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2009-01-16 08:15:00

A new survey has shown that more than 600 endangered Asian elephants are living in Malaysia's biggest national park. Researchers from the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society and Malaysia Department of Wildlife and National Parks discovered what could be the largest collection of endangered elephants in Southeast Asia.Researchers were surprised at the results of the new survey, which estimates that 631 animals are living in Taman Negara National Park.Taman Negara is "one of the great...

2009-01-14 17:49:53

The National Zoo in Washington issued a public appeal Wednesday for bamboo after the food supply for the zoo's giant pandas became dangerously low. The zoo said bamboo supplies on its grounds did not regrow this year and the main consumers of the green stalks, giant pandas Tai Shan, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, collectively eat about 1,400 pounds of bamboo per week, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. Smaller amounts of bamboo are also consumed by raccoon-sized red pandas, elephants and...

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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...

2008-12-23 11:45:00

Two giant 4-year-old pandas named Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan were settling in Tuesday at their new home in Taiwan after leaving mainland China. The pandas were moved by truck and plane from a breeding compound in southwestern Sichuan Province to the Taiwan Zoo in Taipai, Xinhua, China's state-run news agency, reported. Images of the popular pair already decorate book and department stores and public transportation terminals. Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan are expected to draw an estimated 6 million...

2008-12-18 07:30:00

GLENDALE, Calif., Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Panda Security, a leading provider of IT security solutions, today announced that its Security-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution, Panda Managed Office Protection(TM) (http://www.pandasecurity.com/easy), has been spotlighted by Everything Channel's VARBusiness on a shortlist of products that will keep companies protected in 2009. To help value added resellers (VARs) deal with next year's threats, VARBusiness staff, including senior members of the...

2008-12-14 16:11:15

The San Diego Zoo will receive pandas from China during the next five years under a new loan agreement between the two sides, officials say. Giant Panda Conservation Foundation President David Towne said the loan agreement during the ongoing economic crisis worldwide will allow the tourist site to continue to receive pandas from China, but at nearly half the cost, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Saturday. An official with the China Wildlife Conservation Association praised the deal for...

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2008-10-13 07:55:00

The genome of the giant panda has now been sequenced, thanks to Chinese scientists. It's an achievement which may aid efforts to protect the endangered species, according to the official Xinhua news agency. Researchers may also be able to explain the panda's low birth rates and help them to have more cubs by understanding their genetic make-up, said Wang Jun, a scientist at the Beijing Genomics Institute. "By sequencing the giant panda genome we've laid the genetic and biological foundation...

2008-10-13 00:00:15

By Nisha Sabanayagam KUALA LUMPUR: It was only a matter of time. The gentle pangolin (Manis javanica), found in Malaysia and Thailand, is officially listed as "endangered", under threat of extinction. So, too, the Malayan tapir (Tapirus indicus). Both animals are officially cited on the 2008 Red List of Threatened Species, by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). All species of gibbon monkeys are now also "endangered", from "near threatened" last year. The...

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2008-10-10 13:15:00

During the World Conservation Congress, Indonesian authorities and the conservation group WWF agreed to a deal that aims to end the loss of forests and species in Sumatra. Sumatra is home to many iconic species such as tigers, orangutans, rhinoceros and elephants. Over the last 20 years, the region has lost about half of its forest cover due to illegal forest clearance caused by floods and forest fires. The need to deal with these issues appears to have played a big part in persuading the...

2008-10-09 12:00:24

The Indonesian government and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) today announced a bold commitment to protect the remaining forests and critical ecosystems of Sumatra, an Indonesian island that holds some of the world's most diverse - and endangered - forests. The historic agreement represents the first-ever island-wide commitment to protect Sumatra's stunning biodiversity. The commitment has been endorsed by governors of all provinces across Sumatra, the world's sixth-largest island, and was...


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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