Category Archives: Wildlife and Conservation

SMH: Irwin donations top two million

October 14, 2006 – 6:43PM

Funds for the Irwin family’s Wildlife Warriors charity are expected to skyrocket past the current two million mark as sales of the Steve Irwin’s memorial DVD begin this week.

Wildlife Warriors executive manager Michael Hornby said donations to the fund in the past month had reached $2 million – enough to fund its animal hospital and international programs for six to nine months.

Many of the donations were spurred on by Mr Irwin’s shock death on September 4, when the Crocodile Hunter was killed by a stingray barb in a diving accident on the Great Barrier Reef.

The one-hour public memorial service for the conservationist, which aired world-wide from Australia Zoo last month, has been made into a DVD which was released across Australia today.

The DVD will also sell in the US and Britain and all proceeds will go to the Wildlife Warriors.

Mr Hornby said hundreds of thousands of copies were expected to be sold which would fund the future of the charity, of which Irwin’s eight-year-old daughter Bindi is now the face.AAP

Irwin donations top two million – National – smh.com.au

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Endangered: a living legacy of Steve Irwin

a living legacy of Steve Irwin

Leo Shanahan and Christine Sams
October 8, 2006
A RARE turtle named after the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin could be under threat of extinction if a dam planned for construction in its habitat goes ahead.

The Elseya irwini – Irwin’s turtle – is named as a species at risk in a Queensland Government environmental impact report on a proposal to build the Urannah dam in the state’s north.

The Burdekin Basin draft water resource plan, which addresses environmental implications of the proposed Urannah dam, states: “Elseya irwini is known to occur in this reach. This species is of high conservation significance and is restricted to the Broken-Bowen River system and the lower Burdekin River.

“The dam impoundment would compromise the reproduction and survival of the species in this area because of loss of riffle habitat and destruction of sandbars used for egg laying by inundation.”

Though yet to be approved, the dam was a given a major boost in August after the Queensland Government included it in the draft water plan. The Queensland Government has now backed away from the proposal, saying there are no “current plans to build the Urannah dam”.

The first person to catch the irwini was Steve Irwin’s father, Bob, on a fishing line during a family camping trip in 1990. The family were confused by the creature as nobody had seen it before. They suspected it might be new species.

Steve took pictures of the turtle and sent them to world renowned turtle enthusiast John Cann. “They took some photos of it and sent it to me, they didn’t know what they had,” Mr Cann said. “I saw the photos and jumped on the telephone because I knew it was a new species and asked Steve if I could do some work on it. He said, ‘go for your life’.

“That’s why I named it after him. I think if someone discovers something they should have a reward for it. It’s a good legacy for Steve.”

Meanwhile, Irwin’s voice will be used in a Hollywood film due for release in December. Before his death, Irwin voiced the role of a cartoon character, an elephant seal, which will appear in the film Happy Feet, which also stars Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman and Elijah Wood.

SMH: Endangered: aliving legacy of Steve Irwin

The Sumatran Tiger

Friday, originally uploaded by Arddu.

 

The Sumatran Tiger is a species that Steve Irwin was passionate about and chose to focus on with his Wildlife Warriors in the Asia region.

 

 

Wild Sumatran tiger on the prowl, originally uploaded by Wild Tiger.

 

The Sumatran Tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) is found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The wild population is estimated at between 400 and 500 animals, occurring predominantly in the island’s national parks. Recent genetic testing has revealed the presence of unique genetic markers, indicating that it may develop into a separate species, if it is not made extinct.[2] This has led to suggestions that the Sumatran Tiger should have greater priority for conservation than any other subspecies. Habitat destruction is the main threat to the existing tiger population (logging continues even in the supposedly protected national parks), but 66 tigers were recorded as being shot and killed between 1998 and 2000—nearly 20% of the total population.

 

Sumatran Tiger, originally uploaded by BrianScott.

 

The Sumatran Tiger is the smallest of all tiger subspecies, and the Siberian Tiger is the largest. Male Sumatran Tigers average 8 feet in length from head to tail and weigh about 265 pounds. Females average 7 feet in length and weigh about 200 pounds. Its stripes are narrower than other subspecies of tigers’ stripes, and it has a more bearded and maned appearance, especially the males. Its small size makes it easier to move through the jungle. It has webbing between its toes that when spread, makes them very fast swimmers. It has been known to drive hoofed prey into the water, especially if the prey animal is a slow swimmer.

 

Sumatran Tiger Cubs @ the National Zoo, originally uploaded by Tiger Empress.

 

Tigers can breed at any time of year, though they typically breed during the winter or spring, and the gestation period is about 103 days. Normally they have 2 or 3 cubs, but can have as many as 6. The cubs are born with their eyes closed and weigh approximately 3 pounds (1.36 kg) each. Their eyes usually open by the tenth day, though some zoo born cubs have been recorded to have their eyes open at birth. They only consume milk for the first 8 weeks and after they can start trying harder food but still suckle for 5 or 6 months. The cubs first leave the den at 2 weeks old and learn to hunt at 6 months old. They can completely hunt for themselves at 18 months and at 2 years they are fully independent. They can live for about 15 years in the wild, and 20 in captivity.

