Researchers from TRAFFIC, who monitored 90 Facebook groups over a three-month period in 2016, recorded 2,245 live reptile advertisements representing more than 5,000 individual animals from 115 taxa. Most advertisements were for the ball python and the Burmese python, and also included critically endangered species such as the Philippine crocodile
Roadkills, a newly launched Android app, lets users in India record information on deaths of animals — both domestic and wild — on roads or railway lines, and upload geotagged photos. Such roadkill data can be useful for both researchers and people planning infrastructure projects across the country, conservationists say.
by Mike Gaworecki A study published earlier this month in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society describes six distinct new species of silky anteater, meaning there are now officially seven species of the elusive mammal, not just one. Silky anteaters are small, nocturnal animals that live in the canopies of
By Amanda Froelich Every year, millions of crabs scuttle across Australia’s Christmas Island. They do so as part of their annual migration which can sometimes last up to 18 days. This year, the rarely-witnessed migration will be documented, thanks to Google and Alasdair Grigg from Parks Australia. As Mashable reports, Christmas Island is located just
By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory Great news for animal rights activists and the critters they seek to protect. It is now illegal for circuses to feature wild animals in their circuses. Under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act which was passed in 1960, the training, exhibition and use of elephants
The new species has a smaller head, and a distinctly ‘cinnamon’ colour compared with other orangutans. Maxime Aliaga, Author provided Colin Groves, Australian National University and Anton Nurcayho, Australian National University We have discovered a new species of orangutan – the third known species and the first new great ape
by Morgan Erickson-Davis A new study in PLOS ONE reveals a 76 percent reduction in Germany’s flying insect biomass over the past 27 years while another reports the country’s bird abundance has declined 15 percent in just over a decade. While the causes behind the insect decline haven’t yet been conclusively