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2009-05-10 07:55:00

Scientists are rescuing dozens of one of the world's most rarest species of amphibians, the mountain chicken frog. The frogs are being airlifted to safety from Montserrat in a final attempt to save it from the deadly chytrid fungus, which is ravaging their shrinking habitat and threatening extinction worldwide. Montserrat is a tiny British Caribbean territory that is one of only two sites where the once-prevalent mountain chicken is found, but hundreds of the frogs have been killed in just...

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2009-02-24 10:28:02

The critically endangered Northwest African, or Saharan, cheetah has been photographed by a camera trap in an experiment in Algeria. The photographs were taken because of a project run by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and Office du Parc National de l'Ahaggar (OPNA). The cheetah is only known in six countries: Algeria, Togo, Niger, Mali, Benin, and Burkina Faso. However, the population of the animal might be fewer than 250 mature individuals. A systematic camera-trap survey took the...

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2008-11-21 08:22:49

In decisions about where to eat, baboons don't all have an equal say, according to a report in the November 20th issue of Current Biology, a Cell Press publication. Rather, most baboons in a group will follow their leader to a dining spot of his choosing, even if it means a considerably more meager meal for themselves than they could have had otherwise. The findings challenge theories predicting that "democratic" rather than "despotic" decisions will be widespread among social animals since...

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2008-11-03 09:35:00

The sabertooth cat (Smilodon fatalis), one of the most iconic extinct mammal species, was likely to be a social animal, living and hunting like lions today, according to new scientific research. The species is famous for its extremely long canine teeth, which reached up to seven inches in length and extended below the lower jaw. Instead of relying on the bones and teeth of the sabertooths to make their findings, scientists from UCLA and the Zoological Society of London concluded that the...

2008-10-29 00:00:08

As global financial markets learn difficult lessons on the consequences of unregulated spending, a new report issued by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) warns of the danger to future prosperity if the reckless over-consumption of the Earth's natural capital is left unchecked. WWF's Living Planet Report 2008, produced with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and the Global Footprint Network (GFN), shows more than three quarters of the world's people now living in nations that are...

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2008-09-11 12:35:00

Researchers confirmed the discovery of an African animal so secretive it was once believed to be a mythical unicorn has been caught on camera in the wild. Rare pictures of the wild Okapi were snagged with camera traps set by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Measuring up to 8 feet in length and standing up to 6 feet at the shoulder, the okapi has striped legs that give the animal a superficial resemblance to a zebra but it is, in fact, a close...

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2008-08-12 12:05:00

Recent study suggests experience of old matriarchs may help herds survive in age of climate change A recent study by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) suggests that old female elephants "” and perhaps their memories of distant, life-sustaining sources of food and water "” may be the key to survival during the worst of times. In particular, experienced elephant matriarchs seem to give their family groups an edge in the struggle for...

2008-01-22 13:58:07

Blind salamanders, legless amphibians with tentacles on their heads and ghost frogs whose favorite haunt is a human burial ground are just a few of the world's weirdest and most endangered creatures. The Zoological Society of London announced this week these are among the 10 most unusual and threatened amphibian species, as part of the EDGE Amphibians conservation and fundraising initiative. Amphibians that made the list are deemed by the society to be the most evolutionarily...

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2007-01-16 12:00:00

By RAPHAEL G. SATTER LONDON - It isn't often that the northern hairy-nosed wombat, the finger-sized slender loris, and the mountain pygmy possum share the spotlight. But these odd creatures are the focus of a conservation program launched Tuesday to safeguard some of the world's rarest mammals. The Zoological Society of London's program highlights 100 species selected because of the peculiarity of their genetic backgrounds and the degree of danger they face. The species' lack of close...

2006-01-25 07:40:00

By Summer Said LONDON -- A whale that made world headlines when it swam up the River Thames into central London last week died of several factors including dehydration, scientists who conducted a post-mortem said on Wednesday. The female Northern Bottle-Nosed Whale was first spotted last Friday near the Houses of Parliament, some 40 miles from the sea. It died on Saturday evening after rescue teams failed in an effort to return it to open sea. "A combination of factors was likely to have been...


Word of the Day
bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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