tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:/xml/Pictures1 Pictures news from mongabay.com 2015-04-28T17:39:41Z tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14702 2015-04-28T17:39:00Z 2015-04-28T17:39:41Z Five tons of frozen pangolin: Indonesian authorities make massive bust <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0428,MR7A5347.thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Five tons of frozen pangolin, 77 kilograms (169 pounds) of pangolin scales, and 96 live pangolins: that's the grisly haul of the latest pangolin bust in Indonesia. Officials confiscated the illegal wildlife goods in Medan, Sumatra and busted the smuggler, who has only been identified as SHB. This is the largest pangolin bust in Indonesia since 2008. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14676 2015-04-22T22:01:00Z 2015-04-22T22:01:15Z Photo essay: the flying fox show <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0422.flyingfoxessay.IMG_7594.thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Rain or clear, wind or still, full moon or no. Every night thousands of flying foxes rise from a small mangrove island among the lesser Sunda islands of Indonesia. Around sunset the Sunda flying fox begin to stir in their roots&#8212;their stomachs waking them&#8212;until the boldest among them takes off into the sky. Jeremy Hance -8.606811 119.767311 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14530 2015-03-24T21:11:00Z 2015-03-25T01:04:20Z Photos: expedition to Amazon’s white sands may have found new primate <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0324.thumbnail.photo-8A.by-giussepe-gagliardi-urrutia.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Most people think of the Amazon rainforest as one massive, homogenous ecosystem&#8212;a giant castle of green. However, within the Amazon rainforest lie a myriad of distinct ecosystems, sporting unique characteristics and harboring endemic species. One of the rarer ecosystems in the Amazon is the white sands forest. Jeremy Hance -6.343298 -74.026909 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14468 2015-03-09T19:46:00Z 2015-03-09T19:52:52Z Photo essay: filming in the remote Amazon <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0309.A-silky-anteater.thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>You wake up at 4:30 AM, a little before the first rays of tropical sun begin to dance behind the treetops. You put on your wet clothes from the previous day, pack your bag, and pick up your tripod. The jungle is shrouded in a thick mist from the previous nights rain. As you walk, you recognize many of the strange calls that echo between the trees. Jeremy Hance -12.318441 -69.260806 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14434 2015-02-26T18:26:00Z 2015-02-26T18:32:45Z Photos: Amur leopard population hits at least 65 <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0226.thumb.Ma_r_28_cam2a-small.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Most of the world's big predators are in decline, but there are some happy stories out there. This week, WWF announced that the Amur leopard population has grown to a total of 65-69 cats. This represents a more than doubling of the population in eight years. Still, the Critically Endangered subspecies remains perilously close to extinction. Jeremy Hance 43.989510 133.453888 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14339 2015-02-03T20:03:00Z 2015-02-20T15:12:01Z Super-rare carnivore photographed in Yosemite after missing for nearly a century <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0203.thumb.Sierra_Nevada_red_fox_in_Yosemite_2014-12-13.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>For years, biologists believed the Sierra Nevada fox was down to a single population of around 20 animals in California's Lassen Volcanic National Park. But then in 2010, biologists found a small population near Sonora Pass. Now, more good news: last week, scientists documented the first Sierra Nevada fox in Yosemite National Park in nearly 100 years. Jeremy Hance 37.978532 -119.856589 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14316 2015-01-28T15:21:00Z 2015-01-30T16:16:41Z Adorbs: scientists capture first photos of African golden cat kittens <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0127.Caracal-aurata-kittens-3.thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The African golden cat is arguably the continent's least known feline, inhabiting dense tropical forests, almost never seen, and, of course, long-upstaged by Africa's famous felines. But a few intrepid scientists are beginning to uncover the long-unknown lives of these wild cats. Researchers working in Uganda's Kibale National Park have captured remarkable photos of African golden cats...with kittens. Jeremy Hance 0.451968 30.489145 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14291 2015-01-21T20:01:00Z 2015-01-21T20:11:10Z Sundarbans still reeling from effects of December oil spill <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0121.kid_cleanup-1024x768.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Last month, an estimated 350,000 liters of fuel oil spilled into the Sundarbans delta on the Bay of Bengal. An oil tanker that had collided with a cargo vessel on December 9th sank into the Shela River, spilling its oil into a protected sanctuary for the rare and endangered Irrawaddy dolphins (Orcaella brevirostris) and the Ganges river dolphins (Platanista gangetica). Jeremy Hance 21.968151 89.527303 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14267 2015-01-15T22:32:00Z 2015-01-16T18:33:46Z Ocean's 15: meet the species that have vanished forever from our seas <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/15/0115.Steller's-sea-cow-Labeled-Peter-Schouten.600.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In the last 500 years, the oceans have suffered far fewer extinctions than on land&#8212;at least that we know of. According to a recent study in Science, 15 animals are known to have vanished forever from the oceans while terrestrial ecosystems have seen 514 extinctions. The researchers, however, warn that the number of marine extinctions could rise rapidly as the oceans are industrialized. Jeremy Hance 34.889942 -154.673320 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14255 2015-01-13T18:01:00Z 2015-01-14T17:45:32Z Mother and cub: researchers photograph rare cat with cub in Sumatra <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/15/0113.Kucing_emas_Kerinci-Seblat-Clouded-Leopard-Project.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Researchers working in Kerinci Seblat National Park have captured a remarkable image of a mother Asian golden cat (Catopuma temminckii) carrying her young in her mouth. The image was taken in mid-2014 as reported by Mongabay Indonesia by the Sumatran Tiger Research Team. Jeremy Hance -0.876586 100.527871 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14100 2014-12-02T21:35:00Z 2015-02-20T15:16:52Z Rhino, cheetah win the world's top camera trap photo contest <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/1202.Burrard-Lucas_black,P20rhino_North,P20Luangwa,P20National,P20Park,P20Zambia_800.jpg.pagespeed.ic.eEwJhz9xR9.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Two big&#8212;and endangered&#8212;mammals took 2014's top prizes in the world's biggest camera trap photo contest: a black rhino and a Asiatic cheetah. The gorgeous shot of a black rhino at night in Zambia photo won the overall photo competition, while the image of a super-rare Asiatic cheetah in Iran took the top research prize. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14066 2014-11-24T20:24:00Z 2014-12-30T22:26:38Z Chameleon crisis: extinction threatens 36% of world's chameleons <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/1124.Kinyongia-tenuis-158-copy.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Chameleons are an unmistakable family of wonderfully bizarre reptiles. They sport long, shooting tongues; oddly-shaped horns or crests; and a prehensile tail like a monkey's. But, chameleons are most known for their astonishing ability to change the color of their skin. Now, a update of the IUCN Red List finds that this unique group is facing a crisis that could send dozens of chameleons, if not more, to extinction. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13963 2014-10-30T15:16:00Z 2014-10-30T16:16:40Z The Search for Lost Frogs: one of conservation's most exciting expeditions comes to life in new book <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/_MG_0205.