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Endangered Species May Avoid Being Killed If Farms Used Guard Dogs
2013-11-27 07:04:25

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from the University of Kent reveals that guard dogs can significantly reduce conflicts between livestock and large carnivores, such as cheetahs and leopards. Their use would help to reduce unwarranted killing of endangered species in South Africa, according to the research team from the university's School of Anthropology and Conservation. The study, published in Wildlife Society Bulletin, examined the effect of guard...

IUCN Red List Update Includes Endangered Forest Giraffe
2013-11-27 04:43:05

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Two rare African creatures – a giraffe-like mammal known as the okapi and an extremely rare bird known as the white-winged flufftail – are on the verge of extinction, according to the latest update to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. The okapi, which is also known as the “forest giraffe,” was reclassified as an endangered species by the IUCN in the update released...

2013-11-13 23:02:53

After acclimating to her exhibit over the past three weeks, baby Kodee can now be seen daily by the public. Oakland, CA (PRWEB) November 13, 2013 Oakland Zoo is happy to declare the arrival of a baby hamadryas baboon. Baby Kodee was born on October 24, 2013 at Oakland Zoo. After acclimating to her exhibit over the past three weeks, she can now be seen daily by the public. Kodee is most often seen riding on her mother, Krista. She likes to cling to her mom’s belly and be carried around...

Bacteria May Allow Animals To Send Quick, Extensive Messages
2013-11-12 10:37:39

Michigan State University Twitter clips human thoughts to a mere 140 characters. Animals' scent posts may be equally as short, relatively speaking, yet they convey an encyclopedia of information about the animals that left them. In the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a Michigan State University researcher shows that the detailed scent posts of hyenas are, in part, products of symbiotic bacteria, microbes that have a mutually beneficial relationship...

Black Rhino Extinct
2013-11-08 10:27:20

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The western black rhino is now officially extinct, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The world's largest conservation network had considered the rhino, last seen in 2006, "critically endangered" up until it made the official declaration earlier this week. "Given the wildlife poaching taking place, lack of political will and conservation effort by Cameroon conservation authorities in the past, and...

2013-11-06 23:31:57

Visit Booth #1429 for a preview of Cheetah’s next generation of applications and services. Westlake Village, CA (PRWEB) November 06, 2013 Cheetah Software Systems, Inc., a cloud-based transportation logistics solutions provider, will be exhibiting at the Intermodal Association of North America’s 2013 Intermodal Expo on November 17 – 19, 2013 in Houston, TX. In addition to demonstrating the Cheetah Logistics Operations Optimization Platform (LOOP™), Cheetah will be providing an...

Hunting Black Rhinos To Save Them
2013-10-28 11:16:09

[ Watch the Video: Dallas Safari Club To Auction Black Rhino Hunt ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Black rhinos are widely considered an endangered species, and according to the World Wildlife Fund, there are only about 4,800 left alive in the African wild. Now, a safari hunting group out of Texas is auctioning off a permit to kill one in Namibia, with the proceeds from the auction ironically going toward saving the endangered animals. "First and foremost, this is...

Uganda Lion Populations Declining
2013-10-24 16:17:55

[ Watch the Video: Lions In Uganda On The Verge Of Disappearing ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online African lions have long been a powerful symbol of the continent’s untamed wilderness regions, but these majestic cats may not be strong enough to maintain healthy populations. Scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the University of St. Andrews warn that Uganda's African lions are on the verge of disappearing from the country's national parks, in a...


Latest Fauna of Africa Reference Libraries

African Wild Ass, Equus africanus
2014-04-30 11:15:27

The African wild ass (Equus africanus) is a species within the Equidae family that is thought to be that ancestor of the domestic donkey. This species resides in arid habitats in a range that includes the Horn of Africa, Somalia, Ethiopia, and Eritrea. This species hold four subspecies, including the Somali wild ass and the Nubian wild ass. The African wild ass reaches an average body length of 6.6 feet, a height between 12.1 and 14.1 hands at the shoulders, and a weight between 510 and...

Agile Mangabey, Cercocebus agilis
2014-04-17 14:22:44

The Agile Mangabey (Cercocebus agilis) is an Old World monkey of the White-Eyelid Mangabey group located in swampy forests of Central Africa in Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, and DR Congo. Until the year 1978, it was considered a subspecies of the Tana River Mangabey (C. galeritus). More recently, the Golden-Bellied Mangabey (C. chrysogaster) has been thought of as a separate species rather than a subspecies of the Agile Mangabey. This...

Sooty Mangabey, Cercocebus atys
2014-04-17 14:17:40

The Sooty Mangabey (Cercocebus atys) is an Old World monkey located in forests from Senegal east to Ghana. While overall rated as Vulnerable, the eastern race, lunulatus, known also as the White-Crowned, White-Naped, or White-Collared Mangabey, is considered to be Endangered by the IUCN Red List. They Sooty Mangabey reside in both old growth and secondary forests in addition to flooded, dry, swamp, mangrove, and gallery forests. The primate is arboreal and diurnal. They are omnivores whose...

Western Woolly Lemur, Avahi occidentalis
2014-04-17 10:05:39

The Western Woolly Lemur or Western Avahi (Avahi occidentalis) is a species of woolly lemur that is native to western Madagascar, where they live in dry deciduous forests. These nocturnal animals weigh about .7 to .9 kilograms. This species is folivorous. This species resides in monogamous pairs together with their offspring. The Western Woolly Lemur mostly consumes leaves and buds that derive from around 20 different plants which haven’t matured and have high levels of sugars and...

Eastern Chimpanzee, Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii
2014-04-16 12:09:35

The eastern chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii), a subspecies of the common chimpanzee, is a primate that can be found in Africa. Its range includes Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Sudan, the Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It prefers to reside in trees, but it can also be seen on the ground. Adult eastern chimpanzees can reach an average weight between 88 and 143 pounds, with males reaching an average height of 63 inches and females reaching a height...

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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
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