It’s National Wildlife Day and to celebrate, we’re sharing wildlife photos from our study site in the Bahamas and around South Florida.
This day has been celebrated on September 4, since 2005 “to bring awareness to the number of endangered animals nationally, as well as globally, that need to be preserved and rescued from their demise each year, and also to acknowledge zoos and outstanding animal sanctuaries and organizations globally.” Since 2018, it’s also been celebrated today to honor the birthday of wildlife conservationist Steve Irwin.
(Click on the hyperlink to visit the IUCN page for each species, and to learn more about them).
1. Atlantic Spotted Dolphin (Stenella Frontalis) — Data Deficient
2. Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) — Vulnerable
3. West Indian Manatee (Trichechus manatus)— Vulnerable
5. Great hammerhead (Sphyrna mokarran) – Data Deficient
6. Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)
7. Hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) – Critically Endangered
8. Queen Conch (Strombus gigas)
9. Crevalle jack (Caranx hippos)
10. Giant manta ray (Mobula birostris) – Vulnerable