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Name a Puppy with Guide Dogs for the Blind – 12-03-12

Name a Puppy with Guide Dogs

Guide Dogs for the Blind are offering you the chance to name this super cute puppy in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. All entries must be in by Monday 12th March 2012, with the puppy’s new name being revealed the following Monday.

Simply click here to add your suggestion to Facebook to be in with a chance of naming this beautiful female golden retrieve/Labrador cross. What Guide Dogs for the Blind will be looking for is something that -

  • reflects the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
  • is ideally two syllables long
  • is a female name

I’ve just entered myself and gone for ‘Tiffany’, one of the most famous names across the world for diamond jewellery. Yes, I know it’s not two syllables, but I’m not naming two silly bulls, I’m naming a guide dog, so don’t nick my idea! If you want to enter you need to get cracking as soon as possible to make the most of your chance to name this little bundle of joy.

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WWF Camera Catches Snow Leopard in Bhutan

Snow Leopard

WWF charity officials were over the moon when one of their night vision camera captured a snow leopard going about it’s business in the Wangchuck Centennial Park in Bhutan, India’s largest protected area. These amazing images below were taken at the end of 2011 through a camera trap, used to study many different endangered species, including the Tibetan wolf, the musk deer, and of course the amazing snow leopard!

The camera filmed both predator and prey, showing that this protected area is now a key refuge for Himalayan biodiversity, and must be properly protected to ensure the many different endangered animals that call this area home are looked after. The Wangchuck Centennial Park connects two protected areas covering the entire northern frontier of Bhutan, linking the Himalayan landscape in Nepal and India.

There are thought to be as little 4,500 snow leopards left on the planet due to poaching and loss of habitat, with climate change resulting in the loss of as much as 30% of the snow leopards habitat in the Himalayas.

WWF research team leader, Dr. Rinjan Shrestha, said -

It’s thrilling to actually see snow leopards—perhaps the most elusive of all the mountain species in the Himalayas—engage in behaviour we would otherwise only read about.

Adopt a Snow Leopard with WWF UK

The WWF is a non profit organisation who can only sustain their tireless work in saving the planet and its inhabitants through donations. You can help raise funds through the WWF Adopt a Snow Leopard scheme.

From as little as £3 a month you receive a certificate, a print of your animal, a greetings card, and a soft toy that would make a fantastic charity gift for a loved one.

> > Click here to Adopt an Snow Leopard with WWF UK

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Help WWF Save the Western Grey Whale

Help WWF Save the Western Grey Whale

Truly amazing scenes last week, as WWF charity officials floated an 11 metre Western Grey whale down the River Thames to highlight the plight of one of the world’s most endangered species. With as little as 130 whales left on the planet, the Western Grey is becoming extremely close to extinction unless something is done immediately.

A critical whale feeding area is now under threat due to a new bank funded oil platform being built off the coast of Sakhalin Island in Russia. You can help try and persuade the banks to do the right thing by signing the WWF petition to tell the banks that are funding the build – BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse and Standard Chartered, that they need to help act to save the whales before it’s too late.

Simply click on the link below to sign the petition to help make a stand and try and save these beautiful giants of the sea, before it’s too late. I just did it and it literally takes less than a minute, which at this rate is how long the western Grey whale has left to live…

> > Click here to sign petition

Adopt an Animal with WWF UK

The WWF is a non profit organisation who can only sustain their tireless work in saving the planet and its inhabitants through donations. You can help raise funds through the WWF Adopt an Animal scheme.

From as little as £3 a month you receive a certificate, a print of your animal, a greetings card, and a soft toy that would make a fantastic charity gift for a loved one.

> > Click here to Adopt a Animal with WWF UK

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Sign WWF Pledge to Save Sumatran Tigers

WWF Pledge to Save Sumatran Tigers

WWF charity officials are asking for your support to stop Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) destroying any more rain forests in Sumatra. The company is currently the fastest growing brand of toilet paper in the America, and have been logging in Sumatra since 1984.

During that time, APP has pulped an estimated 5 million acres of forests, forests that are the last remaining natural habitat for Sumatran Tigers. With only around 400 left in the wild, consumers should not have to choose between tigers and toilet paper. Yet any responsible company should not source their tissue products in an area where the endangered inhabitants are close to extinction.

Please take a minute out of your day to sign the WWF pledge to help ensure a future for Sumatran forests and their inhabitants.

Simply click on the link below to choose Tigers, not toilet paper…

> > Click here to sign WWF pledge

Adopt a Tiger with WWF UK

The WWF is a non profit organisation who can only sustain their tireless work in saving the planet and its inhabitants through donations. You can help raise funds through the WWF Adopt a Tiger scheme.

