Oct 312014
Ornithologists Map Family Tree of Mysterious Cotinga Birds

Yale University ornithologists Prof Richard Prum and Jacob Berv have mapped out the first large-scale evolutionary family tree for the Neotropical cotingas – some of the brightest, loudest, oddest-looking birds in the world. There are more than 60 species of the cotingas, a highly diverse group of birds that make up the family Cotingidae. They [...]

Oct 302014
With death of rhino, only six northern white rhinos left on the planet

Rhino conservation suffered another tragic setback this weekend with the sudden death of Suni, a male northern white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum cottoni) at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. Suni’s passing means there are only six northern white rhinos left in the world, and only one breeding male. “Consequently the species now stands at the [...]

Oct 292014
WIN the next "Best Photo of the Week" competition

Our next photo competition starts on Saturday 01 November 2014. It would be really great to see one of your outstanding images in the line-up. Don’t miss the deadline – upload your photo today and WIN the competition! This week’s featured image: Orange-bellied Euphonia in the Manu National Park, Peru – Photo by Glenn Bartley. [...]

Oct 282014

Ringmärkningen har nu gått över 2000 fåglar märkta i år varav över 1000 är kungsfåglar verkar inte komma igång med siskorna så det blir nog lite tunt framöver med märkta fåglar. Dagen märkta sparvuggla den satt i nätet bland kungsfåglarna hade nog tänkt kalasa på dessa men fick istället en fin ring på sig. Sparvugglan [...]

Oct 282014
POLL: Should Grey Squirrels be Culled in the UK?

The Prince of Wales has ordered a cull of the grey squirrel on his estate in an attempt to protect the indigenous red variety. “Humane and lawful” measures to control the population of greys, which carry a poxvirus that is deadly to red squirrels, have been introduced on the Duchy of Cornwall estate. The grey [...]

Oct 272014
Swainson’s Hawks Are Threatened in California

The Swainson’s Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) is listed as threatened in California. Its numbers have declined significantly in parts of the western United States; and in the western Canadian prairie, reproduction of the Swainson’s Hawk has dropped since the mid-1980s, following a decline in its main prey species, Richardson’s ground squirrel. In 1995, satellite telemetry was [...]

Oct 272014
U.S. Indictment Accuses South African Brothers of Trafficking Rhino Horns

U.S. authorities today announced the indictment of the alleged kingpin of a South African rhino poaching and trafficking syndicate, Dawie Groenewald, and his brother, Janneman, and their company Out of Africa Adventurous Safaris on multiple charges, including conspiracy, money laundering, and wildlife crime. The Groenewald brothers own and operate Out of Africa Adventurous Safaris, an [...]

Oct 262014
Up, Up and Away

“Boswell” as this amazing wild African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) is affectionately known, is famous for his ability to reach where no elephant has gone before. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe with Ruckomechi Camp and Wilderness Safaris Nikon D4. Nikon 28-300mm. ISO 200 f9.5@ 1/350 sec. Lexar Media. © Dana Allen www.photosafari-africa.net www.facebook.com/DanaAllenPhotoSafari

Oct 262014
'River wolves' recover in Peruvian park, but still remain threatened inside and out (photos)

This highly intelligent, deeply social, and simply charming freshwater predator almost vanished entirely due to a relentless fur trade in the 20th Century. But decades after the trade in giant river otter pelts was outlawed, the species is making a comeback—at least in well-managed protected areas. A new study in PLOS ONE finds that the [...]