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Human Activity In Thailand Affects Macaque Ability To Use Stone Tools
2013-08-14 14:06:04

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While some scientists are focused on the conservation of species, researchers from the Nanyang Technological University in Thailand have been focused on conserving species’ behavior, particularly those of the Burmese long-tailed macaque. According to new research from NTU, published in Oryx — The International Journal of Conservation, the macaque’s use of stone tools is being threatened by human activity. “Generally, when we...

2013-08-13 11:07:59

Rare Amur tigers in Russia are succumbing to infection with canine distemper virus (CDV), a pathogen most commonly found in domestic dogs, according to the authors of a study published in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. Pressure from poaching, decimation of their prey base, and habitat fragmentation have diminished the population of Amur tigers (also called Siberian tigers) to fewer than 500. In the study, a team of scientists from the US...

New Hope For Sumatra's Tigers
2013-07-30 05:18:34

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Preliminary data from a camera trap survey in Sumatra, Indonesia shows an unexpectedly high density of tigers living in the Tambling Wildlife Nature Conservation (TWNC). In fact, according to the researchers responsible for the work, the density of tigers per 100km2 in the southern region of TWNC is the highest ever recorded on the island, and nearly double the previous record. The survey was led by Indonesian businessman,...

International Tiger Day Draws Attention To Plight Of Majestic Cats
2013-07-29 07:29:54

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As tiger populations around the world continue to plummet due to climate shifts, habitat loss and illegal hunting, the world celebrates today, July 29, as International Tiger Day to draw attention to the plight of one of the world's most majestic creatures. Tiger numbers have gone from a fairly healthy 100,000 only a century ago, to less than 3,200 wild animals today. And at the current rate of poaching and habitat loss, tigers...

2013-07-25 23:02:53

Rehabilitation Success Story Plus Sea Turtle Release Charleston, SC (PRWEB) July 25, 2013 Big news out of the South Carolina Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Rescue Program-- an adult female loggerhead rehabilitated at the hospital and released in 2010 is contributing to the sea turtle population, and three sea turtles are ready to be returned to the Atlantic Ocean. More on rehabilitation success story: In 2008, an adult female loggerhead sea turtle was rescued off of Prichard’s Island near...

Mapping Attitudes Towards Tigers
2013-07-17 08:12:34

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from Michigan State University reveals it is much easier to feel positive about the endangered Bengal tiger in your backyard if you live on the good side of town. The study, published in AMBIO, examined what factors influenced people's attitudes towards the tigers that share their neighborhood in Nepal's Chitwan National Park, which is home to some 125 adult tigers. The decision to map people's attitudes represents a novel...

Sea Turtles In The Gulf Face Offshore Risks
2013-07-16 04:32:49

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from the US Geological Survey (USGS) reveals threatened loggerhead sea turtles in the northern Gulf of Mexico can travel up to several hundred miles and visit offshore habitats between nesting events in a single season. This means the turtles are swimming through waters impacted by oil and fishing industries. The findings, published in PLOS ONE, challenge the widely-held view sea turtles remain near one beach throughout...

Water Helps Elephants Keep Their Cool On Hot Summer Days
2013-07-11 15:18:53

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers writing in The Journal of Experimental Biology say that elephants depend on water to keep cool during the hot months. Elephants are known to keep cool in a number of ways, including using their enormous ears as fans or radiators. They also depend on their hair to keep from being overheated. However, the species rarely stray away from water, so scientists decided to look into the role evaporative cooling plays in keeping...


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
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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