Building a wall between the US and Mexican border has been not only a loud talking point during the past 2016 election, but now with Trump as our president it has become a near daily talking point. From the 24 hour news cycle to your neighbors across the street, everyone continues to talk about it. No doubt it has major human rights issues, and would mark itself a truly isolationist move our country hasn’t seen in decades—but has anyone considered the impact it may have on our planet? On our animal species?
Many important and endangered species live both in the US and in Mexico. Borders mean nothing to them, but a wall could decimate the improvements we’ve seen in these cross border numbers. Jaguars, bears, wolves, ocelots, bison, and even the symbol of our nation the bald eagle need access to both sides of the border (as do their prey). A study from the Center for Biological Diversity says that 111 endangered species will be detrimentally affected by the wall.
So, will this wall help the people? Studies seem doubtful. And well we know for a fact it will not help our wildlife. Walls do not encourage freedom, they do not encourage the health of our planet.
The ocean is filled with debris. This has been well documented for decades and a problem we can all agree upon. Sea turtles and other marine animals consume the trash mistaking it for food and die slow, painful deaths. The plastic just doesn’t degrade and it causes endless problems for our oceans, but one group is taking up the fight to rid our waters of garbage.
A Dutch group, called “The Ocean Cleanup”, intending to free the world’s seas of plastic waste says it will begin tidying up the enormous zone of gliding garbage known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch . The project is to begin earlier than expected, within the next 12 months.
The Ocean Cleanup plans to utilize long-distance gliding booms that work like coastlines to assemble plastic as it floats on or close to the surface of the water while enabling ocean life to go underneath.
The arrangement initially was to grapple the obstructions to the ocean bed with a framework utilized by oil rigs, however the association said Thursday it now will utilize stays that buoy underneath the water’s surface, making it a great deal more effective.
With people like this the world has a much brighter future, science could be the answer to a lot of problems our world faces.
62 is an age of seniority among all human cultures. It is a time for retirement, a time for grandchildren, and a time for leisure. Most animals will never make it to this age, and in that way humans are unique. However, on occasion there is time to celebrate the rarity of such a long life span in an animal; in this case let’s meet the world’s oldest Bornean Orangutan Gypsy Chan.
Gypsy Chan just celebrated making it to 62 years old at the Tokyo Tama Zoo in Japan. To mark the occasion, the playful grandmother ape shoved her two-year-old grandson’s face into her birthday fruit cake. Who says that age defeats humor?
Bornean Orangutans are highly intelligent creatures who share 97% of their DNA with humans. They typically weigh around 66-220 pounds depending on age and sex. In the wild they normally live about 35-45 years, so this makes Gypsy Chan’s age all the more reason to celebrate. Bornean Orangutans are endangered, with only 54,500 left in the wild.
Gypsy Chan has been a wonderful ambassador for her breed, and is a well-known peacekeeper. She has amazed scientists by breaking up fights between other apes. Orangutans spend most of their time alone in the wild, so this behavior is all the more interesting!
May you continue to go strong in 2017 Gypsy Chan!
Fish have long been thought of as creatures without feeling and a lack of intellect. We make jokes about their lack of memory, and have overall desensitized ourselves to them. Few people will stand up and say their favorite animal is a fish, they simply are not very beloved by humans. However, what if you knew they actually had the capacity for a while breadth of feelings?
Jonathan Balcombe, director of animal sentience at the Humane Society Institute for Science claims that fish are much more complex than what we give them credit for. Experiments have shown that fish will respond to being stroked, it actually reduces stress hormones in their bodies. Additionally, they are able to recognize faces within large groups, and pick out people they have bonds with.
These animals have cognitive and emotional lives, much more so than we have previously assumed. There are 33,000 species of sea and freshwater fish, I think it is time to give them some of their dues.