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Spotted! Software Identifies Leopard Previously Seen On Camera Trap
2012-07-21 05:06:21

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists identified a familiar leopard in a recent photo showing the big cat dragging the grisly remains of its prey across the ground in an Indian nature preserve. Using a computer program that quickly analyzes and compares the spot patterns of leopards, researchers were able to positively identify the leopard as Bandipur Leopard #123 (BPL-123). The leopard image matched another one taken of the big cat in December 2004, according...

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...

Pakistan's National Mammal Is Making A Comeback
2012-07-03 10:53:52

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced today that the markhor — a majestic wild goat species — is making a remarkable comeback in Pakistan due to conservation efforts. WCS-led community surveys have revealed that markhor populations in northern Pakistan's Kargah region in Gilgit-Baltistan have increased from a low of approximately 40-50 individuals in 1991 to roughly 300 this year. These community surveys suggest that the total markhor population where WCS works in...

Cambodia Is Still The Last Vulture Bastion In Southeast Asia
2012-06-25 13:55:02

Wildlife Conservation Society and the Royal Government of Cambodia say that more vulture 'restaurants' and reduction of poison in hunting is critical to saving vultures in Asia In face of what has become a precipitous slide toward extinction across the Asian continent, the vultures of Cambodia have persisted, giving conservationists hope that these important scavengers can come back from the brink, according to authors from the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Royal Government of...

2012-06-06 23:02:54

Endangered Species blog ℠Endangered Earth Journal.com´ is featuring an interview with Liz Bennett, Vice President for Species Conservation at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), for World Environment Day. Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) June 06, 2012 As part of its ongoing interview series on endangered species, Endangered Earth Journal.com is featuring an interview with Liz Bennett, Vice President for Species Conservation at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), for World...

2012-05-16 22:49:36

Response efforts to outbreaks of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in Africa can benefit from a standardized sampling strategy that focuses on the carcasses of gorillas, chimpanzees and other species known to succumb to the virus, according to a consortium of wildlife health experts. In a recently published study of 14 previous human Ebola outbreaks and the responses of wildlife teams collecting animal samples, the authors of the new study conclude that most efforts to collect samples from live...

First Satellite Study Of Tagged Manta Rays Exposes Hidden Habits
2012-05-12 06:01:44

Conservationists from the University of Exeter in the UK, the Government of Mexico, and the Wildlife Conservation Society have completed a revolutionary study of Manta Rays, utilizing innovative satellite tracking devices. The published study is the first to track the ocean´s largest ray, growing to twenty-five feet long, using satellite telemetry to ascertain the whereabouts of the endangered animal. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has listed the Manta ray...

Rare Cross River Gorilla Caught On Camera
2012-05-09 04:48:09

Brett Smith for RedOrbit.com A system of video camera traps set by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has captured evidence of the Cross River gorilla, a notoriously reclusive and endangered species of primate. “The video represents the best images to date of Cross River gorillas, normally shy animals that flee at the slightest hint of human presence,” said WCS director Christopher Jameson. “The footage provides us with our first tantalizing glimpses of...

Gas Development Linked To Wildlife Habitat Loss
2012-05-02 10:47:54

A study by the Wildlife Conservation Society documents that intense development of the two largest natural gas fields in the continental U.S. are driving away some wildlife from their traditional wintering grounds. Researchers tracking 125 female pronghorn in Wyoming's vast Jonah and PAPA gas fields using GPS collars discovered an 82 percent decline of habitat classified as "highest quality" — meaning highest probability of use for wintering animals. Widespread natural gas...


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