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Wildlife, people work together during Assam’s annual floods

by Nabarun Guha, Sahana Ghosh on 23 July 2019 • Deadly monsoon floods have ravaged Assam’s Kaziranga National Park and other protected areas of the state. • Nearly 200 animals have been killed in Kaziranga National Park, home to the world’s largest population of greater one-horned rhinos. The floods are a necessary evil for Kaziranga’s ecology. Read More »

Five injured in Comilla fox attacks

Comilla, July 5 – Five people were bitten by foxes at Sreemoddi and Gowarivanga villages in Homna Upazila on Thursday night. The injured are – Atorer Nesa, 65, Badshah Miya, 19, of Sreemoddi village, Kohinur Begum, 50, Idris Miya, 65 and Ohimon, 50, of Gowarivanga village. Upazila Family Planning Officer Dr Sarfaraj Hossain Khan said the five were attacked by ... Read More »

Hidden cameras reveal six colour variants of the Asiatic golden cat

by Shreya Dasgupta on 24 June 2019 • Cameras placed across the Dibang Valley in Arunachal Pradesh have captured Asiatic golden cats with six different coat colours. • These include five colours previously described from different parts of the cat’s distribution across Asia as well as a previously unrecorded dark pattern of tightly spaced rosettes. • The study’s authors suspect ... Read More »

Climate change peril Uganda’s tree climbing lions, primates

By Wambi Michael Kasese, Uganda, Jun 12 2019 (IPS) – As climate change leads to increased temperatures in East Africa, a thicket of invasive thorny trees with the ability to withstand harsh climatic conditions have begun threatening Uganda’s second-largest park, home to a rare breed of tree climbing lions and one of the highest concentrations of primates in the world. ... Read More »

India documents the first underground snakehead fish, Gollum

Sahana Ghosh on 15 May 2019 The first snakehead fish with an underground lifestyle was hiding in the aquifers of Kerala until a chance encounter, social media and the historic floods of Kerala in 2018 thrust the species into the global spotlight. The Gollum snakehead (Aenigmachanna gollum), a new genus and species, described from Kerala, is the first subterranean species ... Read More »

Indonesia sinks 51 foreign boats to fight against poaching

Indonesia, May 5 (AP/UNB) — Indonesian authorities resumed their tough stance against illegal fishing in the country’s waters by sinking 51 foreign ships Saturday, as the government ramps up efforts to exert greater control over its vast maritime territory. The seized ships were sunk at five ports across the archipelago, which has some of the world’s richest fishing grounds, the ... Read More »

Poaching interrupts study of migratory birds in Kashmir

by Athar Parvaiz on 16 April 2019 • Around half a million birds visit the Ramsar site, Hokersar Wetland and other wetlands in Kashmir. But many of these birds are victims of hunting. • While attempting to study the birds, researchers fear that many of the birds that they had tagged with devices for studying migration patterns have been hunted ... Read More »

WWF sounds alarm after 48 lbs of plastic found in dead whale

Milan, Apr 6 (AP/UNB) — An 8-meter (26-foot) sperm whale was found dead off Sardinia with 22 kilograms (48.5 pounds) of plastic in its belly, prompting the World Wildlife Foundation to sound an alarm Monday over the dangers of plastic waste in the Mediterranean Sea. The environmental group said the garbage recovered from the sperm whale’s stomach included a corrugated ... Read More »

Should elephant play be called extortion trade?

Dhaka, Jan 29 (Xinhua/UNB) — Elephants, sometimes adorned with jewels and gaudy, decorative garments, are not an uncommon sight on the streets in many parts of Asia. They can be seen ridden by their mahouts (riders or keepers) in public places where they artfully commandeer cash from passersby or unsuspecting tourists sipping a brew outside a cafe. Bangladesh’s capital city ... Read More »

Dwindling prey bad news for big cats, wolves

The world’s top land carnivores such as tigers, lions and jaguars are coming under threat as their prey dwindles in number, according to the first global study of feeding patterns. There are only 17 four-legged predators—big cats, wolves and wild dogs—that weigh more than 15 kilos (33 pounds) and whose diet is at least 70 percent meat. Collectively these fearsome ... Read More »

Demand for ‘cute’ bulldogs is destroying the breed

The bulldog may be a symbol of strength and tenacity, but more than a century of selective breeding has weakened the once-tough canine. The dogs have breathing, skeletal, and skin problems, and, even worse, many can’t naturally mate or give birth. If they develop breathing difficulties early, it’s unlikely they will make it past the age of five. Now, the ... Read More »

Ancient Australian flesh-eating marsupial discovered

A new species of extinct flesh-eating marsupial that terrorised Australia’s forests some five million years ago has been identified from a recently discovered fossil site, scientists said Tuesday. The animal, weighing 20 to 25 kilograms (44 to 55 pounds) and named Whollydooleya tomnpatrichorum, is a distant and bigger cousin of Australia’s largest living flesh-eating marsupial—the Tasmanian Devil. It is the ... Read More »

New spider with horned fangs found in Dinosaur-Era Amber

The recently discovered species hails from the late Cretaceous period and is notable for its bizarre body forms. Scientists recently discovered the bizarre armored spider, Electroblemma bifida, in Burmese amber. While creeping through a dinosaur-era forest, two spiders found themselves enveloped in a pool of tree resin. Now, after millions of years of entombment, the well-preserved pair have been identified ... Read More »

The most feared dogs may also be the most misunderstood

Many countries ban pit bulls as a dangerous breed but “there’s no science that bears that idea out,” says this author. Pit bulls, like these in Oxford, Mississippi, arouse strong passions. To some, they are canine killers that should be banned. To others, they are victims of prejudice and misunderstanding. Who’s right? In 2014, while playing near his house in ... Read More »

Cecil the lion died one year ago—here’s what’s happened since

A year ago this week Cecil the lion was killed by Walter Palmer, sparking an international outcry and greater scrutiny of trophy hunting for the heads, skins, or other body parts of wild animals. Eight African countries allow the consistent export of lion parts, including Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia, and Tanzania, which holds nearly half the continent’s wild lions. Lions have ... Read More »