Animal Conservation

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Helping Hand concludes two weeks of featuring nonprofits in the Asia Pacific supporting two of the most vulnerable animals.

Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit at UH
Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit at UH

The Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park has completed work on a 5 mile fence to protect native birds from feral animals, especially cats.  Around 75 pairs of the endangered Hawaiian petrel live on Hawai‘i Island… and make their nests in lava rock burrows.  Parents take turns incubating a single egg, and sometimes forage for food in very distant places.  Jessica Ferracane is the Public Affairs Officer for Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

Richard Fisher / Flickr
Richard Fisher / Flickr

Several species of humpback whales have been removed from the endangered species list.

This week, the National Marine Fisheries Service reclassified humpback whale species into 14 different categories.  9 of those were removed from the list or reclassified as threatened and that includes species found in Hawaiian waters.

The agency had previously classified all humpback whales as a single population… saying they were all endangered.

Pixabay Commons
Pixabay Commons

One measure working its way through Hawai‘i’s current legislative session would ban the sale of ivory in the state. This week, authorities announced they’d seized nearly a million dollars of elephant tusks in a Southeast Asian country that’s long been a part of the illegal ivory trade. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Ari Wibowo-WWF Indonesia
Ari Wibowo-WWF Indonesia

Big news from a part of Borneo today - Kalimantan - in the Indonesian part of Borneo – where a Sumatran rhinoceros has been found in the wild there for the first time in 40 years.