It’s a Boy! Congratulations to ring-tailed lemur Sarsaparilla on the birth of her second son on April 17, 2015. This newest
addition brings the family’s numbers to eight, including Molson, Sassy,
Sobe, Cripsin, Keegan, and Sobe’s twins born on March 22nd. Sassy was
the last of our three ring-tailed moms to give birth, all within a month
of each other. Because of the timing of births, all of our infants will
have playmates within their groups. Social play begins around six weeks
of age and includes behaviors such as chasing, play biting, jumping,
and wrestling. Even as the infants grow and start to spend more time on
their own, they will return to mom to nurse and sleep until they are
around five or six months old.
Appetite for Destruction: Eating Bluefin Tuna Into Extinction
Sushi has become a staple of nearly every American’s diet—yet most of us
have no clue about the economics and environmental impact involved in
getting fish from the sea to our plates. From Los Angeles to Japan, host
Sasha Issenberg—journalist and author of The Sushi Economy—follows the
trail of the threatened Pacific bluefin tuna to find out if our appetite
for sushi just might end up devouring this diamond of the sea.
Species believed extinct until rediscovery in 2001
Congratulations to the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Turtle Survival Alliance
in Myanmar for the recent release of 60 captive-raised Myanmar roofed turtles (Batagur trivittata) - a species believed to be extinct until 2001. We’re pleased to
see the world’s second most endangered turtle on the road to recovery in
its native habitat, and happy that funds from our Critically Endangered
Animals Fund have helped support this effort!
Additional information on this particular project can be found at:
Inger Vandyke and her team sat for six hours watching the snow leopard that’s camouflaged in the photo above. Known as the “ghosts of the mountains,” snow leopards are super stealth, but they’re also endangered—there are only about 1,000 of these amazing animals left in the wild. Check out the source article on Earth Touch News Network to find out if you spotted the leopard correctly, and to learn more about how they camouflage themselves.
BIG NEWS: The Louisiana black bear is no longer at risk for extinction thanks to conservation efforts over the past 20 years. President Theodore Roosevelt made the Louisiana black bear famous in 1902 when he spared one from his trophy collection and it became the inspiration for the “Teddy Bear.” Learn more: http://on.doi.gov/1JAsBTS
Photo of a Louisiana black bear eating grass by Pam McIlhenny, USFWS.
The Mountain Pygmy-possum, Burramys parvus, is Australia’s only hibernating marsupial. There are thought to be less than 2000 Mountain Pygmy-possums left in the wild, and the species is listed as Critically Endangered.