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Authorities Prosecute Illegal Orangutan Trader
2012-02-24 08:46:47

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program (SOCP) announced today Sumatra's first ever successful sentence of an illegal orangutan owner and trader in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The seven-month prison sentence is only the third for Indonesia, despite orangutans being strictly protected under Indonesian law since 1924. Although there have been over 2,500 confiscations of illegally held orangutans in Indonesia since the early 1970's, the...

2012-02-23 00:40:00

NBC´s Rock Center with Brian Williams Highlights Epidemic of Rhino Poaching to Feed Demand in Asian Communities, including those in US (PRWEB) February 22, 2012 WHAT:    Telephone Interviews Available WHO:    Matthew Lewis, African Rhino Expert at World Wildlife Fund Barney Long, Asian Rhino Expert at World Wildlife Fund HOW:    Contact Caroline Behringer at (443) 285-1925 or caroline.behringer(at)wwfus(dot)org WHY: Poaching...

New Protected Areas For Dolphins Declared
2012-02-17 04:17:55

New hope for threatened freshwater dolphins in Asia The Government of Bangladesh recently declared three new wildlife sanctuaries for endangered freshwater dolphins in the world's largest mangrove ecosystem — the Sundarbans, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) whose conservation work helped pinpoint the locations of the protected areas. The sanctuaries, which were officially declared on January 29, will protect the last two remaining species of freshwater dolphins...

Image 1 - Prowling Pandas Become Policy Advisers
2011-12-16 03:37:43

Vanessa Hull evaluates the impacts of zoning on pandas in Wolong Nature Reserve in southwestern China The comings and goings of a pair of girls are helping breathe some life into a zoning policy that's aiming to protect the Chinese environment. The girls--Mei-Mei and Pan-Pan--are pandas outfitted with GPS collars. Vanessa Hull, a doctoral student from the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability at Michigan State University (MSU), is using the movement of collared pandas to...

Image 1 - Zoning Boundaries Can Make Good Neighbors In Conservation
2011-10-28 09:52:35

As the world's biodiversity hotspots are increasingly stressed by their human neighbors, zoning is becoming a common strategy to balance environmental protection and human needs. But a recent study shows zoning for conservation demands reality checks. "Zoning ordinances are rarely evaluated for their ability to make positive changes using empirical data on both human and biodiversity characteristics." says Jianguo (Jack) Liu, an internationally recognized expert at Michigan State...

science-082911-004
2011-08-29 12:40:22

  Scientists said on Monday that panda poop could be a potential treasure trove for making biofuels. Scientists reported today at the 242nd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) that panda poop contains bacteria with potent effects in breaking down plant material in the way needed to tap biomass as a major new source of "biofuels" produced from grass, wood chips and crop wastes. "Who would have guessed that 'panda poop' might help solve one of...

2011-08-13 00:00:32

Accessory Power supports the nonprofit organization in efforts to preserve the Giant Panda and its habitat Westlake Village, CA (PRWEB) August 11, 2011 With only approximately 1,600 wild pandas in existence around the world, the non-profit organization Pandas International has dedicated its efforts on educating the public, and raising money for research and the preservation of panda habitats. After the 2008 earthquake in the Sichuan Province of China, the Wolong Giant Panda Reserve Center...

2011-07-14 07:30:00

ORLANDO, Fla., July 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Panda Security, The Cloud Security Company, today announced the launch of version 5.5 of Panda Cloud Office Protection, its cloud-based endpoint security service for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) that can be managed remotely through its Web console from anywhere. In its latest release, Panda Cloud Office Protection now incorporates new tools that allow IT administrators' full remote access and desktop sharing capabilities, enabling...


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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Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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