Source Manatees When visiting a friend who lived in Crystal River, Florida many years ago my mother, niece and I saw a manatee also called a sea cow for the first time in person. These large lumbering, curious, intelligent and friendly creatures are also an endangered species. According to a Wikipedia link, "Fossil remains of Florida manatee ancestors date back about 45 million years.
By Michael Marshall 14 July Inmountain gorillas were at rock-bottom. Confined to a small mountain range in central Africa, with humans encroaching on their habitat bringing poaching and civil war, their population was estimated at just They would all have fitted into a single Boeing Today things look a little better.
A survey in reported that the population was up to That is a big improvement, but it's still only two Boeing s of mountain gorillas. They remain critically endangered.
We hear similar tales of woe all the time, from all around the world. Whether it's tigers, pandas, California condors or coral reefs, much of the world's wildlife is under threat. It's initially upsetting, and eventually just numbing. Is it worth worrying about it all?
Sure, it will be sad if there aren't any more cute pandas on the planet, but it's not like we depend on them. Besides, surely it's more important to take care of humans — who, let's face it, have their own problems to worry about — than to spend millions of dollars preserving animals.
What, in short, is the point of conservation?
View image of Top predators like wolves make ecosystems more diverse Credit: The most obvious is the staggering cost involved. Saving all the endangered marine species might well cost far more.
Why should we spend all that money on wildlife when we could spend it to stop people dying of starvation or disease? It can be particularly hard to understand why anyone would want to preserve animals like wolveswhich pose a threat both to people and livestock.
Surely there are some species we would be better off without. Species go extinct all the time anyway. As well as individual species dying out, there have been five mass extinctions that obliterated swathes of species. The most recent one, 65 million years ago, took out the dinosaurs.
The extinction rate has increased a hundredfold over the last century If extinction is a natural process that goes on even in the absence of humans, why should we stop it?
One answer is that species are now going extinct far faster than they used to. A recent study estimated that the extinction rate has increased a hundredfold over the last centuryand we seem to be to blame.
But beyond that, there's a simple reason to save species: View image of Coral reefs support a rich variety of beautiful organisms Credit: We think animals are cute, majestic, or just plain fascinating.
We love walking in the dappled sunlight of an old forest, or scuba-diving over a coral reef. Who doesn't think mountain gorillas are awesome?
The fact that some of us find nature beautiful, by itself, won't do Nature is beautiful, and that aesthetic value is a reason to keep it, just as we preserve artistic masterpieces like the Mona Lisa or Angkor Wat.
The first problem with this argument is that it spells doom for all those animals and plants that people are less fond of: If we don't find them appealing, they're out.Protect wildlife habitat. Perhaps the greatest threat that faces many species is the widespread destruction of habitat.
Scientists tell us the best way to protect endangered species is to protect the special places where they live. Wildlife must have places to find food, shelter and raise their young. Brown pelicans were removed from the U.S. Endangered Species List in , in what was considered a major conservation success story.
Air sacs throughout their bodies protect them from impact. Underwater they open their huge bill pouches like throw nets. “For some reason the temperature index they were using indicated a productive. Jul 14, · Why are Florida's manatees dying again? As the US Fish and Wildlife Service considers downlisting manatees from endangered to threatened status, Floridian manatees .
|ESA Protection||The unmistakable Florida Manatee is mostly grayish or brown, often times with algae growing on its thick, wrinkled skin. It is perfectly adapted for life in tropical waters.|
|Bighorn Sheep||Womer has taught in higher education for 14 years and currently is a Professor for Kaplan University teaching in the School of Social and Behavior Sciences. In Florida, fourteen news articles reviewed revealed infants and children suffered either abuse, neglect, or death from parents and or their caretakers.|
|Manatee Watch||Protected species of the Great Barrier Reef Dugong Though you may try to classify it as a dolphin or a shark, the dugong is actually a manatee that can swim for six minutes without having to catch its breath on the water surface. These herbivore mammals live in the Pacific Ocean, feeding on underwater grass which is where you'll usually find them.|
Blue Spring State Park: Vital Habitat For Endangered Manatees. Manatees gather at Blue Spring State Park. As viewers enjoy the webcams at Blue Spring State Park, it is important to keep in mind exactly what we are seeing. We are not only enjoying the manatees but also the serene habitat surrounding these graceful creatures.
The fascinating Florida manatee is a subspecies of the West Indian manatee. Their numbers in Florida are reducing to the extent that they are now an endangered species and unless man takes more care of their environment their numbers will continue to dwindle and they may eventually die out.
DCF says case workers erred by allowing now-deceased child back in home. BY JESSICA DE LEON [email protected] MANATEE.
Failures were made by child welfare workers in Manatee County when the decision was made to allow Ethan Thompson and his five brothers to return home, according to a Florida Department of Children and Families report.