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GOOD NEWS FOR CONSERVATION:

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

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My most recent mask, Kleiveer the Bearded Vulture (Lammergeier)!
This is built on a base crafted by the very talented Crystumes. Altered, furred, and finished by myself.
Kind thanks to the folks that took photos of it at AC earlier this month. Last photo is courtesy of Rivkah Winter.

Lammergeiers and many other vultures are in trouble. Some species have lost over 90% of their population (read more). Many African species are on track to extinction right now. Beardies are seeing some conservation success in some areas (some of Europe), and declines in others (70% loss in Africa!). Vultures, in addition to being kick-ass, are super important parts of our ecosystems, and are worth saving.

(Thank you for all the kind interest but I am not open for mask commissions right now. More info)

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sooooooo mortior and i and some other awesome people miiiiight be working on a little big something something. aaaaaaand it’s going to be fucking amazing and awesome. and that’s all i’m telling you. expect more teasers down the road.

disclaimer no we are not doing all 24 trolls dear lord. this is most likely it. we considered bringing equiusbot back but couldn’t really work it out to make much sense. 

rip in pieces

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Another northern white rhino died. There are now 4 left. 

Nabiré, one of the five remaining northern white rhinos, died Monday at the age of 31 in the Czech Republic’s Dv?r Králové Zoo “due to a large pathological cyst that ruptured inside her body,” the zoo said in a statement. With another rhino unable to breed, the chance to save them is slim — but still possible.

Can you spot the snow leopard?

Click here to find out if you were right!

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 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.

Follow the link to ZooBorns, to learn more.
Photo Credits: Connor Mallon at Smithsonian’s National Zoo

Grandidier’s 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:

Encyclopedia of Life

Image by Zigomar via Wikimedia Commons

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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.

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NOAA Podcasts:  Saving the Leatherback Sea Turtle

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.

(LISTEN HERE)

photographs by Karen Benson and Karin A. Forney/NOAA.

Day 39/100 (10/25 #fursdays) : Malaysian Tapir calf | Tapirus indicus. All four tapir species are currently endangered or threatened, largely due to hunting and habitat loss.
🐘 22 x18 mm. THIS PAINTING WILL BE UP FOR AUCTION FOR A WEEK STARTING 31 JULY 2015. #potluck100pfa #fursdays #miniature #watercolour #tapir #malayantapir #endangered #paintingsforants (at Buchanan Studios)

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The stereotypical image of the giant panda is of a black and white bear, but that’s not entirely accurate!  These images are of Qinling pandas, a subspecies of the giant panda restricted to the Qinling Mountains.  Officially named in 2005, this subspecies is recognised by its smaller skull size, larger molars, and of course, its brown colouring.  It is also extremely rare; there are likely only 200 to 300 of these bears left in the wild.