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>One of the most exciting conservation initiatives in recent years was the Search for Lost Frogs in 2010. The brainchild of scientist, photographer, and frog-lover, Robin Moore, the initiative brought a sense of hope&#8212;and excitement&#8212;to a whole group of animals often ignored by the global public&#8212;and media outlets. Now, Moore has written a fascinating account of the expedition: In Search of Lost Frogs. Jeremy Hance 9.559564 76.929016 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13946 2014-10-27T15:32:00Z 2014-10-27T15:55:29Z Photos: slumbering lions win top photo prize <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/1027.nhm.fennec.nhm.fennec.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The king of beasts took this year's top prize in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, which is co-owned by the Natural History Museum (London) and the BBC. The photo, of female lions and their cubs resting on a rock face in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, was taken by Michael 'Nick' Nichols, a photographer with National Geographic. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13927 2014-10-21T14:47:00Z 2014-12-30T22:30:02Z Saving Asia's other endangered cats (photos) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/LC_Ronglarp_HKK.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>It's no secret that when it comes to the wild cats of Asia&#8212;and, really, cats in general&#8212;tigers get all the press. In fact, tigers&#8212;down to an estimated 3,200 individuals&#8212;arguably dominate conservation across Asia. But as magnificent, grand, and endangered as the tigers are, there are a number of other felines in the region that are much less studied&#8212;and may be just as imperiled. Jeremy Hance 5.395824 117.268519 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13875 2014-10-06T12:27:00Z 2015-02-20T15:20:40Z Photos: Czech Republic publicly burns confiscated rhino horns <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/1005.rhinohorn.15320153605_2c456039fb_o.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Late last month, armed guards escorted officials marching 60 kilograms (132 pounds) of rhino horns to a pyre for burning. The event, at the Dvůr Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic, was the first public burning of rhino horns in Europe. The Czech Republic burned the horns, which came from a government stockpile as well as from past rhinos held at the zoo, in a bid to help conserve rhinos. Jeremy Hance 50.432178 15.796715 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13771 2014-09-11T16:35:00Z 2015-04-20T15:40:25Z Meet the newest enemy to India's wildlife <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0911.leopard.road.Image-1-.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A boom in infrastructure and population has forced India's wildlife to eke out a creative existence in an increasingly human-modified environment. Big cats such as the leopard are often spotted within large cities, on railway tracks, and sadly, on India's burgeoning and sprawling road network. Jeremy Hance 11.945419 76.221074 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13659 2014-08-13T14:39:00Z 2014-08-13T15:03:01Z Unreal Thailand: stunning wildlife photographed in flooded Khlong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0813.Asian-tapir-1-in-Khlong-Saeng-e1406263277651.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>If someone told you there was a place where 200 million year old coral reefs had erupted from beneath the sea and were now draped in the oldest rain forest in the world, a place where marbled cats and clouded leopards prowl the sharp crags and their dark caves in search of dead bats and small prey, would you believe them? Jeremy Hance 9.058377 98.645914 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13594 2014-07-28T23:03:00Z 2014-12-30T22:37:28Z Over a million pangolins slaughtered in the last decade <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0728.Phataginus_tricuspis_APWG_2.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>One of the world's most bizarre animal groups is now at risk of complete eradication, according to an update of the IUCN Red List. Pangolins, which look and behave similarly to (scaly) anteaters yet are unrelated, are being illegally consumed out of existence due to a thriving trade in East Asia. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13590 2014-07-28T13:17:00Z 2014-12-30T22:37:36Z Short-eared dog? Uncovering the secrets of one of the Amazon's most mysterious mammals <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0727.2010.-Los-Amigos.-Oso-at-age-4-.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Fifteen years ago, scientists knew next to nothing about one of the Amazon's most mysterious residents: the short-eared dog. Although the species was first described in 1883 and is considered the sole representative of the Atelocynus genus, biologists spent over a century largely in the dark about an animal that seemed almost a myth. Jeremy Hance -11.888234 -71.407557 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13548 2014-07-16T15:22:00Z 2014-12-30T22:37:57Z Please, don't hate us: celebrating World Snake Day! <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0716.1.-Julie-Larsen-Maher_1202_Reticulated-Python-Hatchling_04-09-05_hr.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Okay, so some snakes are so venomous they can kill you in 30 minutes (the inland taipan). And, yes, the fact that they don't have legs is a little creepy to many people. And, admittedly, some scientists have even suggested that humans may have an inborn genetic terror of snakes. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13541 2014-07-15T17:38:00Z 2014-07-15T21:34:44Z Coastal wildlife paradise declared biosphere reserve in Argentina (PHOTOS) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/DSC_0216-elephant-seal-fight-corr-red-by-G-Harris-WCS.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Conservationists are celebrating the announcement that UNESCO has dubbed Argentina's Península Valdés a biosphere reserve under the Man and Biosphere Program (MBA). A hatchet-shaped peninsula that juts out into the Southern Atlantic Ocean, the world's newest biosphere reserve is home to a hugely-diverse collection of both terrestrial and marine wildlife. Jeremy Hance -42.617791 -63.944092 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13512 2014-07-09T12:59:00Z 2015-05-07T14:20:34Z Stuff of fairy tales: stepping into Europe's last old-growth forest <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0709.bison-bialowieza-forest-photo-by-lukasz-mazurek-wildpoland-com-07.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>There is almost nothing left of Europe's famed forests, those that provided for human communities for millennia and gave life to the world's most famous fairytales. But straddling the border between Poland and Belarus, the Bialowieza Forest is Europe's last lowland old-growth forest, parts of which have never been cut by man. Jeremy Hance 52.776516 23.876829 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13476 2014-07-01T16:13:00Z 2014-12-30T22:40:05Z On babies and motherhood: how giant armadillos are surprising scientists (photos) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0701.giantarmadillo.thumb.1-(24).150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Until ten years ago scientist's knowledge of the reproductive habits of the giant armadillo&#8212; the world's biggest&#8212; were basically regulated to speculation. But a long-term research project in the Brazilian Pantanal is changing that: last year researchers announced the first ever photos of a baby giant armadillo and have since recorded a second birth from another female. Jeremy Hance -15.849044 -56.212636 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13361 2014-06-09T14:02:00Z 2014-12-30T22:42:00Z Bears, cats, and mystery mammals: camera traps in 'paper park' prove it's worth protecting <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0609.habitatid.Sun-bear.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Can a single photograph change the fate of a park? A new conservation group, HabitatID, believes so, and is putting this belief into action. Setting up camera traps in Cambodia's Virachey National Park, the group hopes that photos of charismatic and endangered species will help reinvigorate protection for a park that has been abandoned by conservation groups and underfunded by the government. Jeremy Hance 14.297357 107.049167 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13327 2014-06-02T21:35:00Z 2014-06-02T21:46:28Z Animals bark, screech, and howl for action on global warming (PHOTOS) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0603.zoosfor350.cheetah.