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Hawaii: Swimming with dolphins could end as 'self-gratifying selfies' pose threat
The federal government is proposing a ban on swimming with dolphins in Hawaii – a move that may crush the dreams of many tourists, but will allow the marine mammals to finally get a good day’s sleep.
The proposed rule would bar people from swimming or approaching within 50 yards of the Hawaiian spinner dolphin. The dolphins are an increasingly popular attraction for tourists, who pay for chartered tours of the bays the dolphins frequent.
Spinner dolphins are nocturnal, foraging in the deep ocean at night and returning to shallow waters to rest during the day, said Susan Pultz, the chief of conservation planning and rule-making for the National Marine Fisheries Service.
“When you get the numbers [of tourists] we’re seeing, they’re constantly disturbed all day long. That’s their resting period,” said Pultz.
“As we all know, if you don’t rest day after day after day, it does affect your fitness.”
Spinner dolphins continue swimming while they are sleeping, so people may not be aware they are waking the cetaceans up.
The predictable habits of spinner dolphins have been taken advantage of by commercial tour operators, who know exactly where and when to find the resting creatures.
Full story at www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/aug/23/swimming-with-dolphins-ban-hawaii-tourists
#Hawaii #dolphins #oceans
Image: Swimming with spinner dolphins, Hawaii ... See MoreSee Less
41 minutes ago ·
Thailand: Tiger tourism expands despite temple raid
The tiger tourism business is booming and the captive tiger population is growing fast, experts say, more than two months after Thai wildlife authorities found 40 dead cubs while rescuing animals from the popular Tiger Temple.
Animal rights activists called on tourists to shun Thai animal attractions, which they say are cruel and should be shut down, after the Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi province, west of Bangkok, closed in June.
* Learn more about the plight of tigers in captivity at eia-international.org/where-are-the-tigers
Wildlife authorities vowed to inspect other tiger attractions, and confiscated 24 tigers from two venues, but the scrutiny has been short-lived.
"On the ground, nothing has changed," said Jan Schmidt-Burbach, a Bangkok-based wildlife adviser for the World Animal Protection NGO. "The Tiger Temple case has brought attention to the topic but is unfortunately limited to the temple itself."
A July report by World Animal Protection shows that the number of captive tigers in Thailand's tiger entertainment industry jumped 33%, from 623 tigers in 2010 to 830 tigers in 2015-16. Eight new venues also opened during the period.
Thailand offers an array of wildlife tourist attractions, from tiger "selfies" to elephant rides and orangutan boxing.
Full story at www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1069157/tiger-tourism-expands-despite-temple-raid
#Thailand #tigers #TigerTemple
Image: A tiger yawns while a piglet stands beside it at Sriracha Tiger Zoo, in Chonburi province, Thailand on June 7, 2016 (c) Reuters ... See MoreSee Less
2 hours ago ·
Elephants: Extinct woolly mammoth could become protected species in crackdown on ivory smuggling
The woolly mammoths (Mammuthus primigenius) may have been extinct for 4,000 years but the ancient animal that scientists believed is closely related to the modern day elephant could get legal protection under wildlife and conservation trade rules.
The move, which would be made under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), could make the woolly mammoth the first long-extinct animal to be given legal protection under conservation trade rules.
Giving legal protection may not bring back the lost species which lived during the ice age and may have gone extinct when the weather became warmer. The legal protection is an attempt to put an end to the laundering of elephant tusks amid concerns that the massive ivory trade has severely impacted the population of modern-day elephants particularly in Africa and Asia.
Mammoth ivory has become a lucrative export in Russia because of climate change. Large amounts of ivory mammoth tusks have been unearthed in the Siberian tundra because the warming weather has melted the permafrost, where the ancient tusks can be found.
As many as 150 million dead mammoths are estimated to be lying underneath the tundra. With rich harvest, Russia exports up to 100 tons of these ivories per year to Vietnam and China.
While the trade of mammoth ivory is legal and considered an ethical alternative to trading of elephant ivory, there are concerns that the growing trade in mammoth tusks could give way for smugglers to launder illegal ivory from African elephants.
Full story at www.techtimes.com/articles/174515/20160822/extinct-woolly-mammoth-could-become-protected-species-...
#Africa #elephants #ivory #mammoths CITES
Image: Mammoth skull and tusks, by Noroi ... See MoreSee Less
21 hours ago ·