The Seychelles frog is a devoted parent to its offspring.  Six to fifteen eggs are laid in a damp, concealed nest and guarded by one of the parents.  When the tadpoles hatch, they crawl onto the parent’s back (no one is quite sure whether it is the father or mother) and glue themselves there with mucous.  The adult frog then carries the tadpoles and froglets until their yolk reserves are depleted and their legs are developed enough for them to walk.


Major Breakthrough in Fight to Save Asian Vultures from Extinction

by Martin Fowlie

A major step for the future of vultures in Asia has been announced by the Indian Ministry of Health. A ban of multi-dose vials of human formulations of diclofenac, which is responsible for the death of tens of millions of Asia’s vultures, has come into force with immediate effect.

The painkiller was banned from veterinary use in India in 2006 because of its lethal effects on vultures that feed on the carcasses of treated cattle and buffaloes, but human formulations of the drug have been illegally used to treat animals since then. The ban sees diclofenac production now restricted to human formulations in a single 3ml dose.

Chris Bowden, RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) and SAVE vulture programme manager said, “Despite diclofenac being illegal for veterinary use since 2006, human formulations have been made readily available in large vials by irresponsible drug companies, making it cheap and easy to use illegally to treat cattle and buffalo…

(read more: Bird Life International)

The letter R of the #EndangeredAnimalAlphabet series: Rodrigues Flying Fox

The critically endangered rodrigues flying fox, is given it’s name due to it’s fox-like face. These bats are crepuscular,  which means that they are active during sunset and sunrise. This species of bat developed large eyes to find fruit and insects instead of large ears and echolocation.

This species is in grave danger of extinction in the wild on Rodrigues Island as a result of habitat loss, shooting and hunting for meat as well as natural  tropical cyclones which blow can animals out to sea.   



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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.

Help save quolls
Struggling quoll populations need urgent support to survive


Struggling quoll populations need urgent support to survive

At one time, most of Australia was home to at least one of our four species of quoll. In the past few hundred years, however, the little carnivores have been reduced to fragmented populations on the edges of the mainland and Tasmania.

Northern and spotted-tailed quolls are today endangered, while the western quoll is listed as vulnerable. By donating, you’ll be helping the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC), which is training northern quolls to avoid eating toxic cane toads.

You’ll also be supporting the Foundation for Australia’s Most Endangered species (FAME); this conservation group helped to re-establish mainland populations of eastern quoll, using animals from Tasmania, after the species became extinct across much of the continent in the 1960s (see AG 82). FAME is now reintroducing western quolls to 
the Flinders Ranges National Park, in South Australia.  



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Who Killed the Venus Flytrap?
In the public consciousness, the Venus flytrap is prolific. But in the wild, it's disappearing.

A good read on the sad state of the Venus Flytrap. Carnivorous plants native to the USA are increasingly close to becoming extinct, for absolutely no logical reason. All are easy to cultivate and readily available for under $10-$20. There is no need to poach whatsoever. Help save North American carnivores—we have more genera of carnivorous plant than ANY other continent, including the tropics.

Short-tailed albatrosses were hunted nearly to extinction by the early 1900s. 

They were thought to be extinct by 1949, until a few individuals began to return to their nesting territories on Torishima, an active volcanic island south of Tokyo, Japan. 

Today, the current population is estimated around 4,400 birds and growing. A pair has even nested on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge over the last few years. Feeding and other activity away from the breeding grounds is focused in Alaska. 

As the population continues to increase we expect the numbers to increase along the Washington and Oregon Coasts as well. Learn more about the short-tailed albatrosses on Midway at:


Photo credit: Pete Leary/USFWS

(via: USFWS_Pacific Region)

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. 


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