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GORILLAS ARE NOW CRITICALLY ENDANGERED

A female gorilla with her son

A female gorilla with her son

The eastern gorilla is now listed as “critically endangered,” and humans might be mostly responsible. This alarming great ape update comes from the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) updated Red List for endangered species.

The new Red List has just under 83,000 species on it, and nearly 24,000 of those are at risk for extinction.

The IUCN estimates that less than 5,000 eastern gorillas remain in the wild and says that the overall population is decreasing, with a continuous decline of the mature population as well. The lowland gorillas have earned the “critically endangered” status, since the population is now only 30 percent of what it was 20 years ago, when it was first listed as “endangered.”

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A female adult mountain gorilla, with her 6 months old offspring, in the Volcanos

This makes the eastern gorilla the fourth great ape to be classified as “critically endangered,” just two months after the Bornean orangutan was declared the same. Both types of gorillas and both types of orangutans are now critically endangered, leaving only bonobos and chimpanzees in the “endangered” tier.

Humans have played an important role in the rapid decline of these great ape populations. Between logging, habitat conversion for agriculture, and illegal hunting and trading, humans have contributed greatly to the destruction and fracturing of ape populations and homes.

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Publicado por en septiembre 12, 2016 en Animals

 

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British Wildlife Photography Awards 2015

British Wildlife Photography Awards 2015

The British Wildlife Photography Awards celebrate the best of British wildlife as captured on camera by amateur and professional photographers. With 13 categories covering everything from marine life and animal behaviour to creepy crawlies and urban fauna, the awards reveal the surprising diversity of Britain’s wildlife. The awards are entirely British, with all entries of British animals in their natural habitats.

Now in their sixth year, the British Wildlife Photography Awards were established to recognise the talents of wildlife photographers working in Britain, while at the same time highlighting the great wealth and diversity of Britain’s natural history. The winning images are being exhibited at the Mall Galleries in London from 14 September, before going on a nationwide tour. There is also a coffee table book from AA Publishing.

In this gallery, IBTimesUK presents the overall winner, some of the category winners and a few images that were highly commended by the judges. If you’d like to see more, you could visit the competition website, attend the exhibition or buy the book.

‘On the Edge’ - Northern Gannets, Shetland Isles, Scotland - Barrie Williams

‘On the Edge’ – Northern Gannets, Shetland Isles, Scotland – Barrie Williams

Barrie Williams, Habitat winner and overall winner of the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2015, On the Edge (Northern gannet, Morus bassanus), Noss NNR, Shetland Isles, Scotland: “Visiting Noss, I was blown away by the sheer volume of gannets surrounding me. I studied the scene for a while, soaking in the seabird orchestra and thinking about how to convey this. Looking down, it appeared to me that the gannets far below looked like stars against the dark backdrop of the sea. Add to this the nests scattered across the cliffs and I knew I had found my image.”

'Pheasant Display' -Nottinghamshire, England -Kris Worsley

‘Pheasant Display’ -Nottinghamshire, England -Kris Worsley

'A Flutter in the Woods' - London, England - Chaitanya Deshpande

‘A Flutter in the Woods’ – London, England – Chaitanya Deshpande

Roe Deer (Capreolus Capreolus) Female in a Poppyfield, Suffolk, July - Kevin Sawford

Roe Deer (Capreolus Capreolus) Female in a Poppyfield, Suffolk, July – Kevin Sawford

Ellie Rothnie, Shetlands Common Rabbit (Rabbit, Oryctolagus cuniculus), Fair Isle, Shetland Isles, Scotland

Ellie Rothnie, Shetlands Common Rabbit (Rabbit, Oryctolagus cuniculus), Fair Isle, Shetland Isles, Scotland

Russell Savory, Geronimo! (Little owl, Athene noctua), Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, Essex, England.

Russell Savory, Geronimo! (Little owl, Athene noctua), Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, Essex, England.

Andrew Parkinson, Deer Fence (Red deer, Cervus elaphus), Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

Andrew Parkinson, Deer Fence (Red deer, Cervus elaphus), Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

Andy Rouse, Grebe Displaying (Great-crested grebe, Podiceps cristatus), Wales

Andy Rouse, Grebe Displaying (Great-crested grebe, Podiceps cristatus), Wales

Sarah Kelman, Sparring Partners (Red deer, Cervus elaphus), Alvie Estate, Inverness-shire, Scotland

Sarah Kelman, Sparring Partners (Red deer, Cervus elaphus), Alvie Estate, Inverness-shire, Scotland

Text By David Sim in ibtimes.co.uk

The British Wildlife Photography Awards: Collection 6 (AA Publishing, £25), a coffee table book showcasing the best entries, is available from Amazon

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Publicado por en septiembre 16, 2015 en Animals, Nature, Photography

 

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Picture of the Day: Butterflies Drinking Tears from Turtle Eyes

Picture of the Day: Butterflies Drinking Tears from Turtle Eyes

Picture of the Day: Butterflies Drinking Tears from Turtle Eyes.

