Ruby the African elephant, who became a rallying symbol for animal activists during her time at the Los Angeles Zoo, has died at a sanctuary in Northern California. The 50-year-old female pachyderm died March 29 at the Performing Animal Welfare Society elephant sanctuary in San Andreas, where she had been living since May 2007, according to a sanctuary spokeswoman.
Link: Los Angeles Times
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For many of us, procrastination is always in fashion! If you’re a clothes designer with a strong sense of compassion, however, time is quickly running out to enter Born Free USA’s third annual fur free fashion competition. You have until the end of the day this Friday (April 15) to submit an entry form and pay the $25 entry fee. One of our judges, Elizabeth Emanuel, is making headlines again. The creative mind behind one of the most famous wedding dresses in history (Princess Diana’s, shown here) just revealed that she also designed a “spare” for the princess as well! What an honor it is to have Elizabeth as one of our judges!
Birds are quite literally the "canary in a coal mine" for all of Planet Earth. They provide a feathered barometer of global environmental health and act as a specialized alert system for detecting environmental problems.
Link: San Francisco Chronicle
The number of Indian tigers living in the wild rose to 1,706 at the latest count, giving a boost to conservation efforts for the endangered species in the country with the world's largest population of the big cats. But the government on March 28 raised concern over a sharp decline in the habitat where tigers were found, which could shrink further if the government goes ahead with new development projects.
The Japanese whaling town of Ayukawa has survived the wrath of environmental groups for decades, but had no defense against a giant tsunami that wiped out the industry here, possibly for ever. One of only four communities in Japan that have continued to hunt and eat whales in defiance of international opposition, the town was already down to a single operating company, Ayukawa Whaling.
The world of birdhouses is divided into two parts: cute, decorative, often whimsical creations that appeal to humans, and functional nesting boxes that the birds will actually use.
Link: The Sacramento Bee
The Canadian government on March 25 announced an increase in the number of seals to be killed in a controversial commercial hunt off its Atlantic coast. The quota was hiked 20 percent from last year's 388,200 seals to a total of 468,200, including 400,000 harp seals and 60,000 gray seals. The hooded seals quota stayed at 8,200.
The animal and wildlife conservation group Born Free USA is asking people to be particularly conscious of the vital role birds play in the environmental balance of nature when they celebrate Earth Day on Friday, April 22.
Link: Orlando Sentinel