Critically Endangered Species: The Western Lowland Gorilla. Photo:Jack Hynes
Our Ten Most Endangered Animals For 2014
We’ve made just one change to All About Wildlife’s Top 10 List of Endangered Species for 2014. Our updated Ten Most Endangered Animals list is now available for your viewing.
As with any Top 10 list, in order to add something to it, something had to be taken away. In this case we have placed the lowland gorilla on our auxiliary list with its close cousin, the mountain gorilla—which the lowland gorilla itself replaced on our Top Ten list several years ago. Moving into the Number 6 position on our Top Ten Most Endangered Species List is the saola, a hoofed rainforest animal so seldom seen it’s been called the “Asian unicorn.” [click to continue…]
n this amazing wildlife video, a red fox in North Dakota hunts for mice beneath three feet of snow. He locates a mouse using his extremely keen sense of hearing—but according to scientists the hunter has other more “high tech” tools at his disposal as well. [click to continue…]
An All About Wildlife Book Review
We read T. DeLene Beeland’s The Secret World of Red Wolves a few months back, enjoyed it as well as learned a great deal from it—and then got caught up in other things. But this is too fine a book to let it go by without at least a year-end mention here on All About Wildlife.
Beeland’s book is subtitled “The Fight to Save North America’s Other Wolf,” and as you may know, the red wolf (Canis rufus) represents one of the world’s earliest and biggest successes in the captive breeding and reintroduction to the wild of a critically endangered species. Once common throughout the Southeastern U.S. from southern Pennsylvania to Texas, by the 1970s red wolves had dwindled to no more than a few dozen individuals scattered along Texas’ Gulf Coast. In the first American effort of its kind, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service trapped fewer than 20 of the remaining animals—thereby rendering the species functionally extinct in the wild—and began breeding them in zoos and wildlife parks. So well did captive breeding work that a wild population of red wolves was eventually reestablished in a remote area of North Carolina, with a current population of over 100. [click to continue…]
A Clam Similar To This One Was The World’s Oldest Creature. Photo: Hans Hillewaert
Ming, A Clam From Iceland, Was The Oldest Animal On Earth. Then Scientists Found Him.
No, they didn’t dip him in melted butter. Nonetheless, humans put an end to the long reign of Ming, an ocean quahog (Arctica islandica) clam from the North Atlantic who until his untimely demise may have been the oldest animal on the planet.
Ming—named for the Chinese dynasty that was flourishing at the time he was spawned—died in 2006 after British researchers found him and cut him open to determine his age. (In the scientists’ defense, they didn’t know how incredibly ancient he was until they looked inside his shell.) At the time, he was thought to be a little over 400 years old, which still qualified him as the oldest individual animal known to science. [click to continue…]
Even in the heart of suburbia, the circle of life endures.
The video clip shows a baby rabbit being released by a family after apparently being nursed back to health. The bunny is almost immediately snatched and carried off by a hawk that had been watching from the nearby trees.
It is important to keep in mind here that the hawk is not a villain. It’s just doing what hawks do—and part of the job of being a hawk is making sure the world is not overrun by rabbits. In fact, it’s kind of awesome to see a natural drama acted out in a place where there is relatively little actual nature. [click to continue…]
With Great Patience And Determination . . . Have A Look!
Jaguars, which are native to South and Central America and the Southwestern U.S., are one of the most powerful big cats in the world. They are excellent swimmers and amazing hunters who stalk a menu of 85 prey species, including turtles and caimans, which are South America’s answer to alligators. Have a look at this Brazilian jaguar stalking a caiman basking ona sandbar.
The Olinguito Was Discovered In South America’s Mountainous Cloud Forests. Photo: ZooKeys
Scientists Find The Olinguito—A Raccoon Family Member—Living In The Trees
A small, reddish brown, long-tailed distant cousin of the raccoon that recently turned up in cloud forests of Colombia and Ecuador is being hailed as the first new mammalian carnivore to be discovered in the Western Hemisphere since the 1970′s.
The newly discovered animal, presented to the world by a team of scientists from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, is called the olinguito. The two-pound creature was actually hiding in plain sight, because although they previously had been observed by researchers and others—and even kept in zoos—they had always been confused with two other closely related species: olingos and kinkajous. However, about 10 years ago, after noticing differences in the remains of olinguito specimens and those of the other two animals, a team of Smithsonian scientists led by Chris Helgen began combing the South American cloud forests for a living member of the unidentified species. [click to continue…]