 
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Publicado por en agosto 6, 2015 en Animals, Nature, Photography

 

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Smithsonian Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act [10 photos]

Smithsonian Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act [10 photos]

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The Wilderness Act of 1964 marked a historic moment for the American environmental movement: for the first time, land was set-aside for the specific purpose of protecting it from the reach of mankind. The landmark act created the National Wilderness Preservation System, a nationwide system of federally protected lands known as wilderness areas. Today there are 758 wilderness areas across 44 states and Puerto Rico. Together, they represent over 109 million acres, or about 5 percent of all U.S. land.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History will open the photography exhibition, Wilderness Forever: 50 Years of Protecting America’s Wild Places, which runs through summer 2015. The exhibition opens on September 3, 2014 to coincide with the anniversary. In conjunction with the opening of the exhibition, Smithsonian.com will be launching a photo contest and exhibition website at

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Publicado por en septiembre 3, 2014 en Animals, Nature, Photography

 

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Great crested grebes by wildlife photographer Bertie Gregory

Photographer Bertie Gregory

Photographer Bertie Gregory

Great crested grebes by wildlife photographer Bertie Gregory, via http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news

More about this great and young photographer in his official website: http://www.bertiegregoryphotography.com/

A great crested grebe shaking off water after returning to the surface from a dive.

A great crested grebe shaking off water after returning to the surface from a dive.

His persistence paid off as he was able to photograph grebes in their relaxed, natural environment, such as this family of grebes and their young Picture: Bertie Gregory/REX

His persistence paid off as he was able to photograph grebes in their relaxed, natural environment, such as this family of grebes and their young Picture: Bertie Gregory/REX

Grebe chicks like to sit on the backs of the adults underneath their wings. This is a particularly warm spot as the underside of the adults' wings are lined with furry down feathers."Getting in the water was my only option. Over the next few days I spent hours and hours in the water with the grebes 

Grebe chicks like to sit on the backs of the adults underneath their wings. This is a particularly warm spot as the underside of the adults’ wings are lined with furry down feathers.”Getting in the water was my only option. Over the next few days I spent hours and hours in the water with the grebes

A pair of great crested grebes display their erect head plumes.

A pair of great crested grebes display their erect head plumes.

 
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Publicado por en septiembre 2, 2014 en Animals, Nature, Photography

 

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The Vanishing Faces of African Wildlife

 
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Publicado por en agosto 10, 2014 en Animals, Photography, Poems

 

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The wildlife is amazing… National Geographic

The wildlife is amazing. Here I leave you with a small but powerful sample that give us some of the photographers who participate in the annual contests of photography by National Geographic. Hope you enjoy these mesmerizing images.

 

Fly Cap for a Vine Snake - Photo by Robin Moore

Fly Cap for a Vine Snake – Photo by Robin Moore A fly lands on the head of a vine snake in the Choco of Colombia.

Fennec the Soul of the Desert  |  (Photo by Francisco Mingorance) The fennec, or desert fox is a canine mammal species of the genus Vulpes, which inhabits the Sahara Desert and Arabia. With its features ears, this is the smallest species of the family Canidae.

Fennec the Soul of the Desert | (Photo by Francisco Mingorance)
The fennec, or desert fox is a canine mammal species of the genus Vulpes, which inhabits the Sahara Desert and Arabia. With its features ears, this is the smallest species of the family Canidae.

 

Get Away!  | (Photo by Jayesh Mehta) A group of 12-14 hyenas were chasing a herd of 7-8 elephants. The elephant herd included 2 adult females, a few teenagers, and a baby that was a few days old.

Get Away! | (Photo by Jayesh Mehta)
A group of 12-14 hyenas were chasing a herd of 7-8 elephants. The elephant herd included 2 adult females, a few teenagers, and a baby that was a few days old.

Bird Love  |  (Photo by Dirk Kanz) Two Red-masked Parakeets posing for the camera. Seen near Cuzco, Peru

Bird Love | (Photo by Dirk Kanz)
Two Red-masked Parakeets posing for the camera. Seen near Cuzco, Peru

Gentoo Chicks  |  (Photo by Richard Sidey) Two newly hatched Gentoo Penguin chicks get their first glimpse at the Antarctic wilderness

Gentoo Chicks | (Photo by Richard Sidey)
Two newly hatched Gentoo Penguin chicks get their first glimpse at the Antarctic wilderness

Flying Parrots from Paddy field  |  (Photo by Muraleetharan Rajasuntharam) Wonderful moment of migrating parrots in a paddy field in Sri Lanka

Flying Parrots from Paddy field | (Photo by Muraleetharan Rajasuntharam)
Wonderful moment of migrating parrots in a paddy field in Sri Lanka

 

A Peaceful Place-Photo and caption by Ralph Pace.

A Peaceful Place-Photo and caption by Ralph Pace.

Morning tide-Photo and caption by Anthony Sweney

Morning tide-Photo and caption by Anthony Sweney

The power of the Criollo-Photo by Chris Schmid

The power of the Criollo-Photo by Chris Schmid

Eye to Eye - Photo and caption by John Crabb

Eye to Eye – Photo and caption by John Crabb

 

 
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Publicado por en agosto 5, 2014 en Animals, Photography

 

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