SAVING WILDLIFE AND WILD PLACES
Experience the Polar Bear
Migration From Your PC
Thousands of tourists brave the
blustery conditions of Manitoba, Canada, each November to
witness the start of polar bears’ awe-inspiring northern
migration. Every year, hundreds of these beautiful bears gather
along the Hudson Bay waiting for ice to form so that they can
head out on their winter hunts. Now, you can watch this amazing
journey take place from the warmth and comfort of your own home!
Just tune into the
explore.org Polar Bear Cam, presented in conjunction with
our friends at Polar Bears International, for rare live views of
the world’s largest bear species in its natural surroundings.
Depending on your browser, the live feed can take some time to
load, so if your screen appears blank, please be patient. You
can also learn how climate change is threatening polar bears’
survival and how you can help by visiting the
Polar Bears International website.
Live streaming video by Ustream
Winner Featured on USAToday.com
Today features Indianapolis Prize 2012 winner
Dr. Steven Amstrup with his Op-Ed on the serious concern
over the future of polar bears.
Click here to read Amstrup’s writings, highlighted on
usatoday.com, about his work on the front lines of the polar
bear plight and the change he’s been able to enact at the policy
level. Amstrup was able to show evidence that human-caused
global warming threatened the existence of polar bears. This
research urged leaders to list polar bears as threatened under
the US Endangered Species Act. This is unprecedented because
polar bears are the first animal placed on the endangered list
due to evidence of global warming. Amstrup makes his mission for
a healthy future for both polar bears and people clear by
saying, “Keeping in mind that humans are participants in, not
just observers of, global ecology, it is clear that our economic
health and sustainability rely on sustaining a safe and healthy
environment. A bright future for our children and grandchildren
depends on it.” Amstrup was the recipient of the 2012
Indianapolis Prize — the world’s leading award for animal
African Crowned Cranes Need Your Help Now
The International Crane Foundation
(co-founded by the inaugural winner of the Indianapolis Prize,
George Archibald) and the Endangered Wildlife
Trust have teamed to produce and distribute a new video that
details the increasingly perilous situation for the African
crowned crane. Once secure, this beautiful bird is now declining
throughout its range. Watch the video and learn how you can
Poaching in Kenya Continues to Worsen
Indianapolis Prize finalist Carl Safina continues his reports
from Kenya on the terrible price African elephants are paying to
satisfy consumer hunger for ivory trinkets. This report from the
Save the Elephants headquarters printed in the New York
Times tells the story of Philo, a young bull that has
become just another casualty of the new ivory wars. This is the
last photo of Philo, taken by Ike Leonard, a researcher, before
he was found dead.
Poses New Threats for Elephants and Rhinos
The situation in Africa is growing more dire for endangered
African elephants and all species of rhinos. The demand for
elephant ivory and rhino horn coming from Asia, especially
China, is driving the prices for illegally obtained materials to
skyrocket, pushing poaching to new levels of criminality. Read
more about this terrible news in
The Economics of Extinction, an article from Newsweek's
Daily Beast section.
Photo by Mike Crowther
Great News for Mountain Gorillas!
out this blog posting on
Indianapolis Zoo Talk about the latest news from the Dian
Fossey Gorilla Fund International that shows a marked increase
in mountain gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National
Park in Uganda. Together with the gorillas found in the area of
the Virunga Volcanoes, the world total of mountain gorillas has
grown from 480 in 2006 to 880 today. Still far too few of these
magnificent animals, but there's hope for the future.
Why is Arctic Sea Ice Decreasing and Antarctic Sea Ice
out the news from a new report on the sometimes mysterious
and contradictory effects of climate change on the sea ice drift
from the top of the planet to the bottom. This information
is easy to understand and really helpful in understanding this
important issue - important not only to the locations
themselves, but to the animals that depend on both polar
Adorable Video of Baby Malayan Tapir
love a good conservation story, and here's one that cropped up
recently as part of the program where zoos share information
with each other and the public once a week. The Denver Zoo
shared information and video on a baby Malayan tapir born at the
Zoo in September and saved by the efforts of zoo staff.
click on the video link to see the whole thing — birth,
rescue, and thankfully, wonderful progress as this baby grows
up. Malayan tapirs are a critically endangered species
with only about 2,000 left in the wild. Congrats Denver
Using Palm Oil
Endangers Wild Orangutans
orangutans are endangered, and one of the main reasons is the
systematic destruction of their habitats in the last remaining
places you can find them - Borneo and Sumatra. The
cultivation of palm oil, a common product found in at least half
of what you typically buy in the grocery store, is destroying
the orangutans' forest homes. Get more details in this
terrific report by Ian Williams of NBC News that recently aired
on Rock Center.
Fossils May Hold the Key to
Extinction Risks for Marine Animals
Check out the information on this article in Science
Daily about how the fossil record of now-extinct marine
creatures may hold the key to the most important factors
affecting possible future extinction chances for the residents
of the world's oceans. It appears that reductions in the
range habitats can imperil the chances for remaining populations
no matter how large.
ALERT! Gorillas in Our
Midst — Check This Out!
recently published article in National Geographic
details the potential dangers of endangered mountain gorillas
contracting human diseases. The work of the
Veterinary Project, including the contributions of
our now-returned Associate Veterinarian Dr. Jan Ramer, is
highlighted in this fascinating tale of how the close contact
between humans and gorillas could spell real danger for the last
remaining mountain gorilla groups on Earth.
Photo by Mike Crowther
the cause of saving wildlife and wild places is the goal of the
Indianapolis Prize, as well as of the Indianapolis Zoo.
The Prize is a conservation initiative of the Zoo and
exemplifies the Zoo's Mission Statement: The
Indianapolis Zoo empowers people and communities, both
locally and globally, to advance animal conservation.
every way, we are trying to create conservationists every day at
the Indianapolis Zoo through how we exhibit our animals, the interpretative
graphics we use to describe our exhibits, the educational
programs we provide for adults and children alike, the
volunteers we use to man our naturalist carts, and so much more.
For more information about climate change and the effects of
global warming, click here.
We support the
Tarangire Elephant Project,
research in Russia on Amur tigers,
lion research in Africa,
Polar Bears International,
and other exciting conservation projects.
We also participate with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums
(AZA) on conservation projects and issues and support the efforts of other non-project conservation
organizations around the world that are dedicated to the cause
of saving the threatened and endangered animals of the world.
Elephant and tiger photos by Jackie Curts.