Year: 2021

Common Cranes (Grus grus)

Happy with the Birds of Happiness: Watching Cranes in Linum

One of the most amazing natural spectacles that has always fascinated us humans can be observed around Linum, a small village near Berlin: the migration of cranes to their wintering grounds. Several tens of thousands of these beautiful birds stop over in this very special area every year.

Orca Whale (orca orcinus)

Protect what you love: Southern Resident Orcas of the Salish Sea

Southern Resident Orcas are one of three orca ecotypes found in the Salish Sea. Unlike the so-called Transient and Offshore Orcas, they feed primarily on Chinook Salmon. But salmon stocks have declined dramatically in recent decades. Since 2005, Southern Resident Orcas have been considered endangered.

Blue Peacock on Peacock Island in Berlin

The blue Beauties on Peacock Island, Berlin

Around 30 free-ranging Blue Peacocks live on Peacock Island in Berlin. They are descendants of the peacocks that King Frederick William II brought to the island in 1795. Those peacocks formed the basis for a menagerie on the island. More than 800 exotic animals once lived on the little island in lake Wannsee. Later, in the year 1842, most of them were handed over in to the newly founded Berlin Zoo.

Great Bustards in Havelländisches Luch in Germany - Großtrappen in Deutschland

Great Bustards – Bird Protection in the “Havelländisches Luch”

In 1996, the Great Bustard was in Germany on the verge of extinction. Only 57 individuals were left. Through a breeding program, habitat conservation and predator management, the population grew again to over 300 animals. Today, many birdwatchers come to the Havelländisches Luch to observe the courtship of the Great Bustards. A nature experience that would no longer be possible without the commitment of the conservationists.

Northern White Rhinos Ol Pejeta - Nördliches Breitmaulnashorn (Ceratotherium simum cottoni)

The last two Northern White Rhinos

The Northern White Rhino is on the verge of extinction. There are only two living animals left – two females. They live closely guarded in Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya. The international BioRescue consortium is trying to make the impossible possible with frozen sperm, advanced assisted reproductive technologies, and stem cell-associated techniques.

Giraffe Centre Nairobi - Rothschild's giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi)- Rothschild Giraffe

Conservation breeding in the Giraffe Center Nairobi

The Rothschild Giraffe is one of the most endangered giraffe subspecies, mainly due to habitat loss. The Giraffe Centre Nairobi is raising public awereness about this endangered species and is well known for successful conservation breeding and environmental education.

Reticulated Giraffes Samburu National Park - Netzgiraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata)

Hey, Giraffe! Nice to meet you!

IUCN has classified the giraffe as vulnerable due to a decrease in total population of 36-40% between 1985 and 2015. Yet they receive far less attention than other animals in Africa. This article is the continuation of my article on the Giraffe Center Nairobi with facts and interesting details about our largest land animal.

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