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Knysna SeahorseKNYSNA SEAHORSE

The knysna seahorse from South Africa. The most endangered seahorse in the world with the smallest geographical range. The seahorse is found in the knysna esturary and only three other esturaries along the south coast of South Africa. 

This fragile species feed off live brine shrimp and are extremely susceptible to changes in their marine environment from pollution, development, fishing and tourism and global warming. One marine disaster could wipe out the species. Seahorses have lived for millions of years in almost every ocean worldwide. There are 30-40 species worldwide. What makes seahorses truely unique is that the male seahorse gives birth to their young.

Adopt/donate with Save Our Seahorses at www.saveourseahorses.org. This charitable org. works in partnership with other organizations to help save the seahorse from extinction. The org. builds awareness for the seahorse and their dwindling numbers through research,education and outcry, multi-media campaigns and documentaries. SOS also campaigns for changes in the fisheries law to better protect the wild seahorse populations.

In 2012 SOS teamed up with WILDAID to produce an 8 minute documentary now airing on 93% of internal Chinese air flights to bring attention to the beauty and plight of the seahorse. See website for more details.

* Become a seahorse saviour, show your support and share the message worldwide at www.saveourseahorses.org

Volunteer with The African Conservation Experience. www.conservationafrica.net. Every week volunteers work together to plant new vegetation for the seahorse, whilst snorkelling. This also involves esturary clean-ups. Visit website for more details.

Adopt/donate to The Seahorse Trust www.seahorsetrust.org. Set up in 1999, a charitable organization, solely run on donations, dedicated to the research,education and conservation of seahorses worldwide.

Facts: Every year 150 million seahorses are used in traditional chinese medicines with no legal basis to claim they can cure any ailment. Seahorses are used as a natural aphrodisiac, belief it increases childhood growth and used by women as a botox substitute. About 1 million seahorses are used yearly in the curio trade and another million used yearly in the pet trade, with a survival rate of less than 1,000 after 6 weeks, often dying a slow and painful death.

Below is a link to sign to the Chinese Fisheries Board to show your support against this practise. http://www.theseahorsetrust.org/traditional-medicine-trade.aspx

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