There has been an historic problem with PCB’s and other toxic chemicals for the poor Norwegian polar bears. It seems that new studies are showing not only a drop in these chemicals but a significant decrease (around fifty nine percent in the new cubs and fifty five percent in their mothers). The study was taken from 1998 through 2008 and is actually proving that the international ban on the toxic PCB’s is truly working.
There are only thirty Amur leopards left in existence. The good news for these cats is that they now have a 650,000 acre national park in the far east area of Russia called The Land of the Leopard National Park. Some of these rare cats cross over into China and there are plans to try to establish a more expanded habitat area via The World Wildlife Fund.
Washington DC based Global Environmental Facility is responsible for some of the largest trust fund allocations for conservation. The one that seems to be topping the list is a protection proposal for around five percent of the ocean territory in Brazil. This project is designed to create what is being called the ‘blue forest’ in the ocean for the long term study of carbon storage in mangrove and coral ecosystems.
New Zealand was once the home of the Southern right whale with thousands using the area as grounds for their calving. That was over one hundred years ago and, with the onset of the whaling industry; the assumption was that the right whale population had forgotten how to return to New Zealand. A new study however, may be changing that. An international team has recently published that there is a group of what they believe to be the descendants of the whales that lived off of the coast of New Zealand that are returning. This genetically-distinct group comprised of just a couple of dozen in 2005, but may be the beginning of their return.
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