Good afternoon again from T.I.G.E.R.S. and Preservation Station in Myrtle Beach!
A couple of weeks ago, I posted about a horrific case of elephant poaching that took place in Kenya’s oldest, largest and most stunningly beautiful national parks.
Even after years of conservation, we are still seeing wildlife crime on a huge scale. Wildlife crime is now the most urgent threat to three of the world’s best-loved species—elephants, rhinos and tigers.
Illegal wildlife trade is now estimated to be between $7.8 and $10 billion per year. It is a major deal with activity worldwide—along with weapons, drugs and human trafficking. These traders and kingpins are rarely arrested, prosecuted, convicted or punished.
These species cannot survive high levels of poaching for long.
Some good news this week:
A WWF App Teaches Us About Endangered Species…and Folding Them into Memorable Origami Art
By: Joe Berkowitz
World Wildlife Fund’s iPad app brings users closer than ever to some of the world’s rarest creatures and even lets them make origami portraits.
The World Wildlife Fund is letting its fans keep some of the world’s rarest creatures at just an iPad’s length away.
Recently, the WWF rolled out its first iPad app, WWF Together, which is available in the iTunes store. Created by digital agency AKQA, the new app puts users right in the mix with some of the endangered animals the WWF strives to protect, in unexpected ways. Using interactive features, WWF Together reveals the story of eight different animals, with new ones set to add regularly going forward.
Each animal’s story unfolds through fascinating trivia, hi-def videos, and animal portraits by renowned environmental photographer Morten Koldby. WWF makes the most of the iPad’s functionality to enhance the user experience, letting you swipe sea ice to unearth polar bear facts, or use the device’s camera for a simulation of tiger vision.
Perhaps best of all, though, the animals’ stories conclude with a portrait that utilizes the Japanese folding art of origami. Users will eventually download origami instructions for each animal, and share the results with friends on Facebook.
Visit T.I.G.E.R.S., a 50-acre preserve in Myrtle Beach, home to over 60 big cats. Monkey around with our apes, watch tigers swim and meet our grey wolves. Fly trained falcons, get the feel for our “cubs” and you may even get to meet Bubbles the Elephant. This is the only place in the world where you get to meet the Liger, the world’s largest cat as seen in the 2006 Guiness Book of World Records!