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Endangered crocodiles hatched in Cambodia

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This photo shows the mother of 13 rare Siamese crocodiles guarding
her nest in rural Cambodia. Experts believe as few as 250 Siamese
crocodiles are left in the wild. This photo shows the mother of 13 rare Siamese crocodiles guarding her nest in rural Cambodia. Experts believe as few as 250 Siamese crocodiles are left in the wild. (Fauna and Flora International/Associated Press)

Conservationists in Cambodia are celebrating the hatching of a clutch of eggs from one of the world's most critically endangered animals.

Thirteen baby Siamese crocodiles crawled out of their shells over the weekend in a remote part of the Cardamom Mountains in southwestern Cambodia, following a weeks long vigil by researchers who found them in the jungle.

Experts believe as few as 250 Siamese crocodiles are left in the wild, almost all of them in Cambodia but with a few spread among Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia, Vietnam and possibly Thailand.

The operation to protect and hatch the eggs was mounted by United Kingdom-based Fauna and Flora International, for whom conservation of this once-abundant species is a key program.


 
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Canada takes action to protect Canadian oceans and wildlife on World Oceans Day

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OTTAWA, June 8 (Xinhua) - Canadian Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea announced on Tuesday two Areas of Interest for potential designation as Marine Protected Areas under the Oceans Act to mark World Oceans Day.

At an event at the Museum of Nature, Minister Shea announced the Hecate Strait/Queen Charlotte Sound glass sponge reefs as an Area of Interest within the Pacific North Coast, and an area of rich biodiversity within the Laurentian Channel as an Area of Interest off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador.

This represents another key step towards fulfilling the Government's commitment to establish a national network of Marine Protected Areas (MPA), which are protective designations for areas that significantly contribute to the health of marine ecosystems and resources, by 2012.

 

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Injured eagles need surgery

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Injured eagles need surgery
By GEOFF TURNER The London Free Press

Last Updated: May 12, 2010


It’s touch and go for two bald eaglets rescued when their nest west of Hyde Park blew down in a wind storm Friday night.

The two eaglets, thought to be about two months old, survived a 15-metre fall but suffered leg fractures requiring surgery, said Brian Salt of Salthaven Wildlife Rehabilitation.

The two birds are in a protected aviary at the Mt. Brydges facility.

Salt said leg fractures are very serious injuries for raptors such as eagles.

“Their legs and talons are like their guns.”

He said one of the birds will require a pin to repair a leg fracture.

In recent years other young eagles have been rescued with similar injuries and didn’t survive, Salt said.




Two bald eagles are being kept at Salthaven Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre after being injured when high winds toppled their nest west of Hyde Park. The two chicks have broken legs that will require expensive surgery to fix.
 

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2 Bald Eagle Babies OK After Fall from Florida Nest

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By TAMARA LUSH

Associated Press Writer

The national bird, the bald eagle, is often born in Florida - but sometimes it's a dangerous childhood.

Consider what happened earlier this week to a large bald eagle nest in Dunedin, a small Gulf Coast city: Part of the sofa-sized nest collapsed, sending two eight-week-old bald eaglets plummeting some 65 feet to the ground.

"The likely culprit is the wind," said Barbara Walker, Pinellas County's Audubon Society coordinator. "Combine that with very active young eagles. They can do a lot of jumping and hopping up and down on the nest."

The eaglets, which normally don't fly until they are 12 weeks old, were scooped up by volunteers and are both doing well. One is being treated for a fractured leg at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland. The other is uninjured and resting at a bird sanctuary. A third baby bird is still high in the pine tree with two adult birds, and Walker said the nest looks solid enough to last until the bird learns to fly.

 

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UK Government Creates World’s Largest Marine Reserve

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source: Chagos Conservation Trust

London 01 April 2010

UK Government Creates World’s Largest Marine Reserve - ‘An inspirational decision for nature conservation and for posterity’

 The UK Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, announced today the creation of a Marine Protected Area in the British Indian Ocean Territory (the Chagos Archipelago). This will include a no-take marine reserve where commercial fishing will be banned. The decision follows several years of background research and a three month public consultation on the future management of the Chagos Islands, set out by British Government. More than 275,000 people and many leading scientific and conservation organisations from Britain and elsewhere urged the UK government to establish a strict Chagos marine protected area. 

The Chagos islands (British Indian Ocean Territory) form an archipelago remotely situated in the middle of the Indian Ocean. They consist of Diego Garcia (with its UK/US military presence) and 54 tiny uninhabited coral islands spread in 210,000 square miles of ocean. The Territory has belonged to Britain since 1814 (the Treaty of Paris). 

‘Today’s decision by the British Government is inspirational. It will protect a treasure trove of tropical, marine wildlife for posterity and create a safe haven for breeding fish stocks for the benefit of people in the region. Our Trust has worked for the protection of Chagos for 20 years and we applaud this wonderful UK contribution for 2010, International Year of Biodiversity’ - William Marsden, Chairman of the Chagos Conservation Trust. ...

 

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