Dec 252016
 
Wildlife for sale: An illegal activity out of control in Peru?

Peru is one of the most biodiverse nations on earth, home to one-tenth of the Amazon rainforest and other ecosystems. But its species are sought by collectors around the world and there is a thriving domestic trade in wildlife which together forms one of the country’s most profitable illicit economies running parallel to its impressively […]

Nov 252016
 
Golden Spectacled Bear (The real Paddington bear)

By: Michael Tweddle Lucky to share this natural instinct by enjoying and admiring wildlife. Life has led me to travel to such places that when I was a child taught me characters as Jacques Cousteau and TV documentaries such as the National Geographic, Transtel Cologne and BBC among others. Happy today, after thirty years taking […]

Feb 062016
 
Peru issues its first sentence against species traffickers, setting a precedent

On January 6, two men happened to be near San José church in the Lima district of Jesús María, when they were stopped by various agents from the Office Against Illegal Logging and Protection of Natural Resources (Dirección Contra la Tala Ilegal y Protección de los Recursos Naturales, or DIRCTIPRN – PNP), in coordination with […]

Apr 152015
 
Colorful New ‘Dwarf Dragons’ Found in South America

Attention Game of Thrones: Three new species of “dwarf dragon” have been discovered in Peru and Ecuador, a new study says. Due to political unrest in Ecuador, it took nearly a decade for scientists to identify the reptiles, which are commonly called wood lizards. They are the Alto Tambo wood lizard (Enyalioides altotambo), rough-scaled wood […]

Apr 042015
 
Extreme birdwatching: Twitching in war zones

Paul Rendell didn’t think he was in trouble. High up in the mountains, in a remote, lushly-forested corner of the Philippines, the pensioner from Dorset had envisaged a peaceful day amid spectacular scenery. Then the bullets started whistling around him. “We all dived to the ground,” Mr Rendell said. “Our guide Carlitos was shot immediately […]

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 […]

Feb 102014
 
Endangered: Peruvian Plantcutter (Phytotoma raimondii) VIDEO

By: Michael Tweddle As a nature lover and wildlife photographer it is always a pleasure to be part in research and conservation activities. Here an example of two livelong friends’ researchers, Monica Romo and Mario Rosina and their hours of commitment studying and protecting the endemic Peruvian Plantcutter. The Peruvian Plantcutter (Phytotoma raimondii), is endemic […]

Oct 262013
 
Peru Photo Trip Report

At the end of August I headed down toPeruto lead two photo workshops into Manu National Park. Manu is one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet and is home to more than 1000 species of birds. There are some truly spectacular species in this park and we saw and photographed many of […]

Oct 212013
 
POLL: Should fishermen in Peru be allowed to continue slaughtering dolphins? Shocking Video!

Peruvian fishermen slaughtered dolphins to use as bait for shark fishing, an undercover investigation has revealed. Footage showed infant and adult dolphins being harpooned then stabbed and clubbed before, in some cases, being cut open and butchered while still alive. The slaughtered dolphins were cut up and used as bait. Dolphins are also killed for […]

Aug 052013
 
New bird species discovered in Peruvian cloud forest

A new bird species has been discovered in the montane forests of Peru. The bird, called the Junin Tapaculo, was discovered by a team led by Peter Hosner of the University of Kansas. The species escaped earlier detection due to its similarity to other tapaculos, its elusive nature, and the remoteness of its habitat. Hosner […]

Jul 122013
 
American Dog Breeds Hail From Pre-Columbian Times

The tangle of questions regarding the ancestry of dog breeds indigenous to the Americas is slowly unraveling. Unlike the poodles that populate many a household, native American dog breed lineages originated from East Asian canines, with little genetic influence from European breeds—formerly an open question, according to a new study. Native breeds include the Canadian […]

Jul 032013
 
Amazonian students help monitor threatened frog populations

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, amphibians are the most threatened group of animals on Earth: currently around 30 percent of the world’s amphibians are listed as threatened with extinction. However this percentage doesn’t include those species about which too little is known to evaluate (26 percent). Amphibians face many threats but […]