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!
ADOPT A KAKAPO AND GET A CUTIE TO HUG: http://kakaporecovery.org.nz/adopt-a-kakapo/

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



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

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.


There are two types of people

“I wish for pandas to mate and increase in population”

 "I wish for Kanye to be appreciated as an artist, not as a person" 

the weeaboos


Sawfish (Pristidae)

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.

photo credits: wiki, Flavio Ferrari, whrhsmarineblog, underwater-fish, discoverlife

Similar but different, the fascinating mimicry

These two frogs are so similar that you might think are of the same species, but in fact they are not, they are different species, but one, Ranitomeya imitator (below), whose name could not be more appropriate, is a master of camouflage, and mimics Ranitomeya summersi (above) with remarkable accuracy.

Ranitomeya imitator, commonly referred to as Mimic Poison Frog, is known for its variety of phenotypes (morphs) even in a single population, however, at the Huallaga Canyon, R. imitator exhibits only the phenotype mimic of the sympatric and Endangered R. summersi, known from only a few localities in central Peru near the Huallaga river valley.

References: [1] - [2] - [3]

Photo credit: ©Brad Wilson | Locality: San Martin, Peru (2010)