Ecosystem services

Ecosystem services are the numerous and diverse benefits that people openly benefit from the natural surroundings and also from properly-functioning ecosystems. Such ecosystems contain, by way of instance, agroecosystems, forest ecosystems, grassland ecosystems and aquatic ecosystems. These ecosystems working properly supplies such matters such as agricultural produce, lumber, and aquatic organisms including fishes and fishes. Together, these advantages have become called'ecosystem services', and are frequently essential to the provisioning of fresh drinking water, the decomposition of wastes, as well as also the natural pollination of plants and other crops. Supporting services comprise services like nutrient cycling, primary production, soil formation, habitat supply and pollination.

Habitat Conservation

Habitat conservation for wild species is among the most crucial problems facing the environment today - both in the sea and on land. As human populations increase, land usage grows, and wild species have smaller distances to call house. Over fifty percent of all Earth's terrestrial surface was changed because of human activity, leading to extreme deforestation, erosion and loss of topsoil, biodiversity loss, and even extinction. Species can't survive out their normal habitat with no human intervention, like the habitats within a zoo or aquarium, such as. Maintaining habitats is vital to maintaining biodiversity. Migratory species are especially vulnerable to habitat destruction since they have a tendency to occupy more than a natural habitat. Changing a natural habitat slightly may bring about a domino effect that hurts the whole ecosystem.

Supporting services

While scientists and environmentalists have discussed ecosystem solutions implicitly for a long time, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) from the early 2000s popularized this idea. Additionally, ecosystem services are grouped into four broad classes:
Supporting services
Provisioning

like the creation of water and food

Supporting services
Regulating

like the control of disease and climate

Supporting services
Encouraging

including nutrient cycles and oxygen generation

Supporting services
Ethnic

such as recreational and spiritual advantages

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Introducing Wild Lines' wildlife-themed illustrations. Plus, don't miss your chance to win a free set of Christmas cards! Find out how...

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Once in a while you hear a story that demonstrates the positive power of social media – and in this case, a network of strangers passionate about lions came together online to help give four lions the chance of a new life.

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Whether you’re eco-conscious yourself, or buying for someone who appreciates green gifts, I’ve tried to think of gift suggestions that don’t harm the environment in any way, and that also help promote small businesses and wildlife/environmental charities.

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Introducing Button and Squirt, home of Amazing Animals Fact Cards. I was excited to chat to Ria, the woman behind Button and Squirt to find out about her love of animals, her business journey and her motivations for the brand.

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Animals who are in danger of becoming extinct are endangered animals. This suggests that no more of these creatures on earth will be alive. When there are very few of them left, an animal is deemed endangered or 'threatened'.
According to personal injury lawyer Columbus, OH researched, others are more endangered than others by animals. Scientists categorize the level of risk with a different name to keep track of how a species may be at risk of becoming extinct. The following names vary from the most endangered to the least threatened animals:
critically endangered
endangered
vulnerable
There are also some animals which exist only in captivity (in a zoo, for example). They are named "extinct in the wild" by these creatures.
What are some of the species that are most endangered?
There are species listed as being Critically Endangered. Here is just a sampling of the list:
Black Rhinoceros - Only a handful of black rhinos are left. In Western Africa, they mostly live. They are often endangered because their horns are destroyed by hunters.
Red Wolf - Originally, the red wolf lived in the Southeast United States. Just a couple of hundred are left, most of them living in captivity.
Others include the Siberian Tiger, the Florida Panther, the California Condor, the Mountain Gorilla, and the Giant Ibis.
The Sea Otter, Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Giant Panda, Blue Whale, Albatross, and Snow Leopard are some of the' endangered species.
The Lion, Cheetah, Hippo, Dingo, Polar Bear, Humpback Whale, and the Macaroni and Royal Penguins have some 'vulnerable species.
How do they protect endangered animals?
Most nations around the world have regulations that preserve endangered species. Killing or harming an endangered or protected animal is also a felony. There are a number of laws in the United States which protect endangered animals. These rules are part of the Endangered Species Act that President Nixon signed into law in 1973. These laws help the animals and their ecosystems to be secure. They also have services called Rehabilitation Plans to help animals heal. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are the key organizations that enforce the laws and help protect the species.
Wildlife or nature parks are also located across the globe. These preserves are large land areas where species are protected and their habitat is protected. Progress on the land is very restricted or completely stopped. Also, hunting is prohibited or illegal. By keeping some of them captive and breeding them in captivity, critically endangered animals are also secured. This helps researchers keep the species alive and helps them to study the animals as well.
Scientists also research animals in the wild to learn what their population could be influenced by. Scientists may be able to help a species of animal survive extinction with good research.

