Apr 132017
 
Shrinking Arctic sea ice threatens the majestic Beluga whale

The beluga whale is one of the most extraordinary species of marine creature known to science. It is a gregarious, pure white Arctic dweller that emits strange, high-pitched twitters that have given it its nickname: the sea canary. Belugas are on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s “near threatened” list, because of past […]

Apr 032015
 
Tiger family photo surprises scientists

In a frigid Russian forest, a camera trap snapped 21 family photos over two minutes. This wasn’t a usual family, though, this was a tiger family, more specifically an Amur tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) family. And this wasn’t even a usual tiger family: the cameras showed a dad leading the way. Generally, tiger male are […]

Sep 132014
 
Russia Stops Japanese Whaling Ship Dead In Its Tracks

Whales in the Sea of Okhotsk are safe from hunters today — at least for now. A Japanese whaling ship that entered Russian waters has been seized by Russian authorities, and is now docked. The 712-ton vessel, the Shonan-maru No.2, was ordered into Russian port last week after it changed course in Russian waters without […]

Sep 102014
 
Petition: Russia, Stop Wild Orca Captures!

Since the release of the film, “Blackfish,” there has been an increased worldwide outcry over the capture of Orcas. But that hasn’t stopped Russia from taking two from the wild in the last two weeks. According to some sources, these captures, which are shrouded in secrecy, are also taking place illegally because the Russian Federal […]

Aug 192013
 
In Russia, Giant Owls Rely on Giant Trees

The last great primary forests of Russia’s Far East are known for their tigers and bears, but they are also the domain of giant owls. A new study finds that the health of the rare Blakiston’s fish owl is intrinsic to that of these northern forests. The birds rely on old-growth forests along streams for […]

Jun 012013
 
Snowy tigers and giant owls: conservation against the odds in Russia's Far East

The Russian Far East is one of the wildest places on Earth: where giant tigers roam snow-covered forests and the world’s biggest owls stalk frozen rivers. Bordering northern China and North Korea, the forests of Primorye are known for the diversity of habitats, including coastal forests along the Sea of Japan, vast coniferous forests in […]

May 052013
 
Bison return to Germany after 300 year absence

Earlier this month, officials took down a fence allowing the first herd of European bison (Bison bonasus) to enter the forests freely in Germany in over 300 years, reports Wildlife Extra. The small herd, consisting of just eight animals (one male, five females and two calves) will now be allowed to roam unhindered in the […]

Apr 302013
 
Amur leopard population rises to 50 animals, but at risk from tigers, poachers

In the remote Russian far east, amid pine forests and long winters, a great cat may be beginning to make a recovery. A new survey estimates that the Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) population has risen to as many as 50 individuals. While this may not sound like much, it’s a far cry from the […]