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Beloved Tapirs Thrive In South America’s National Parks
2013-01-23 10:02:30

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Lowland tapirs are strange forest and grassland-dwelling herbivores with trunk-like snouts. A group of scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has documented a thriving population living in a network of remote national parks spanning the Peru-Bolivia border. WCS used a combination of camera traps and interviews with park guards and subsistence hunters to estimate the size of the population at around 14,500 tapirs in...

Reintroduction Efforts Save Florida Panther Population From Extinction
2012-12-18 11:38:09

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In the early 1990s, Florida´s panther population was on the verge on being completely wiped out, with an estimated 20 to 25 of the big cats left in the state. To reverse the trends of this dire situation, Florida conservationists introduced eight female Texas pumas in an effort to mate them with local panthers in 1995. The result has been deemed a success as the big cats have rebounded in a big way over the past 17 years,...

Brazilian Zoo Wants To Clone Animals To Preserve Endangered Species
2012-11-16 12:29:52

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After successfully cloning cows and horses, experts at the Brasilia Zoo in Brazil are hoping to begin the same process for several species of wild animals that are currently under threat. In collaboration with Brazil's Embrapa agriculture research agency, officials have selected eight animals as potential cloning candidates: the jaguar, the black lion tamarin monkey, the bison, the bush dog, the collared anteater, the gray...

Cougar Migration Patterns Different Than Expected
2012-10-09 19:25:34

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In a recent study that appeared online in the August early-view edition of the journal Molecular Ecology, researchers looked at DNA in tissue samples that had been collected from 739 mountain lions over a period of seven years. The purpose of the study, the first to be conducted on such a large scale, was to discover population structures and history and to identify “sinks” and “sources” in the region....

Pink Dolphins Get Protection Under New Law
2012-09-19 04:59:10

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Bolivia's only freshwater mammal - the pink river dolphin - is at risk, and now President Evo Morales has enacted a law aimed at protecting the unique animal. The Bolivian pink dolphin (Inia boliviensis) is similar to river dolphins found in neighboring Brazil, Peru, Columbia and Venezuela. Some scientists consider the two types of Amazon river dolphins as subsets of the same species. They are often actually pink and can weigh 65 to...

Fossilized Teeth Point To World’s Oldest Grasslands In Chilean Andes
2012-07-25 05:14:14

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Two newly discovered and ancient rodent species, including the earliest known chinchilla, may have lived in the world´s oldest grasslands about 32.5 million years ago. The discovery and subsequent analysis of the teeth by an international team of researchers, which was published in the journal American Museum Novitates, supports previously collected evidence indicating that these animals once inhabited an open and dry environment...


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Greater Fairy Armadillo, Calyptophractus retusus
2014-05-19 10:55:17

The greater fairy armadillo (Calyptophractus retusus), also known as the Chacoan fairy armadillo or Burmeister's armadillo, is a species of armadillo that can be found in Paraguay, Argentina, and Bolivia. It prefers to reside in tropical or subtropical arid grasslands or shrublands. This species is small, reaching an average body length between 5.5 and 6.9 inches and a weight of up to 2.2 pounds. As is common to armadillo species, it holds bands of armor along its upper back, but these are...

Maned Sloth, Bradypus torquatus
2014-05-05 11:17:21

The maned sloth or ai (Bradypus torquatus) is a species of three-toed sloth that can only be found in southeastern Brazil, in the Atlantic coastal rainforest. It prefers to live in humid habitats like evergreen forests, but has been found in secondary and semi-deciduous forests. The average rainfall in areas where this species can be found reaches forty-seven inches per year. The maned sloth varies in size depending upon the sex, with males reaching an average body length between...

Monito del Monte, Dromiciops gliroides
2014-04-30 10:08:55

The monito del monte (Dromiciops gliroides), Spanish for little bush monkey, is a species of marsupial that can only be found in southwestern areas of South America, specifically in Argentina and Chile. This species prefers to reside in Valdivian temperate rain forests and mountain bamboo forests. It was once thought that this species is descended from marsupials living in Australia, but studies have shown that Australidelphia marsupials most likely originated in South America and later moved...

Titi
2014-04-18 14:17:08

The Titis, or Titi monkeys, are the New World monkeys belonging to the genus Callicebus. They are the only living members of the Callicebinae subfamily, which also contains the extinct genera Xenothrix, Paralouatta, Carlocebus, Antillothrix, Lagonimico, and possibly also Tremacebus. These monkeys reside on South America, from Colombia to Brazil, Peru and north Paraguay. Depending on the species, titis have a head and a body length of 9.1 to 18 inches and a tail, which is longer than the...

Carolina Parakeet, Conuropsis carolinensis
2014-04-18 11:57:25

The Carolina Parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis) or the Carolina Conure was a small green colored Neotropical parrot with brilliant yellow colored head, reddish orange face and pale beak that was native to the eastern, Midwest, and plains states of the United States and was the only indigenous parrot within its range. It was found from southern New York and Wisconsin to Kentucky, Tennessee and the Gulf of Mexico from the Atlantic seaboard to as far west as eastern Colorado. It resided in...

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