The Woodland Trust launched the Big Climate Fightback in September to give people a simple way to make a difference in the fight against climate change.

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Born Free has launched the Global Nature Recovery Investment Initiative (GNRII) aimed at bringing about the transformative changes needed to protect people and wildlife around the globe.

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Have you ever dreamed of taking a safari? Of spotting a distant movement through the binoculars, followed by the shuddering kickstart of a Land Rover engine as you prepare to chase an indistinguishable shadow or glimpse of fur across the grassy landscape… would you believe me if I said you could do just that? In the UK.

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It's the kind of Halloween story that naturalists will love! Great Fox-Spiders have been rediscovered after more than 25 years without a UK sighting.

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These lemur-themed masks support one of Madagascar’s leading conservation charities in their innovative mask exchange scheme to help supply face coverings to the world’s poorest.

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The Ethiopian Wolf (Canis Simensis) is the rarest canid on earth. While the population is in a state of flux, still it is estimated that there are fewer than 500 individuals left in the world, making it the most endangered carnivore in Africa.

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This autumn, I’m delighted to have been invited to become an honorary Wildlife Angel for the fantastic animal rescue centre and sanctuary; Pet Samaritans. Their Hedgehog Hospital runs all year round, and as hedgehog numbers continue to decline across Britain, they do everything they can to help them. We, the public, can also do our bit help hedgehogs as they prepare for hibernation (usually taking place November – March) and here are a few suggestions for how...

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Halloween is just around the corner, so it seems like the ideal time to share this guest post taking a look at 10 Strange Animals You Probably Didn't Know Existed...

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Cut Carbon Not Forests campaign has shared a new infographic that tells the story of the UK government’s hypocrisy on forest conservation and climate.

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More than 70,000 healthy badgers will be shot this autumn, in the government’s largest ever seasonal cull. What's more, the cull will result in the deaths of badgers which have been vaccinated by volunteers in government-funded programmes.

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The Global Initiative to End Wildlife Crime (EWC) outlined an innovative 'One Health' approach to reforming wildlife trade laws that the group said would eliminate threats to human health by avoiding future devastating wildlife-related pandemics, while helping to stop the decline of ecosystems and reverse the extinction crisis facing wild animals and plants.

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Today is World Rivers Day; a celebration of the world's waterways. World Rivers Day was also created to highlight the many values of rivers; increasing public awareness of the threats they face and striving for improved stewardship of rivers around the world.

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Meet Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, Founder of Conservation Through Public Health. Gladys works tirelessly to protect gorillas in Uganda from catching human diseases spread through tourism and the use of gorilla ‘scarecrows’ by local communities.

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The Wildlife Blogger Crowd is a positive, uplifting space for wildlife and nature bloggers to share posts, join discussions and support other content creators.

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This guest blog explores the future of travel as ecotourism, and looks at how -- when viewed as a philosophy for conservation -- this kind of travel and exploration plays a vital role in species conservation. It has perhaps become even more important to look at travel through this lens in the months since the piece was first written.

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As summer gives way to autumn, I’m beginning to return my attention to my garden. I’ve teamed up with Seedball to offer one lucky winner the chance to win this bundle of Seedball wildlife-themed mixes worth £42 -- perfect for bringing wildlife into your garden.

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It’s been over 100 days since the UK’s official lockdown began and parents all over the country have been desperately trying to juggle the demands of home-schooling their children.
However, while maths, English and science homework may have stumped some parents, international wildlife charity Born Free is putting the spotlight on a different ‘school’ - The Orangutan Foundation’s Camp in Lamandau Wildlife Reserve in Borneo.

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Jill Robinson: To the Moon and Back film tells the remarkable story of one woman's inspirational journey to save moon bears through the creation of Animals Asia Foundation. Win a copy of the film!

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International wildlife charity Born Free is calling on the Government to implement a long-overdue review and reform of the Zoo Licensing Act 1981 to significantly raise the standards in the more than 300 licensed zoos in Britain. Find out more...

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Ahead of Virtual Birdfair 2020, take a look back at the Next generation conservation debate: Should Nature Work for Us Or Should We Work for Nature?

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According to the Red List of Threatened Species compiled by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), more than 28,000 species around the world are threatened with extinction. Hazel Harred takes a closer look in this guest post.

