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2014-05-06 23:17:52

The new River Otter Falls exhibit at the Tennessee Aquarium is a chance for people to learn a conservation comeback story. Chattanooga, TN (PRWEB) May 06, 2014 River Otter Falls Opens at the Tennessee Aquarium; Meet The Furry Faces of Conservation A romp of feisty otters is making a big splash in their new home at the Tennessee Aquarium. River Otter Falls features five waterfalls, multiple pools, a rocky, tiered landscape and sand pits for digging. Groups of two to five otters take turns...

2014-04-22 00:20:56

400 Remaining Sumatran Tigers in Existence, 400 Records Will Go Extinct if Not Shared NEW YORK, April 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- DDB Worldwide, part of Omnicom Group (NYSE), and The Smithsonian's National Zoological Park and Conservation Biology Institute announced today, on Earth Day 2014, the launch of the Endangered Song Project, an analog-meets-digital awareness campaign that calls upon 400 participants to use their social media strength to spread the message that there are only...

Large Decrease In Green Turtle Catch Rates: Study
2014-04-17 14:13:47

Wildlife Conservation Society A 20-year assessment of Nicaragua's legal, artisanal green sea turtle fishery has uncovered a stark reality: greatly reduced overall catch rates of turtles in what may have become an unsustainable take, according to conservation scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society and University of Florida. During the research period, conservation scientists estimated that more than 170,000 green turtles were killed between 1991 and 2011, with catch rates...

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...


Latest Fauna of Asia Reference Libraries

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...

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...

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