May 232017
 
10 of the Most Endangered Species on Earth

In 2006, the United States Congress designated the third Friday of May as Endangered Species Day. The day highlights the importance of protecting the most endangered animals on our planet. The World Wildlife Fund tracks the most critically endangered species today. These are ten magnificent animals who are designated as critically endangered. 1. Amur Leopard […]

May 222017
 
Great Kiskadee and Lookalikes

Everytime I go to Mexico I love seeing Great Kiskadees. They’re beautiful birds, and they’re always calling, it seems, so you always know they’re around. But there are other species of flycatchers that look very much like them. The Social Flycatcher has a smaller bill and a slightly different facial pattern. I’ve seen those in […]

May 222017
 
POLL: Should the inter-breeding of lions and tigers be banned?

A coalition of US conservation groups has launched an attempt to outlaw the breeding of so-called frankencats, where big cats such as tigers and lions are crossed with each other to create unusual and often unhealthy specimens. A petition filed with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Friday calls for an end to the […]

May 212017
 
Collared Pratincole and other interesting birds

Phil Roberts and I went to Haradh in late April to look for migrants and other birds. We set off at 03:00 hrs and arrived at 06:00 hrs. Birding was not exactly stunning but a few good birds were seen in our day out. Birds we do not see often in the Eastern Province included […]

May 212017
 
POLL:  Should more countries ban breeding captive dolphins and orcas?

In a historic victory for whales and dolphins, France just passed legislation that animal advocates hope will ultimately bring their captivity to an end. The new legislation bans captivity of whales, dolphins and porpoises, with exceptions for bottlenose dolphins and orcas who are already being held in aquariums, including those at Marineland Antibes, but it […]

May 202017
 
African birds at the bottom of the Raydah Escarpment - Abha

Whilst birding the lower areas of the Raydah Escarpment in late March I saw a number of African species. Birds seen included African Grey Hornbill, Violet-backed Starling, Black-crowned Tchagra, Bruce’s Green Pigeon and White-browed Coucal. Bruce’s Green Pigeon is an interesting species as it only eats the fruit of a single type of fig tree. […]

May 202017
 
Horseshoe crabs save our lives, so let’s save theirs back

Horseshoe crabs have been around for over 450 million years, yet they’ve turned out to be a present day miracle for modern medicine. Given how valuable horseshoe crab blood is to laboratories, animal activists have started a petition asking medical companies that “borrow” horseshoe crabs to care more about the crabs’ wellbeing. As Care2’s Jessica […]

May 192017
 
7 años cumplimos

7 años cumplimos ya desde aquel 2010 en que arrancamos con el blog, mucha agua corrió debajo del puente, muchas historias compartidas entre amigos y son tantas que no pienso entrar en detalles eligiendo alguna en particular para escribir al respecto en esta entrada. En lugar de ello voy a escribir acerca de alguien que […]

May 192017
 
POLL: Should the use of animal fur in fashion clothing be banned?

This week, a major apparel company announced that it’s going to be removing fur, angora and exotic leather from its supply chain. The name VF Corporation might not sound familiar, but it’s the parent company to more than two dozen major brands, including The North Face, Nautica, Timberland, Vans, JanSport, Reef and Wrangler. The announcement […]

May 182017
 
Taguató común (Roadside Hawk) Rupornis magnirostris

Durante los últimos días en varias oportunidades regresé durante mis momentos libres entre horas de clases a la Reserva del Arroyo Itá, entre lo habitual de observar y fotografiar allí elegí esta serie de fotografías para mostrar a dos individuos de Taguató común. En las primeras fotografías pueden apreciar a un individuo joven que sobrevoló […]

May 182017
 
Results of the Best Photo of the Week Ended 13 May 2017

We are delighted to announce the results of our latest photo competition. Noushka Wildlife wins First Prize for her brilliant capture “European Bee-eater”. Alan De Witt is awarded Second Prize for his outstanding image “LOL”. Third Prize goes to Sherry Shepardson with “Namibian Leopard”.   See detailed results below: (click on thumbnails for full scale […]

May 182017
 
Missing orphaned L.A. mountain lion cub found alive and well

When three mountain lion cubs were discovered with their mother, P-39, in the Los Angeles area last July, experts were concerned about the cubs’ chances for survival. Among the threats to mountain lions living in the Santa Monica Mountains are death due to ingesting rat poison, health issues caused by inbreeding, and, most dangerously, the […]