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>On May 22nd, zoos and aquariums around the world creatively called for action on global warming. Dubbed 'Show the Wild Face of Climate Change,' the event involved over 70 institutions from 25 countries on all seven continents. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13154 2014-04-30T14:48:00Z 2014-12-30T22:47:30Z NASA photographs the amazing 'guitar forest' After his wife died of an aneurysm at the age of 25, Pedro Martin Ureta set about to plant her a legacy: a forest in the shape of a guitar. His wife, Graciela Yraizoz&#8212;who gave him four children&#8212;suggested the idea shortly before her sudden death in 1977. Jeremy Hance -33.867899 -63.986748 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13021 2014-04-02T17:44:00Z 2014-12-30T22:50:21Z How locals and conservationists saved the elephants of Mali amidst conflict and poverty <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0402.mali.elephants.trunk.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>At a time when Africa's elephants are facing a relentless poaching crisis, one community has managed to safeguard their elephants in the most unlikely of places: Mali. In a country that has suffered from widespread poverty, environmental degradation, and, most recently, warfare, a collaboration between conservationists and the local community has kept Mali's elephants from extinction. Jeremy Hance 15.662697 -2.605392 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13017 2014-04-01T18:04:00Z 2014-04-10T13:20:01Z Ten years after Lost Africa: a retrospective on indigenous issues <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0401.e_hmr_02_MR.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Ten years ago, Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson photographed and wrote, a tribute to the expansive imagination of Africa's vast landscape, incredible people, and astonishing animals. As Marie and Cyril tell us below in this interview, now is the time to listen, consider, and conserve our ecology and our cultural relationships with the ecology that supports us each day. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12992 2014-03-27T15:49:00Z 2014-03-30T18:54:23Z Kala: the face of tigers in peril <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0327.kala.Image-4.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In 1864, Walter Campbell was an officer in the British Army, stationed in India when he penned these words in his journal: "Never attack a tiger on foot&#8212;if you can help it. There are cases in which you must do so. Then face him like a Briton, and kill him if you can; for if you fail to kill him, he will certainly kill you." In a stroke of good fortune for the tiger, perceptions in India have changed drastically since Campbell's time. Tiger hunting is now banned and conservationists are usually able to rescue the big cats if they become stranded while navigating increasingly human-occupied areas. But is this enough to save the tiger? Jeremy Hance 21.168602 79.645198 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12925 2014-03-14T14:04:00Z 2014-03-21T13:35:23Z A Turtle's Tale: researchers discover baby turtles' kindergarten (photos) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0314turtle150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Kate Mansfield, at her lab in the University of Central Florida, is holding a baby loggerhead turtle, smaller than her palm, painting manicure acrylic on its shell. When the base coat dries out, she glues on top a neoprene patch from an old wetsuit with hair extensions adhesive. Finally, she attaches a satellite tracker on top, the size of a two "party cheese" cubes, with flexible aquarium silicone, powered by a tiny solar battery. Now the little turtle is ready to be released back into the ocean. Jeremy Hance 27.785146 -65.912109 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12759 2014-02-11T14:07:00Z 2014-12-30T22:54:19Z Photos: mass turtle hatching produces over 200,000 babies <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0211.3.-IMG_5036-(small).150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Biologists recently documented one of nature's least-known, big events. On the banks of the Purus River in the Brazilian Amazon, researchers witnessed the mass-hatching of an estimated 210,000 giant South American river turtles (Podocnemis expansa). The giant South American river turtle, or Arrau, is the world's largest side-necked turtle and can grow up to 80 centimeters long (nearly three feet). Jeremy Hance -7.575563 -66.205015 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12700 2014-01-29T14:40:00Z 2014-02-19T15:28:02Z Predator appreciation: how saving lions, tigers, and polar bears could rescue ourselves <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0129.Christo_scan_46.150..jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In the new book, In Predatory Light: Lions and Tigers and Polar Bears, authors Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, Sy Montgomery, and John Houston, and photographers Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson share with us an impassioned and detailed appeal to appreciate three of the world's biggest predators: lions, tigers, and polar bears. Through lengthy discussions, combining themes from scientific conservation to local community folklore, In Predatory Light takes us step by step deeper into the wild world of these awe-inspiring carnivores and their varied plight as they facedown extinction. Jeremy Hance 78.80198 15.948486 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12694 2014-01-28T13:43:00Z 2014-01-29T13:37:35Z Feral crèches: parenting in wild India <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0128.Picture11_SBear.600.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The Wildlife Conservation Society-India has been camera trapping wild animals for over 20 years in the Western Ghats. The results reveal the most intimate, fascinating and sometimes comical insights into animal behavior and ecology. These mammals generally become secretive and protective during parenting, and therefore we seldom get to see little ones in the wild. But discretely placed camera traps have not only caught glimpses of these adorable wild babies, but also produced wonderful family albums! Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12645 2014-01-16T20:26:00Z 2014-12-30T22:55:41Z Snow leopards and other mammals caught on camera trap in Uzbekistan (photos) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0116.CAM43590-2013-11-16_14-31-13.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Scientists knew that snow leopards (Panthera uncia) still survived in the Central Asian country of Uzbekistan, but late last year they captured the first ever photos. Camera traps in the Gissar Nature Reserve took photos of the big cats, along with bear, lynx, ibex, wild boar, and other mammals. The camera trap program was led by biologists Bakhtiyor Aromov and Yelizaveta Protas working with Panthera, WWF's Central Asia Program, and Uzbekistan's Biocontrol Agency. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12511 2013-12-12T16:25:00Z 2013-12-12T16:49:16Z Big data shows tropical mammals on the decline <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/1212.ci_34523868_Full.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The world's largest remote camera trap initiative&#8212;monitoring 275 species in 17 protected areas&#8212;is getting some big data assistance from Hewlett-Packard (HP). To date, the monitoring program known as the Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring (TEAM) Network has taken over 1.5 million photos of animals in 14 tropical countries, but conservationists have struggled with how to quickly evaluate the flood of data. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12480 2013-12-04T16:39:00Z 2015-02-11T23:59:02Z Sky islands: exploring East Africa's last frontier <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/1204.Taveta-two-horned-chameleon-(Kinyongia-tavetana),-South-Pare-Mts.-Tanzania.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The montane rainforests of East Africa are little-known to the global public. The Amazon and Congo loom much larger in our minds, while the savannas of East Africa remain the iconic ecosystems for the region. However these ancient, biodiverse forests&#8212;sitting on the tops of mountains rising from the African savanna&#8212;are home to some remarkable species, many found only in a single forest. A team of international scientists&#8212;Michele Menegon, Fabio Pupin, and Simon Loader&#8212;have made it their mission to document the little-known reptiles and amphibians in these so-called sky islands, many of which are highly imperiled. Jeremy Hance -12.077428 37.631686 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12476 2013-12-03T15:32:00Z 2015-02-11T23:58:43Z Animal Earth: exploring the hidden biodiversity of our planet <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/1203.piper.P248.tif.