From as little as £3 a month you receive a certificate, a print of your animal, a greetings card, and a soft toy that would make a fantastic charity gift for a loved one.

> > Click here to Adopt an Tiger with WWF UK

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WWF Spot 18 Rare Dolphins in Borneo

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WWF charity officials were over the moon to discover 18 critically endangered Irrawaddy dolphins in Indonesian waters off the island of Borneo. The Irrawaddy dolphin has no beak and a snub dorsal fin, but looks very similar to the common bottlenose breed. The siting has seen the conservation group call for greater protection of the species’ habitat, as at the moment there are no comprehensive surveys available to measure its global population.

The WWF research team surveyed 260 kilometres of West Kalimantan, on Indonesia’s half of Borneo island, over 5 days and spotted the species travelling together in small groups. This proves that the dolphins’ habitat is still intact, but will require local cooperation if this is to remain so. Many marine species can often die entangled in nets, so local fishermen will need to be aware of the danger they may put the Irrawaddy dolphin in.

WWF conservation biologist, Albertus Tjiu, said -

In the past, locals and fishermen reported seeing the dolphins, but we have never recorded them until now. We call on all businesses operating in the area to act sustainably to conserve the mangroves as we expect to discover more dolphins when we finish the study.

Irrawaddy dolphins have been recorded before in the -

  • Mekong River in Cambodia
  • Ayeyawardi River in Myanmar
  • Mahakam River of East Kalimantan

so these siting in West Kilimantan are great news. Indonesia is already home to some of the most biodiverse forest and marine ecosystems on the planet, but land conversion for paper and palm oil plantations threaten these areas., among others. Let’s hope WWF can manage to sustain this area for many years to come.

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WWF Concern at Record Number of Ivory Seizures in 2011

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WWF charity officials are becoming increasing concerned over the number of ivory seizures last year, the largest recorded in over two decades. With demand for ivory ever growing in Asia, it appears migrant networks in Africa are poaching to order for tusks that are being turned into ornaments, jewellery, and used in medicine.

TRAFFIC, a joint conservation group between WWF and the World Conservation Union, reported 13 seizures last year of over 800kg of ivory last year. This total is more than double the amount recorded in 2010. Poaching appears to be growing due to China’s investment drive into Africa to secure mineral and energy resources.

TRAFFIC’s Elephant Trade Information System Manager, Tom Milliken, said -

A conservative estimate of the weight of ivory seized in the 13 largest seizures in 2011 puts the figure at more than 23 tonnes, a figure that probably represents some 2,500 elephants, possibly more. We’ve reached a point in Africa’s history where there are more Asian nationals on the continent than ever before. They have contacts with the end use market and now they are at the source in Africa. This is all adding up to an unprecedented assault on elephants and other wildlife.

Central Africa appears to have been the most affected, particularly the Democratic Republic of Congo. Other areas that has seem a rise in elephant poaching include -

  • Zimbabwe
  • Zambia
  • Mozambique
  • Tanzania
  • Kenya

Since 1989 a global ban on ivory trade has been in place, yet still the number of elephants that are unnecessarily slaughtered each year rises. If this increase  in the number of ivory seizures is not a wake up call to the African government to take action, I’m not sure what is.

Adopt an Elephant with WWF UK

The WWF is a non profit organisation who can only sustain their tireless work in saving the planet and its inhabitants through donations. You can help raise funds through the WWF Adopt an Elephant scheme.

From as little as £3 a month you receive a certificate, a print of your animal, a greetings card, and a soft toy that would make a fantastic charity gift for a loved one.

> > Click here to Adopt an Elephant with WWF UK

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Sign Petition to Help WWF Save the Amazon

Brazil Amazon

WWF charity officials are asking for your help after the Brazilian Senate voted to make drastic changes to their forest law that would have a devastating impact on many creatures habitats in the surrounding areas. Certain land owners want changes to the law to allow cattle ranching and other types of agriculture in areas that had previously being cleared by illegal loggers.

The bill will be decided in the next 2 weeks at the Brazilian House by President Dilma Rousseff, who will have to decide whether to support the changes or not. WWF oppose the change as not only would it effect Brazil’s amazing wildlife, but also the people who use the Amazon rainforest for food and shelter. If the changes are given the green light, the amount of CO2 released would be felt all over the world.

Please click on the link below and join 1.5million Brazilians who have already signed the petition to urge Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to veto the proposed changes and protect the Amazon from deforestation. Make your voice heard.

> > Click here to sign online

Adopt an Animal with WWF UK

The WWF is a non profit organisation who can only sustain their tireless work in saving the planet and its inhabitants through donations. You can help raise funds through the WWF Adopt an Animal scheme.

