Hi from T.I.G.E.R.S. Preserve in Myrtle Beach! Hope you all are having a grrrreat week!
Zoos and wildlife preserves offer programs that provide glimpses to endangered species. A wonderful place to experience wildlife while helping protect wild and endangered species is Preservation Station and the T.I.G.E.R.S.Wild Encounter Tour near Myrtle Beach. Here you will have a look at some of the most magnificent creatures on Earth up close and uncaged AND you can see and photograph the animals climbing and jumping and doing all the natural activities they would normally do in the wild.
I read an article this week that I think you will enjoy.
By Margaret O’Gorman
"Recently, several changes to New Jersey’s Threatened and Endangered Species list were adopted. These changes include the removal of some species and populations from the list and the addition of others.
Groups actively engaged in wildlife conservation in New Jersey support these changes because they create a new list that more accurately portrays the status of certain wildlife populations in New Jersey, directs conservation investment to populations in greatest need and reflects not only the impact of continued stress on certain populations but also the successful recovery of others. The accuracy of the list, which works in concert with the federal list of threatened and endangered species, is critical for protecting wildlife, as it provides a finer level of detail for understanding and improving the health of wildlife in New Jersey.
The changes tell the story of wildlife conservation in New Jersey, a story that began in 1973, when Gov. Cahill signed the New Jersey Endangered Species Act into law. The story continues today. Scientists with the state’s Endangered and Nongame Species Program, conservation groups and volunteers are working hard to protect species such as the bald eagle, Indiana bat and bog turtle from extinction.
The Cooper’s hawk was removed from the list to reflect the fact that this species has recovered to the extent that it no longer needs intensive management. Certain populations of bald eagle, osprey, peregrine falcon and northern harrier that visit the state but do not breed here were also removed, which is remarkable, given the fact that many of these raptors were either absent from New Jersey or clinging to existence in recent decades. These changes show that added protections and active management afforded to species on the list can ultimately lead to recovery. The populations of these raptors that breed in the state remain on the endangered species list, allowing biologists to focus on the populations that continue to require management.
Additions to the endangered list include five species: the black rail; the golden-winged warbler; the red knot; the gray petaltail, a dragonfly; and the Indiana bat. Nine species, including three birds, the American kestrel, cattle egret and horned lark, have been added to the threatened list.
The list was updated through a rigorous scientific process whereby an assembly of experts sought consensus through a series of reviews of literature, monitoring studies and records. The review focuses not only on species that are classified as threatened or endangered, but also on those species put on a list because they are of special concern. This longer list includes birds, amphibians, reptiles and invertebrates that are managed, as time and money allows, to prevent them from becoming threatened or endangered. It’s a lot easier to stop a species from becoming threatened or endangered than to help it recover once it slides to the brink.
The changes to the threatened and endangered species list are necessary. While we are not always happy to see continued declines, we must acknowledge the dynamic nature of our efforts and make these changes to help biologists, conservationists and volunteers focus their infinite energies and finite dollars on the species in need of the greatest efforts."
Go online and visit www.myrtlebeachsafari.com for more information about the Rare Species Fund, Preservation Station and the T.I.G.E.R.S. tour. Come to see the White Tigers, a liger and other amazing animals in Myrtle Beach at one of the most exciting animal adventures ever. All proceeds from the tour go to The Rare Species Fund.