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.
Grove’s Dwarf lemur (Cheirogaleus grovesi) was discovered in two of Madagascar’s national parks, Ranomafana and Andringitra, both of which are part of the Rainforests of Atsinanana UNESCO World Heritage Site. The new lemur is a nocturnal primate that is smaller than a squirrel. The fur on its back, limbs, and
A recent study finds orchid bee diversity is supported by forest patches along rivers near oil palm plantations in Brazil. The study lends evidence that remnant patches of forest support the movement and survival of plant and animal species in deforested landscapes. Brazil’s new forest code revisions greatly reduce or
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