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Big-Eared Bat, Once Feared Extinct, Rediscovered after 120 Years

Sometimes research into one question reveals the answer to another. In July 2012 Catherine Hughes and Julie Broken-Brow, students at the University of Queensland in Australia, were in Papua New Guinea studying how the region’s tiny microbats responded to sustainable logging of their forest homes.

June 3, 2014 — John R. Platt
Sunday Species Snapshot: Forest Owlet

Sunday Species Snapshot: Forest Owlet

Scientific fraud almost led to this tiny owl’s extinction. Species name: Forest owlet (Heteroglaux blewitti). Known locally as dongar dudaa.

January 5, 2014 — John R. Platt
Roosevelt’s Barking Deer, Unseen for 85 Years, Photographed in Vietnam

Roosevelt’s Barking Deer, Unseen for 85 Years, Photographed in Vietnam

A rare deer species first discovered by the sons of Pres. Teddy Roosevelt 85 years ago has been rediscovered in Vietnam. Camera-trap images of Roosevelt’s muntjacs (aka Roosevelt’s barking deer, Muntiacus rooseveltorum) and other samples collected in Xuan Lien Nature Reserve are the sole record of the species in the country, which was previously known [...]

March 12, 2014 — John R. Platt
Manumea Found: Strange Bird Seen Breeding for the First Time in a Decade

Manumea Found: Strange Bird Seen Breeding for the First Time in a Decade

When a rare species is seen and photographed for the first time in a decade, it tends to be cause for celebration. When that sighting is of a juvenile, indicating that the rare species is breeding…well then, it might be time to break out the champagne.

February 11, 2014 — John R. Platt
Fish Found: The Greatest Conservation Success Story of 2013?

Fish Found: The Greatest Conservation Success Story of 2013?

Seven months ago things looked pretty bleak for the Mangarahara cichlid (Ptychochromis insolitus). The only habitat for this rare Madagascar fish species had been destroyed and the cichlid was down to its last three known individuals, all of which were males.

December 23, 2013 — John R. Platt