Texas power outages lead to deaths of animals in a sanctuary

February 23, 2021 by  
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Several animals, including monkeys, chimpanzees and lemurs, have died at a Texas animal sanctuary due to freezing temperatures and a power outage. According to a statement released by Primarily Primates, the sanctuary affected by the outage, they were not prepared for an outage of the magnitude experienced. “To be clear, we have never lost power for any significant amount of time, and have never experienced rolling blackouts multiple days without power. So no, we did not have commercial-grade generators to power all of the buildings, enclosures and heated bedrooms on our 78-acre property that would be required during such a catastrophic weather event ,” Primarily Primates said in a statement . Related: Redwoods, condor sanctuary are damaged in California wildfires The electricity went out at the sanctuary last Monday, forcing staff members to try to capture about 32 animals and herd them into a warmed-up enclosure. Unfortunately, some of the animals proved to be stubborn. At least 12 of the creatures died. “Some of these lemurs and monkeys would not go in,” said Priscilla Feral, president of Friends of Animals, a group that manages the Primarily Primates sanctuary. “Alpha monkeys would not go into their heated bedrooms. Their subordinates went in. We lost a few monkeys that way.” One of the animals that died was the sanctuary’s 58-year-old chimpanzee, Violet. Although most of the animals are now in safe, warm enclosures, the sanctuary and the San Antonio Zoo have been calling on locals to donate items such as flashlights, blankets, generator fuel and other necessities. “We have been inundated with so much love and support and we can’t begin to thank everyone enough,” the sanctuary said. “We now have more than a dozen loaned small generators up and running along with numerous propane heaters keeping all our animals on the property safe and warm.” As power is restored to Texas, the sanctuary plans to put any additional donations toward generators of its own in case of future emergencies. Primarily Primates is home to animals formerly used and often neglected in labs, the entertainment industry and the exotic pet trade. + Primarily Primates Via Huffington Post Image via Gerrit Bril

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US officially rejoins Paris Agreement

February 23, 2021 by  
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As promised, President Joe Biden has helped the U.S. rejoin the Paris climate accord after Donald Trump’s reign of eco-terror. As of last Friday, it’s official. But now comes the hard part: getting the U.S. to set and meet a national target for cutting fossil fuel emissions. Although the U.S. president is also busy with COVID-19 deaths surpassing 500,000, the climate just can’t wait. As Biden said to the Munich security conference, “We can no longer delay or do the bare minimum to address climate change . This is a global existential crisis, and all of us will suffer if we fail.” Related: Biden signs executive order to rejoin Paris Agreement Biden’s challenge is to set a realistic target while balancing tricky financial and political realities in a country where many citizens deny the climate is even changing. His administration wants to settle on a U.S. emissions goal by April, in time for the Earth Day summit Biden is hosting. Climate leaders are hoping that a strong U.S. plan will serve as a good role model for other countries figuring out how to cut their emissions. Many Republican leaders are skeptical. “Returning to the Paris climate agreement will raise Americans’ energy costs and won’t solve climate change,” tweeted Wyoming Senator John Barrasso, the Senate energy panel’s top Republican. “The Biden administration will set unworkable targets for the United States while China and Russia can continue with business as usual.” Paris accord leaders want to keep global warming from reaching 3.6°F (2°C) higher than pre-industrial times. Already the world is up 2.2°F (1.2°C), leaving us very little wiggle room. Thanks to Trump’s stance on the environment, the U.S. was officially out of the Paris Agreement for 107 days. Some environmental leaders worried that when a Trump-led U.S. abandoned the accord, other countries would follow. Fortunately, none did. Now, Biden has the challenge of reversing Trump’s four years of climate inaction. The world awaits the nation’s new emission -cutting plan. Via AP Image via H. Hach

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Tasmanian devils reunited with their motherland after 3,000 years

October 8, 2020 by  
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For the first time in 3,000 years, Tasmanian devils have reunited with mainland Australia in an event crowned by actors Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky. The actors helped conservationists in Australia release 11 Tasmanian devils into a 1,000-acre wildlife sanctuary in a bid to restore the lost glory of Australia’s wilderness. Although Tasmanian devils are originally from Australia, they have not stepped on the mainland for more than 3,000 years. The event was part of a long-term project that was started 10 years ago by Aussie Ark in partnership with Global Wildlife Conservation and WildArk . The mission is to find and bring animals that were originally native to Australia back to their motherland. Related: Rare dolphin species spotted in the Adriatic Sea “In 100 years, we are going to be looking back at this day as the day that set in motion the ecological restoration of an entire country,” Tim Faulkner, president of Aussie Ark, said. “Not only is this the reintroduction of one of Australia’s beloved animals, but of an animal that will engineer the entire environment around it, restoring and rebalancing our forest ecology after centuries of devastation from introduced foxes and cats and other invasive predators . Because of this reintroduction and all of the hard work leading up to it, someday we will see Tasmanian devils living throughout the great eastern forests as they did 3,000 years ago.” Although Tasmanian devils are originally from mainland Australia, their population started dwindling due to the introduction of dingoes. Besides predators such as dingoes, the endangered Tasmanian devil also faces a contagious disease known as Devil Facial Tumor Disease (DFTD). This disease has killed up to 90% of wild Tasmanian devils. Today, only 25,000 of the species are left in Tasmania. Thanks to the campaign to repopulate Australia’s wild, there are now 26 Tasmanian devils in mainland Australia. Besides the 11 that were released recently, the organizations behind the campaign had earlier released 15 Tasmanian devils to the sanctuary for trial purposes. If all goes well, the conservationists will be releasing 40 more Tasmanian devils to the sanctuary in the next two years. The animals that are released to the sanctuary will be monitored to determine how they cope within their environment. + Global Wildlife Conservation Via People Photography by Wild Ark and Aussie Ark via Global Wildlife Conservation

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