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.
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The Leatherback is a most unusual species of sea turtle. In the Pacific, it’s also among the most endangered.
In celebration of Sea Turtle Day, today’s podcast is about
leatherback sea turtles. Leatherbacks are the largest species of sea
turtle out there, and they migrate farther than any other. And in the
Pacific Ocean, they’re also among the most endangered.
To talk with us about leatherback sea turtles, we have Scott Benson
on the line. Benson is a research biologist at NOAA’s Southwest
Fisheries Science Center, and he’s an expert on leatherback sea turtles.
In this interview, Benson discusses some of the threats that
leatherbacks face and what scientists, conservationists, and fishermen
are doing to address those threats. He also explains what measures you
as a consumer can take to help protect leatherback sea turtles.
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is celebrating a conservation milestone; for the first time, a rare Spider Tortoise has hatched in the Reptile Discovery Center. Animal care staff are closely monitoring the hatchling, which emerged May 10 in an off-exhibit area.
Spider Tortoises are listed as “Critically Endangered” on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Native to the forests and sandy coastlines of Madagascar, their populations have declined by 80 percent since 1970, and populations continue to dwindle due to habitat loss and wildlife trafficking for the food and pet trade.
Markhor (Capra falconeri) The markhor is a large species of wild goat that is found in northeastern Afghanistan, northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan , some parts of Pakistani Controlled Kashmir and Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir, southern Tajikistan and southern Uzbekistan. The species is classed by the IUCN as Endangered, as there are fewer than 2,500 mature individuals and the numbers have
continued to decline by an estimated 20% over two generations. Markhor stand 65 - 115 cm at the shoulder and 132 - 186 cm in length. Both sexes have tightly curled, corkscrew-like horns, which close together at the head, but spread upwards toward the tips. The horns of
males can grow up to 160 cm long, and up to 25 cm in females. Markhor are adapted to mountainous terrain, and can be found between 600 and 3,600 meters in elevation. They typically inhabit scrub forests
made up primarily of oaks, pines, and junipers. They are diurnal,
and are mainly active in the early morning and late afternoon. Their
diets shift seasonally: in the spring and summer periods they graze, but turn to browsing in winter, sometimes standing on their hind legs to reach high branches. Currently, only three subspecies of markhor are recognised.
baobab (Adansonia grandidieri) is an endangered tree endemic to the
Madagascar dry deciduous forests ecoregion. This ecoregion represents
some of the world’s most species rich and most distinctive tropical dry
forests characterized by very high local plant and animal endemism.
More about the Madagascar Dry Deciduous Forests Habitat:
A SAD REALITY: The Countries With The Most Threatened Mammals
The map below shows the number of threatened mammals in countries across the world according to data from The World Bank. The results of their research are disturbing; 25% of mammals are at risk of extinction. In total 1,201 mammal species are categorised as threatened. Indonesia, Madagascar and Mexico lead the list and have more than 100 mammals at risk of disappearing. Animals such as the lemur, the Sumatran tiger and the vaquita (a small porpoise) are some of those harmed by hunting and human action.
Innovative Care Saves Endangered Tree Kangaroo at Adelaide Zoo
by ZooBorns staff
a world first for conservation, Adelaide Zoo Keepers and Veterinarians
saved the life of an orphaned Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroo, named Makaia,
by utilizing a surrogate wallaby mother. It’s a technique never
attempted before with a Tree Kangaroo!
In November last year,
zookeepers arrived early one morning to make a horrible discovery.
Overnight, a falling branch had crushed the zoo’s three-year-old female Tree Kangaroo, orphaning a five-week-old joey.
Zookeepers made the decision to try and save the tiny joey. Due to the
young age of the male joey, hand rearing was not possible, which meant
the only option available was to try and ‘cross-foster’ the joey into
the pouch of a surrogate wallaby mother.
Find the rest of the amazing story, and see video: ZooBorns.com
Sawfishes, also known as carpenter sharks, are a family (Pristidae) of rays characterized by a long, narrow, flattened rostrum, or nose extension, lined with sharp transverse teeth, arranged so as to resemble a saw. Several species of sawfishes can grow to about 7 m. The family as a whole is largely unknown and little studied. All species of sawfishes are listed as Endangered or Critically Endangered by the IUCN, and face the threat of extinction as a result of habitat loss and overfishing. Sawfishes are marine, euryhaline (moving between freshwater and saltwater), or marginal (brackish water) species, and are widely distributed across tropical and warm temperate nearshore ocean waters in the Atlantic and Indo-Pacific. They inhabit inshore coastal areas such as coastal lagoons, estuarine environments, and the lower, brackish river deltas. Some species are known to frequently penetrate far into rivers and major lakes such as Lake Nicaragua. Though few details of their ecology are precisely known, sawfishes tend to prefer shallow, muddy, brackish water, spending most of their time on or near the seabed, visiting the surface occasionally. Sawfishes are nocturnal, usually sleeping during the day and hunting at night. Despite fearsome appearances, they do not attack people unless provoked or surprised. The taxonomy of the sawfish family Pristidae has been described as chaotic, with uncertainty as to the true number of valid species. It contains two genera grouped by similar visual characteristics.