Happy Snow Leopard Day! Let’s celebrate with this | Repost from @snowleopardtrust | First pictures of snow leopards in Kyrgyz Ala-Too range. Researchers have captured the elusive big cat on camera in Shamsy, a former hunting concession that has been co-managed as a Wildlife Sanctuary by the Kyrgyz government and conservationists since 2015.
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The Only Brown Panda in the World Who Was Abandoned & Bullied As A Baby Is Finally Happy
Believe it or not, the adorable brown panda is the only one of its kind in the world. Called Qizai, this cutie was actually abandoned at the tender age of 2 months old by his momma bear and even had to face bullying from other pandas growing up.
The scaly ant eater, also known as the
, is a mammal
armored with large, keratin plates covering the top of its body. They are found
in both Africa and Asia and are around 12 – 40 inches in size on average.
In the event of an attack, the pangolin will curl up into a
ball to shield itself, hence its name, which derives from the Bahasa Malaysian word
They are also able to release an unpleasant gas, much like a
A solitary and nocturnal animal, the scaly ant eater survives on
a diet of termites and ants, for which they use their long tongue to pick off
their prey. Their tongues are often longer than their bodies, at around
Unfortunately for the Pangolins, they are heavily hunted for
both their armor as well as their meat.
Seen as a delicacy in some
countries, they are often hunted and exported to countries in Asia, as there is
belief that the keratin armor has certain medicinal properties.
This, as well as the Pangolins natural habitats being largely
destroyed by deforestation, has earned them a place on the red list.
The term “aardvark” comes from the Afrikaans meaning “earth pig” or “ground pig”. It has also been colloquially called “African ant bear” or “Cape anteater”. In reality, however, it is related to neither pigs or anteaters or bears. It is a completely unique mammal, the most evolutionarily distinct mammal in the world.
In honor of vulture awareness day, let me ask you a question.
Do you love vultures?
1, They are simultaneously the most majestic, and the most f*cking derpy of birbs. Observe -
2. THEY’RE SO FUCKING BADASS. We all know that they eat dead things. Eww, right? Wrong. They’re capable of digesting fucking rabies, cholera, hundreds of strains of bacteria that would straight up kill your ass given the chance. They deserve ALL of the respect, but they don’t get any, because ‘eww they eat dead things’.
3. THEY ARE FUCKING AMAZING AT WHAT THEY DO - Some of the highest flying birds ever recorded, with amazing eyesight and smell. Vultures are highly specialised - yes, that means they sometimes have bald heads. So what? People are all over sphinx cats and those semi-hairless dogs.
4. If you think they’re ugly, well, look at these precious babs and tell me you still don’t feel anything:
I have more reasons, but, look, I’ll just get straight to the point:
THEY’RE GOING EXTINCT, AND MORE PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW.
Populations of some vultures have fallen more than 90% in the last 20 years, and that’s scary as fuck. Reasons for this range from livestock carcasses being contaminated with certain drugs, to poachers killing them off because vultures give them away. But whatever the reasons, they’re dying off fast, and we need to act before it’s too late. We need to help protect them and conserve them as much if not more than some of the ‘cuter’ endangered creatures.
So what can you do? Here are some useful links if you want to learn more:
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:
The newest national wildlife refuge – Mountain Bogs – will help protect one of the smallest, rarest turtles in the U.S., the bog turtle. Located in North Carolina, Mountain Bogs National Wildlife Refuge is America’s 563rd refuge. It’ll be devoted to the conservation of southern Appalachian mountain bogs, which is home to five endangered species including bog turtles, green pitcher plant, mountain sweet pitcher plant, swamp pink (a lily), and bunched arrowhead. Photo of a newly hatched bog turtle by USFWS.
Thirty years after the scimitar-horned oryx was driven to extinction in the wild, the desert antelope is back in its native Chad. A dramatic reintroduction was was captured on video on Sunday.
herd of about 20 – resulting from a successful captive breeding
program – excitedly left their enclosure, except for one female that
was not ready to venture out and a male that returned from his brief
stint in the wild to be with her…