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World Animal Day – Hi-Def Pics

World Animal Day – Hi-Def Pics

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World Animal Day 1 World Animal Day   Hi Def Pics“World Animal Day was observed earlier this month – on October 4th. Started in Florence Italy in 1931 at a convention of ecologists, World Animal Day has since expanded its focus from its original intent, which was to bring attention to endangered or threatened species. The day is now set aside as a time to reflect on all of the animals we share this world with, and our involvement with them – and to spur action to commemorate that respectful relationship. Half the world’s mammals are declining in population and more than a third are probably threatened with extinction, according to an update of of the Red List (an inventory of biodiversity issued by the IUCN), released on October 6, 2008. Below is a collection of recent photos of animals around the world.”

Above, Green Sea Turtles in the waters of Bora Bora, Tahiti. The gender of sea turtle eggs are determined by temperature, which means global warming would upset the natural gender balance. (Michele Westmorland)
World Animal Day 2 World Animal Day   Hi Def PicsA grizzly bear looks on at St-Felicien Wildlife Zoo in St-Felicien, Quebec September 24, 2008. Parks Canada estimates that up to 20,000 grizzly bears remain in western Alberta, the Yukon and Northwest Territories and British Columbia. The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada lists grizzly bear as a “Special Concern”. (REUTERS/Mathieu Belanger)
World Animal Day 3 World Animal Day   Hi Def PicsA blacktip shark is seen in this undated handout image released on October 10, 2008. Scientists using DNA testing have confirmed the second-known instance of “virgin birth” in a shark – a female of this species named Tidbit that produced a baby without a male shark. The shark died after being removed from the tank at a Virginia aquarium for a veterinary examination, and a subsequent necropsy revealed that Tidbit was carrying a fully developed shark pup nearly ready to be born. Virgin birth, known scientifically as parthenogenesis, also has been documented in Komodo dragons, snakes, birds, bony fish and amphibians. (REUTERS/Matthew D. Potenski)
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World Animal Day 5 World Animal Day   Hi Def PicsIn this photo released by the Wildlife Conservation Society, a Chilean pink flamingo preens its feathers at the Bronx Zoo in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008. (AP Photo/WCS, Julie Larsen Maher)
World Animal Day 6 World Animal Day   Hi Def PicsA giant kangaroo rat is seen in this undated photo provided by the Nature Conservancy. When the San Joaquin Valley was an arid grassy plain, giant kangaroo rats were the seed-hording gardeners that helped propagate native plants. Now scientists are turning to satellite technology to determine how climate change and rainfall patterns are affecting the endangered species’ remaining habitat. (AP Photo/University of California, Berkeley, John Roser)
World Animal Day 7 World Animal Day   Hi Def PicsIndah, a three week old Malayan tapir chews on a twig during her first photocall at Edinburgh zoo, Scotland October 16, 2008. Malayan tapirs, which are an endangered species, are hoofed animals related to rhinos and horses and are found in the forests of Malaysia, Thailand, Burma and Sumatra. (REUTERS/David Moir)
World Animal Day 8 World Animal Day   Hi Def PicsPolar bear cub “Wilbaer”, left, plays with his mother Corinna in the outdoor enclosure at Stuttgart Zoo, Southern Germany, on Tuesday June 10, 2008. (AP Photo/Daniel Maurer)
World Animal Day 9 World Animal Day   Hi Def PicsNarwhals seen along the floe edge in Arctic Bay, Canada. The whales are pushing under the ice to feed on cod. They come up in seal holes and rotten ice in order to catch a breath. This undated photo is part of an exhibit titled “Irreplaceable: Wildlife in a Warming World,” recently shown at the Peerless building in downtown Providence, Rhode Island. (Paul Nicklen/National Geographic Image Collection)
World Animal Day 10 World Animal Day   Hi Def PicsThis undated handout picture shows a Common Kingfisher with a fish in his beak. Germany’s environmental protection organisations NABU (Naturschutzbund) and LBV (Landesbund fuer Vogelschutz) announced on October 10, 2008 that they had nominated the Common Kingfisher as “Bird of the Year 2009″. (MANFRED DELPHO/AFP/Getty Images)
World Animal Day 11 World Animal Day   Hi Def PicsAmur tigers Sasha (L) and Yuri, recently transferred from Edinburgh Zoo, fight over food in their new enclosure at The Highland Wildlife Park in Kingussie, near Aviemore in Scotland on October 6, 2008. With only 500 Amur tigers remaining in the wild around the Amur river valley in the far east of Russia, it is hoped that the pair will continue to contribute to

the worldwide breeding programme from their new home in the Scottish Highlands. (REUTERS/David Moir)
World Animal Day 12 World Animal Day   Hi Def PicsIn this photo released by the Wildlife Conservation Society, a blue poison dart frog is perched on a rock at the Bronx Zoo, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008 in New York. The frog’s blue color serves and an indicator to other species that its secretions are toxic. (AP Photo/WCS, Julie Larsen Maher)
World Animal Day 13 World Animal Day   Hi Def PicsA baby Orangutan named Isalie is seen in her enclosure, beign held by her mother, Siti in the Munich Zoo on October 7, 2008. Isalie was born in the zoo in Hellabrunn on July 14, 2008. (AP Photo/Christof Stache)
World Animal Day 14 World Animal Day   Hi Def PicsA lion cub named Mandisa (left), watches her brother Masamba chew on a limb as the two play at the NEW Zoo on Thursday. Oct. 9, 2008 in Suamico, Wisconsin. The pair were born on July 19, 2008. (AP Photo/Green Bay Press-Gazette, Corey Wilson)
World Animal Day 15 World Animal Day   Hi Def PicsIn this photo released by the Wildlife Conservation Society, a Victoria crowned pigeon is seen at the Bronx Zoo in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008. (AP Photo/WCS, Julie Larsen Maher)
World Animal Day 16 World Animal Day   Hi Def PicsEmperor Penguins are seen in an undated photograph from an exhibit titled “Irreplaceable: Wildlife in a Warming World,” recently shown at the Peerless building in downtown Providence, Rhode Island. Warmer temperatures in Antarctica are causing declines in krill, one of the penguin’s main food source. (Kevin Schaffer)
World Animal Day 17 World Animal Day   Hi Def PicsKeyah, a baby white rhino born on October 10, 2008 and weighing 30kg, stands by its mother on October 15, 2008 at the Cerza zoo in Hermival-les-Vaux, France. The birth in captivity of white rhinos are very rare, one to two per year in Europe. (MYCHELE DANIAU/AFP/Getty Images)
World Animal Day 18 World Animal Day   Hi Def PicsMoyo, a 3-year-old male cheetah from South Africa, chases a lure during the Cheetah Dash event at the Animal Ark in Reno, Nevada on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008. Animal Ark runs the cheetahs regularly to keep them in good health. (AP Photo/Nevada Appeal, Kevin Clifford)

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