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We recently went with Maroon 5 and Guster to Guatemala on an artist expedition with the Environmental Investigation Agency US. On May 17th we'll be in Los Angeles premiering a short documentary of the trip in an effort to continue to raise awareness of sustainable timber harvesting. The trip was an inspiring example of how some communities are using sustainable forest management to create the instruments we love, as well as to combat illegal logging, which is causing devastation around the globe to people and the environment. Join us for a special live Facebook event to hear from members of Maroon 5 and Guster about their experience, including an acoustic performance. Viewers will be entered to win a sustainably harvested guitar from Bedell Guitars. Stay tuned for more details including the time of our live stream, and please share!
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Report: Leopards have lost up to 75 per cent of their territory
Leopards are the most widespread big cats in the world, with historical territory that ranges across much of Eurasia and Africa. They are powerful and adaptable, able to live everywhere from the parched deserts of the Arabian Peninsula to the teeming jungles of Java. Leopards are occasionally seen on the streets of big cities and they hunt a wider range of prey than any other big obligate carnivore.
But that doesn't mean they haven't suffered at the hand of man.
The most comprehensive worldwide study of leopards (Panthera pardus) to date shows that the cats now occupy just 25 to 37 percent of their historic range, a team of scientists report in the journal PeerJ Wednesday. And while leopards are doing relatively well in parts of Africa and India, some of the nine subspecies in other areas have experienced precipitous decline of more than 90 percent.
The overall decline is worse than the average for large land carnivores. Further, only about 17 percent of existing leopard range is legally protected, with lower percentages for the most at-risk subspecies.
Read the full story on National Geographic at news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/05/160504-leopard-range-shrinks-endangered-subspecies/
#leopards #Africa #Asia
Image: Leopard, Botswana, by Steve Jurvetson ... See MoreSee Less
4 hours ago ·
Celebrity ape selfies harming efforts to curb wildlife trafficking, UN body warns
Instagram snaps of celebrities including Paris Hilton and James Rodriguez posing with apes in the Gulf are damaging efforts to clamp down on wildlife trafficking and endangering the survival of some species, a UN body has warned.
New research by the UN’s great apes survival partnership (Grasp) points to an alarming rise in trafficking of orangutans, chimpanzees, gorillas and bonobos stolen from the wild, mostly to feed demand from a boom in macabre Chinese circuses.
But an increasing number are also finding their way to the private gardens and restaurants of the Gulf elite, and Grasp fears that the trade is being accelerated by celebrity endorsements.
Doug Cress, the programme’s coordinator, told the Guardian: “The paparazzi shots of Paris Hilton and football star James Rodriguez and others cuddling baby orangutans at private zoos in Dubai are incredibly damaging to conservation efforts, and Grasp calls on celebrities to avoid such photo opportunities.”
Full story at www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/04/celebrity-ape-selfies-harming-efforts-to-curb-wildlif...
#orangutan #Instagram Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP-UNEP) #apes
Image: Paris Hilton holding an orangutan in Dubai. Photograph: Paris Hilton/Instagram ... See MoreSee Less
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