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Burmese Python Invades Everglades Picnic
2013-01-01 05:58:58

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online There are always unwelcome guests at a picnic, such as ants and mosquitoes. They are just part of the territory of eating outdoors. But who would ever expect a 17-foot Burmese python to join the party? For a family from Arkansas, on vacation in the Florida Everglades, that was the reality of their picnic this past week. The Python Challenge 2013 can't start quite fast enough, for Florida wildlife officials. Park rangers shot...

Conservation Experts Score Victories In Tiger Recovery Efforts
2012-12-28 13:38:49

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Tigers have long been emblematic of the fight to save endangered species, with an estimated 3,200 animals left in the wild. In the battle to keep these big cats alive, the World Conservation Society announced several key victories that suggest the tide may be turning in favor of a recovery from the precipice of extinction. One of the biggest victories can be found in southwestern India, where 25 years of WCS research and...

Borneo Slow Loris Family Welcomes New Members
2012-12-14 09:14:37

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While studying the elusive nocturnal primate the slow loris in the jungles of Borneo, an international team of scientists discovered an entirely new species. Detailed in the American Journal of Primatology, the team analyzed the distinctive facial fur markings to reveal the existence of this new species. Another two species that were previously considered sub-species are also being officially recognized as unique because of this study....

Elephant And Man - The Ongoing Battle
2012-12-13 05:17:18

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers say that violence in Mali is threatening the survival of endangered African elephant populations. The team wrote in the journal Biological Conservation that recent violence in Mali may be putting the animals as risk. During the two-year study, the researchers tracked the elephants' migration with Global Positioning System (GPS) collars. The research could help advance conservation for the animals, which face increased...

Python Challenge Launched To Help Protect Florida Wetlands
2012-12-09 06:25:46

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are recruiting snake hunters in an attempt to protect the Everglades by reducing the population of the giant Burmese python. Starting on January 12, 2013, both licensed and amateur snake hunters will be allowed to compete in what officials are calling the "2013 Python Challenge" -- a month-long competition which will offer cash prizes in order to encourage the...

2012-12-06 05:03:00

Osprey COI RiskManager Automates Disclosure Management and Facilitates Compliance with NIH Regulations Waltham, MA (PRWEB) December 05, 2012 Osprey Software Solutions (http://www.ospreyss.com), a software development company focused on the creation of fully-integrated, forward-thinking enterprise solutions, announced today that the University at Buffalo (New York´s largest public university) is using the Osprey COI RiskManager system to solve their demanding conflict of interest...

Researchers Find Bornean Elephants Have Low Genetic Variability
2012-11-23 12:53:02

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A research lab has identified the genetic markers for an endangered species of elephant, showing the animals have very low genetic variability. The study, published in the journal PLoS ONE, opens up new avenues for the conservation of other endangered species. Researchers took advantage of DNA sequencing methodology in order to try and change the odds when looking for diversity. The Bornean elephant is a unique...

British Bird Populations Facing A New Virus Strain
2012-11-23 06:54:21

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online House sparrows, dunnocks, and wood pigeons, among other British bird species, have been known to carry avian pox. Vets and ornithologists are very concerned, however, about the emergence of a new strain of this viral disease in great tits. According to wildlife veterinarian Dr Becki Lawson from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), "Infection leads to warty, tumor-like growths on different parts of a bird's body, particularly on...


Latest Fauna of Asia Reference Libraries

Shrew, Soricidae
2014-10-01 13:16:58

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...

Asian Common Toad, Duttaphrynus melanostictus
2014-09-16 16:12:49

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...

Liverpool Pigeon, Caloenas maculata
2014-09-10 10:48:08

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...

Spectacled Cormorant, Phalacrocorax perspicillatus
2014-09-08 09:05:04

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,...

Colugos, Cynocephalidae
2014-08-05 09:51:41

Cynocephalidae is a family that holds three species of gliding, tree dwelling mammals known as culugos or flying lemurs, only two of which are living. These species, known as the Philippine flying lemur and the Sunda flying lemur, can be found in tropical rainforests in Southeast Asia. Culugos range in size between fourteen and sixteen inches and they have a slender body with long legs and a medium-sized tail. They are the most capable of all gliding mammal species, using a large membrane of...

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