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Helping Endangered Animals and Stopping Poachers

Animal poaching has been going on for a long time. Many species are becoming endangered as a result. Some species have been driven to extinction. Fortunately, plenty of activists are trying to solve these problems. Ryan Tate is one of them. 

He’s a U.S. Marine veteran, and he was actually inspired by a documentary about wildlife poaching. It’s easier for people today to find documentaries online about almost all subjects. The people who create these documentaries are typically trying to bring about social change and raise awareness about important issues. It certainly worked in this case. 

Ryan Tate talked about a documentary scene involving a terrified rhinoceros. During the scene, the poachers tranquilized the rhino and chopped off her horn. When the rhino was revived, she was so terrified that conservationists were not able to help her in time. The rhino bled to death and died. It was a powerful and horrifying occurrence, and it was more than enough to motivate Ryan Tate to try to help protect endangered animals.

He’s now devoting his life to this new mission. Ryan Tate previously worked at the U.S. State Department, but he decided to found a non-profit organization that would help poached animals. Specifically, this is a non-profit organization staffed by veterans that protects endangered species all throughout Africa. It’s called VETPAW, which is an appropriate and memorable acronym. 

However, Ryan Tate’s previous background with the U.S State Department was still valuable for him when he was working to set up VETPAW. He had connections that other non-profit founders wouldn’t have had. He now works with wildlife park leaders in Tanzania. However, it’s still important to note that this non-profit was started using Ryan Tate’s money and time. He took care of these details and resources. 

The park rangers that worked with Ryan Tate all had a lot of experience initially with tracking local animals. Ryan Tate’s military background was helpful here. Everyone involved was able to set up a program that would train other workers. The park rangers needed more experience with medicine and first aid.

Malaria is a health hazard in the area. People working on a project like this would be spending a lot of time away from local hospitals, making it important to have a lot of workers who had medical training. The program also has plenty of medical supplies available now, including antibiotics and tourniquets. All of the workers also have the necessary equipment. 

When people discuss the problem of animal poaching, it’s important to note that animal poachers can be very aggressive to the people who are trying to stop them. Poachers can get tens of thousands of dollars for only one kilo of rhinoceros horns.

There’s a big market for them, and the demand is still there. Elephants are also at risk, and a single tusk might be worth even more than ten thousand dollars. The veterans and rangers who are trying to address these problems are taking personal risks in the process, making them even more heroic.

After only a year, the rangers and veterans have managed to patrol one hundred thousand acres. There were around thirty veterans involved, and the staff is still adding more members. The members of the non-profit work alongside law enforcement professionals in the area, and these professionals are able to arrest poachers. 

Veterans are being encouraged to become part of VETPAW. Of course, donating money is always helpful for all non-profit organizations. VETPAW needs medical supplies and the resources to train new people. Members of the general public can help the organization tremendously by contributing what they can. 

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Tasmanian Devils Make Historic Return To Mainland Australia After Missing For 3,000 Years

Kelly Taylor

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Tasmanian devil which was believed to be extinct has made its return to the forests of Australia. This is the first time the animal has been spotted since over 3,000 years ago.

This return is seen as the first move in the new plan to take Australia back to its flourishing wild life it once had. This was contained in the statement given by the nonprofit Aussie Ark and its partners Global Wildlife Conversation and Wild Ark.

Furthermore, Aussie Ark restated its plan in bringing back Australia’s ecosystems that existed before the pre-European settlement. This new plan will ensure the habitat is free from feral predators.

Aussie Ark has nurtured over 390 Tasmanian devils, in a manner that promotes natural behavior in the animals. This will help them settle comfortably when released to the wild.

And this year alone, Aussie Ark has followed through with its mission. 26 Tasmanian devils have been released into a 400-hectare wild sanctuary. But there are bigger plans by the organization. There is the intent of introducing two batches of 20 Tasmanian devils each. If this goes as scheduled, offsprings will be produced by the devils culminating in a growing population.

This reintroduction is a welcome development, and as native apex predators and being the largest carnivorous marsupials, they help limit the dominance of  other felines and foxes over endangered species.

They are also hunters and with their hunting skills, they keep their habitat clean and safe from harm.

With their reappearance in the wild, this serves as an indication that Australia is keen on its mission of “rewilding”.

Previously, Tasmanian devils were wiped out from mainland Australia due to the introduction of dingoes which hunted them in packs. Just like wolves.

They were only safe on the island of Tasmania, a place the Dingoes never got to.

In the island of Tasmania, a deadly disease called Devil Facial Tumour completely destroyed up to 90 percent of the Tasmanian community. Now, only 25,000 devils remain on the island.

