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2013-10-11 23:01:40

The Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands (CDF) and the International Community Foundation received news this week that a $600,000 grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust will allow CDF and collaborating institutions to move ahead with research designed to save Galapagos bird species on the brink of extinction. San Diego, CA (PRWEB) October 11, 2013 The Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands (CDF) and the International Community Foundation...

Critically Endangered Frogs Surviving In New Home
2012-05-03 13:14:48

The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust reports that a critically endangered frog species has found new hope in a new home. The conservationists reported that captive "mountain chicken" frogs that were reintroduced to the Caribbean island of Montserrat are alive and well. The mountain chicken frogs are one of the world's largest frog species, but its population has declined by as much as 80 percent in the wild.  Some of the female frogs can weigh a couple of pounds. "Due to...

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2010-10-15 06:00:00

Scientists have discovered a new species of carnivorous mammal in eastern Madagascar, according to several media reports on Thursday.  The mongoose-like creature has been dubbed Durrell's vontsira (Salanoia durrelli) after the late British conservationist Gerald Durrell, and belongs to the eupleridae family endemic to Madagascar. The animal was discovered in the wetlands of Lake Alaotra, Madagascar's largest lake.  The marsh habitat has suffered from invasive species and pollution,...

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2009-05-10 07:55:00

Scientists are rescuing dozens of one of the world's most rarest species of amphibians, the mountain chicken frog. The frogs are being airlifted to safety from Montserrat in a final attempt to save it from the deadly chytrid fungus, which is ravaging their shrinking habitat and threatening extinction worldwide. Montserrat is a tiny British Caribbean territory that is one of only two sites where the once-prevalent mountain chicken is found, but hundreds of the frogs have been killed in just...

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2009-05-08 12:53:51

Conservationists report that the world's smallest and rarest pigs are "thriving" following their release into the wild last year, BBC News reported. The captive-bred pygmy hogs have adapted well to their new home in the grasslands of Assam in India, according to evidence from camera-trap footage and surveys. More of the Pygmy hogs "” which stand just 10 inches tall and weigh only 13-20 pounds "” will be introduced into the habitat in the near future. Very few of the tiny pigs are...

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2009-03-18 07:55:00

The "mountain chicken frog" of the tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat is the latest victim of a lethal fungal disease that is devastating amphibian populations throughout the world. British researchers say that just two small pockets of mountain chicken frogs (Leptodactylus fallax) are all that remain disease-free on the entire island.  Conservationists are working to take the surviving frogs, some of the world's largest, into captive breeding programs. Experts believe the chytrid...

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2009-01-09 13:10:00

Researchers have released new footage of one of the world's rarest mammals "“ a giant shrew-like creature that packs a venomous bite.Discovered in the Caribbean, the Hispaniolan solenodon resembles a large shrew with a long thin snout. The insect-eating mammal can be found only in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, researchers say. "My colleagues were excited and thrilled when they found it in the trap," said Dr Richard Young, from Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust."But despite a...

2008-09-06 21:00:08

When she was a schoolgirl in South Yorkshire Susie Parkin now smiles at the memory she had "millions of cats" and bred up to 10 guinea pigs at once. Sometimes she saw foxes slinking around the Sheffield suburb of Norton Lees where she lived. During holiday visits to the family caravan at Skirlington on the Holderness coast her parents would take her up to Flamborough to watch birds like puffins and kittiwakes. So far, so ordinary the typical household pets and wildlife of growing up in...

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2008-02-07 14:35:00

Madagascar's turtles and tortoises, which rank among the most endangered reptiles on earth, will continue to crawl steadily toward extinction unless major conservation measure are enacted, according to a recent assessment by the Wildlife Conservation Society and other groups.The groups, which met for four days in Madagascar's capital city Antananarivo, said there is still hope to save these ancient animals, but time is running out as their habitat continues to shrink and illegal hunting...


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Durrell's Vontsira, Salanoia durrelli
2012-06-14 21:14:07

Durrell's vontsira (Salanoia durrelli) is a carnivorous mammal that is native to Madagascar. It makes up the genus Salanoia along with its closest relative, the brown-tailed mongoose, although their similarities are merely genetic. This mammal has a small range, occurring only in Lac Alaotra, a marshy area that reaches an elevation of 2460 feet. First discovered in 2004, by the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Durrell’s vontsira was not given species status until 2010. After the...

Lac Alaotra Bamboo Lemur, Hapalemur alaotrensis
2012-06-11 11:59:38

The Lac Alaotra bamboo lemur (Hapalemur alaotrensis) is native only to the island of Madagascar. Its other common names include the Alaotran bamboo lemur, Alaotran gentle lemur, and the Lac Alaotra gentle lemur, and its local name is the bandro. It lives in a small range comprised of the area in and around the reed beds of Lac Alaotra in northeast Madagascar. The Lac Alaotra bamboo lemur is small, reaching an average body length of up to 1.3 feet and a weight of up to three pounds. The...

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