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Most of the species on Earth we never see. In fact, we have no idea what they look like, much less how spectacular they are. In general, people can identify relatively few of their backyard species, much less those of other continents. This disconnect likely leads to an inability in the general public to relate to biodiversity and, by extension, the loss of it. One of the most remarkable books I have read is a recent release that makes serious strides to repair that disconnect and affirm the human bond with biodiversity. Animal Earth: The Amazing Diversity of Living Creatures written by Ross Piper, a zoologist with the University of Leeds, opens up the door to discovery. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12472 2013-12-02T14:22:00Z 2013-12-02T15:59:07Z Little dude takes the prize: rare dormouse wins BBC camera trap contest (photos) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/1202.galago.brown.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The image of a rare dormouse has won the fourth annual BBC Wildlife Camera-Trap Photo of the Year award. Photographed in Turkey, the Roach's mouse-tailed dormouse (Myomimus roachi) is listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red List with its habitat rapidly disappearing for agriculture. The photo took the grand prize out of 850 entries from around world in a contest that takes into account the scientific importance of submitted photos. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12466 2013-12-02T13:37:00Z 2015-02-11T23:55:01Z New project works to raise the profile of the world's littlest bear <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/1127.sun_bear_closeup.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The world's least-known bear also happens to be the smallest: sun bears (Helarctos malayanus), so called for the yellowish horseshoe mark on its chest, are found across Southeast Asia. But despite their telltale markings, super-long tongues, and endearing cuteness, sun bears remain little-studied and little-known compared to many of the region's other large mammals. Now, a new project is working to raise the profile of the sun bears of Borneo&#8212;Survival of the Sun Bears&#8212;which are a smaller subspecies of the mainland animals. Jeremy Hance 5.867777 117.94748 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12249 2013-10-24T15:25:00Z 2015-02-11T23:47:44Z Armored giant turns out to be vital ecosystem engineer <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/1024.Schafer.Tatu.099.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The giant armadillo (Priodontes maximus) is not called a giant for nothing: it weighs as much as a large dog and grows longer than the world's biggest tortoise. However, despite its gigantism, many people in its range&#8212;from the Amazon to the Pantanal&#8212;don't even know it exists or believe it to be more mythology than reality. This is a rare megafauna that has long eluded not only scientific study, but even basic human attention. However, undertaking the world's first long-term study of giant armadillos has allowed intrepid biologist, Arnaud Desbiez, to uncovered a wealth of new information about these cryptic creatures. Not only has Desbiez documented giant armadillo reproduction for the first time, but has also discovered that these gentle giants create vital habitats for a variety of other species. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12183 2013-10-11T13:06:00Z 2015-02-11T23:44:17Z Scientists discover cocoa frog and 60 other new species in remote Suriname (photos) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/1011.cocoa.ci_47564467_Small.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In one of the most untouched and remote rainforests in the world, scientists have discovered some sixty new species, including a chocolate-colored frog and a super-mini dung beetle. The species were uncovered in Southeastern Suriname during a Rapid Assessment Program (RAP); run by Conservation International (CI), RAPS involve sending teams of specialists into little-known ecosystems to record as much biodiversity as they can in a short time. In this case, sixteen researchers from around the world had about three weeks to document the region's biodiversity. Jeremy Hance 2.486249 -55.508637 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12146 2013-09-30T16:19:00Z 2015-02-11T23:43:34Z Camera-traps reveal surprising mammals at remote site in Honduras (photos) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0930.honduras.giantarmadillo.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A camera trap survey along the Sikre River in Honduras has discovered that the region is home to a menagerie of rare mammals, including giant anteaters. The survey, published in mongabay.com's open access journal, Tropical Conservation Science, recorded five cat species in 70 square kilometers. Jeremy Hance 15.738067 -84.682331 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12078 2013-09-16T14:01:00Z 2015-02-11T23:39:17Z Photo essay: India's Western Ghats is a haven for endemic amphibians <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0915.Picture-8_Raorchestes-glandulosus_ShashankDalvi_KrithiKaranth_CWS.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The Western Ghats are a globally recognized repository of biological diversity for our planet. We know very little about most species found here, particularly the ecologically sensitive and spectacularly beautiful 179 amphibians. Astonishingly, 87% of all Western Ghats frogs are endemic and found nowhere else on the planet. Our collaborative research project with Drs Paul Robbins and Ashwini Chhatre examining biodiversity in production landscapes of Ghats unearthed some spectacular amphibians in 2013. Jeremy Hance 14.615478 74.70108 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12068 2013-09-12T14:12:00Z 2015-02-11T23:39:38Z Butchering nature's titans: without the elephant 'we lose an essential pillar in the ability to wonder' <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0911.christo.18_009_17.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Africa's elephant poaching crisis doesn't just threaten a species, but imperils one of humanity's most important links to the natural world and even our collective sanity, according to acclaimed photographers and film-makers, Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson. Authors of the book Walking Thunder - In the Footsteps of the African Elephant, Christo and Wilkinson have been documenting Africa's titans in photos and film for several years. In 2011, the pair released a film Lysander's Song (named after their son an avid fan of elephants) which depicts the millennial-old relationship between humans and elephants. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11930 2013-08-18T14:52:00Z 2015-02-11T23:16:02Z Meet the BABY olinguito <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0818.Baby-Olinguito-in-La-Mesenia-Reserve-Colombia-Photo-by-Luis-Mazariegos.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Since its announcement on Thursday, the olinguito&#8212;the world's newest mammal&#8212;has taken the world by storm. Hundreds of articles have been written about the new species, while its cuddly appearance has already been made the subject of cartoons. Now, conservationists have released the first photos of a baby olinguito. The new photos come from La Mesenia Conservation Project in Colombia, an Andean cloud forest reserve that is a project area for the NGO SavingSpecies. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11787 2013-07-18T15:49:00Z 2015-02-11T23:12:21Z The hidden Caribbean: sustainable tourism arrives in the Dominican Republic <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/jlh/dominican-republic/150/DR-jlh-648.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Finding true ecotourism companies isn't easy. While the tourism industry worldwide has latched onto the term 'ecotourism,' in many cases it's more propaganda than reality. Especially in heavily-touristed areas&#8212;like the Caribbean Islands&#8212;it's difficult to find efforts that are actually low impact, sustainable as possible, and educational. However, some companies are beginning to make headway in a region known for all-inclusive resorts and big cruises. One such company is the relatively young Explora! Ecotour in the Dominican Republic, run by passionate naturalists, Manny Jimenes and Olyenka Sang. Jeremy Hance 18.018324 -71.725287 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11770 2013-07-15T14:57:00Z 2015-02-11T23:10:33Z Forgotten species: the arapaima or 'dinosaur fish' <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0715.arapaima.IMG_6174.