventh anniversary, is a great time for a wildlife update. Let’s look at the status of a few animals on the World Wildlife Fund endangered list. These three are personal favorites: leopards, orangutans and vaquita porpoises.

Amur Leopard: Panthera pardus orientalis
Habitat: Northern Russia, Northern Korea and Eastern China
Threats: Poaching for their unique coat, habitat loss, warming climate
Numbers: Around 100 left in the wild (up from only 30 in the 1970s)
Conservation efforts: Wildlife Conservation Society (NY) (for photos and facts)

Portrait of an amur leopard at Marwell Zoo
Amur Leopard at Marwell Zoo Photo: William Warby

Bornean Orangutan: Pongo pygmaeus
Habitat: Island of Borneo
Threats: Logging and hunting
Numbers: Central species – 35,000  Northwest species: only 1500 left in the wild
Conservation efforts: World Wildlife Fund  (for species facts)

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Bornean Orangutan, Tanjung Putting National Park Photo: Thomas Fuhrmann

Vaquita Porpoise: Phocoena sinus
Habitat: Northern Gulf of California off the coast of Mexico
Threats: Illegal fishing using gill nets
Numbers: Only 10 remain
Conservation efforts: Porpoise Conservation Society (for more facts)

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Vaquita Porpoise, Photo: Paula Olson, NOAA

Beautiful beasts, let’s share the world, make it habitable for them and us.

What is your favorite animal?

Gracias for reading Fake Flamenco. ¡Olé! –Rebecca

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Poster by Patrick George for the UN: Guarantee the sustainability of life on earth (literal translation from Spanish)
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