Turtles spotted mating bring hope for endangered species
Conservation efforts are proving successful for a group of endangered turtles.

ELLINGER RIVER SNAPPING TURTLES have been seen mating in their new home at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, giving hope to researchers working to save the critically endangered species.

“There are very few mature turtles remaining in the wild, so this group at Taronga has a vital role to play in rebuilding the population,” said keeper Adam Skidmore.

Taronga vets will conduct ultrasounds on the turtles later this month to see if the females are carrying eggs.

“We’re optimistic that we can establish a successful breeding group here to ultimately raise and release hatchlings back into the Bellinger River,” said Adam…
Tell the Mexican Government to Reject Mining in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
Mexico's largest mining company is attempting to use a legal loophole to secure one of the final permits it needs to begin potentially catastrophic copper, zinc, and lead ore mining in the protected Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. This UNESCO World Heritage site contains overwintering habitat for most of the Eastern population of the monarch butterfly. Loss of habitat and destruction of milkweed, a plant required for the survival of monarchs, has led to a nearly two-thirds decline in the overwintering population in just 12 years. The Eastern population of North America's monarchs migrates every year to mountainous oyamel fir forests in Mexico, where the butterfliesroost from October to late March before returning to the U.S. and southern Canada. This is unique, as the monarch is the only butterfly known to make a two-way migration.

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.


The scaly ant eater, also known as the pangolin , 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 “pengguling” which means “roll up”.

They are also able to release an unpleasant gas, much like a skunk.

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 16inches.

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 a unsubstantiated 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.

I wish I could make the text vibrate back and forth to show you how exciting this is.

Adopting them helps their recovery efforts. Kakapos are critically endangered!

(this photo is not mine and belongs to the Kakapo Recovery group!)

In honor of vulture awareness day, let me ask you a question.

Do you love vultures?

You should.

Here’s why:

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: 


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:

Please consider helping our seldom appreciated vulture buddies, either by donating, or even just by helping to change their bad reputation!! 

They really are amazing birds ~ thank you for sticking with my long-ass post 




Myanmar roofed turtles reintroduced to the wild

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:

Wildlife Conservation Society - Roof Turtles

(via: USFWS_International Affairs)

photographs by Wildlife Conservation Society
Resurrected From Dead, Oryx Returns to the Wild
Scimitar horned Oryx are now back in the wild thanks to a breeding and monitoring program.
By Jen Viegas

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.

The 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…