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flying Paradise tree snake
2014-03-05 04:36:43

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The flying Paradise tree snakes of lowland Asia are renowned for their ability to glide from tree to tree and a new study in the journal Physics of Fluids has shown that these reptiles ride tiny vortices of air that give them a little extra boost. The study expanded on previous research that showed the snakes get an extra boost of lift when facing the air flow at a certain angle. “After experiments uncovered this, we decided to...

Snake's Ability To Fly May Be Due To Aerodynamics
2014-01-30 10:37:45

[ Watch the Video: How Can A Snake Fly? ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Paradise tree snake is probably best known for one unique behavior: its ability to "fly" from tree to tree. New research from a team of American scientists has revealed that these snakes shape their body into an aerofoil mid-flight to allow them to glide around 100 feet from the top of a tree. Study author Jake Socha, a biomechanics expert at Virginia Tech, said the snakes appear to...

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...

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...

White Tigers Should Be Introduced Back Into The Wild: Peking University
2013-05-24 05:38:51

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Bengal tigers come in two distinctive colors: the bright, vibrant orange and black stripes, or pure white with black stripes. The white variety is only seen in zoos these days, but a new study from Peking University says they should be in the wild. According to the study, published in Current Biology, the white coats are produced by a single change in a known pigment gene. "The white tiger represents part of the natural genetic...

Tigers In Nepal Learning To Coexist With Humans
2012-09-04 05:31:03

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Tigers, though beautiful, do not have a reputation for being accommodating. A new study at the Chitwan National Park in Nepal, indicates that the feared and revered carnivores are taking the night shift to better coexist with their human neighbors. This revelation — that the tigers and people are sharing exactly the same space, such as the same roads and trails — flies in the face of conventional conservation wisdom...

First Snow Leopards Captured, Collared And Released In Afghanistan
2012-07-18 18:42:26

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online During a recent expedition two snow leopards were captured, fitted with satellite collars, and released for the first time in Afghanistan by a team of Wildlife Conservation Society conservationists and Afghan veterinarians conducting research. The team successfully captured and released the male snow leopards on May 27 and June 8 respectively. Each cat was weighed, measured, fitted with a Vectronix satellite collar, and DNA...

Snow Leopards Thriving In Bhutan National Park
2012-02-15 12:12:05

[ Watch the Video ] A new joint survey by the Government of Bhutan and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) found that snow leopards are thriving in Bhutan's newest national park. The scientists have footage of snow leopards scent-marking and running around in a corridor between Jigme Dorji National Park in the West and Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary. WWF said this is the first pictorial evidence that snow leopards are thriving in Wangchuck Centennial Park. Field biologists captured over...

2012-02-14 13:40:00

The first ever snow leopard prey survey in Bhutan´s newest national park -- a joint program of the Government of Bhutan and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) -- revealed astonishing footage of snow leopards scent-marking, a sub-adult snow leopard, Tibetan wolf, threatened Himalayan serow, musk deer and a healthy population of blue sheep, the main food source for snow leopards. This is the first pictorial evidence that snow leopards are thriving in Wangchuck Centennial Park, a vital snow...

Himalayan Snow Leopard Numbers Less Than Previously Thought
2011-11-28 13:14:35

The elusive snow leopard (Panthera uncia) lives high in the mountains across Central Asia. Despite potentially living across 12 countries the actual numbers of this beautiful large cat are largely unknown. It is thought that there might be somewhere between 350 and 500 distributed across Nepal's northern frontier. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Research Notes has used genetic analysis to show that the numbers of snow leopards in the central Himalayas is...


Latest Fauna of India Reference Libraries

Jeweled Flower Mantis, Creobroter gemmatus
2013-08-13 11:03:39

The jeweled flower mantis (Creobroter gemmatus), also known as the Indian flower mantis, is a species of flower mantis that be found in Asia. This species prefers to live in humid climates, so it is important that captive individuals have plenty of moisture. Males reach an average length of 1.5 inches and females typically grow a bit larger, displaying a sexual dimorphism. Eggs can take up to five months to develop, undergoing eight changes.  Females are known for being cannibalistic,...

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2007-01-19 19:10:49

The liger, is a hybrid cross between a male panthera leo (lion), and a female panthera tigris (Tiger) and is denoted scientifically as panthera leo x panthera tigris. A liger resembles a giant lion with diffused stripes. They are the largest cats in the world, although the Siberian Tiger is the largest pure breed. Like tigers, ligers enjoy swimming. The offspring of a male tiger and a female lion is called a tigon. Under exceptional circumstances it has been known for a tiger to be forced...

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2007-01-19 15:00:55

The amur tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) is a rare subspecies of tiger (P. tigris). Also known as the Siberian, Korean, Manchurian, or North China Tiger, it is the largest natural animal in the feline family Felidae. The amur tiger is critically endangered. In the early 1900s, it lived throughout the Korean Peninsula, northeastern Mongolia, southeastern Russia, and northeastern China. Today, it has virtually disappeared from South Korea and is largely confined to a very small part of...

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2007-01-19 14:10:24

The snow leopard (Uncia uncia or Panthera uncia), sometimes known as the ounce, is a large cat native to the mountain ranges of central and south Asia. The taxonomic position of this species has been subject to change. In the past, many taxonomists included the snow leopard in the genus Panthera, with several of the other largest felids. It was later placed in its own genus, Uncia. However, most recent molecular studies place the species firmly within the genus Panthera, although the exact...

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