Everyone loves animals. They're cute, cuddly, smart, intriguing, and baby animals make us all cry-laugh when they make their cute little noises. An animal's defense is as loud as we're willing to make it and we need to make sure we preserve their species so that future generations can spend hours watching youtube videos of exotic animal adorableness (Kidding. But seriously very important!). This year is beginning with a lot of hopeful steps to protect animal life!
AND LUCKY FOR ANIMALS, 2016 IS ALREADY GOOD LUCK!!!!
Hong Kong is banning ivory sales!
Elephant, rhino, and walrus tusks have been sold on both the legal and black markets for years, and Hong Kong has been a major player in the game. However, they recently announced that even legal sales of ivory dating back to pre-treaty times (the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species treaty) will be phased out in the upcoming year.
Manatees are no longer endangered!
If you haven't seen them at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, you should. Thanks to efforts made to create low-wake zones in oceans where manatees often are, there has been a drastic reduction in injuries and death resulting from boat propellors. That has been a major contributor to the rising numbers of manatees.
Rare squirrels are making a comeback!
If you didn't know, Squirrel Appreciation Day is January 21 and it's great timing because the Delmarva Fox Squirell has just been removed from the endangered species list. This northeastern species lives mostly in forests and do not survive well in urban areas like our Ohio squirrel friends.