The Animal Times News
10 January 2011
The Animal Times
ENDANGERED DHOLES! Story by: Chai Tzi Xi, Sim Kim Wee & Jaren.
The Dhole is classified by the World Conservation Union know as the ‘’IUCN’’ as 'endangered', meaning that the species faces serious risk of extinction.
Two of the major threats to the Dhole are habitat destruction(and the associated prey) and human persecution.
once Dhole populations become fragmented, other
factors such as disease and in breeding may have more permanent effects.
Why Are Dholes Endangered?
The human population explosion has resulted in massive changes to the natural landscape. In India alone, more than 4 million hectares of
forest have disappeared in the last 20 years.
The main causes were flooding due to dam construction, logging, agricultural expansion, and firewood collection. In many areas habitat deterioration and excessive deer poaching continue to
fragment the areas of forest that are suitable for dholes.
However, looking at the present predicament of other large carnivores like the tiger or African hunting dog, there can be little room for complacency. Through much of its history the Dhole has been regarded as vermin and has consequently been trapped, shot and poisoned.
One has only to browse through some of the old wildlife journals to discover the depth of this prejudice. It is exemplified by the following quote from the sportsman and 'naturalist' Pythian Adams in year 1949.
Why Kill The Dholes?
In India, bounties were paid for carcases right up until 1972 when the Dhole was declared a protected species.
Even today negative attitudes persist. With suitable areas steadily diminishing and cattle being grazed within the forests, livestock occasionally fall prey to the Dhole.
If protection is not rigidly enforced, stockmen may retaliate by excavating the den and clubbing the pups to death.
Further pressures are applied by villager's who steal the dhole's kills for their own pot. In other regions such as Russia, poisons set out for wolves may be responsible for declines in the local Dhole population.
Conclusion / Solution:
Coordinate funds with your neighbors and fellow concerned citizens to take out an ad in your local newspaper. A half-page ad in your Sunday newspaper speaking about the threat of animal extinction will increase the public's exposure to this issue.
Design a website devoted entirely to the potential extinction of an
Partner with advocacy groups at a local university to promote ways to prevent animal extinction in the community.
Send donations to funds and foundations devoted to the protection of animals from mass extinction.
Join the effort to stop animal extinction by volunteering with a local wildlife foundation.
These foundations need volunteers to work on educational displays, fundraising campaigns and public events.
You should give everyone a contact list of state and federal officials who have the power to protect endangered animals.
Conserve resources and live a green lifestyle as part of your effort to prevent animal extinction.
The simple acts of recycling bottles and using public transportation can decrease the need to destroy habitats for additional natural resources.
Pictures of Dholes
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