by Editor on August 30, 2011

A Long-Tongued Bat Fuels Up And Rehydrates At A Hummingbird Feeder. Considered Rare In Texas, This Species Is One Of Many Affected By The Drought. Photo:Kretyen

The Texas Drought Hits Wild Animals Up And Down The Food Chain, From Bugs To Bats

Wild animals in Texas tend to be tough; mammals, birds, and reptiles alike are used to high summer temperatures and seasonally scarce water. This summer’s super drought, however, which has involved extremely low rainfall and record heat for weeks on end, is completely different from what most Southwestern creatures are accustomed to. A lot of wildlife is being dangerously stressed.

Texas wildlife officials have received reports of female deer abandoning their fawns because because they can’t find enough food or water to produce the milk needed to feed them. [click to continue…]

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by Editor on August 24, 2011

The Three Bears Are AllAboutWildlife's New Face On Facebook. (Susanne Miller/USFWS)

Visit Our New Facebook Page!

Since we launched this website two years ago, traffic on All About Wildlife has zoomed from zero to more than 80,000 individual visitors per month—and it keeps on growing!

So, with all the people now stopping by to learn about endangered species and other wildlife, we finally decided we needed a Facebook page where Wildlife fans could gather to learn the latest news, maybe leave a comment, and perhaps even get in touch with us, or with one another. We’ve all got a lot in common, after all!

So, here it is; please have a look. Let us know what you think . . . and don’t forget to “Like” us!

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by Editor on August 20, 2011

Should We Eat This Tiger? Photo:B_Cool/Wikimedia Commons

China seems to be permitting its people to trade in the skins of a critically endangered animal. Photo:B_Cool/Wikimedia Commons

International Investigators Charge That China Is Quietly Allowing Trade In Tigers Skins

The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), a London-based international wildlife-trafficking fact-gathering organization, is sounding the alarm over the Chinese government’s apparent relaxation of prohibitions against the sale of tiger skins. Commercialization of tigers, a rapidly vanishing Endangered species, is forbidden by international agreement.

China’s actions are crucial to tiger conservation. Because China is the world’s largest market for tiger products, survival of the remaining wild tigers depends on that country’s willingness to educate its population about tiger conservation, as well as to enforce anti-trafficking laws—both its own, and those agreed upon by the international community.

Among the hundreds of animal species in danger of going extinct in the near future, tigers have attracted more international attention than most. Nonetheless, population numbers of all tiger subspecies continue to dwindle: Currently, there are approximately 3,200 tigers remaining in the wild. Well over 100,000 tigers roamed a number of Asian habitats in the early to mid-20th century. [click to continue…]

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by Editor on August 13, 2011

A Chimpanzee Behind Bars At The Warsaw Zoo. Photo:Andrzej Barabasz

Should We Be Using Endangered Chimpanzees As Medical-Research Subjects?

Great apes—chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans—will soon become exempt from medical research in the United States, if a U.S. congressman from Maryland gets his way. Republican Rep. Roscoe Bartlett recently introduced legislation that would phase out invasive medical research on apes in America.

All wild apes are listed as either Endangered or Critically Endangered animals by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Nine other countries as well as the European Union already forbid or restrict research on apes, which are the closest living relatives to humans, and have been demonstrated to possess many of our problem-solving abilities, including tool use. [click to continue…]

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by Editor on July 26, 2011

The Connecticut Cougar On The Wisconsin Leg Of His Incredible Journey. Photo Was Taken By A Motion-Activated Camera.


Mountain Lion Killed In Connecticut Was Wild, And Likely Born In The Black Hills

A male mountain lion struck and killed on a Connecticut highway in early June was a wild animal that was likely born in the Black Hills of South Dakota, and traveled on its own to the East Coast, Connecticut wildlife officials announced today.

During a hastily assembled conference call, the commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), Daniel C. Esty, said that several genetic-testing laboratories around the country had confirmed that the young, 140-pound male mountain lion was the same animal that had been sighted a number of times in Minnesota and Wisconsin during 2009 and early 2010. Confirmation came from genetic material recovered from scat, hair, and blood samples collected in the two Midwestern states. Further, the cat’s genes indicated that it had originated among the easternmost breeding population of wild cougars, which inhabits the Black Hills of South Dakota. [click to continue…]

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by Editor on July 18, 2011

Bonobo Handshake

Author Vanessa Woods With A Young Bonobo

The Story Of An African Species On The Edge

Yes, I know, summer is half over. Still, if you’re a wildlife enthusiast, I’ve got a recommendation for a terrific summer reading experience. It’s terrific, that is, if you can handle a few tears mixed in with a fascinating and informative story. The book is Bonobo Handshake: A memoir of adventure and love in the Congo, by a young Australian woman named Vanessa Woods. Published in hardcover to wonderful reviews in 2010, Bonobo Handshake came out last month in a trade paperback edition from Gotham Books.

Woods’ book is at once a very personal account of her time in Africa—in fact, when I first picked it up, the subtitle made me suspicious that it might not be my kind of book—as well as the larger, at times heartbreaking, story of an extremely appealing species of ape that is facing extinction.

Bonobos, you may already know, inhabit a single, though fairly large, area of central Congo, a vast and wore-torn African nation where little ever seems to go right, either for people or for wildlife. There are perhaps 30,000 to 50,000 bonobos remaining, and the numbers are steadily going down due to habitat loss in the form of voracious logging and mineral exploitation in the rain forest, as well as to hunting by humans, who eat adult bonobos and sell any surviving babies as “pets”—a commerce that is illegal even in Congo, though often it is not enforced. Confiscated bonobo babies are sent to a rehabilitation facility in the Congolese countryside—and that is where Woods takes her readers as well, but only after telling us about some of her earlier adventures “rehabilitating” monkeys, falling in love with and marrying Brian Hare, an American primatologist and chimpanzee specialist, and accompanying him first to a chimp rehab center, and finally to Congo’s Lola Ya Bonobo facility. [click to continue…]

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by Editor on June 13, 2011

No, There Are No Petite, Lap Sized Giraffes! Photo:Luca Galuzzi - www.galuzzi.it

A ‘Petite’ Giraffe Would Be a 150-Pound Baby. But There’s Plenty Remarkable About Giraffes—Including That The Males Are Bisexual.

Is there such a creature as a “petite” giraffe? If by “petite” you don’t mean a 6-foot-tall (1.8 meter), 150-pound (68-kilogram) newborn baby giraffe, the answer is . . . No!

Recently, a lot of people in various online communities have been having fun with the concept of petite giraffes, AKA petite lap giraffes, a reference to the supposed ability of these diminutive (and nonexistent) creatures to sit and fit comfortably in a human lap, just like a cat or a pekinese. Most people seem to know it’s all a good-natured hoax, but a few are more credulous. [click to continue…]

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