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British Isles Was Home To Exotic Big Cat Over A Century Ago
2013-04-25 14:36:40

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Scientists writing in the journal Historical Biology say they have proved that a big cat once prowled the British countryside. A mysterious animal in a museum's underground storeroom helped the team prove that a non-native "big cat" roamed around the British countryside a century ago. The scientists analyzed the animal's skeleton and mounted skin and found that it was a Canadian lynx, which is a carnivorous predator more than...

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 Leopard Mother And Cubs Captured On Film In Mongolia
2012-07-15 08:06:06

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online For the first time ever, two dens with mother snow leopards and their cubs have been located, allowing an extraordinary look into the lives of these mysterious cats. Located in the Tost Mountains in Mongolia, these snow leopards have given scientists from Panthera and the Snow Leopard Trust (SLT) the experience of capturing the first footage of the intimacies between a mother and her cubs. Snow leopards are elusive and solitary...

Wing Bling: Flashier Is Better For Female Butterflies
2012-06-11 14:21:23

If female butterflies are programmed to identify males of their species by the patterns of spots on their wings, how can new wing patterns evolve in males? The answer is that while females are predisposed to prefer a specific pattern, they learn to like flashier ones more, according to a new Yale University study. The study published online the week of June 11 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences gives a partial explanation of an evolutionary mystery. Biologists...

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...

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2010-03-24 14:20:00

Scientists announced Wednesday that a new species of gecko has been found in the lower regions of the Cardamom Mountains in southwest Cambodia. Cnemaspis neangthyi, the official name of the gecko, is olive colored with light blotches each containing a central black dot. Geckos are a species of lizard found in warm climates and are known for their unique chirping noises. Fauna and Flora International (FFI) said the Cardamom Mountains are home to many endangered species found nowhere else in...

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2009-10-29 15:39:57

Spanish researchers have confirmed that the largest bat in Europe, Nyctalus lasiopterus, was present in north-eastern Spain during the Late Pleistocene (between 120,000 and 10,000 years ago). The Greater Noctule fossils found in the excavation site at Abríc Romaní (Barcelona) prove that this bat had a greater geographical presence more than 10,000 years ago than it does today, having declined due to the reduction in vegetation cover. Although this research...

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2009-02-23 08:15:00

For about a century, the Balkan lynx, an iconic wild cat, has wavered on the brink of extinction. "The lynx has no natural enemy except man," said Georgi Ivanov, an ecologist running a research project that observes lynxes in western Macedonia's Galicica National Park. Poaching is the main threat to the Balkan subspecies of the European lynx, the biggest cat on the continent. Lynx are slain by villagers primarily for their fur. However, deteriorating forests and a lack of quarry also...


Latest Fauna of Pakistan Reference Libraries

Black Stream Glider, Neurothemis fulvia
2013-07-25 14:24:03

The black stream glider (Neurothemis fulvia) is a species of dragonfly that is native to India and neighboring areas. It is typically found near forested areas with slow moving streams and canals. It can be seen perching on many objects within these areas like aquatic plants, and boulders. The black stream glider is medium in size, with males holding an average abdomen length of up to 1.1 inches and females holding an abdomen that reaches a length of up to .9 inches. Both males and females...

Soprano Pipistrelle, Pipistrellus pygmaeus
2013-06-25 13:22:05

The soprano pipistrelle (Pipistrellus pygmaeus), also known as the brown pipistrelle or the 55 kHz pipistrelle, is a species of vesper bat that was once classified with the common pipistrelle. The two species were separated when it was found that the soprano pipistrelle held a 55 kHz frequency call. Although the frequency difference in calls was the first reason for its distinction, the soprano pipistrelle was also found to have different habitats, food preferences, and a different range than...

Wild Water Buffalo, Bubalus arnee
2012-08-16 09:49:56

The wild water buffalo (Bubalus arnee) is a member of the Bovidae family that is native to Southeast Asia. It is also known as the Asiatic buffalo and the Asian buffalo. Its range includes Nepal, India, Cambodia, and Thailand and once included other areas like Laos and Pakistan, but populations there have gone extinct. In India, populations are mainly restricted to protected areas including Manas and Dibru-Saikhowa National Parks and D'Ering Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary, among other areas....

Lesser Noctule, Nyctalus leisleri
2012-07-28 10:25:12

The lesser noctule (Nyctalus leisleri) is a vesper bat that is native to throughout Europe and western Asia, with a range that extends as far as the Himalayas and the Urals. Its range also includes the Canary Islands, northwest Africa, and Madeira. In Azores, it is thought that the populations there are a separate species called Azores Noctule. It can be found in habitats including coniferous forests, deciduous forests, and occasionally human areas and abandoned buildings. It is considered...

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2007-10-26 11:54:15

The Mountain Apollo (Parnassius apollo), is a butterfly of the Papilionidae family. It is found on mountains in Europe usually above 3250 feet and up to 6550 feet, preferring flowery meadows and mountain pastures. It is found throughout Europe and is protected as an endangered species in Finland, Sweden, the Principality of Liechtenstein, and Czech Republic. In Sweden it is restricted to areas that have limestone in the ground, suggesting that the decrease in populations could be related to...

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