Aug 312014
 
20 percent of Africa's elephants killed in three years

Around 100,000 elephants were killed by poachers for their ivory on the African continent in just three years, according to a new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Between 2010 and 2012 an average of 6.8 percent of the elephant population was killed annually, equaling just over 20 percent of the […]

Aug 302014
 
Cardenal común, Red crested Cardinal, Paroaria coronata

Que lindo que es ir a un lugar en particular y encontrar aves que en la mayoría de las veces es mas frecuente observarlas en cautiverio presas en la crueldad de una jaula. En Colonia Carlos Pellegrini / Corrientes es casi seguro que se van a encontrar con mas Cardenales que Gorriones, todos conviviendo pacíficamente […]

Aug 302014
 
New skeleton frog from Madagascar is already critically endangered

Sometimes all it takes is fewer clicks. Scientists have discovered a new species of frog from Madagascar that stuck out in part because it “clicked” less during calls than similar species. Unfortunately the scientists believe the new species—dubbed the Ankarafa skeleton frog (Boophis ankarafensis)—is regulated to a single patch of forest, which, despite protected status, […]

Aug 292014
 
Orcas - Always expect the unexpected

A moderate rain shower as we got under-way from Tobermory harbour for our Whalewatch Explorer on Monday 7th July. The natives would call it ‘dreich’ but the forecast said things would improve as the day went on. We were making our way through an area of sea nicknamed ‘the middle grounds’ which is a little […]

Aug 292014
 
When forests aren't really forests: the high cost of Chile’s tree plantations

At first glance, the statistics tell a hopeful story: Chile’s forests are expanding. According to Global Forest Watch, overall forest cover changes show approximately 300,000 hectares were gained between 2000 and 2013 in Chile’s central and southern regions. Specifically, 1.4 million hectares of forest cover were gained, while about 1.1 million hectares were lost. On […]

Aug 282014
 
Results of the Best Photo of the Week Ended 23 Aug 2014

We are delighted to announce the results of our latest “Best Photo of the Week” Competition. First Prize is awarded to Nitin Jain for his outstanding image “Hunter”, John Jennings wins Second Prize with “Diedrick Cuckoo” and Third Prize goes to Andrew Butterfield for “Red Panda” (click on thumbnails for full scale view). See detailed […]

Aug 282014
 
Have scientists discovered a new primate in the Philippines?

Despite some media reports, scientists have not yet discovered a new species of big-eyed, nocturnal primate – known as tarsiers – in the Philippines. Instead what they have discovered is an intriguing population that is genetically-distinct even from nearby relatives, according to a new open-access paper in PLOS ONE. “There does seem to be a […]

Aug 272014
 
Logging of Russian Far East damaging tiger habitat, few intact forests protected (Part I)

This is the first part of series examining the impact of forest loss on Siberian tigers. Part II discusses in more detail what their shrinking habitat and low numbers may mean for their future. The destruction of Russian forests to supply timber to international markets is becoming one of the biggest threats to the world’s […]

Aug 262014
 
Alilicucú común, Tropical Screech-Owl, Megascops choliba

Comparto hoy una nueva serie de fotografías del Alilicucú que frecuenta la casa del amigo Luis Krause en Rincón Ombú Chico, tenemos la gran suerte de que no es solo uno el individuo que se deja fotografiar, en la mayoría de las oportunidades en las que se acercó a la casa lo hizo acompañado de […]

Aug 262014
 
Poll Update: Great White Sharks Win as the Fan Favorite (Photos)

In honor of Shark Week, we asked our audience on Tuesday to weigh in on their favorite shark species. Not surprisingly, great white sharks turned out to be the fan favorite! You likely know great white sharks from their many appearances in the media, from “Jaws” to “Finding Nemo” and coverage across local news networks. […]

Aug 252014
 
Vaquita Porpoise Faces Imminent Extinction - Can It Be Saved?

The vaquita, a small porpoise found only in the Gulf of California, is rapidly going extinct, an international team of scientists reported earlier this month. The researchers say that the marine mammals – whose name means “little cow” in Spanish – are accidentally drowning in the gill nets local fishers deploy for fish and shrimp. […]