September 16, 2014
500, bats, biologists, biscayne bay, endangered bats, florida bonneted bat, golf course, igor purlantov, miami, south florida, worlds rarest bat found in miami
If you were one of the world’s rarest and most endangered bats, where would you choose to live? Perhaps in a remote forest or woodland? Nah, if you’re a Florida bonneted bat, you’re going to Miami. And just like thousands of snowbirds that flock to the city on Biscayne Bay, you like to hang out at the golf course. Only an estimated 500 of the bonneted bats are left—no one knows for sure how many—and they are scattered around six South Florida counties. The small and high-flying bats have long eluded biologists’ attempts to capture them or even discover where they roost.
September 15, 2014
12 selfie tips you can learn from animals, animals, creatures, facial expressions, igor purlantov, phone, photograph, selfie
Taking a perfect selfie is difficult. Between the angle, filters, lighting and endless facial expressions you can make, it can be tough to hone each variable for the ideal photograph. Before throwing your phone in frustration, take a tip from the animal kingdom. You don’t need opposable thumbs to take a selfie, and these creatures are here to prove it.
September 12, 2014
50 foot, 95 million years ago, dinosaur, half crocodile, igor purlantov, largest predatory dinosaur was half duck, northern africa, spinosaurus aegyptiacus, t. rex
The largest predatory dinosaur to walk this earth wasn’t the T. rex. It was Spinosaurus aegyptiacus, a 50-foot long creature with powerful jaws and a solid, spiny sail on its back that dwelled in Northern Africa 95 million years ago. But even though paleontologists have known about this particular dinosaur for almost a century, its true form has only just been revealed.
September 11, 2014
25 years or more, animals, artic, canada and france, igor purlantov, old age, physical prowess, research, thick billed murre, what birds can teach us about aging gracefully
Most animals don’t live long enough to experience the debilitating effects of old age. But some critters survive for decades, and one in particular, the thick-billed murre, manages to grow old without losing its physical prowess, scientists have found. The research could shed new light on the aging process in other wildlife—and perhaps in primates such as humans. The murre inhabits the far northern reaches of the globe and spends as much time in Arctic waters as it does in the air, diving to depths of 300 feet or more and swim through the sea to hunt fish and other prey. Murres can live 25 years or more, and while scientists from Canada and France discovered that the birds do slow down with age, they don’t lose their diving ability.
September 10, 2014
000 elephants in just three years, africa, animals, elephants, igor purlantov, kenyan park, killed illegally, national academy of sciences, pachyderms, poachers killed 100
For years we’ve been hearing reports of elephant poaching in Africa, but a new study has put a number on the problem. Between 2010 and 2012, poachers slaughtered 100,000 pachyderms across the continent.The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is the first to scientifically measure the number of elephants killed across Africa. Researchers counted killings in a Kenyan park and used other data to estimate deaths in other regions. They found that the percentage of elephants killed illegally has increased from 25 percent of all pachyderm deaths 10 years ago to about 65 percent today.
September 9, 2014
butterflies, california condor, conservationists, five ways to save the worlds rarest species, human activities, igor purlantov, imperiled animals, national wildlife day, pandas, september 4
Can you imagine a world without butterflies and pandas? Soon, we might not have to. The number of monarch butterflies has dropped 97 percent since the mid-1990s. Only 1,600 pandas are left in the wild. Several other species are on the brink of extinction because of habitat loss, climate change, and other events caused by human activities. But there’s hope. Thanks to the work of conservationists, species such as the lion-tailed macaque and the California condor have recovered. Sept. 4 is National Wildlife Day, so we celebrate five of the most innovative efforts to rescue the world’s imperiled animals.