This post is from WWF http://worldwildlife.org You walk into an antique store in New York City and see and intricately carved ivory tusk that the owner describes as “antique.” On a cruise to the Caribbean you see shelves full of coral jewelry and tortoise-shell accessories. On a business trip abroad you spy a tin of Russian caviar. Every day, we are faced with choices about the purchases we make—and those purchases can have a profound impact on wildlife. While many wildlife and plant products are sold legally around the world, there is also tremendous demand for illegal products made from endangered species. This demand feeds wildlife crime and devastates populations of elephants, marine turtles, rhinos and tigers, among other species. Most countries, including the United States, protect their native animals and plants under national laws and through CITES—a treaty signed by more than 170 nations to support sustainable trade in wildlife and plants while protecting endangered species. The U.S. provides even stronger protections for animals like marine mammals, elephants, and wild birds. If a country bans the sale or export of a species, it cannot legally be imported into the U.S. For more information and photographs see: http://worldwildlife.org/pages/buyer-beware
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Baby Raccoon Picture
A Couple of Fun Raccoon Facts.
Raccoons are nocturnal, mammals that live throughout much of the world. To prepare for cold winters, raccoons pack on extra body fat in fall. This extra fat helps provide the raccoon with energy when it’s too cold to search for food.
Baby raccoon’s eyes do not open until 20 days after birth. It won’t have rings on its tail, or a mask around its eyes, until it’s older.
Raccoon’s front paws have five toes that resemble small human hands.
Sweet little baby Barely 10 days old Nursing from his mother Within the herd, he enfolds * He’s learning about lions Cheetahs and hyenas To fear and respect To hide and protect * Quietly nursing Mama pulls away A loud CRACK! Mama drops to lay * Baby so confused Frozen in fear Aunt Suzie comes along Back to the fold, she steers * They will kill anything Poachers are here Today it’s the elephants Tomorrow, the deer * Killing for pelts Tusks and horns Any sex, any age Trophies to be adorned * Bodies left dead Babies without mothers Mothers with no babies And so many others * Majestic creatures We should respect Becoming extinct Due to our neglect by Renee Robinson
The picture attached does not match the poem. However, when I looked at this whimsical picture, for some reason, my first thought was–” he needs his mother to teach him how to survive. If she is gone, he is a vulnerable, melting, shivering ice cream sunday. Easy target to be devoured.” I suppose the this dark thought came to me because, it just so happened I read a blog this morning with an article about poaching. If you are interested in reading this article the address is:
We are the voice for these wonderful creatures. Let them hear us ROAR!