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Let's go back some 14,000 years (or up to 50,000 depending on who you talk to), since this is the first time humans encountered the meandering, seemingly endless river system of the Amazon. Certainly, the world's first Amazonians would have been astounded by the giant beasts of the region, including ground sloths and mastodons (both now extinct), as well as giant anteaters, armadillos, and tapirs, currently the biggest land animal on the continent. But these first explorers might have been even more surprised by what dwelled in the rivers: anaconda, caiman, and the arapaima. Wait, the what? Jeremy Hance 3.664936 -58.700556 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11501 2013-05-29T15:50:00Z 2015-02-09T23:01:20Z Two new arachnids discovered in Brazilian caves (photos) Scientists have discovered two new species of short-tailed whipscorpions (in the order Schizomida) in limestone caves in Brazil, according to a new paper published in PLoS ONE. The new species&#8212;dubbed <i>Rowlandius ubajara</i> and <i>Rowlandius potiguara</i>&#8212;add new knowledge to a group of arachnids that is little known in South America outside of the Amazon. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11477 2013-05-23T18:24:00Z 2015-02-09T23:00:48Z Scientists discover two mini-spiders in China (photos) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0523.twominispiders.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Scientists have uncovered two miniature spiders living on mountains in China's southern region, one of which is among the smallest spiders recorded worldwide, according to a new paper in ZooKeys. Both spiders belong to the Mysmenidae family, which is made up of mini-spiders with eight eyes. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11380 2013-05-06T21:28:00Z 2013-05-06T21:33:38Z The Hawaiian silversword: another warning on climate change <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0506.silversword_pic1.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The Hawaiian silversword (<i>Argyroxyphium sandwicense</i>), a beautiful, spiny plant from the volcanic Hawaiian highlands may not survive the ravages of climate change, according to a new study in Global Change Biology. An unmistakable plant, the silversword has long, sword-shaped leaves covered in silver hair and beautiful flowering stalks that may tower to a height of three meters. Jeremy Hance 20.693177 -156.185875 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11372 2013-05-06T13:08:00Z 2013-05-06T13:13:18Z All the world's rarest birds in one book: photo contest enlivens new guide <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0506.worldrarestbirds.2.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The World's Rarest Birds is an extraordinary bird book. 590 different bird species are classified as Endangered or Critically Endangered, with many species only existing in captivity. A new book, The World's Rarest Birds, catalogs all of these species. Each species is shown with remarkable color-photography and illustrations. Threats to species habitat are described, population estimates per species are given, and each species has a quick response (QR) code that takes the reader to a species-specific BirdLife International webpage. The book also covers 60 Data Deficient species. Data Deficient means that there exists little to no information on the relative abundance and distribution of the species. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11340 2013-05-02T12:20:00Z 2015-02-09T22:53:16Z Drill baby drill! The fate of African biodiversity and the monkey you've never heard of <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0503.thrall.drill1.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Equatorial Guinea is not a country that stands very large in the American consciousness. In fact most Americans think you mean Papua New Guinea when you mention it or are simply baffled. When I left for Bioko Island in Equatorial Guinea, I also knew almost nothing about the island, the nation, or the Bioko drills (<i>Mandrillus leucophaeus poensis</i>). The subspecies of drill is unique to Bioko Island and encountering them was an equally unique experience. I initially went to Bioko as a turtle research assistant but ended up falling in love with the entire ecosystem, especially the Bioko drills as I tagged along with drill researchers. Jeremy Hance 3.340696 8.640518 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11282 2013-04-22T17:33:00Z 2013-04-22T17:50:34Z Letting nature do the talking this Earth Day (pictures) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/hawaii/150/hawaii_0293.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Instead of writing a special article for this Earth Day, we are instead letting nature's beauty do the talking. The photos below were taken by the Mongabay.com team &#8212; Rhett Butler, Jeremy Hance, and Tiffany Roufs &#8212; in the twelve months since Earth Day 2012. Countries in this set include the United States (California and Hawaii), Dominican Republic, Brazil, Malaysia (Sabah), and Indonesia (Kalimantan and Sumatra). Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11040 2013-03-14T20:06:00Z 2015-02-09T22:40:45Z Into the unknown mountains of Cambodia: rare birds, rice wine, and talk of tigers <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0314.virachey.2013-01-23-17.23.49.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Ringed with forested mountains forming the borders with Laos and Vietnam, the northeast corner of Cambodia has been an intriguing blank spot among my extensive travels through the country. Nestled up against this frontier is Virachey National Park, created in 1993. I began searching for a way to explore this area a couple of years ago, hoping to connect with conservation NGOs to get me into the park; no one seemed to know much about it. I learned that the area had been written off by these groups due to massive land concessions given to logging and rubber concerns. The World Bank abandoned its 8-year effort to create a management scheme for Virachey after the concessions were granted in 2007. A moratorium on the concessions is temporarily in place, but illegal logging incursions into the park continue. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11007 2013-03-07T20:13:00Z 2015-02-09T22:38:11Z What happened to the elephants of Bouba Ndjida? [warning: graphic photos] <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0307.cameroon.elephants.bullets._DSC0738.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A new report released by the Wildlife Conservation Society says that poachers have killed a staggering 62 percent of Africa's forest elephants in the last decade. The insatiable demand for elephant ivory hails mainly from China and Thailand, which is ironically hosting this year's CITES (CoP16) meeting. The meeting will continue until March 13 2013. The study is based on a survey of five elephant range states including Cameroon. Cameroon is the home of Bouba Ndjida National Park, where the dizzying massacre of 650 elephants occurred last year. Jeremy Hance 8.628323 14.668034 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11004 2013-03-07T17:11:00Z 2015-02-09T22:38:19Z Starry frog rediscovered after thought extinct for 160 years (photos) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0307.starryfrog.IMG_3091.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In 1853 Edward Frederick Kelaart, a physician and naturalist, collected a strange frog on the island of Sri Lanka then a British colony known as Ceylon. The specimen was a large shrub frog (about 2 inches or 5.5 centimeters long) with black-outlined white specks on lime-green skin. He dubbed it "starry" after its pale specks, but that was last anyone heard of it. Even the holotype&#8212;the body of the amphibian collected by Kelaart&#8212;went missing. Fast forward nearly 160 years&#8212;two world wars, Sri Lanka's independence, and a man on the moon&#8212;when a recent expedition into Sri Lanka's Peak Wilderness rediscovered a beguiling frog with pinkish specks. Jeremy Hance 6.84701 80.477242 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10953 2013-03-04T16:28:00Z 2015-02-09T22:36:58Z Extinction warning: racing to save the little dodo from its cousin's fate <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0304.Adult-Manumea.