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Sunday Species Snapshot: Bali Myna

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Birds don’t get much more beautiful than the Bali myna. Unfortunately, they also don’t get much rarer. Species name: Bali myna (Leucopsar rothschildi), a.k.a. the Rothschild’s Mynah, Bali Starling, or Jalak Bali Where found: Bali, an island province of Indonesia IUCN Red List status: Critically endangered, with an estimated wild population of probably fewer than [...]

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Illegal Pet Trade Wiping Out Yellow-Crested Cockatoos

yellow-crested cockatoo

The population of critically endangered yellow-crested cockatoos (Cacatua sulphurea) in the Indonesian province of West Nusa Tenggara has reached an all-time low of 107 individual birds, according to a recent report from The Jakarta Post. The cockatoos are protected by international and Indonesian law, but they are also highly valued in the illegal pet trade, [...]

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Female Komodo Dragons Die Young, Housework to Blame

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An eight-year study of Komodo dragons (Varanus komodoensis) has revealed some interesting differences between the genders in the world’s largest lizard species. Male Komodo dragons grow much bigger than and live nearly twice as long as females, who apparently spend so much time reproducing and doing the equivalent of housework that it sends them to [...]

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Rhino Poaching: An Extinction Crisis

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In 2010 a black rhinoceros female named Phila survived two separate and brutal attempts on her life. In the first, poachers used a helicopter to attack the private game reserve where she lived in South Africa. Another rhino died in the assault. Phila escaped with two gunshot wounds. She was lucky, but her ordeal was [...]

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Eye in the Sky: Drones Help Conserve Sumatran Orangutans and Other Wildlife

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What better way to study the world’s largest arboreal animals than by putting an eye in the sky? A team of scientists working in Indonesia has done just that by launching inexpensive unmanned aerial vehicles (aka drone airplanes), to study critically endangered Sumatran orangutans (Pongo abelii) from above the treetops. The technology is already being [...]

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Researchers Capture Fleeting Images of Incredibly Rare Sumatran Rabbit [Video]

Blink and you might miss it. A team of researchers studying leopards and other cats on the Indonesian island of Sumatra has instead captured a few seconds worth of video of the Sumatran striped rabbit (Nesolagus netscheri), a species so rare and elusive that it has only been photographed three times previously, in 1998, 2000 [...]

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160 Video Cameras to Help Monitor Last 35 Javan Rhinos

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Smile, you’re on endangered-species camera. The world’s last 35 Javan rhinoceroses (Rhinoceros sondaicus) are a little bit safer this week as 120 new camera traps have been installed in Ujung Kulon National Park, located on the western corner of the island of Java, in Indonesia. The new video cameras were donated by the World Wildlife [...]

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Nearly Extinct Primate Rediscovered in Borneo [Video]

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Researchers working on the island of Borneo have discovered two tiny new populations of Miller’s grizzled langurs (Presbytis hosei canicrus), one of the world’s 25 most endangered primates. The species is so rare that it has probably disappeared from all of its previously known habitats, which have been almost completely logged and burned out of [...]

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Apps for Apes: Engaging Orangutans with iPads

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With the release of the Apple iPad 3 rumored for March, a bunch of first- and second-generation iPads are probably about to hit the secondary market. Some of them just might end up in the hands of orangutans. The nonprofit Orangutan Outreach is collecting donated iPads for its new Apps for Apes program, which is [...]

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Indonesia’s Palm oil economy drives human fortunes–And orangutan misfortunes

The net worth of Indonesia’s 40 richest men has doubled to $42 billion in the past year, driven in no small part by the growing demand for palm oil, according to Forbes magazine’s annual examination of the country’s top richest people. Global demand for palm oil is now more than 40 million tons per year, [...]

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Obama’s Indonesia trip may be cut short by deadly volcanic eruption

Gunung Merapi, Java

President Obama’s visit to Indonesia this week will reportedly be cut a few hours short due to an ash plume from a volcanic eruption in the country. The eruption of Mount Merapi, more than 400 kilometers from Jakarta, where Obama is visiting, has killed more than 150 people since it began erupting in late October, [...]

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Rinjani scops owl: New owl species discovered in Indonesia

Rinjani scops owl

A new species of owl called the Rinjani scops owl has been discovered, and it’s unique to the tiny Indonesian island of Lombok. Until fairly recently, it was common practice for scientists to identify owl species based largely on their plumage and morphology. Both features are important in distinguishing all kinds of birds, but can [...]

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