Wednesday, May 22, 2013

One Woman's Journey to Protect the White Lions: Linda Tucker Speaks to CBS News

Linda Tucker of the Global White Lion Protection Trust talking to CBS News about her efforts to protect white lions. Please consider signing the petition to protect white lions. Linda Tucker is on a book tour in North America with the release of her new book:


From CBS News:
Lions are one of the most well-known animals on earth, but not everyone knows about a sub-sect of the species called the white lion.

These large felines are mostly identical to their brown family members, with the main distinction being the color of their coat. They are even in the same species category of Panthera Leo. A white lion is not an albino member of the species, as they do have some coloration in their eyes and in the skin around them. Their coats are a different color because they carry a genetic mutation or marker.

This mutation is also the reason they are not separately protected. Since these lions are still technically the same species, they do not have special protections that could be awarded if they were considered a subspecies to Panthera Leo.

One woman, Linda Tucker, is on a mission to save the white lions. She abandoned her career as a marketing executive in Paris and founded the Global White Lion Protection Trust to dedicate her life to saving these African felines. These big cats have definitely benefited from her support.

There are very few white lions in the wild today as they are not protected and hunted almost to the point of extinction.

White lions generally only live in the wild in the Timbavati region of South Africa. Unfortunately, these majestic creatures are not protected by any international, national or local laws. White lions were first recorded in Timbavati region in 1938 and have technically not been in the wild since 1994.

There is a lot of debate as to whether or not these lions are easily hunted because of their genetic markers, as their coloring makes it harder for them to hide in with wild. However, Tucker states that these beliefs are inherently "untrue," and have not been scientifically proven.

"They can [camouflage] fantastically well, they are apex predators in command of their natural environment," Tucker said in an interview with CBSNews.com.

In fact, many people believe that they reason they are indigenous to the Timbavati region is that area has many white sandy beaches, which allows them to hide effectively and use their natural camouflage.

To see Linda Tucker's full interview, watch the video in the player above.
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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Amazon Waorani Tribe Threatened by Oil Drilling

The fight for preservation of the Amazon from the ravages of oil production is shown through the story of the Waorani Tribe who are trying to keep their ancestral lands safe. A great investigative piece by Ann Curry of NBC:
NBC News’ Ann Curry journeyed deep into the Amazon Rainforest to a village called Bomeno in Ecuador. Bomeno is home to the rarely seen people of the Waorani Tribe. The tribe and the rainforest they call home is increasingly being threatened by environmental damage caused by oil drilling.

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Efforts to preserve part of the Yasuni Rainforest in Ecuador: Yasuni ITT United Nations Development Program Amazon Watch – Yasuni The Kichwa and Hauorani tribes’ efforts to preserve its ancestral land: Saniisla.org Avaaz.org Huaorani blog Change.org Tiputini Biodiversity Station: Tiputini-Universidad San Francisco de Quito