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It’s been over 100 days since the UK’s official lockdown began and parents all over the country have been desperately trying to juggle the demands of home-schooling their children.
However, while maths, English and science homework may have stumped some parents, international wildlife charity Born Free is putting the spotlight on a different ‘school’ - The Orangutan Foundation’s Camp in Lamandau Wildlife Reserve in Borneo.

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After years of uncertainty, England’s first wild breeding population of beavers for 400 years has been given the permanent right to remain in their East Devon river home.

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As July draws to a close; our first month of the 'easing of lockdown' here in the UK, it felt like a good time to reflect and share some of the cool things I've been involved in over these last few months, regarding wildlife and conservation communications outside of this blog...

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Fifty years ago, one of the worst atrocities of animal welfare took place. In the largest capture of wild orcas in history, more than 90 of the marine mammals were rounded up in Penn Cove and seven young southern resident killer whales were captured using nets and explosives, then sold to aquariums. Only one of those abducted on 8th August 1970 is still alive; Lolita.

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Ilena Zanella won a prestigious Whitley Award in 2019 for her work with scalloped hammerhead sharks.

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I'm so excited finally get to see my Shamwari Diaries project completed, and hold in my hands a beautifully printed, full colour, 360-page copy of my Shamwari travel diary from my days volunteering at the private game reserve, back when I was 18 years old.

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It’s been over 100 days since the UK’s official lockdown began and parents all over the country have been desperately trying to juggle the demands of home-schooling their children.
However, while maths, English and science homework may have stumped some parents, international wildlife charity Born Free is putting the spotlight on a different ‘school’ - The Orangutan Foundation’s Camp in Lamandau Wildlife Reserve in Borneo.

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This past week, the Eastern Daily Press was kind enough to dedicate an entire double page spread to sharing our lockdown garden story.

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I got to speak with the team at Elephant-Human Relations Aid (EHRA) Namibia about their PEACE Project to help communities to co-exist with desert elephants.

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Post-lockdown, the UK sits in an extraordinary melting pot of multiple biodiversity and environmental issues all coming together at once.

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In this insightful guest blog post, we look at the UK's extinct creatures, and what we might have found outside our front doors up to 500 years ago — with the help of an eye-catching infographic.

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To Grow A Garden... is to believe in tomorrow. Lockdown 2020: Our response to the growing spread of coronavirus was to grow a neighbourhood lockdown garden.

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World Environment Day 2020 presents that chance to explore how human activity and impact on the environment (and wildlife!) has contributed to the current global pandemic -- and how we might prevent another outbreak like Covid-19.

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Tomorrow, 11th June, is my 30th birthday. Rather than thinking about parties and presents, I would like to take the opportunity to highlight some recent, poignant rescue stories from Born Free and some of the amazing people who are raising money for the charity during this time.

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Have you thought about starting a blog? Have you wondered how a wildlife blog or conservation blog could make a difference in building a career in wildlife conservation or science communication?

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Sanctuary tells the story of a family of African women coming to Namibia to connect with nature and the wild, and the extraordinary turn of events that led to them opening Co’Lu’Bi Wildlife Sanctuary.

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The highly competitive Whitley Awards, also known as the ‘Green Oscars’, have today announced this year's chosen seven award winners.

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Tiger King paints a worrying picture regarding the lack of regulation for keeping tigers and other big cats.
A new report by FOUR PAWS suggests the picture is equally concerning in Europe.

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Aidan Gallagher: actor, musician and UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador. At 16-years-old Aidan has amassed a global following through playing roles such as Number Five in the Netflix series The Umbrella Academy; he has an Instagram audience of over 2.5 million people; and in the most admirable fashion, harnesses the power of social media to try and influence positive change when it comes to wildlife and the environment.

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Wildeverse is a narrative-driven game based on real animals living in the wild today, and the people working to protect them; bringing real apes Fio, Buka, Chilli and Aida living in the wilds of Congo and Borneo into your home.

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As Britain enters a period where opportunities for people to leave the house are restricted, and as some zoos plead poverty and threaten to kill their animals, we need to consider carefully what this crisis means for animals in captivity – now and into the future. Dr Chris Draper, Head of Animal Welfare & Captivity at Born Free shares his views...

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To celebrate Easter this year, I’ve teamed up with the brilliant vegan treats company, Ananda Foods, to support and encourage as many people as possible to have a cruelty-free Easter.

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The motivation behind DRINKS3 is to become the lowest CO2 footprint soft drinks brand in the UK by 2022. Naturally, I quizzed them about what makes them an ethical brand?

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In partnership with the ELAFI Animal Welfare Awards, 60-year-old David shared a cage with senior and disabled dogs who have been living in a shelter for years, and videoed his experience.

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