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Flaws in a method commonly used in censuses of tigers and other rare wildlife put the accuracy of such surveys in doubt, a new study suggests.
Six Sea Turtles Set to Return to the Atlantic Ocean February 10 Charleston, S.C.
The public is invited to attend this engaging evening and learn how poaching and illegal trading of the snow leopard’s exquisite fur and highly valued body parts are putting the animal in significant
Caligo Ventures, a program of the top-rated Naturalist Journeys birding and wildlife travel company, announces a new series of spring and summer tours featuring Trinidad’s nesting Leatherback
In rare (but welcome) conservation news, officials in New Delhi have announced a 30 percent rise in tiger population over the past four years. Huzzah!
Migrating between Mongolia and China through the highest landmass in the world— the Himalayan Mountains—the bar-headed goose is an avian anomaly, flying at extreme altitudes of up to 23,000 feet (7,000m) where there is less than 10% oxygen found at sea level. For the first time, researchers have tracked them.
Rafe Brown, curator-in-charge of the herpetology division at the University of Kansas (KU) Biodiversity Institute, loves the ecological paradise that is the Philippines, but spends too little of his time in the tropical forests and too much of it in the backstreets of Manila, seeking out people who are severely mistreating animals for profit. During one search, he and his colleagues found two previously unknown species of water monitor lizard.
An Australian zoo co-owner, 58-year-old Ian Jenkins, lost his thumb Sunday when he was feeding chicken to Macca, a hungry, 13-foot crocodile.
Last week, an oil tanker collided with another vessel and partially sank in the Shela river region of the Sundarbans. Scientists now fear for the species in the area.
The Reunion Swamphen (Porphyrio coerulescens), known also as the Reunion Gallinule or Oiseau bleu, is a hypothetical species of extinct rail from Reunion, Mascarensis until now only known from report from travelers. It is rather certain that such a bird once was present on the island. Six reports confirm its existence, and the genus Porphyrio is known as a colonizer of oceanic islands, having evolved into many local endemic species, of which only the Takahe is still found to be living...
Soricidae is a family that contains 385 species of true shrews that can be found throughout the world, although Australia, New Guinea, and New Zealand do not hold any native shrew populations. Although shrews resemble mice, they are more closely related to moles, but most are no larger than a mouse. The largest species, known as the Asian house shrew reaches a length of 5.9 inches, while the Etruscan shrew, one of the smallest shrew species and the smallest mammal in the world, reaches a...
The Asian Common Toad, Duttaphrynus Melanostictus, is most likely a compound of more than one toad species that’s widely distributed in South Asia. This toad is commonly called the Asian Common Toad, Asian Toad, Black-spectacled Toad, Common Sunda Toad and the Japanese Toad. This species has the potential to grow to about 8 inches long. The species breeds during the monsoons and the tadpoles are a black color. The young toads may be seen in large numbers after the monsoons. The top of...
The Liverpool Pigeon or the Spotted Green Pigeon (Caloenas maculata) is a presumed extinct pigeon species of unknown provenance. Currently, it is only known from a single specimen reposited in the World Museum of the National Museums Liverpool; this specimen is presumed to have been collected from French Polynesia sometime between 1783 and 1823. The Liverpool Pigeon was initially mentioned in the work A General Synopsis of Birds by John Latham and scientifically named by Johann Friedrich...
The Spectacled Cormorant or the Pallas’s Cormorant (Phalacrocorax perspicillatus) is an extinct marine bird of belonging to the cormorant family of seabirds that lived on the Bering Island and possibly other places within the Komandorski Islands and the nearby coast of Kamchatka. It is the biggest species of cormorant known to have ever existed. It was initially identified by Georg Steller in 1741 on Vitus Bering’s disastrous second Kamchatka expedition. He explained the bird as large,...
- Withering but not falling off, as a blossom that persists on a twig after flowering.
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