From as little as £3 a month you receive a certificate, a print of your animal, a greetings card, and a soft toy that would make a fantastic charity gift for a loved one.

> > Click here to Adopt a Animal with WWF UK

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Warmguard Pledge £30,000 to Support Adelie Penguins

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WWF charity officials are over the moon that a UK based supplier of gas boilers has donated a whopping £30,000 to help support the conservation of Adélie penguins. WarmGuard will also be giving away free Adopt a Penguin packs to the first 250 customers who purchase a new gas boiler and central heating policy online

Managing Director of WarmGuard, John Colinswood, said -

WarmGuard are committed to protecting the future of the Adélie penguins. We are all responsible for the protection and future of our planet and its many species, and as a socially responsible business WarmGuard are delighted to be able to provide the much needed funding for this research work. We are confident that our partnership with WWF and project funding will go a long way in helping the future survival of these delightful penguins.

What an amazingly generous donation! The £30,000 will be used to help fund research in the South Orkney Islands to understand the foraging behaviour of Adélies and the effects of climate change in the region. A team of British scientists will be based on Signy Island to carry on the long term penguin research that is already in place in the region.

With Penguin populations declining across the whole Antarctica Peninsula and in the South Orkney Islands, hopefully this extraordinary donation will help WWF to continue their ground breaking work to help the Adélie Penguins fight for survival.

Tobin Aldrich, Director of Fundraising at WWF, said -

We are thrilled to be working in partnership with WarmGuard and absolutely delighted with the £30,000 that WarmGuard are giving us which will enable us to carry out new and vital research on Adélie Penguins within the new Marine Protected Area in Antarctica.

Adopt a Penguin with WWF UK

The WWF is a non profit organisation who can only sustain their tireless work in saving the planet and its inhabitants through donations. You can help raise funds through the WWF Adopt an Animal scheme.

From as little as £3 a month you receive a certificate, a print of your animal, a greetings card, and a soft toy that would make a fantastic charity gift for a loved one.

> > Click here to Adopt a Penguin with WWF UK

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25% off Polar Bear Adoptions with WWF UK

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WWF UK are offering a fantastic festive discount on their month minimum costs when you Adopt a Polar Bear online and also sign up for a Kids Club ‘Go Wild’. Both of these awesome initiatives should cost £3 each, but if you combine the two you will pay just £4.50 for both!

With Christmas just around the corner, now is the perfect time to Adopt a Polar Bear. These beautiful creatures have been a huge focal point on the BBC’s Frozen Planet Series, look at these amazing scenes below if you’ve missed out on this ground breaking show -

Not sure I’d want to get put in the naughty corner by a polar bear! Alongside all the usual adoption goodies, a WWF Go Wild Club member will receive -

  • Drawstring Backpack
  • Membership Keyring
  • Collectable Wristbands
  • Six Magazines a year

the perfect way to introduce a 7-11 year old about the wonders of the natural world. So why not double up your memberships this Christmas and save 25% on your monthly fees, the perfect charity gift for all ages.

> > Click here to take advantage of this offer

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Help End Tiger Poaching With WWF

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WWF UK is asking for your help to stop the dreadful trade in tiger parts that are being used for Asian medicine and ornaments. With only 3,200 wild tigers left in the world, now is the time for action to try and halt their slide into extinction. Can you imagine a world without tigers? Sounds strange doesn’t it, but for our children, and our children’s children it could become reality, and maybe one day they will be spoken about like we do with dinosaurs.

Check out this award winning created by TRAFFIC and WWF Malaysia that highlights the poaching crisis currently taking place in their country -

With tigers being killed every day by poachers for their meat and bones, a stand must be made to try and halt this dreadful trade. Poaching is by far the greatest threat to tigers left in the wild, so why not help WWF protect the world’s remaining few by adopting one to help stamp out this vile business.

Your monthly donation will help WWF to not only strengthen anti poaching around nature reserves, but also ensure conservation laws are enforced. With your help, WWF will do everything within their power to help the tigers struggle for survival.

Adopt a Tiger with WWF UK

The WWF is a non profit organisation who can only sustain their tireless work in saving the planet and its inhabitants through donations. You can help raise funds through the WWF Adopt a Tiger scheme.

From as little as £3 a month you receive a certificate, a print of your animal, a greetings card, and a soft toy that would make a fantastic charity gift for a loved one.

> > Click here to Adopt an Tiger with WWF UK

"Please note, any prices mentioned in the adopt an animal blog are correct at the time of posting. Please check the relevant website for the latest pricing information."

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