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Sometime in the late 1600s the world's last dodo perished on the island of Mauritius. No one knows how it spent its final moments&#8212;rather in the grip of some invasive predator or simply fading away from loneliness&#8212;but with its passing came an icon of extinction, that final breath passed by the last of its kind. The dodo, a giant flightless pigeon, was a marvel of the animal world: now another island ground pigeon, known as the little dodo, is facing its namesake's fate. Found only in Samoa, composed of ten islands, the bird has many names: the tooth-billed pigeon, the Manumea (local name), and Didunculus ("little dodo") strigirostris, which lead one scientist to Christen it the Dodlet. But according to recent surveys without rapid action the Dodlet may soon be as extinct as the dodo. Jeremy Hance -13.683351 -172.353973 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10846 2013-02-07T17:51:00Z 2013-02-07T18:03:30Z Animal picture of the day: the world's biggest cat The Amur tiger (Panthera tigris altaica), also known as the Siberian tiger, is the world's biggest cat. An adult male weighs on average about 390 pounds (176 kilograms). The largest yet recorded weighed 460 pounds (207 kilograms), although there are reports of considerably larger animals in the past. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10714 2013-01-16T17:58:00Z 2013-01-16T18:02:45Z Cute animal picture of the day: white-cheeked gibbon baby A northern white-cheeked gibbon pair (Nomascus leucogenys) at the Wildlife Conservation Society's (WCS) Bronx Zoo have given birth to a brand new infant. This is the mother gibbon's 11th infant. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10522 2012-12-05T15:48:00Z 2012-12-05T15:54:32Z Cute animal picture of the day: cheetahs in the snow Cheetah cubs at the Zoological Society of London's Whipsnade Zoo attempt to make sense of snow. Cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus), currently found in many African countries as well as Iran, are generally warm weather animals. Jeremy Hance 51.849644 -0.542886 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10457 2012-11-27T19:15:00Z 2015-02-09T22:15:38Z Photos: Chinese leopard wins camera trap contest <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/12/Horned-guan_Javier-Rivas.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The third annual BBC Wildlife Magazine Camera Trap Photo of the Year contest has produced some stunning and surprising images, including a snow leopard sticking its tongue out, a rare giant pangolin, and wrestling monitor lizards. But the winner this year was the perfect shot of a young leopard in China. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10455 2012-11-27T16:47:00Z 2012-11-27T16:58:18Z Legislation leaves future of world's largest temperate rainforest up in the air <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/12/20110625RedBluff-4660.tongassinterview.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Although unlikely to pass anytime in the near term, recurring legislation that would hand over 80,000 acres of the Tongass Rainforest to a Native-owned logging corporation has put local communities on guard in Southeast Alaska. "The legislation privatizes a public resource. It takes land that belongs to all of us, and that all of us have a say in the use and management of, and it gives that land to a private for-profit corporation," Andrew Thoms, Executive Director of the Sitka Conservation Society, told mongabay.com in a recent interview. Jeremy Hance 59.481358 -139.296112 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10454 2012-11-26T21:20:00Z 2012-11-27T02:25:40Z Photos reveal destruction of Cameroon rainforest for palm oil <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/12/GP04BXU.greenpeace.herkales.clearing.1.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Newly released photos by Greenpeace show the dramatic destruction of tropical forest in Cameroon for an oil palm plantation operated by SG Sustainable Oils Cameroon (SGSOC), a subsidiary of the U.S. company Herakles Farm. The agriculture company is planning to convert 73,000 hectares to palm oil plantations on the edge of several protected areas, but has faced considerable opposition from environmentalists and some local communities. In addition to the aerial photos, Greenpeace alleges that ongoing forest clearing by Herakles is illegal since the companies 99-year lease has yet to be fully approved by the Cameroonian government. Jeremy Hance 5.253017 9.054737 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10442 2012-11-20T20:47:00Z 2015-02-09T22:15:29Z Wolves, mole rats, and nyala: the struggle to conserve Ethiopia's highlands <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/12/GiantMoleRat_MartinHarvey.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>There is a place in the world where wolves live almost entirely off mountain rodents, lions dwell in forests, and freshwater rolls downstream to 12 million people, but the place&#8212;Ethiopia's Bale Mountains National Park&#8212;remains imperiled by a lack of legal boundaries and encroachment by a growing human population. "Much of the land in Africa above 3,000 meters has been altered or degraded to the point where it isn’t able to perform most of the ecosystem functions that it is designed to do. Bale, although under threat and already impacted to a degree by anthropogenic activities, is still able to perform its most important ecosystem functions, and as such ranks among only a handful of representative alpine ecosystems in Africa." Jeremy Hance 6.913252 39.599059 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10386 2012-11-13T15:45:00Z 2012-11-13T15:54:41Z Photos: Mozambique creates Africa's biggest marine protected area <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/12/7-Dugong-coastal-east-Africa_GPN224980.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Last week, the East African nation of Mozambique announced it was protecting 10,411 square kilometers (4,020 square miles) of coastal marine waters, making the new Marine Protected Area (MPA) the biggest on the continent. The protected area, dubbed the Primeiras and Segundas Archipelago ("First" and "Second" islands), includes ten islands as well as mangrove forests, rich coral reefs, and seagrass ecosystems. Jeremy Hance -16.573352 39.805841 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10380 2012-11-12T21:51:00Z 2012-11-12T21:57:56Z Cute animal picture of the day: baby giraffe Reticulated giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata), one of nine subspecies, are found in Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia. The world's tallest land animal, giraffes can stand as high as 5–6 meters (16–20 feet). Jeremy Hance 51.849644 -0.542886 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10341 2012-10-31T15:30:00Z 2012-10-31T15:37:30Z Picture of the day: cheetah cubs wrestle Halloween pumpkins The fastest land animal in the world, cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) can exceed 110 kilometers per hour (70 miles per hour) in short bursts. This speed allows them to take down prey using rapid-fire ambush hunting. Jeremy Hance 51.849644 -0.542886 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10320 2012-10-29T13:56:00Z 2012-10-29T18:06:19Z Photo: high-altitude bird rediscovered after 80 years <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/12/sillemi-1.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In 1929 the U.S. Stock Market collapsed, the Geneva Convention set standards for prisoners of war, the first Academy Awards was celebrated, and Jérôme Alexander Sillem collected two bird specimens on a high plateau in Xinjiang, China. For 62 years, the specimens sat in a drawer at the Zoological Museum of Amsterdam until C. S. Roselaar found them, studied them, and determined they, in fact, represented a new species of bird: Sillem's mountain finch (Leucosticte sillemi). Now, 83 years after Sillem collected the only known specimens, a French photographer, Yann Muzika, unwittingly took photographic proof that the finch species still survives. Jeremy Hance 32.750323 87.425537 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10315 2012-10-25T15:08:00Z 2012-10-25T15:29:27Z Picture of the day: a bizarre baby bird with oral 'fingerprints' The crested coua (Coua cristata) is native to island of Madagascar. Unlike much of Madagascar's wildlife, the crested coua is not considered threatened with extinction, but is listed as Least Concern by the IUCN Red List. There are around nine species of coua in the world, all found in Madagascar; the unique birds belong to the cuckoo family. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10284 2012-10-22T15:32:00Z 2012-10-22T15:48:12Z Cute animal picture of the day: baby pygmy hippo A new pygmy hippo calf has been born at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) Whipsnade Zoo. Named Georgina, the calf is the second for parents Flora and Tapon. Jeremy Hance 51.849644 -0.542886 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10278 2012-10-18T16:47:00Z 2012-10-18T21:26:19Z Photos: emperor penguins take first place in renowned wildlife photo contest <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/12/053_Paul-Nicklen-(Canada)-Bubble-jetting-emperors-.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Photographer, Paul Nicklen, says he'll never forget the moment when a slew of emperor penguins burst by him in the frigid Ross Sea; he'd waited in the cold water, using a snorkel, to capture this image. Now, Nicklen has won the much-coveted Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition for the antic, bubbling photograph. Owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide, this is the 48th year of the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year, which hands out awards to 100 notable wildlife and environment photos. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10269 2012-10-15T19:57:00Z 2012-10-15T20:15:29Z Picture of the day: the maned lioness The title is not a typo. Sometimes lioness grow manes as rich and large as males, and there appears to be larger proportion of such 'maned lionesses' in Botswana's Okavango Delta. Jeremy Hance -19.497664 22.911758 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10261 2012-10-11T16:33:00Z 2012-10-11T16:54:39Z Cute animal picture of the day: baby walruses on the mend Two walrus male calves were discovered over the summer near Barrow, Alaska, dehydrated and ill, after their separate mothers perished. The calves have been receiving care at the Alaska SeaLife Center, but one will soon be moved to the Wildlife Conservation Society's (WCS) New York Aquarium and the other to the Indianapolis Zoo. Jeremy Hance 71.290444 -156.779137 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10232 2012-10-04T16:56:00Z 2012-10-04T17:10:42Z Cute animal picture of the day: red panda kits Although called red pandas, these Asian animals are neither pandas nor bears, and despite a resemblance to raccoons they are not closely related to them either. Red pandas (Ailurus fulgens) are actually now thought to be the sole living representative of the taxonomic family, Ailuridae. The rest of their near-relatives are extinct, making red pandas a very important species. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10227 2012-10-02T18:58:00Z 2015-02-08T23:28:31Z In midst of rhino poaching epidemic, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy has happy problem: too many black rhinos <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/12/lewa.DSC_0266.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>So far this year, South Africa has lost 430 rhinos to poachers, more than one animal a day. The epidemic of rhino poaching, fueled by demand for black-market powdered rhino horn in Vietnam and China, is decimating rhino species worldwide. In fact, last year saw the official extinction of two rhino subspecies: the Vietnamese rhino (Rhinoceros sondaicus annamiticus), a subspecies of the Javan, and the western black rhino (Diceros bicornis longipes), a subspecies of the black. However there is one place where rhinos still thrive. The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya has found itself with a unique, but happy, problem: they have so many black rhinos, which are considered Critically Endangered by the IUNC Red List, that they need to move some to stop rhino-fights. In other words, their rhino population has hit its limit for the 25,000 hectare (62,000 acre) nonprofit protected area. Jeremy Hance 0.228652 37.443066 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10226 2012-10-02T14:36:00Z 2012-10-02T14:42:35Z Cute animal picture of the day: new gorilla baby and mom A baby western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) was born recently at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust's (DWCT) to mother, Hlala Kahilli and first-time father, Badongo. Jeremy Hance 49.228472 -2.074234 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10218 2012-10-01T10:55:00Z 2012-10-01T16:23:18Z Cute animal picture of the day: caracal kitten in Yemen The first ever research project on the caracal (Caracal caracal) in Yemen has taken an astounding photo of a mother caracal and her kitten in the Hawf Protected Area. Conducted by largely local researchers, the study is aiming to estimate Yemen's caracal population and better understand the threats to the species. Jeremy Hance 16.633231 53.029432 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10201 2012-09-26T18:33:00Z 2015-02-08T23:28:16Z Penguins face a slippery future <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/12/Adelie-Swimming.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Penguins have spent years fooling us. With their image seemingly every where we turn&#8212;entertaining us in animated films, awing us in documentaries, and winking at us in commercials&#8212;they have made most of us believe they are doing just fine; the penguin's charming demeanor has lulled us into complacency about their fate. But penguin populations are facing historic declines even as their popularity in human society rises. Overfishing is decimating some of their prey species, climate change is shifting their resources and imperiling their habitat, meanwhile pollution, such as oil spills, are putting even healthy colonies at risk. Now, a young organization, the Global Penguin Society (GPS), is working to save all of the world's 18 penguin species by working with scientists, governments, and local communities. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10194 2012-09-25T19:06:00Z 2012-09-25T19:23:50Z Cute animal picture of the day: tiger triplets Last month, the Wildlife Conservation Society's (WCS) Bronx Zoo saw the arrival of three Siberian tiger cubs (Panthera tigris altaica). Also known as Amur tigers, they are the world's largest cats with adult males weighing up to 318 kilograms (700 pounds). Most of the population is found in far eastern Russia, however a few animals also survive across the border in China. Jeremy Hance 40.854202 -73.874867 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10178 2012-09-19T18:35:00Z 2015-02-08T23:22:56Z Conflict and perseverance: rehabilitating a forgotten park in the Congo <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/12/The-Forgotten-Parks-Upemba-small.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Zebra racing across the yellow-green savannah is an iconic image for Africa, but imagine you're seeing this not in Kenya or South Africa, but in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Welcome to Upemba National Park: once a jewel in the African wildlife crown, this protected area has been decimated by civil war. Now, a new bold initiative by the Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS), dubbed Forgotten Parks, is working to rehabilitate Upemba after not only decades of conflict but also poaching, neglect, and severe poverty. Jeremy Hance -9.037003 26.64093 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10176 2012-09-19T15:05:00Z 2012-09-19T15:27:14Z Cute picture of the day: armadillo carrying baby A rare image of a female six-banded armadillo (Euphractus sexcinctus) moving her image was captured by the Embiara Lodge in Brazil's Pantanal. Jeremy Hance -19.582717 -56.106799 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10126 2012-09-12T19:14:00Z 2015-02-08T23:22:17Z Pictures: Bolivian park may have the world's highest biodiversity <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/12/0912-2-Butterfly-2-Mileniusz-Spanowicz.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>With over 90 species of bat, 50 species of snake, 300 fish, 12,000 plants, and 11 percent of the world's bird species, Madidi National Park in Bolivia may be the world's most biodiverse place, according to new surveys by the the Bolivian Park Service (SERNAP) with aid from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Jeremy Hance -14.176523 -68.311844 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10121 2012-09-12T14:09:00Z 2012-09-12T19:26:40Z NASA image shows why San Francisco is foggy The short answer to why San Francisco, California is foggy? The Pacific Ocean's marine layer. A new image by NASA's Earth Observing-1 satellite shows the marine layer&#8212;cool, heavy air produced by a colder ocean surface meeting warmer air&#8212;encroaching on the metropolis. Western winds push the marine layer over the city, which brings dense cloud cover over the city, and often engulfs buildings, bridges, and people in fog. Jeremy Hance 37.784554 -122.424831 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10117 2012-09-10T17:56:00Z 2015-02-08T23:22:03Z Photos: camera traps capture wildlife bonanza in Borneo forest corridor <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/12/Picture15_Sunbear.kina.