Wildlife Warrior Wristband coming soon!

Warrior wristbands boost Irwin’s work | The Sunday Mail

Jemima

LITTLE Jemima Moore is a typical Queensland nine-year-old. She loves her family, her mates and animals.Which is why she can’t wait to become a Wildlife Warrior and get one of The Sunday Mail’s special Wildlife Warrior wristbands in two weeks.

“They look great and all my friends want one,” Jemima said. “Especially as the money goes to helping animals.”

Release of the stylish, green wristbands with Wildlife Warrior embossed on them follows months of planning between The Sunday Mail and the original Wildlife Warrior Steve Irwin as a means of raising much-needed funds for his Wildlife Warrior Worldwide conservation charity.

With the backing of Irwin’s family and WWW, The Sunday Mail, a proud sponsor of the charity, is pressing ahead with the initiative.The wristbands will be available from newsagents for $1 on presentation of a token from The Sunday Mail with all proceeds going to Wildlife Warriors Worldwide.

Irwin’s daughter Bindi, who has vowed to continue her father’s wildlife crusade, will become the face of WWW, starting with the wristband campaign.

So get ready for The Sunday Mail on October 15 and buy a WWW wristband in the knowledge all proceeds are going to help achieve the Irwin dream.

Geckos Galore!

Shadow, originally uploaded by konaboy.

 

 

And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming, originally uploaded by konaboy.

 

 

Agent Smith, originally uploaded by don_vandyke.

 

 

Macro gecko eye, originally uploaded by Photo_Freak.

 

 

Nephrurus Wheeleri, originally uploaded by Dean.Bradshaw.

 

Geckos are small to moderately large lizards belonging to the family Gekkonidae which are found in warm climates throughout the world. Geckos are unique among lizards in their vocalizations, making chirping sounds in social interactions with other geckos. Geckos are unusual in other respects as well. Geckos have no eyelids and instead have a transparent membrane which they lick to clean. A few species have the ability to shoot an irritating liquid out of the end of its tail. They are also known to have the ability to change the colour of their skins although they have not mastered it like the chameleons and can only go pale. Many species have specialized toe pads that enable them to climb smooth vertical surfaces and even cross indoor ceilings with ease. These antics are well-known to people who live in warm regions of the world where several species of geckos make their home inside human habitations. These species (for example the House gecko) become part of the indoor menagerie and are seldom really discouraged because they feed on insect pests.

Most geckos are tan to dark grey, subtly patterned, and somewhat rubbery looking. Some species can change color to blend in with their surroundings or with temperature differences. However others can be brightly colored.

Some species are parthenogenic, the females capable of reproducing without copulating with a male. This improves the geckos’ ability to spread to new islands.

The toes of the gecko have attracted a lot of attention, as they adhere to a wide variety of surfaces, without the use of liquids or surface tension. Recent studies of the setae on gecko footpads demonstrates that the attractive forces that hold geckos to surfaces are van der Waals interactions between the finely divided setae and the surfaces themselves. That these kinds of interactions involve no liquids (or no gases) is important; in theory, a boot made of synthetic setae would adhere as easily to the surface of the International Space Station as it would to a living room wall. [Wikipedia]

 

 

8691 Leezard, originally uploaded by jasondunsmore.

 

 

Leaftailed Gecko, originally uploaded by Naomi Lara.

 

 

gecko, originally uploaded by giantkillerrobot.

Gecko, originally uploaded by zoom_eric.

Bearded Dragons

Bearded Dragon on the Prowl, originally uploaded by ricko.

The Odd Couple, originally uploaded by bsmith4815.

 

abner. close up., originally uploaded by jessi..

 

Humph!, originally uploaded by Lisa4414.

 

BIG green tongue, originally uploaded by sansanparrots.

 

bearded dragon, originally uploaded by heavenuphere.

 

Scientific classification:

 

Kingdom: Animalia

Bearded Dragon is the common name for any agamid lizard in the genus Pogona. Bearded dragons have broad triangular heads and flattened bodies, with adults reaching approximately 50 cm head-to-tail. Males are slightly longer than females, but females are slightly heavier. They owe their name to a distinctive series of lateral spines (specialized scales) radiating horizontally from the head and base of the tail. They are mostly terrestrial, but climb to bask and search for prey. They inhabit mostly open woodlands, scrub, and desert.

All species are native to Australia, but have been exported worldwide, and due to their convenient size, hardiness, and omnivorous diet, are popular reptile pets. They are one of the most popular pet lizards in the United States.

Bearded Dragons can puff out the spiny protrusions under their chin beard when they are angry, giving them the appearance of having a humanlike beard. They may bob their heads or wave either of their forearms as communication. A commonly used enclosure size for baby bearded dragons is 10 gallons; adults tend to thrive in enclosures 40 gallons and larger.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bearded_Dragon