The Tasmanian species Aussie Ark has reintroduced will be subject to intensive monitoring. Using surveys, radio collars fit with transmitters and camera traps, this will enable researchers to know how the animals are faring. 

It will also help to disclose the problems the animals face in their new environment, feeding habits and their mode of mating.

This information will guide subsequent animals that will be released on Tasmania and on the mainland.

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The Amazingly Odd Things Americans Do

Renee Yates

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The U.S. as a nation literally represents a melting pot of cultures, behaviors, norms, beliefs and people. As a result, it is quite possible to travel a couple hundred miles or even just a few city blocks and be surrounded by an entirely different aspect of life, people and practices. However, there are still quirks and behaviorisms that, despite centuries of immigration into the country, make Americans extremely unique compared to the rest of the world. And those are not automatically led by the automatic zeal of democratic freedom and similar grand statements either. In fact, many are very mundane but stand out immediately when seen in other countries as Americans travel. Here are 30 unique habits, behaviors, norms or ideas we take for granted, but raise eyebrows elsewhere:

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New Discovery Reveals Old People Are Now Stronger When Compared To Those Who Lived In 1990

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A new study from Finland has looked into the probability of older people of this current time being more stronger and vibrant compared to people of the same age 30 years ago.

Quite strange, given that life expectancy becomes lower each year yet this finding was made possible from a study carried out at the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland.

The research looked into the mental and physical abilities of Finnish people between the age of 75 and 80 to people of the same age in the 1990s.

“Performance-based measurements describe how older people manage in their daily life, and at the same time, the measurements reflect one’s functional age,” says the principal investigator of the study, Professor Taina Rantanen, in a statement.

It was discovered men and women that fell into these ages had faster walking pace, improved reasoning and muscle strength plus their working memory are much better than people of the same age born earlier.

These differences were not however noticeable in lung function tests.

“Higher physical activity and increased body size explained the better walking speed and muscle strength among the later-born cohort,” says doctoral student Kaisa Koivunen, “whereas the most important underlying factor behind the cohort differences in cognitive performance was longer education.”

Postdoctoral researcher Matti Munukka added, “The cohort of 75- and 80-year-olds born later has grown up and lived in a different world than did their counterparts born three decades ago. There have been many favorable changes.

“These include better nutrition and hygiene, improvements in health care and the school system, better accessibility to education and improved working life.”

The findings revealed longevity is supported by an increased number of years in lived with satisfactory functional strength in old age. This could justify why there’s been a slower rate of change as we advance in age.

“This research is unique because there are only a few studies in the world that have compared performance-based maximum measures between people of the same age in different historical times,” says Rantanen.

“The results suggest that our understanding of older age is old-fashioned. From an aging researcher’s point of view, more years are added to midlife, and not so much to the utmost end of life. That’s hopeful news for us all.”

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10-year-old metal detectorist discovers ancient sword on his first trip

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On trying out his metal detector, a gift for his 10th birthday, Fionntan has discovered a rusty sword that is believed to be centuries old.

The boy from Ulster, Northern Ireland found the sword on his very first try of the metal detector, and antique experts believe that the sword is from the 18th century- about 300 years old. 

“What a fine thing to find,” said Philip Spooner, a veteran antique dealer of 30 years. 

“The sword is a basket hilt-type sword as used by English officers and dragoons from about 1720 to 1780, or it could be a Scottish basket hilt of about 1700 to 1850.”

Mark and David Hawkins are brother antique experts with more than 55 years of experience between them, and they claimed that results from assessing the sword from pictures may not all that be correct because the sword was so rusty. 

In their assessment, they said, “We think it is likely an English basket-hilted broadsword, with flattened bars and large, plum pudding pommel- typical of the early types.”

Fionntan’s Dad has made contact with Dr. Greer Ramsey, a curator of archaeology at National Museums Northern Ireland to help in solving the mystery of the sword’s origin and exactly how old it is. 

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These Common Household Items Are Worth A Fortune

Kelly Taylor

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Ever bought an item years ago and time passed and it lost usefulness?

Many of us have these items we no longer make use of. Ranging from gifts we got from events to stuff given from friends. Some we touched or used for a while. Others were rarely opened and ended up in a place we now call basement or storage for some.

What we don’t know is these items — gadgets, appliances, toys have accumulated in value. Contrary to the belief of depreciation when an item isn’t used, nostalgia for electronics has made these products rank up in value.

And these items can fetch us a few bucks. You’ll surely be amazed you own a few of the products on the list.

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