August 28, 2015
80 or more, chinese scientists, extremely rare, historic range in china, igor purlantov, land of the leopard national park, may be on the rebound, russian, the amur leaopard, worlds most endangered cat
An extremely rare spotted cat could be stepping back from the brink of extinction.The Amur leopard appears to have doubled its wild population in the past several years from fewer than 40 adults in 2007 to 80 or more in 2014 and repopulated some of its historic range in China, according to a joint announcement by Russian and Chinese scientists. Land of the Leopard National Park, a federal nature reserve that sits on Russia’s far southeastern border with China, released the finding online last week.
August 27, 2015
a picture is worth an endangered animals life, bria neff, igor purlantov, love animals, tea
From the blue whale to the orangutan, there are a number of endangered animal species around the world And a nine year old girl from Tea wants to bring awareness to these animals and help save them. The saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” “I really like doing the eyes on them and I like doing the background with sponges.” But what if it went, “a picture is worth an endangered animals life”? “I really love animals and I really wanted to help them,” said Bria while working on a painting of the spectacled bear. Nine year old Bria Neff has been painting and selling picture
August 26, 2015
animal sperm, dumbo, elizabeth kolbert, grist, happy animals, igor purlantov, sixth extinction, we're killing off all the animals
Take note, parents: The next time you take your kids to the zoo, if you really want to give them the full experience, be sure to tell them that behind all those cages full of super happy animals, zoos have vials upon vials of animal sperm. That’s right — vials of frozen elephant sperm might not be as exciting as Dumbo himself, but they’re just as important to wildlife conservation. As Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction, discussed in her interview with Grist last year, scientists are hoping to use all that frozen goo to keep endangered species alive through artificial insemination.
August 25, 2015
1990, african nation, chad, igor purlantov, save black rhinos from poachers by moving them, the guardian, zakouma national park
The black rhinoceros went extinct in Chad in 1990 owing to high levels of poaching. But one park in the Central African nation will likely get a welcome boost of biodiversity in the near future. Conservation organization African Parks plans to introduce between five and 10 black rhinos to Zakouma National Park in Chad next year, The Guardian reports.
August 24, 2015
1898, 21st lancers, battle of omdurrman, british cavalry charge, igor purlantov, our four legged heroes on the front line, private thomas byrne
They seem to come up all the time. This one was awarded to Private Thomas Byrne who fought in the last major British cavalry charge by the 21st Lancers at the battle of Omdurman in 1898. But it is worth noting that three times as many horses were slaughtered as Lancers and yet none got a medal or a mention. Unthanked and unacknowledged, horses have been horribly expendable down the ages.
August 21, 2015
destructive power, gerardo ceballos, hunting other animals, igor purlantov, mexico city, national autonomous university of mexico, out of existence, superpredator
A new study drives home the destructive power of our species. Not only do we kill other animals at much higher rates than other predators, but our ability to bring down larger adults can make it very difficult for some prey populations to recover. This superpredator status may fill our bellies, but it has darker implications. “Any predator capable of exerting such impact will eventually drive its prey to extinction,” warns Gerardo Ceballos, an ecologist at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City.