Monthly Blog Archives: March 2015

WWF – Milestone in race to save species ten years from extinction

From World Wildlife Fund Global | 27 March 2015 Jianli, China – Four Yangtze finless porpoises were released into their new home today, marking the start of an ambitious translocation project to help save the critically endangered species from extinction. The finless porpoises – part of an estimated population of just 1000 – were captured in Poyang Lake in eastern China before being safely moved 400 km to the He-wang-miao/Ji-cheng-yuan oxbow, where they will start a new population. Four […]

Tasmania’s Swift Parrot Faces a Swift Extinction if Nothing is Done : Animals : Nature World News

By Brian Stallard | March 27, 2015 The Tasmanian swift parrot is reportedly facing severe population decline. Now researchers are estimating that the iconic green parrot only has about 16 years left to make a comeback, or it’s all over for the tiny birds. That’s at least according to a study recently published in the journal Biological Conservation, which details how, if the parrots’ situation remains as is, their total population will be cut in […]

Hungry Polar Bears Could Soon Start Devastating Bird Populations | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network

By John R. Platt | March 26, 2015 A hungry polar bear (Ursus maritimus) will eat just about anything. Oh sure, they prefer to dine on nice fatty seals (I mean, what Arctic creature wouldn’t?), but when push comes to shove they’ll eat caribou, walruses, nuts, birds, and even stinky, rotten whale carcasses. Oh yeah, they’ll also eat eggs. Research over the past few years has documented polar bears increasingly munching on goose eggs, which […]

Big things have small beginnings | The Jakarta Post

By Trisha Sertori, Contributor, Pajeng | March 26, 2015 Tiny as a child’s palm, eyes not yet open and still naked of feathers, a pair of Bali Starling chicks are curled together in the bottom of a snug padded basket. From a species under Appendix 1 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the chicks are at the forefront of a new method of increasing the numbers of captive bred Bali Starlings. […]