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2009-12-02 10:30:00

Rhino poaching worldwide is on the rise, according to a new report by TRAFFIC and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The trade is being driven by Asian demand for horns and is made worse by increasingly sophisticated poachers, who now are using veterinary drugs, poison, cross bows and high caliber weapons to kill rhinos, the report states. Since 2006 the majority (95 percent) of the poaching in Africa has occurred in Zimbabwe and South Africa, according to new...

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2009-11-09 10:16:57

Spending a little time apart seems to have reawakened the affections of a male and female panda that will hopefully lead to a new baby. This is the advice a panda expert sent by China to Taiwan gave to persuade the mating of two pandas given by Beijing to represent the two countries' increasing friendship. After examining the pandas at the Taipei Zoo on Sunday, Chinese expert Zhang Hemin recommended separating the pandas for a month or two to increase the amorous feeling required for...

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2009-09-21 13:32:21

A group of 60 giant pandas relocated by the massive earthquake last year is expected to be returned home by 2012, according to state media. According to a report from Xinhua news on Saturday, the pandas were moved from the Wolong base in southwest China's Sichuan Province following an 8.0-magnitude earthquake last year. Initially there were a total of 63 pandas at Wolong before the May 12, 2008 incident, but one was killed during the earthquake, one is missing and the other died from health...

2009-09-05 08:56:23

A giant panda who delivered a male cub last year has given birth to a female cub at a breeding center in northwest China, officials said. Nine-year-old Zhuzhu, whose name means pearl, gave birth to her newest cub Friday at the Shaanxi Rare Wild Animals Rescue and Breeding Research Center in Xi'an, China's state-run news agency, Xinhua, reported Saturday. Zhuzhu was artificially inseminated, as was 6-year-old Lousheng, who gave birth three weeks ago to a male and a female cub. The recent baby...

2009-08-22 12:45:06

A giant panda born through artificial insemination has given birth to twins after being artificially inseminated herself, officials in northwest China said. The success of Lousheng's delivery is a great step forward in our propagation technologies, said Jin Xuelin, a spokesman for the Shaanxi Rare Wild Animals Rescue and Breeding Research Center. Lousheng, age 6, gave birth Wednesday to healthy male and female cubs. She was artificially inseminated in March, but caretakers didn't learn she...

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2009-08-19 14:51:32

State media announced Wednesday that a giant panda in northern China has given birth to twins, which is good news for the endangered species. The official Xinhua news agency reported that six-year-old Lousheng delivered a male and female cub in Shaanxi province on Tuesday after being artificially inseminated, which is the same way she was born. According to the report, The Shaanxi Rare Wildlife Rescue and Breeding Research Center is now home to 20 pandas. The report quoted Ma Qingyi, head...

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2009-08-17 12:10:00

Conservation groups have worked tirelessly to save the beloved giant panda of China, which is facing the possibility of extinction within the next two to three generations as its life collides with rapid economic development. The Global Times reported that the fragmentation of their habitats into increasingly small areas has confined the animals, making them unable to seek out mating partners, which has endangered their gene pool. "If the panda cannot mate with those from other habitats, it...

2009-08-14 06:06:22

Several rare species in Vietnam including the white-handed gibbon and tapir face extinction because of a growing appetite for wild meat, experts say. The protection and preservation of wildlife in Vietnam should become a priority, experts told an international conference in Ninh Binh Province's Van Long Wetland Nature Reserve, the Thanh Nien News reported. Dang Huy Huynh, chairman of the Vietnam Zoology Association, said in the past poaching of wildlife met the demand of those living in...

2009-08-12 13:16:00

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2009-08-11 15:30:00

China is set to retrace the journey of Pere Jean Pierre Armand David, the French Catholic missionary who made giant pandas known to the West. The move will commemorate the 140th anniversary of the bears' discovery by the outside world, according to a state media report by the Xinhua news agency on Tuesday. The giant black and white bears were virtually unheard of outside China until 1869, when Pere David described one the had been shot by hunters in Ya'an, Sichuan province.  The tale...


Latest EDGE Species Reference Libraries

Southern Marsupial Mole, Notoryctes typhlops
2014-04-30 10:58:40

The southern marsupial mole (Notoryctes typhlops) is a species of marsupial that can be found in southwest Australia. It has been recorded in desert habitats with soft sand and spinifex grasses, but the habitat preferences of this species is currently unknown. Its range is thought to include northern areas of South Australia and the Northern Territory, as well as the Gibson and Great Victoria deserts. Although this species is a marsupial, it has been classified within its own order, known as...

Volcano Rabbit, Romerolagus diazi
2014-04-25 10:20:30

The volcano rabbit (Romerolagus diazi), known locally as zacatuche or teporingom, is a species of rabbit that can be found in Mexico. This species resides near four volcanoes within its range, including El Pelado, but its range is limited to only sixteen small areas. The majority of individuals reside at higher elevations grasslands or in pine and alder forests. The volcano rabbit reaches an average weight of up to 1.3 pounds and is the second smallest species of rabbit next to the pygmy...

Javan Rhinoceros, Rhinoceros sondaicus
2014-04-11 12:20:28

The Javan rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus), also known as the Sunda rhinoceros or the lesser one-horned rhinoceros, is one of five living species of rhino that can be found in a small area in western Java in Ujung Kulon National Park. Its range once extended from Bengal and Assam to Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Laos and included the islands of Sumatra and Java. This species prefers to reside in grasslands, rainforests, and reed beds with abundant vegetation and water at higher...

Giant Panda, Ailuropoda melanoleuca
2012-10-29 16:02:45

The giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca), also known as the panda, is a species of bear that is native to southwestern and central western areas of China. Its range includes mountain ranges located primarily in Sichuan province, but pandas can also be found in the Gansu and Shaanxi provinces. It once preferred a habitat within lowland areas, but human encroachment has driven the giant panda into small areas, which contain forested habitats. There are two recognized subspecies of the giant...

Falanouc
2012-06-14 17:57:28

The falanouc is a mongoose type creature that is native to Madagascar. Its closest extant, or living, relative is the fanaloka, but it is distinct from this animal in many ways. Unlike the fanaloka, the falanouc has no anal or perineal glands. It has non-retractable claws and a mouth structure that consists of backwards sloping premolars and canines. It is thought that this is due to its primary diet of invertebrates such as snails, slugs, and worms. The falanouc prefers habitats within...

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mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.