Tasmanian Devil Photo by JJ Harrison via Creative Commons

Photo by JJ Harrison via Creative Commons

Endangered Species Spotlight: Tasmanian Devils

 

SPECIES:  Tasmanian Devils (Sarcophilus harrisii)

CURRENT RANGE:  Only found in the wild in the Australian state of Tasmania

CURRENT THREATS:  Devil face tumor disease, dingo attacks, the threat of iron ore mining in Tasmania

CONSERVATION STATUS:  Endangered

WHERE YOU CAN SEE THEM:  In all forms of habitat in Tasmania, but primarily wooded forest areas

 

What are they?

Most of us will be familiar with the Tasmanian Devil that whirled across our TV screens in the Looney Tune cartoons we watched as children, but Tasmanian Devils are far from fictional. In reality, it’s the last surviving carnivorous marsupial, easily recognized by its short, stocky build, with black fur and white markings, and long, thick tails. Males have an average body length of just over 65cm and weigh on average 8kg, while the females measure just over 57cm and weigh on average 6kg. They are nocturnal animals that hunt at night with their incredibly powerful jaws and teeth, which are often compared to that of the hyena. Tasmanian Devils are very defensive when it comes to food, and will let out a blood-curdling scream when they feel that their food is being threatened by another Devil.

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Icebergs in Antarctica

A Massive Wave-Shaped Iceberg Near Spert Island

The Haunting Beauty of

Icebergs in Antarctica

 

If you’ve ever watched environmental documentaries such as March of the Penguins or Frozen Planetyou might think you have a pretty good idea of what being in Antarctica is like. But honestly, there’s no movie you can watch, book you can read, or photos you can see that will adequately convey the overwhelming, otherworldly experience of actually being there.

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 African Children's Choir

African Children’s Choir

Brings Hope to the Children of Uganda

 

From Egypt and Libya to Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, much of the African continent  has been in turmoil in recent years. But few nations have endured more tragedy than Uganda, which suffered at the tyrannical hands of Idi Amin back in the 1970s, and endured a civil war with Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army from the mid-‘80s until a few years ago. Thousands were murdered, millions were displaced, and many children were either orphaned or forced to become soldiers along the way.

 

It was into this war-torn Uganda that Canadian Ray Barnett first ventured on a humanitarian mission in 1984. When he stopped to give a young boy a ride from his destroyed village to a safer one, the lad began singing en route. His uplifting song gave Barnett the idea to start the African Childrens Choir, which (under the umbrella of its parent organization, the Music For Life Institute) gives impoverished and orphaned  African kids ages 7 to 12 a chance to get an education and, ultimately, give back to their community.

 

Nearly 30 years later, the choir has launched 40 North American tours, released several albums, performed everywhere from London’s Royal Albert Hall to American Idol, and worked with icons ranging from Sir Paul McCartney and Mariah Carey to Josh Groban and Chris Daughtry. More importantly, it has helped thousands of kids from troubled countries like Uganda, Rwanda and Sudan to live healthy, happy, productive lives by housing and funding their education from elementary school through college.

 

One of those children, Dorothy Nabwami (who first toured with the choir in 1997), is now a 27-year-old who is chaperoning the ACC performers on their current tour. Nabwami was gracious enough to speak with us about her native Uganda, how the choir changed her life, and why she put her career in social work on hold to become a chaperone.

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Close up of Devil’s Bath, New Zealand

Close up of Devil’s Bath, photo via Wanderlusters

Top 5 Ecotourism Attractions in New Zealand

 

(The following is a guest post from Charli Moore of Wanderlusters. Follow her adventures with her photographer partner, Ben, via Facebook and Twitter. If you’re a blogger interested in guest posting on GGT, please email Editor-In-Chief Bret Love at GreenGlobalTravel@gmail.com.)

 

The dynamic geology of New Zealand has long been a source of fascination for scientists. Straddling a tectonic fault line, the terrain which forms this country is peppered with volcanic, geothermal and seismic activity.

 

Once part of a much larger super-continent, New Zealand is the only terrestrial evidence of “Zelandia,” a predominantly submerged continent around half the size of neighbouring Australia. While New Zealand covers a relatively small proportion of this continental fragment, it hosts a varied array of ecosystems which have been moulded by the crushing forces of the colliding tectonic plates below.

 

New Zealand residents and visitors have a veritable natural playground on their doorstep. From the sub-tropical rainforests of the far north to the alpine ranges and vast glacial lakes in the south, there’s an eco-adventure waiting at almost every turn. With so much on offer, I’ve narrowed down some of my favorite ecotourism destinations in New Zealand, each offering a unique insight into the history of this country’s legendary landscapes.

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Cataloochee Valley Seen From a Scenic Overlook

Cataloochee Valley Seen From a Scenic Overlook

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Exploring Cataloochee Valley

 

Created in 1934 and encompassing 522,419 acres, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in America, attracting 9 million travelers each year. People come from miles around to camp, fish, hike the Appalachian Trailand take in stellar views from the summit of Clingman’s Dome (the park’s highest point at 6,643 feet). We didn’t do any of these things during our brief visit, but we had several other reasons to be excited.

 

The park was the first stop on our family’s 8-day Spring Break road trip, which took us from Atlanta to Asheville, and then on to North Carolina’s Outer Banks. It was the first time all three of us had traveled together since the previous summer, and also the first time meeting and hanging out with our good friends Cristina and Hal Brindley from Travel For Wildlife, who’d been to the park many times before.

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Top 5 Eco Attractions in Antarctica
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New Zealand- Top 5 Ecotourism Attractions
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NC- Outer Banks Wild Horses
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Cancun- Mayan Museum of Archaeology
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