Feature Endangered Animal of January

Our feature endangered animal of the month is...

The Dugong, commonly known as the "sea cow"

Dugongs are cousins of manatees and share a similar plump appearance, but have a dolphin fluke-like tail. Unlike manatees, which use freshwater areas, the dugong is strictly a marine mammal found in the shallow coastal waters of the Indian and western Pacific Oceans.

Dugongs are one of the most endangered sea mammals.

This species is threatened by sea grass habitat loss or degradation because of coastal development or industrial activities that cause water pollution.  If there is not enough sea grass to eat then the dugong does not breed normally. This makes the conservation of their shallow water marine habitat very important. They also often become victims of bycatch, the accidental entanglement in fishing nets. Read more here.

Interested in learning more? Check out The Green Channel's film Bazaruto, the Dugong’s Land: A Tale of Survival by Franck Sanon, where Karen Allen, a South-African woman scientist, is doing her utmost to save this species.

On the Island of Bazaruto, off the coast of the canal of Mozambique, she works for an NGO at making the local population aware of the need to protect the endangered species and at controlling the respect of conservation rules. Will she herself manage to get close to a Dugong, known for being so timorous?

Leap Year Promotion

The Green Channel is running a special from now until February 29th, where new subscribers get a FREE DVD of the film "Who Killed Miracle?" when they sign up! So please spread the world to family and friends and let's get helping the environment together!

Don't forget to check out our latest release!

Nuclear Cattle by Tamostsu MatsubaraThis is the story of innocent cattle farmers forced from the hills they’ve called home for decades due to the nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Not willing to go along with the government’s plan to slaughter their livestock and livelihoods, the farmers decide to keep their cattle alive as a symbol of resistance in the fight to rid Japan of nuclear power.

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