Nov 252015
Video: Cancer-free Tasmanian Devils returned to homeland

The Tasmanian devil population has plummeted to around 10,000 from an estimated 250,000 before 1996, when Devil Facial Tumor Disease was first discovered. The disease causes large lumps to form around the animal’s mouth and head, making it hard for it to eat. “Tasmanian Devils in the wild have been absolutely decimated by this disease,” […]

Nov 242015
Coludo chico (Lesser-grass Finch) Emberizoides ypiranganus

Hoy durante una jornada de pajareo en la que tuvimos que resignarnos a pegar la vuelta y regresar a Posadas antes que lo habitual, regresando nuevamente por la Ruta provincial 204 a Posadas porque la creciente del Arroyo Garupá y sus afluentes no nos dejó seguir, encontramos a escasos metros del borde del camino a […]

Nov 242015
Latin American wildlife trafficking takes to the air

Each year millions of travelers stream through the gates of Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaría airport in route to one of the country’s many natural wonders. But often when tourists leave, a piece of the country’s biodiversity goes with them. Turtle shell bracelets, reptile-skin wallets, bird feathers and even live animals have all been snuck out […]

Nov 232015
Birding Antalya, Turkey

A few days ago I returned from Antalya, Turkey. I wasn’t there for fun or birding; it was a work trip. I was unable to go anywhere except walk around the hotel grounds and look for whatever wildlife might appear there. However, the grounds were large and beautiful; there were lots of trees, and the […]

Nov 232015
POLL: Is Trophy Hunting Helping Save African Elephants?

African elephants are in trouble. Their numbers have fallen from as many as ten million a hundred years ago to as few as 400,000 today. Recent losses are largely from poaching for the illegal ivory trade (some 30,000 elephants a year), but also because of the shrinking habitat for elephants, as people open up land […]

Nov 222015
POLL: What should China do with its ivory stockpile?

After years of defending and supporting a legal domestic trade in ivory, China made a big announcement in September: It’s shutting down the trade. The United States is, too. Together, the presidents of both countries have made an unprecedented public pledge to put a stop to all ivory trading—legal and illegal. The U.S. is on […]

Nov 202015
Chiripepé cabeza verde (Reddish-bellied Parakeet) Pyrrhura frontalis

El quince de Agosto pasado cuando salíamos del sendero La olla del Parque Provincial Salto Encantado, una bandada de estos loros al escuchar que nos acercábamos abandonó el lugar de manera muy ruidosa. Sabido es que muchos loros cuando están posados o alimentándose no vocalizan y me sorprendió encontrarme frente a frente con este rezagado […]

Nov 202015
POLL: Should the euthanasia of wildlife for scientific study be stopped?

In the mid 2000s, Patricia Parker of the University of Missouri-St. Louis and her colleagues were trying to solve a mystery. Concerned by how avian pox was wiping out several bird species on the Hawaiian Islands, the researchers wanted to find out if the disease was a threat to a unique bird species of another […]

Nov 192015
Chinese Giant Salamander: millions farmed, nearly extinct in the wild

The world’s largest amphibian sounds like a work of fiction: virtually unchanged since the time of the dinosaurs, and reportedly growing as long as a man, the Chinese Giant Salamander (Andrias davidianus) is clinging to survival in the wild in a few fast-flowing rivers scattered across the highlands of China. Meanwhile, the aquaculture industry is […]