Wolves Have 21 Distinct Howling ‘Dialects’

Researchers have for the first time translated the different howling dialects of wolves. A new study from the University of Cambridge suggests that the animals’ “accents” or “vocal fingerprints” largely depend on breed and location.

A total of 21 howl types were identified based on pitch and fluctuation and then assigned to specific subspecies of wolf, as well as jackals and domestic dogs. For example, the howling repertoire of the timber wolf is heavy with low, flat howls, while the critically endangered red wolf has a high, looping howl. Researchers believe their findings may help conservationists protect certain subspecies, and even shed light on the earliest evolution of human language.

“Wolves may not be close to us taxonomically, but ecologically their behavior in a social structure is remarkably close to that of humans. That’s why we domesticated dogs – they are very similar to us,” lead researcher Dr. Arik Kershenbaum, from Cambridge’s Department of Zoology, said a news release.

Their study was recently published in the journal Behavioural Processes

Researchers have identified several different dialects of wolves, coyotes and dogs.  (Photo : Flickr: Fool4myCanon) 

Tokin Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus avunculus)


Tonkin snub-nosed monkeys only live in Vietnam. Unfortunately, there are thought to be only several hundred left. Through the Critically Endangered Animals Conservation Fund, we have been partnering with Fauna & Flora International to reduce poaching and habitat destruction of these charismatic monkeys. The project also aims to map areas to determine which are the most important to protect.

(via: USFWS_International Affairs)

Photograph by Quyet Le


Satu, a highly endangered Sumatran male tiger cub born at Zoo Miami on Nov 14 2015 by Francisco Herrera
Via Flickr:
Zoo Miami

Happy Lunar New Year! We’re celebrating the Year of the Monkey by highlighting some amazing Asian monkey species. 

This striking fellow is an adult male proboscis monkey (Nasalis larvatus), also called the long-nosed monkey or bekantan in Indonesian. Male proboscis monkeys use their fleshy, pendulous noses to reverberate loud bellowing noises that attract mates or warn others of predators. Infant proboscis monkeys are born with bright blue faces and black fur!

Proboscis monkeys eat mostly leaves, seeds, and unripe fruits, and sometimes insects. They are only found on the island of Borneo and are endangered with extinction because of deforestation and hunting.

Learn more about Asian primates at our February 21 event, Spotlight Asia: Ring in the Year of the Monkey. 

punchdrunkdoc asked:

I'm loving your complete lack of chill over the STUPID and INFURIATING baby mama storyline. What, if anything, do you think the show can do to redeem it?

I haven’t exactly been mincing words, have I? :)

I don’t know that Arrow necessarily can redeem the plot just because of how nonsensical it is. I can’t get over how absurd it is that Oliver would willingly visit William given how he’s been courting danger with Damien Darhk as both Oliver Queen and the Green Arrow. I can’t get past how preposterous it is that Samantha would let Oliver anywhere near William when Oliver’s fiancee has recently been paralyzed from the waist down because she happened to be with him during an assassination attempt. It just doesn’t make sense, and that’s what irritates me. I’ll suspend disbelief about magic and assassins and aliens all day long, but don’t try to sell characters to me as good parents if they would endanger their kid like this. 

I do believe that Oliver is redeemable, but an awful lot depends on how the show handles his reaction to the truth coming out. He needs to learn from what he’s done wrong and show growth from dealing with the consequences. His misstep in this case isn’t one tiny thing going wrong, and I truly believe that he’ll need to step back from trying to build a future with Felicity. This lie is a perfect storm of separate bad decisions; for his own sake, Oliver will need to correct the behavior that led to each one before he tries to be somebody’s partner in life. 

In order for the overall storyline to be redeemed, then the focus of the storyline needs to not be on Olicity. The focus needs to be on Oliver because Oliver is the problem that needs fixing before anything else, and it can’t happen overnight. 

Or, alternately, somebody could show up at my house with a real copy of 4x12 and tell me that the episode that I saw that featured Oliver mentioning trips to Central City was a very elaborate prank and all is actually well. I’m on board with that happening as well. 

Ikoto is enjoying some extra enrichment!  The wind chimes act as an auditory enrichment presenting him with a new stimulus.  The wind chimes were also with his buddy Merlot earlier in the day, so you can see Ikoto smelling the individual chimes.  The combined olfactory and auditory novelty create a fun toy for our lemurs!

dolph-lundgren asked:

i never had to dissect a mullet in school bc theyre an endangered species, also, imo snake shoulda suplexed the fuck outta big boss but im mot kojima

Tbh I’m still hoping for a remake of the msx metal gear 1 and 2 just so we can see big boss/venom snake get suplexed by our boi


(W) Jason Aaron (A) Chris Bachalo (CA) Butch Guice

The Emperikul have arrived, leaving universes purged of magic in their wake. Their next target? The Marvel Universe. And with Doctor Strange weakened beyond measure? We don’t have a chance!


(W) Jeff Lemire (A) Humberto Ramos (CA) Ken Lashley

Mutantkind is an endangered species once more. But what better way to ensure your people see the future…than to skip ahead right to it? As the mutant race’s last hope is jettisoned into the time stream, the Extraordinary X-Men make a startling discovery: the fate of their kind is about to fall into the hands of one of their most formidable adversaries - the immortal APOCALYPSE. Now, the X-Men race into a perilous future, desperate to reclaim what was taken from them…and completely unaware of the horrors that await them.


(W) Brockton McKinney (A) Sergio Rios (CA) Dan Mendoza

Gingerdead Man returns on a bloody killing spree and it’s up to a feisty barista named Kayla to stop him. But with a pile of dead bodies in his wake, can anyone stop the hell-bound dough boy? And who are the Mini-Gingers, and why are there so damn many of them?

(W) Brockton McKinney (A) Sergio Rios (CA)   Photo

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Cu Rua, the world’s most important turtle, has died

Cu Rua, a rare Yangtze giant softshell turtle living in Vietnam, was found dead Tuesday after its body floated up to the surface of Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem lake. Thought to be over 100, its death brings the worldwide population of the rare turtle to three. For locals, the turtle’s demise hit hard.

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Tuatara Hatchling at UK’s Chester Zoo


Our keepers have hatched the first ever tuatara outside of their native New Zealand - a successful breeding that has taken several decades to achieve.

The tuatara is one of the world’s oldest living species and is believed to have pre-dated the dinosaurs, having been on the planet for more than 225 million years.

Around 70 million years ago they became extinct everywhere except New Zealand, where it now has iconic status.

Our achievements in successfully hatching the tuatara - and all of the intricate skills developed along the way - give us confidence that we can help save highly threatened species such as mountain chicken frogs and Bermudan skinks from extinction in the wild.

(via: Chester Zoo)

From extinct to 13,000 hatchlings
Once classified as extinct, the Lord Howe Island stick insect is now thriving in captive breeding – but more work is needed before they are no longer critically endangered...

NOT ONLY HAS the Lord Howe Island stick insect been brought back from the brink of extinction, there are now 13,000 new hatchlings at Melbourne Zoo – a significant milestone in the conservation of a species with a wild population of less than 40.

The stick insects are now being bred abroad to further secure their population, in the hope that one day they can be reintroduced into their native habitat on Lord Howe Island, 780km north-east of Sydney, without risking endangerment again…