Feb 032018
 
In early push into Papua, palm oil firms set stage for massive forest plunder

JAKARTA – The clearing of Indonesia’s last untouched swath of pristine forest has begun in earnest, with an area the size of Washington, D.C., razed for just a single oil palm plantation in Papua province, new data show. Nearly 200 square kilometers (77 square miles) of forest have been cleared in Merauke district since 2014 […]

Apr 112017
 
Video: 'Extinct' Mountain Dogs rediscovered in the wild

The New Guinea highland wild dog was feared extinct in the wild after nearly half a century without a confirmed sighting. But after a pawprint and other possible signs in 2016, researchers set up camera traps in their remote mountain habitat. What resulted were more than 140 photos showing at least 15 individual wild dogs. […]

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 […]

Feb 062015
 
Hilarious Video: Attenborough interrupted by Bird of Paradise

When it comes to presenting wildlife documentaries, we all know you can’t outdo David Attenborough – but this rowdy bird of paradise has a pretty good go at it. Thanks to all of its squawking and melodramatic tail-flouncing, it took several takes for Sir David to get the sequence just right for his latest project ‘Birds of […]

Jun 082013
 
Saving the Tenkile: an expedition to protect one of the most endangered animals you've never heard of

The tenkile, or the Scott’s tree kangaroo (Dendrolagus scottae) could be a cross between a koala bear and a puppy. With it’s fuzzy dark fur, long tail and snout, and tiny ears, it’s difficult to imagine a more adorable animal. It’s also difficult to imagine that the tenkile is one of the most endangered species […]

May 242013
 
Could the Tasmanian tiger be hiding out in New Guinea?

Many people still believe the Tasmanian tiger (Thylacinus cynocephalus) survives in the wilds of Tasmania, even though the species was declared extinct over eighty years ago. Sightings and reports of the elusive carnivorous marsupial, which was the top predator on the island, pop-up almost as frequently as those of Bigfoot in North America, but to […]