Hello again from T.I.G.E.R.S. and Preservation Station in Myrtle Beach! Most don’t realize that many living species on Earth are at risk of being endangered or going extinct. T.I.G.E.R.S.,(The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species) is a wildlife education organization, dedicated to promoting global conservation with informative, educational and entertaining interactive programs.
The RSF (Rare Species Fund) was established to provide funding to critical on the ground international wildlife conservation programs, thereby complimenting the educational messages and field research of T.I.G.E.R.S. The Fund receives its financing base through a percentage of revenues taken in by T.I.G.E.R.S., the generosity of donations from exhibit guests, and the general public.
Check out the news this week:
The Center for Biological Diversity wants the desert kit fox to be placed on California’s threatened species list, citing concerns about the animal’s habitat and health due to large-scale solar and wind development.
The center — a national nonprofit group dedicated to preserving wildlife — filed a petition Monday with the California Fish and Wildlife Commission, asking that the animal be classified as threatened. The petition specifically cites the 2011 outbreak of canine distemper at NextEra Energy’s Genesis solar project — under construction east of the Coachella Valley — as one factor triggering the need for better protection of the animals.
The desert kit fox, which weighs in at 3 to 6 pounds, is considered one of the smallest wild canine species. It is unique to the Southern California desert, with a range extending from Inyo County in the north to Imperial County. The exact number of desert kit foxes in the region is unknown.
California’s Endangered Species Act defines a threatened animal as one that “although not presently threatened with extinction, is likely to become an endangered species in the foreseeable future in the absence of the special protection and management efforts.”
Between October 2011 and May 2012, 12 kit foxes in and around the Genesis project died from canine distemper, the first known outbreak of the disease among the animals, said Deana Clifford, wildlife veterinarian for the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Genesis is a 250-megawatt solar thermal project in the Riverside East solar zone — 148,000 acres of public land, mostly north of Interstate 10, between Joshua Tree National Park and the city of Blythe.– K Kaufmann-The Desert Sun
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