Counting butterflies in the wild is not an easy task, even when you are looking for the largest butterfly in the world, the Queen Alexandra's birdwing ( Ornithoptera alexandrae ) of Papua New Guinea (PNG).
It has been a rough few decades for endangered yellow-eyed penguins ( Megadyptes antipodes ). The species can only be found along a small portion of the southeastern coast of New Zealand's South Island, the nearby Auckland Islands, and the isles of Campbell, Stewart and Codfish.
This week's blackouts in India have been blamed at least in part on the lack of rain during the annual monsoon season, which hindered hydropower production and increased the demand for electricity for use in agricultural irrigation.
Scotland is home to a least a hundred thousand feral cats. Unfortunately, the cats that now live in the Scottish Highlands are not native to the country, and they have helped push the already squeezed native felines closer toward extinction.The native group—the Scottish wildcat ( Felis silvestris grampia ), also known as the Highland tiger—isn't much bigger than your average house cat, although it has a larger tail and a reputation for wild ferocity.
What do the Sumatran tiger, Philippine tarsier, and Galapagos land iguana have in common? They are all endangered or critically endangered species; they have all appeared on the covers of O'Reilly Media's iconic software manuals; and they are all featured in the publisher's new O'Reilly Animals campaign, which aims to mobilize the technology community to help save these species from extinction.O'Reilly has been using old etchings of various animals as the covers for its programming books for decades and already includes some information on each species in the colophons of each book, but the new Animals campaign takes it further.
Is the often-illegal market for bear gall bladders and bile for use in traditional Asian medicine starting to shrink? Yes and no and maybe.At least 1,000 Asiatic black bears ( Ursus thibetanus ) and sun bears ( Helarctos malayanus ) live in tiny, cramped cages in South Korea, where they are farmed for their gall bladders, which can sell for up to $25,000 or more for use in traditional Asian medicine.
Wow, this is quite the week for snow leopards ( Panthera uncia ) with not one, not two, not three but four interesting stories coming out about these endangered big cats.Let's start with the bad news.
The appearance of a shark fin piercing the ocean surface is often seen as a sign of danger to humans. Even more dangerous to sharks is the sight of a shark fin floating in a bowl of soup.Around the world, sharks are in crisis.
When an otherwise nocturnal wombat shows up in the daylight, acting lethargic and having trouble walking, you know that animal is in trouble.When thousands of wombats turn up sick, emaciated, balding and dying, you know you have a crisis.That's what's happening in Murraylands, South Australia, where up to 85 percent of the region's southern hairy-nosed wombats ( Lasiorhinus latifrons ) are sick or dying, apparently the victims of invasive plants that have taken over the local ecosystem.Brigitte Stevens, founding director of Wombat Awareness Organization, was one of the first to observe the sick wombats three years ago.
You see that drawing to the left there? It appears to be the world's only public domain image of the tamaraw, or Mindoro dwarf buffalo ( Bubalus mindorensis ), a species endemic to a single island in the Philippines that is down to its last 300 or so wild individuals.Oh sure, I could show you plenty of images of other things named after the dwarf buffalo.
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