Over 1,000 Tigers Killed In Past Decade

November 10, 2010

The illegal trade in tiger parts has led to more than 1,000 wild tigers being killed over the past decade, a report suggests.
Traffic International, a wildlife trade monitoring network, found that skins, bones and claws were among the most common items seized by officials.
The trade continues unabated despite efforts to protect the cats, it warns.
Over the past century, tiger numbers have fallen from about 100,000 individuals to Read more

U.S. military ingenuity applied to epidemic destroying honey bees

October 13, 2010

A group of Montana researchers working with the United States military has proposed a new, unique answer to the ongoing global epidemic destroying honey bee colonies: A fungus and virus working in tandem, aided by mites, may be the cause.
The ongoing honey bee deaths are widespread, causing losses in the USA, Europe and Asia. The puzzling phenomenon has a name: Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Now, the parts to the puzzle seem to be coming Read more

Vultures face extinction

September 7, 2010

Oriental vultures are disappearing so fast that their population dropped by 95 percent in Bangladesh in the last two decades, due to feeding on carcasses of cattle treated with anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac, said experts.
Diclofenac is widely used in human medicine globally, and was introduced to the veterinary market in the Indian subcontinent in early 1990s.
It has been proven that the drug causes fatal Read more

Baby owl escapes from jaws of death

June 21, 2010

A baby owl had an amazing escape after it fell from its nest into a zoo enclosure only to leave it face to face – with a LION.
The fluffy tawny owlet managed to survive for three days after it tumbled from a branch and landed inches from the killer lioness.
Onlookers watched as the female Asiatic lion called ‘Indu’ eyed the surprise visitor – who weighed just a few grams.
The owl – who had not yet learned to fly – then spent three days in the enclosure near Read more

Bees Can Say ‘Stop’

March 16, 2010

The finding shows that bee colonies behave more like giant, single beasts than as individual insects.
0 Bees can tell others in their colony to avoid troublesome places.
0 This is the first time a “negative” bee signal has been identified.
0 The bees doing the warning can target the bees who are “dancing” directions.
Honeybees don’t only waggle dance to tell hive-mates the whereabouts of good eats, they also bump and beep to warn others when big trouble awaits at some of those floral Read more

Woman hunter kills elephant with bow and arrow

May 17, 2009

Female hunter Teressa Groenewald-Hagerman has become the first woman in the world to shoot an elephant dead with a bow and arrow.
Groenewald-Hagerman, 39, she sneaked into the animals herd and killed the creature with one shot from just 12 yards.
The woman, from Kansas, was inspired to go on the safari after being challenged by a male friend who said women could never draw such a heavy Read more

Mouse bites snake to death

February 2, 2009

By Matthew Moore
A mouse bit a venomous viper to death after it was thrown into the snake’s cage as a lunchtime snack.
The tiny rodent killed the snake after a fierce 30-minute battle, emerging with “barely a scratch on him”, according to on person who saw the fight.
Firefighters in Taiwan who were looking after the snake – which had been found in a local resident’s home Read more

Tracking reveals albatross habits

January 17, 2009

By Richard Black, BBC environment correspondent
Research by UK scientists may prove vital in protecting the albatross. British Antarctic Survey researchers followed more than 40 grey-headed albatrosses as they flew around the world, identifying where they fed.
All the birds which made a circumnavigation stopped for food in the same places.
Banning harmful fishing methods from those areas of the ocean could help halt the decline of what is one of the world’s most endangered Read more

Spider as big as a plate among scores of new species found in Greater Mekong

December 15, 2008

A spider as big as a dinner plate has been found living in one of the world’s last scientifically unexplored regions.

Eighty eight new species of frogs were discovered, including the blue spotted tree frog

Eighty eight new species of frogs were discovered, including the blue spotted tree frog

The Greater Mekong, which is made up of 600,000 square kilometres of wetlands and rainforest along the Mekong River in Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam and China, is also home to striped rabbits, bright pink millipedes laced with cyanide and a rat that was believed to have become extinct 11 million years ago.
A host of new species has been found in the area, which is so full of life that previously unknown animals and plants have been turning up at a rate of two a week for a decade.
At least 1,068 new species were identified in the Greater Mekong from 1997 to 2007 along with Read more

Arctic reported to be on thin ice

November 5, 2008

WASHINGTON: Autumn temperatures in the Arctic are at record levels, the Arctic Ocean is getting warmer and less salty as sea ice melts, and reindeer  herds appear to be declining, researchers have reported.
“Obviously, the planet is interconnected, so what happens in the Arctic does matter” to the rest of the world, Jackie Richter-Menge of the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory said in releasing the third annual Arctic Report Card on Thursday.  The report, compiled by 46 scientists from 10 countries, looks at a variety of conditions in the Arctic.
The region has long been expected to be among the first areas to show impacts from global Read more

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