“We are left shaking our heads wondering why American people care more about African animals than African people” (Nzoaug, 2015). On July 1st, 2015, Cecil, the beloved lion, was killed by American dentists and their hobby for trophy hunting. Trophy hunting is the selective killing of specific wildlife for reasons none other than the pleasure of mounting the animal’s head on a wall. Trophy hunting has many regulations and restrictions that are put up and vary by country. Most common restrictions include the grounds the animal is hunted and killed, the weapons used, and limitations on which animals can and can't be killed. While trophy hunting carries much controversy, and both sides of the spectrum have substantial and reasonable arguments, trophy hunting should be a ceased so-called “sport.” Though the argument behind the termination of trophy hunting is vast, were Dr. Palmer’s actions wrong? Dr. Palmer’s actions were reprehensible as a whole, but not wrong as he claims to not have been fully aware of the operations taken place to make the hunting happen.
I have grown up loving animals and had many pets. Now in college, I can’t have pets and I find myself watching YouTube very often. I have discovered I watch a lot of videos by a guy named Derek Krahn. BigCatDerek, for fans, and his wife, Heidi Berry-Krahn. They run the C.A.R.E. sanctuary housing many animals, and in my opinion, is a great facility with tours on Saturdays and Sundays. C.A.R.E., standing for the Center for Animal Research and Education, they save and protect these animals. They recently got two new cougars who are currently adjusting to their new environment. The entire facility runs with help from donations given by the fans. The food fed to the cats is bought or donated, by farmers as well. Aside from various big cats, which will be gladly talked about soon, they also have lemurs, two llamas, and more. They also live close by with their household pets of two dogs and two cats. All sweethearts, the big cats are numerous so lets begin.
Australia is teeming with plenty of wildlife, and you can get in on the action of seeing the animals when you travel there for your next vacation hot spot. Traveling to Australia will no doubt put you in a position to come face to face with plenty of animal life that you will not see anywhere else in the world. Your trip can be a memorable one, and you will have plenty of time for relaxation as well as recreation. Here are some unique animals that the country has to boasts that you will find nowhere else in the world.
Wolves are amazing creatures and one of my favorite beasts. As everyone knows, dogs take traits from the wolves and are linked as a relative. Dogs are now domestic and some wolves are born into family environments and sold as pets, but there are still wolves who stroll and hunts in packs. Wolves have been allocated with the symbol of spirit, loyalty, and protector, but many people see that wolves are misunderstood creatures. Cultures such as the Amerindian culture see wolves as teachers and pathfinders, and in Japan, the word "wolf" is defined as a "great god." Today, wolves are in a vulnerable state of existence, just like they always have been. They are the most hunted animal in the past and nearly became extinct in the early beginnings of the twentieth century, although, in some parts of the world, the wolf was under protection. In 1934, Germany was the first nation to see the need to protect them. In the 1600s, Ireland was referred to as the wolf land, which is when the huntings increased. Vikings wore their wolf skins and consumed wolf blood as well, as they believed it allowed them to carry a wolf's spirit in time of war.
As many of you know the oceans cover 70% of our planet, but most do not realize that we have only discovered about 5% of that. There are many dark and dangerous things left to explore and discover. As a young child I often dreamed of diving into dark waters to discover mermaids and other mythical creatures. Now that I am grown, I wonder about those stories of people hearing singing off of secluded shores, and the tales surrounding the Loch Ness monster. The deepest part discovered is within Mariana's trench, which lies at the bottom of the western Pacific Ocean. To give you an idea, it is about 120 times bigger than the Grand Canyon. The deepest part has been named 'Challenger Deep' after the first ship to hit the bottom. It was an estimated thirty-five thousand plus feet and a five hour descent.
Swimming with some of the ocean's scariest predators was always on my "to do" list, though, honestly, it's not something I thought would ever actually happen. It was one of those dreams that you'd tell people was on your bucket list, next to "jump out of a plane" and "clean up under my bed." Yeah, THAT bucket list.
So as most children will tell you, big cats are the BEST wild animals EVER because they're just so big and scary and fast and... You get my drift. Well if you've ever really wondered what the experience of meeting one of the worlds big cats is really like, here's my story.