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2011-07-04 08:00:00

South Africa, home to the world's largest rhinoceros population, lost nearly 200 of the magnificent beasts in the first half of 2011, according to the World Wildlife Fund International (WWF). At the current pace of poaching, the number of rhinos slaughtered this year may exceed the record 333 killed last year, the group said in a statement. Rhinos in Kruger National Park remain to be the hardest hit. The world famous safari destination has lost 126 rhinos to poaching this year and 146 in...

2011-06-21 08:00:00

CHENGDU, China, June 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Executives with Milanoo.com this week unveiled a company-sponsored sweepstakes geared toward drawing interest in China's tourism industry. In all, over $50,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to thirty randomly selected winners. In a joint effort to bolster China's tourism industry and to share one of the country's national treasures - the giant panda - with the world, Milanoo.com is sponsoring a tourism sweepstakes. The sweepstakes,...

2011-06-05 00:02:40

With so many web masters relying on Google, the web's largest search engine, for their traffic today it is only natural that changes in Google's algorithm would send a huge portion of the web's site owners into a tailspin. In order to combat this Mike and Troy or ArticleSubmissionReview.com have come out with Feeding The Panda. A course in how to stay compliant in the new Panda age. Bandon, OR (PRWEB) June 04, 2011 Mike and Troy of ArticleSubmissionReview.com have just released their highly...

2011-05-27 07:00:00

CHENGDU, China, May 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Kung Fu Panda 2's production designer Raymond Zibach traveled Chengdu this week to visit key sites featured in the movie, sites that inspired the production of the first Kung Fu Panda film. "I was so delighted and moved by Mt. Qingcheng that I insisted it be a major feature of the sequel," said Zibach. "I came back to say thank you to Chengdu." Mt. Qingcheng's Tianran Temple appears in the final scene of the film, released globally this...

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2011-05-17 14:00:00

The world's oldest panda died of old age on Tuesday at the age 34. The New York Times reported that Ming Ming was rescued in Pingwu country in the southwest province Sichuan in 1977 and had resided in Xiangjiang Wild Animal World, a safari park in southern Guangdong province, since 1998. The report said that she lived longer than most pandas. Pandas in the wild normally only live for 15 years, while those in captivity live for about 22 years. The China Panda Protection Center in Sichuan...

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2011-05-04 08:25:00

The Asiatic wild ass in the Mongolian Gobi Considerable attention is currently being paid to the conservation of migratory birds, as such species may face threats not only in their breeding and wintering areas but also en route between them.  But many mammals are also migratory and because most of them are unable to fly they face a number of additional challenges to survive.  Fresh light on their difficulties is shed by recent work in the group of Chris Walzer at the Research...

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2011-04-08 09:27:45

A new index has been developed to help conservationists better understand how close species are to extinction.The index, developed by a team of Australian researchers from the University of Adelaide and James Cook University, is called SAFE (Species Ability to Forestall Extinction).The SAFE index builds on previous studies into the minimum population sizes needed by species to survive in the wild. It measures how close species are to their minimum viable population size."SAFE is a leap...

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2011-03-25 13:15:11

An official said on Friday that an endangered Sumatran tiger died after brushing against an electric fence set up by Indonesian farmers. This is the second occurrence of a case like this since the beginning of this year.  There are less than 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild and environmental activists say that the animals are increasingly coming into contact with people as a result of their natural habitat being lost due to deforestation. Provincial conservation agency chief...

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2011-03-16 12:10:00

Elephants pay close attention to their elders, especially when they hear the sound of an approaching predator, researchers report in the Royal Society journal Proceedings B. Researchers already knew that elephant social groups were organized around older female elephants. This study however, led by Karen McComb and Graeme Shannon from the University of Sussex, UK, allowed scientists to test their theory inside the Amboseli National Park in Kenya, a natural setting for the wild elephants, BBC...

2011-03-15 00:00:28

3 New Products from Leading Software Manufacturer Panda Security Give AffiliateWire's Catalogue More Selling Power Than Ever Victoria, British Columbia (Vocus/PRWEB) March 14, 2011 AffiliateWire "“ a division of RevenueWire "“ is pleased to announce the addition of three new security products from Panda Security, one of the world's leading computer security software providers. Panda Antivirus 2011, Panda Internet Security 2011, and Panda Global Protection 2011 "“ are now...


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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  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
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