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2008-10-03 00:00:00

A Wildlife-lover got a treat when she spied a rare osprey over the Humber on its migration to sunnier climes. Wildlife enthusiast and amateur photographer Mandy West (45), of Grange Avenue, Barton-Upon-Humber, managed to photograph the bird of prey at Far Ings nature reserve. She said: "I saw an unusual-looking bird catching a fish and realised it was an osprey. "To see it on my local patch was absolutely fantastic as ospreys are on the Amber list of protected species. "I have lived...

2008-09-25 03:00:18

By Lin, Tao Xue, Xiong-zhi; Huang, Jing; Cui, Sheng-hui Key words: Egrets, ecological safety, assessment, urban environment, Xiamen SUMMARY In general, wildlife is facing increasing threats from rapid urbanisation in China. Ecological safety for wildlife requires an ecosystem that provides the conditions necessary for sustaining life. In this paper, two major breeding habitats and ten typical foraging habitats of egrets living in the urban environment were selected to assess the extent to...

2008-08-28 18:29:40

A turtle that toddled alongside the dinosaurs died just days before laying a clutch of eggs. Now, about 75 million years later, paleontologists are announcing their find of the fossilized mother-to-be and the eggs tucked inside her body. Scientists from the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Canada discovered the turtle in 1999 in a mud-filled channel in the badlands of southeastern Alberta. Then, in 2005, University of Calgary scientists found a nest of 26 eggs laid...

2008-08-26 21:00:22

A student zookeeper was killed and nearly swallowed by a Burmese python in the Caracas, Venezuela, zoo, officials said. Workers at the zoo beat the 10-foot snake as it was trying to swallow the head of Erick Arrieta until the reptile released the victim, El Universal reported Tuesday. Arrieta reportedly broke zoo rules over the weekend when he opened the snake's cage while working alone in the reptile section of the zoo.

2008-08-26 21:00:20

Three juvenile Kemp's ridley turtles were freed Tuesday morning after a month of recuperation at the Virginia Aquarium. The turtles, Snap, Crackle and Pop, swam quickly into Chesapeake Bay when members of the aquarium stranding response team lowered them into the water and let them go about 50 feet from shore, the Virginian-Pilot reported. "OK, guys! They're ready to go home," Wendy Walton, a veterinarian technician, cried to onlookers who had waded into the water to watch the release....

2008-08-23 00:00:19

By Vikram Jit Singh Chandigarh: Ornithologists and birdwatchers are up in arms against Haryana government's move to link the fortunes of Bhindawas bird sanctuary in Jhajjar district to two upcoming thermal power plants in its vicinity. A haven for nearly 270 species of migrant and resident birds, the sanctuary faces an uncertain future following a controversial desiltation project and burgeoning pressure on its water source from power plants. The sanctuary is fed with excess waters of...

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2008-08-18 09:20:00

Images of a clouded leopard spotted in Borneo's Sebangua National Park have researchers scratching their heads, since cats have not been caught there before. Researchers say motion-activated cameras have captured amazing images of the leopards' presence, which they say proves the need to protect the region's habitat. The National Park is one of the world's largest deep peat-swap forests. However, it's at risk from illegal logging and forest fires. The recorded images are helping a team of...

2008-08-12 06:00:33

Text of report in English by Thai newspaper Bangkok Post website on 12 August [Unattributed report: "BIRTHDAY ADDRESS: Queen asks people to save forests and water"] Her Majesty the Queen has impressed upon Thai people the importance of preserving forests and fresh water resources and said that fresh water shortages could trigger conflict and wars. The Queen gave her birthday address yesterday to a gathering of cabinet ministers, dignitaries, high-ranking government officials and members...

2008-08-06 00:00:20

By PHIL POTTER Just hearing someone scream the word S-S-S-SNAKE usually gets everyone's rapt attention. So if the sight of any snake gives most folks the heebie-jeebies, what would stumbling across an alligator do? Don't say alligators don't live around here because someone may be liberating a couple at this moment. The exotic pet trade is out of control and many owners find themselves living with something that wasn't designed to be a lovable lap animal. Harboring a critter that bites...

2008-07-20 03:00:24

Chino native Summer Gray went to Trinidad and Tobago to study community-based conservation efforts. She volunteered because she wanted to be a part of it all. That's not surprising to her mother, Kathy Gray, who lives in Chino with Summer's dad, George, and her 17-year-old sister, Jessica. "She does this all by herself. She's fearless," Kathy said. "She knows what she wants to do, she knows how to do it, and she gets it done." For 12 days this summer, the 24-year-old Pomona College...


Latest Fauna of Asia Reference Libraries

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...

Bekisar
2014-06-19 14:20:21

The Bekisar, also known as the Ayam Bekisar, is the first generation of hybrid chicken developed from the cross of the green junglefowl and the domestic red junglefowl. Although the exact origin of this breed is unknown, Javanese and Sudanese people assert that it was first developed on the Kangean Islands in Java. The earliest members of this breed were used for communication, because each rooster’s call was unique and due to its ancestry, very loud. Roosters were placed in baskets on the...

Northern White-Cheeked Gibbon, Nomascus leucogenys
2014-04-17 15:32:09

The Northern White-Cheeked Gibbon (Nomascus leucogenys) is a species of gibbon that is native to South East Asia. It is closely related to the Southern White-Cheeked Gibbon (Nomascus siki) with which it was formerly thought to be conspecific. The females of the two species are virtually impossible to tell apart in their appearance. The genome of this species was sequenced and published in the year 2011. A considerable population of 455 critically endangered Northern White-Cheeked...

Agile Gibbon, Hylobates agilis
2014-04-17 15:21:14

The Agile Gibbon (Hylobates agilis), known also as the Black-Handed Gibbon, is an Old World primate belonging to the gibbon family. It can be found in Indonesia on the island of Sumatra, Malaysia, and southern Thailand. The species is classified as endangered on the IUCN Red List because of destruction of habitat and the pet trade. The species is usually though to have subspecies, but some experts recognize a mountain form and a lowland form; the Mountain Agile Gibbon (Hylobates agilis...

Pygmy Slow Loris, Nycticebus pygmaeus
2014-04-16 11:59:00

The pygmy slow loris (Nycticebus pygmaeus) is a primate that can be found in Laos, eastern areas of Cambodia, the Yunnan Province, and in areas east of Mekong River in Vietnam. It prefers to reside in secondary, semi-evergreen, and mixed deciduous forests. This species was formally described in 1907 by J. Lewis Bonhote and was classified as one species with all loris species, although there are now nine distinct species. The pygmy slow loris reaches an average body length between 7.7 and...

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Word of the Day
bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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