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india tigers
2015-01-21 13:34:28

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!

bar-headed goose
2015-01-17 11:17:45

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.

lizards black market
2015-01-16 09:24:20

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.

saltwater crocodile
2015-01-05 13:09:48

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.

bangladesh bengal tiger
2014-12-16 16:51:41

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.

2014-12-08 23:09:51

Over the period of 31 years, the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Florida has had an estimated 358,243 turtle nests laid on its beach.

2014-12-03 23:00:56

Yesterday afternoon a 21-year-old woman who had been assisting David Laws, the animal caretaker at a licensed wildlife breeding center entered the enclosure of an adult Siberian Lynx and was

2014-11-30 23:04:09

U.S. government officials release a sea turtle with satellite tracking technology, advancing conservation research efforts in China.

New Bird Species Confirmed 15 Years After It Was First Seen
2014-11-26 03:12:18

An international team of scientists has confirmed the discovery of a new bird species more than 15 years after the elusive animal was first seen on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.


Latest Fauna of Asia Reference Libraries

Reunion Swamphen, Porphyrio coerulescens
2014-12-09 11:13:20

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...

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,...

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Word of the Day
gubbings
  • The parings of haberdine; also, any kind of fragments.
The word 'gubbings' is a variant of the word 'gobbon', meaning 'a portion, gobbet.'