Animals

Polar Bear Population Threatened by Climate Change

November 15, 2013 / No Comments

At present, polar bears outnumber the residents of a small town in Canada’s tundra. But this is going to change very soon. Reports suggest that the speedy ice melting in Churchill, Manitoba, a town inhabited by almost 800 residents and 900 polar bears, will prove to be very devastating for the bears. Experts say that the process will now begins in ...

Dolphin Virus Infects Bottle-Nose Dolphins in Florida

November 14, 2013 / No Comments

The measles-like virus that is killing hundreds of dolphins along the east coast of the United States has reportedly spread to Florida too. NBC News said that the morbillivirus, which already took the lives of 753 cetaceans, is now making its presence felt in Florida, where bottle-nose dolphins are appearing on beaches dead or dying. Teri Rowles of the NOAA Fisheries Marine ...

US to Crush 6 Tons of Confiscated Illegal Ivory Stock Pile

November 12, 2013 / 1 Comment

The US administration has decided to destroy illegal ivory that have been confiscated after they were tracked down. The move is to  send out warning signals to poachers who are engaged in ivory hunting. A task force that will include officers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and also other conservation groups, will destroy six tons of ivory that have ...

Frog Named after Film Maker James Cameron

November 8, 2013 / No Comments

Yet another newly discovered species has been named after a celebrity. This time the lucky chap is James Cameron. Cameron’s name was given to a tiny colorful frog found only in the Aprada-tepui summit in Venezuela. The frog has been named Pristimantis jamescameroni. In the European Journal of Taxonomy, scientist Dr Philippe Kok says the name has been given in honor ...

Dogs Wag Their Tails According to Their Emotions

November 7, 2013 / No Comments

Researchers seem to continuously arrive at the conclusion that dogs wagging their tail indicate what emotions they have in their minds. In 2007, a group of Italian researchers observed that when the dog wagged its tail to the left, it showed negative emotions and when it was to the right, it showed positive emotions. In another study that was released recently ...

One Solution for Reducing Elephant Poaching In Tanzania

November 4, 2013 / 2 Comments

Tanzania has a severe poaching problem when it comes to elephants. Some estimates show 70 jumbo elephants are poached every day for their ivory tusks. Needless to say, the population of elephants is Tanzania is being decimated. Poachers often have the latest in equipment that allows them to effortlessly take down the largest of elephants, quickly remove their tusks and flee ...

Sir David Attenborough Launches Crowdfunding Campaign to Save Gorillas

November 4, 2013 / No Comments

Nature broadcaster and wildlife expert Sir David Attenborough is standing up for the gorillas. In a bid to help save the African mountain gorillas, he has kickstarted a new crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.com. Having set a goal of $160,000 to aid the efforts of Fauna & Flora International in protecting gorillas from poaching and habitat loss, the wildlife expert has called ...

Pet Food Safety Gets Added Focus

October 29, 2013 / No Comments

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has imposed a new rule that would ensure that food made for pets and animals would meet new safety standards. As per the new rule , companies that manufacture pet food and treats will have to follow good manufacturing practices. The new norm would also include identifying potential dangers and looking for effective ...

Scientists Discover 60 New Species

October 11, 2013 / No Comments

A recent rain forest expedition in Suriname in the Northern South America resulted in the discovery of 60 new species of creatures! The expedition by a group of researchers, including international scientists, was lucky to find many a species discovered. The news was confirmed by a tropical ecologist with a US-based conservation group. Suriname is the nation where world’s one of the ...

Rare Carnivore Mammal Species Spotted

August 17, 2013 / No Comments

Scientists have spotted an olinguito in the forests of Equador. If you are wondering what an olinguito is, it is a carnivore species found in the Western Hemisphere after a gap of 35 years. The furry, 2-lb animal looks alike its fellow olingos. The orange-brown olinguito eluded classification by scientists for more than 100 years, although it was observed in the wild. ...