Jul 052015
Saving the dhole: The forgotten 'badass' Asian dog more endangered than tigers

Let’s start at the beginning: what’s a dhole? It’s not a giant fruit corporation. It’s not Homer Simpson’s catch phrase. It’s not welfare payment by a government. Dholes are actually wild canids, efficient predators and communal pack hunters. These rust-coloured carnivores roam the jungles and montane forests of Central and East Asia filling the humid […]

Jul 032015
VOTE for the Best Photo of the Week 04 Jul 2015

Welcome to the “Best Photo of the Week” competition showcasing and celebrating the biodiversity of Planet Earth. Voting is easy and lots of fun. First click an image and browse through the slideshow. Then select the three images you like best of all and click the VOTE button at the bottom of the page.   […]

Jul 032015
Batará gigante (Giant-Antshrike) Batara cinerea

El registro de este Batará gigante en el Complejo Don Rodolfo durante la mañana del día 18 de Abril pasado fue quizás el momento de mayor adrenalina de la jornada por varios motivos, siempre observar algo nuevo sirve de mucho incentivo mas aún cuando se nos termina el repertorio de aves de una región en […]

Jul 032015
Six fishy reasons why humans should steer well clear of the sea

A testicle-eating fish has arrived in America. The pacu, which is related to the piranha, is best known for attacking people in their most, er, sensitive areas. It’s not exactly nice to look at either, with creepy human-like teeth which according to a Danish fish expert are ‘perfect for crushing’. Eek. The evidence is mounting […]

Jul 022015
Mystery as thousands of crabs wash up on California beach

Tiny tuna crabs have been beaching themselves on Southern California shores in unprecedented numbers. Marine Safety Lt. Michael Beuerlein told the Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot that he had never seen an occurrence like it in his 34 years with the city. The crustaceans, which measure one to three inches in length, are not harmful to […]

Jul 022015
Will Humans Survive the Sixth Great Extinction?

In the last half-billion years, life on Earth has been nearly wiped out five times—by such things as climate change, an intense ice age, volcanoes, and that space rock that smashed into the Gulf of Mexico 65 million years ago, obliterating the dinosaurs and a bunch of other species. These events are known as the […]

Jul 012015
POLL: Should the ban on South Africa's horn trade be lifted?

Amid mixed responses from conservationists and animal activists, a group of rhino breeders and game reserve owners in South Africa is taking legal action to overturn a domestic ban on the trade of rhino horn. Arguing that horns are a renewable resource, the group has filed a case in a civil court claiming that selling […]

Jun 302015
Video: Racing baby elephants understimate the muddiness of mud

Apparently “slow and steady wins the race” isn’t part of the baby elephant curriculum. This playful trio was far too busy racing to a watering hole in South Africa’s Madikwe Game Reserve to remember that mud is … well, muddy. While their mothers had no trouble traversing the sticky pit, the little ellies got a […]

Jun 302015
Lion among 23,000 species threatened with extinction

The mighty lion, reclusive cave crabs and the world’s rarest sea lion are among nearly 23,000 species at risk of dying out, a top conservation body warned on Tuesday. In an update to its “Red List” of threatened species, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) hailed some clear advances in saving endangered […]

Jun 292015
Dideric Cuckoo a new Saudi Arabian species for me – Raydah Escarpment

Whilst birding with Phil in the farm area at the bottom of the Raydah Escarpment I heard a Dideric Cuckoo Chrysococcyx caprius calling nearby. Luckily I had the window open and knew the call so we stopped the car and started looking for the bird. As it was very vocal we soon located it sitting […]

Jun 292015
Vaquita porpoise going extinct right before our eyes

If you’ve never heard of the vaquita, then picture a porpoise about the size of a small human with black-lined, expressive eyes and a rounded mouth. The smallest members of the porpoise family, vaquitas are today found only in the waters of Mexico’s northern Gulf of California – and pretty soon, you won’t find them […]