WMC Conservation Newsletter Spring 2018- US & World Conservation

And Then There Were Two…

On Monday, March 20, Sudan, the last male northern white rhinoceros died at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, leaving behind his daughter, Najin and his granddaughter, Fatu who are the last northern white rhinos in the world. An elderly rhino at age 45, Sudan was suffering from a series of infections and health issues.

Angalifu, male Northern White Rhinoceros at San Diego Wild Animal Park By Sheep81 – Own work, Public Domain


A subspecies of the southern white rhino, and arguably considered their own species by some researchers, the northern white rhino was brought to extinction by war, habitat loss and poaching for their horns. “’This is a creature that didn’t fail in evolution,’ said Thomas Hildebrandt, head of reproduction management at the Leibnitz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin and one of the project’s leaders. ‘It’s in this situation because of us.’”

Scientists across the world and across disciplines are taking on the challenge of keeping the northern white rhino subspecies from disappearing completely. They intend to use a combination of classic reproduction techniques and innovative stem cell technology. To find out more, read the complete article here.

Related News

Australian artists unveil 17-Foot bronze sculpture in Astor Place NYC. The sculpture is entitled “The Last Three.” Read the full article from One Green Planet.

Trump Appoints Trophy Hunters to Conservation Board

Interior secretary Ryan Zinke has appointed 16 board members to rewrite federal rules for importing the hides of trophy kills into the US. Zinke is confident that the board, the majority of which are trophy hunters themselves or members of the NRA, will support his stance that the best way to protect critically threatened or endangered species is by encouraging trophy hunting in several African nations. One member of the board, Steven Chancellor, has logged nearly 500 kills including 18 lions, 13 leopards, six elephants and two rhinos. Another board member, Peter Horn is a former vice president of the Safari Club International Conservation Fund, a group interested in expanding the number of countries from which trophy kills can be imported, and a vice president for high-end gun maker Beretta. To read more, find the complete article here.

Related News

The ban on Elephant and Lion trophies from six African countries has been lifted. Read the full article from the New York Times.

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By: Kate Keets, WMC Conservation Chair, Class of 2021

WMC Conservation Newsletter Spring 2018- Illinois Conservation

Curious Encounters With Wildlife in Illinois

After almost 60 years of studying butterflies in Illinois, the United States, and the World, former Illinois Natural History Survey entomologists Mike Jeffords and Susan Post are publishing a comprehensive manual titled “Butterflies of Illinois – A Field Guide,” which includes stunning photos of the 107 species of butterfly native to Illinois. Top sites in Illinois for butterfly viewing in as suggested by the Jeffords and Post are; Mason County, the best place to see the Fritillary butterfly; Bonnie’s Prairie – Iroquois County in the 10.6-acre Illinois Nature Preserve; and Loda Cemetery Preserve. Find the complete article here.

Great Spangled Fritillary By MONGO – Own work, Public Domain

Controlled Burn Rejuvenates Prairie Near Loami

A team of about a dozen volunteers lead by Vern LaGesse, the director of the 120-acre Nipper Wildlife Sanctuary, oversaw the controlled burn of 300 acres on March 15. LeGesse stated that the purpose of the controlled burn was to make way for the diverse plant species that grow on the prairie by eliminating last year’s build-up of thatch. “It lets the other plants germinate their seeds and grow,” said LeGesse “the fire also helps reduce any woody trees that have invaded into the prairie.” Not all of the 300-acres surrounding the Nipper Wildlife Sanctuary are burned every year, some are on a four or five-year burn rotation. These areas are left for ground-nesting birds to have cover for their spring nests. Read the full article from The State Journal-Register.

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By: Kate Keets, WMC Conservation Chair

Barred Owl Recovery

By Megan Stuart, class of 2020

On February 26th, the clinic received a barred owl that had been found after being hit by a car. The owl was upright and didn’t have any immediately noticeable problems. 2 fractures were palpated during the initial exam, one fracture was on the foot and the other on the clavicle. Both had a callous over them which indicates the car accident was not the cause, and these fractures were much older. There was a foul smell coming from the face, and under the closed left eyelid was a collapsed eye that was brown, wrinkly, and shrunken in. The team provided antibiotics, pain medications, and fluids to the patient along with a quiet, dark cage for rest.

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