Asian Elephant: New Endangered Animal for 2012

All any of us should ever want or hope for from our lives is to leave the world better than how we found it.  That should be everyone’s ultimate goal.  Protecting creatures that cannot protect themselves is part of making a better world.

Inhabiting the jungle in southern Asia, these elephants are endangered due to habitat destruction and poaching for their desired tusk. Besides habitat loss and poaching, fencing along the India-Bangladesh border has become a major impediment to the free movement of elephants.

The major threat facing the Asian elephant today is habitat loss resulting from deforestation.[31][32] Other causes include poaching for ivory, isolation of elephant populations and human-elephant conflict.

Development such as border fencing along the India-Bangladesh border has become a major impediment to the free movement of elephants.

How you can help

  • Don’t buy ivory products. Illegal trade in elephant ivory is a continuing problem, posing one of the greatest threats to elephants today.
  • Adopt an elephantWWF-US & International | WWF-UK | WWF-Canada
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Dian Fossey – Style Icon

NAME: Dian Fossey
OCCUPATION: Anthropologist, Zoologist
BIRTH DATE: January 16, 1932
DEATH DATE: December 26, 1985
EDUCATION: Cambridge University
PLACE OF BIRTH: San Francisco, California
PLACE OF DEATH: Volcanoes National park, Rwanda

BEST KNOWN FOR: Zoologist Dian Fossey was one of the foremost primate researchers in the world who for 18 years studied of a group of gorillas in Rwanda.

Primatologist and naturalist. Born on January 16, 1932, in San Francisco, California. Dian Fossey enriched our understanding of gorillas through her intense study of these animals from the 1960s to 1980s. She was interested in animals from childhood, but changed college courses from pre-veterinary studies to occupational therapy.

Dian Fossey moved to Louisville, Kentucky, to be director of the Kosair Crippled Children’s Hospital occupational therapy department in 1955. But she soon became restless and dreamed of traveling to Africa. On her first trip to Africa in 1963, Fossey met palaeontologists Mary and Louis Leakey, who encouraged her dream to live and work with mountain gorillas.

In 1966, Dian Fossey caught up with Louis Leakey at a lecture in Louisville, and he invited her to study the mountain gorillas in Africa. She accepted his offer and lived among the mountain gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo until civil war forced her to escape to Rwanda.

Dian Fossey established the Karisoke Research Foundation in 1967, alternating her time between her fieldwork there and obtaining a Ph.D. based on her research at Cambridge University. She earned her degree in 1976 and later accepted a visiting associate professorship at Cornell University. In 1983, her book, Gorillas in the Mist, was published and became a best seller. A film with the same name was also released in 1988 starring Sigourney Weaver as Fossey.

Considered the world’s leading authority on the physiology and behavior of mountain gorillas, Dian Fossey fought hard to protect these “gentle giants” from environmental and human hazards. She saw these animals as dignified, highly social creatures with individual personalities and strong family relationships. Her active conservationist stand to save these animals from game wardens, zoo poachers, and government officials who wanted to convert gorilla habitats to farmland caused her to fight for the gorillas not only via the media, but also by destroying poachers’ dogs and traps. On December 26, 1985, Fossey was found hacked to death, presumably by poachers, in her Rwandan forest camp. No assailant has ever been found or prosecuted in her murder.

Dian Fossey strongly opposed tourism, as gorillas are very susceptible to diseases by humans like the flu for which they have no immunity. Dian Fossey reported several cases in which gorillas died because of diseases spread by tourists. She also viewed tourism as an interference into their natural wild behavior. Fossey also criticized tourist programs, often paid for by international conservation organizations, for interfering with both her research and the peace of the mountain gorillas’ habitat.

She floats like a swan: grace on the water.

Twenty-Four Lies and One Truth. You Figure It Out.

1. When my family lived in Mexico in the early 1980’s, my mother hit and killed an old man with her car and just rolled his body into a ditch and covered him with a tree branch. We never heard a thing about it.

2. I have a 19 year old daughter, the product of a one-night-stand the summer after my senior year in high school. She tracked me down six months ago when she needed to know my medical history because she was diagnosed with Leukemia.

3. I tell everyone that my family came to this country in the 1920’s, but they really have been here since the early 1800’s and owned a fleet of ships used for transporting slaves from Africa to the US.

4. I speak Russian fluently because my father would not talk on the phone in English for fear of it being tapped.

5. I have only one testicle.

6. I didn’t learn how to tie my shoes until I was 14 years old due to a broken arm and a lack of detailed use of my left index finger and thumb.

7. I secretly wish I would have been more serious about it when I was a magician’s assistant.

8. I have a scrapbook full of lost pet fliers that I have taken off of telephone poles all over the city.

9. I use Facebook to get laid.

10. I am a mindless android, I have no opinions.

11. I have had three nose jobs and I am still not satisfied.

12. When I was 12 years old, my mother requested that we call her by her first name in public so no one would know she was old enough to be our mother.

13. Since my parents divorced when I was 12, I have habitually shoplifted candy bars from small convenience stores. I almost never eat it unless I am really hungry.

14. At different times and for different reasons, I have been temporarily blind and temporarily deaf.

15. I have spent considerable money and traveled considerable distances to see every Modanna concert.

16. If I do not go to Disney World at least once every two years, I feel a bit lost.

17. I am distantly related to one US President and one serial murderer.

18. I have a natural inclination to science. It was my favorite subject in school and I considered getting a biology degree in college.

19. My family was one of the last to obtain an escape pod when our dying planet burst into flames.

20. Jesus is my savior.

21. In my mid 20’s, I had two serious boyfriends at the same time that did not know of each other.

22. In junior high and high school, I was on the US Junior Olympics Cross Country Ski Team. The highest I ever placed is Silver in 1986.

23. The name I had growing up was Christopher Scott Martin, I changed it when I was 18.

24. My babysitter showed my sister and me “Jaws” when we were kids and ever since then, I have been deathly afraid of all bodies of water.

25. I have waited in line for every Harry Potter book to be released and read them as fast as I could because I was afraid I would hear what happened from someone else on the Harry Potter LISTSERVE I subscribe to.