The African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) is the largest living land animal on Earth today. The females live in close-knit family groups made up of mothers, daughters, sisters, and aunts. These groups are led by the eldest female, or matriarch. Adult males, on the other hand, live mostly solitary lives. Individual elephants can live more than 70 years, and are known for their intelligence and memory. Tarangire National Park is famous for its dense herds of this spectacular creature, and visitors to the park are virtually guaranteed an up-close-and-personal experience.
California Spotted Owl
Our colleagues from the Society for Conservation Biology and The Wildlife Society visited Washington, D.C. recently to discuss the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s critical habitat proposal for Northern Spotted Owls. They briefed Congressional staff from the House of Representatives and the Senate on how some parts of the critical habitat proposal would hamper recovery efforts for the Northern Spotted Owl and undermine the effectiveness of the Endangered Species Act for all protected species. One of the biggest problems with the critical habitat proposal is the promotion of widespread logging to reduce the "threat" of fire to owl habitat, even though the majority of scientific studies on Spotted Owls indicates that fire is not a major threat. Several of these studies were conducted by the Wild Nature Institute. Wild Nature Institute scientists helped prepare a fact sheet for the delegation that calls for a level-headed and scientifically based approach to dealing with fire risks (click here to download fact sheet).
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