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Camera traps placed in a corridor connecting two forest fragments have revealed (in stunning visuals) the importance of such linkages for Borneo's imperiled mammals and birds. Over 18 months, researchers with the Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD) and the Danau Girang Field Centre (DGFC) have photographed wildlife utilizing the corridor located in the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary in Malaysian Borneo. Jeremy Hance 5.603856 118.349862 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10113 2012-09-10T13:57:00Z 2012-09-10T14:20:33Z Picture of the day: baby Grevy's zebra Not only is the Grevy's zebra (Equus grevyi) the biggest of the three zebra species, it is also the world's largest wild horse species. Once roaming throughout the horn of Africa, today the species is confined to a few populations in Kenya and Ethiopia. Jeremy Hance 51.849644 -0.542886 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10112 2012-09-10T12:41:00Z 2015-02-08T23:23:17Z Teetering on the edge: the world's 100 most endangered species (photos) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/12/Antilophia-bokermanni-Copyright-Ciro-Albano-wwwnebrazilbirdingcom.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>From the Baishan fir (five left in the world) to the Sumatran rhino (around 250), a new report highlights the world's top 100 most endangered species, according to the the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). The list spans the taxonomic gamut, from fungi (Cryptomyces maximus) to amphibians (the Table Mountain ghost frog) to flowers (the Cayman Islands ghost orchid) and much more (see full list at the end of the article). Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10075 2012-08-29T16:36:00Z 2015-02-08T23:20:03Z Unidentified poodle moth takes Internet by storm <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/12/4207478815_46f9041046_o.poodlemoth.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A white moth from Venezuela that bears a striking resemblance to a poodle has become an Internet sensation, after cryptozoologist Karl Shuker posted about the bizarre-looking species on his blog. Photographed in 2009 in Venezulea's Canaima National Park in the Gran Sabana region by zoologist Arthur Anker from Kyrgyzstan, the white, cuddly-looking moth with massive black eyes has yet to be identified and could be a species still unknown to science. Jeremy Hance 5.50664 -62.029724 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10062 2012-08-27T12:52:00Z 2012-08-27T13:06:46Z Picture of the day: Yao Ming with baby elephant orphaned by ivory trade Former NBA Basketball player and Olympian, Yao Ming is taking his first trip through Africa in order to see the on-the-ground impacts of the black-market ivory and rhino trades in East Asia. Ming, who stands 7-and-a-half feet (2.3 meters), has become not only well-known for his athletic prowess, but also his devotion to endangered wildlife. Jeremy Hance -3.356462 38.595629 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10058 2012-08-23T13:47:00Z 2012-08-23T13:59:19Z Animal picture of the day: Critically Endangered macaws Found in only one location in northern Bolivia, the blue-throated macaw (Ara glaucogularis) is thought to number little more than 100 individuals in the wild. However the species is protected from utter extinction by a much larger captive population. Jeremy Hance -13.710035 -65.067444 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10045 2012-08-21T16:21:00Z 2012-08-21T17:56:45Z Pictures of the day: NASA captures stunning images of U.S. wildfires at night NASA is now able to capture satellite images of wildfires&#8212;at night. Using the The Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite (S-NPP), which has instruments that are particularly sensitive to light, NASA was able to take images of fires burning nocturnally across the American West in what has been a record year, to date, for fires in the country. Jeremy Hance 39.487085 -111.624756 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10036 2012-08-20T14:43:00Z 2012-08-20T14:52:55Z Cute animal pictures of the day: gorilla toddler saved from illegal pet trade A two-year-old western lowland gorilla female was recently confiscated from a beach restaurant, popular with expats, in Equatorial Guinea. Jeremy Hance 1.850874 9.773483 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10006 2012-08-14T16:44:00Z 2012-08-16T12:18:29Z Animal pictures of the day: booming captive breeding for Mauritius skinks Three female orange-tailed skinks skinks have produced 16 skink babies in just four months, according to the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust (DWCT), which is captive breeding the Critically Endangered species. The breeding efforts are all the more remarkable since the females only produce two eggs at a time. Jeremy Hance -19.941724 57.620687 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10003 2012-08-13T18:25:00Z 2015-02-08T23:16:50Z King of the jungle: lions discovered in rainforests Calling the African lion (Panthera leo) the 'king of the jungle' is usually a misnomer, as the species is almost always found in savannah or dry forests, but recent photos by the Germany-based Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU) document lions in Ethiopian rainforests. Taken in the Kafa Biosphere Reserve, the photos show a female lion hiding out in thick montane jungle. Jeremy Hance 7.278698 36.243095 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9999 2012-08-13T13:47:00Z 2012-08-13T13:54:01Z Cute animal pictures of the day: Humboldt penguin chick meets water Humboldt penguins was found along the western edge of South America in Chile and Argentina. They face a barrage of threats including overfishing, drowning as bycatch, El Nino conditions that affect food availability, and climate change. Significant population declines have led to the species being listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9974 2012-08-07T22:44:00Z 2012-08-07T23:09:38Z Cute animal pictures of the day: smooth-coated otter cubs Smooth-coated otters (Lutrogale perspicillata) are found from India to Sumatra. They are listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red List due to destruction of wetlands for hydropower, agriculture, and other development. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9961 2012-08-06T11:47:00Z 2012-08-06T11:57:00Z Pictures of the day: pangolins saved in Thailand from poachers Earlier this summer, 110 Sunda pangolins (Manis javanica) were rescued by Thai customs officials from poachers in a pickup truck. While the driver of the vehicle escaped, a passenger was arrested, but released after paying a fine of $75,000, reports the NGO FREELAND Foundation. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9944 2012-07-31T14:22:00Z 2012-07-31T14:40:08Z Cute animal pictures of the day: lynx triplets With a massive range, spanning from scattered populations in Western Europe to Eastern Siberia, the Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) is a highly successful mid-sized predator. Listed as Least Concern by the IUCN Red List, the wild cat is now being reintroduced into parts of Western Europe where it was hunted to local extinction. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9926 2012-07-30T13:34:00Z 2012-07-30T13:58:26Z Cute animal picture of the day: spur-winged lapwing chick A baby spur-winged lapwing (Vanellus spinosus) hatched recently at the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo. Spur-winged lapwings are found throughout sub-Saharan Africa, but some populations breed in the Mediterranean. It is named 'spur-winged' for a spur hidden in its wing, which is uses to fight off predators and defend its chicks. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9919 2012-07-26T19:24:00Z 2012-07-29T16:54:44Z Cute animal picture of the day: African penguin chick Found along the coast of southern Africa, the African penguin (Spheniscus demersus) is listed as Endangered by the IUCN Red List largely due to overfishing, which is decreasing the penguins' prey species, and oil pollution. Two oil spills in the last ten years have oiled over 30,000 African penguins. Jeremy Hance