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Red And Giant Panda Skulls Provide Insight Into Coexistence
2014-04-10 15:17:00

American Museum of Natural History New research on the skulls of red pandas and giant pandas provides further explanation as to why the two species—which are not closely related but dine on the same food, bamboo, in the same geographic area—are able to coexist. Using high-resolution imaging and biting simulations, scientists at the American Museum of Natural History and the University of Málaga in Spain found that the skulls of the two panda species not only are distantly related but...

2014-03-28 23:23:27

Denver Zoo is celebrating the birth of two clouded leopard cubs which were born March 14, the first births of their species at the Zoo. The unnamed cubs, a male and a female, are doing well now after zookeepers began steps to hand-raise them. Denver, CO (PRWEB) March 28, 2014 Denver Zoo is celebrating the birth of two clouded leopard cubs which were born March 14, the first births of their species at the Zoo. The unnamed cubs, a male and a female, are doing well now after zookeepers began...

Understanding Leatherback Sea Turtle Habits For Conservation Efforts
2014-03-20 10:57:36

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online With the threat of climate change looming over marine conservation efforts, leatherback sea turtles have been of particular concern because they are considered an endangered species in all the world's oceans. A new study from a team of New England-based researchers, published in the journal PLOS ONE, has added a wealth of knowledge to the understanding of leatherback sea turtle behavior – informing conservation strategies in the...

Amazing Homing Abilities Revealed In Burmese Pythons From Florida
2014-03-20 08:08:18

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online South Florida has been dealing with a problem of epic proportions in recent years: an invasion of Burmese pythons. According to the National Park Service, more than 2,000 pythons have been removed from the Everglades since 2002, with experts calling this just a small fraction of the total population now found there. While this in itself is a significant problem for Southern Florida, new research published in the journal Biology...

2014-03-12 23:04:57

A 1974 alumnus of the college, Rabinowitz is one of the world's leading big cats experts and has been dubbed "The Indiana Jones of Wildlife Conservation." Westminster, MD (PRWEB) March 12, 2014 World-renowned wildlife conservationist and one of the world's leading big cat experts, Alan Rabinowitz, a 1974 alumnus, will speak at McDaniel College's 144th Commencement on Saturday, May 24, 2 p.m., in the college's Gill Center. Rabinowitz has been dubbed "The...

In The Elephant World Teen Mothers Die Young: Study
2014-03-07 12:33:37

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Asian elephants that give birth in their teenage years are more likely to have bigger families, but die younger than elephants that have their first child later in life, according to a new report in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology. Based on a study of nearly 420 semi-captive Asian elephants working in the timber industry in Myanmar, European researchers found that elephants having calves prior to the age of 19 were twice as likely...

python in the everglades
2014-03-02 06:22:39

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While there are now over 10,000 Burmese pythons inhabiting the Florida Everglades, experts from the US Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Park Service assure that the snakes do not pose a significant threat to visitors. The two federal agencies conducted an assessment, which appears in the latest edition of the Wildlife Society Bulletin, looking at five incidents that took place between 2006 and 2012 that involved Burmese...

giant panda
2014-03-02 06:02:04

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Horses and other livestock pose a significant threat to the future of the panda, as they are beating the endangered creatures to the bamboo pandas rely on for sustenance, according to research appearing in this week’s edition of the Journal for Nature Conservation. “Across the world, people are struggling to survive in the same areas as endangered animals, and often trouble surfaces in areas we aren’t anticipating,” said...

Legally Caught Marine Turtles Tops 42,000 Each Year
2014-02-21 08:12:57

University of Exeter A new study has found that 42 countries or territories around the world permit the harvest of marine turtles – and estimates that more than 42,000 turtles are caught each year by these fisheries. The research, carried out by Blue Ventures Conservation and staff at the University of Exeter's Centre for Ecology and Conservation, is the first to comprehensively review the number of turtles currently taken within the law and assess how this compares to other global...

Compassion Can Be Exhibited By Elephants
2014-02-18 10:02:41

[ Watch the Video: What Do Elephants And Humans Have In Common? ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online People often reflexively put their arm around someone else in distress and a new study from researchers at Emory University in the journal PeerJ has found that elephants also console each other in times of need. Study author Joshua Plotnik, a graduate student at Emory, said the physical touches and vocalizations he and his co-author recorded are the first bits of...


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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