Archive for the ‘Endangered’ Category

A Friendly Polar Bear!?!?

April 1, 2008

Polar bears and dogs can apparently get along!

The Daily Mail has a beautiful story and series of photographs about a “chance encounter” between a team of huskies and a polar bear — “Killer polar bear? I’m just a big teddy, really!

Polar Bear and Huskie Friends

There’s a great YouTube video that goes along with the story too…


What’s for lunch?

January 4, 2008

A great picture of a beautiful snow leopard!

Restless Tiger 1, Audience Member 0

October 24, 2007

In the spirit of our previous post (Gibbon 1, Tigers 0), we now present a video of a tiger playing.

Nobody was harmed in this video, just roughed up a little bit…

Gibbon 1, Tigers 0

October 22, 2007

I adore this cute video of a gibbon “monkeying” around with two tiger cubs:

I also love the quote at the end — “Worn out, Pang and Sua leave Taloum’s territory.”

Recommended Reading: Will the Albatross Become a Dodo?

September 9, 2007

If you have several minutes, I highly recommend this beautiful article — “The Amazing Albatrosses” — just published in the wonderful Smithsonian magazine.

There are 21 albatross species — and only 2 are not vulnerable or endangered!

This gorgeous photo…
… that accompanied the article reminds me of the extinct Dodo birds in our collection:

The sub-headline from the article is a great tease to get you to read the whole thing:

They fly 50 miles per hour. Go years without touching land. Predict the weather. Mate for life. And they’re among the world’s most endangered birds. Can albatrosses be saved?

Here’s a bit more about this magnificent bird:

Albatrosses are among the largest seabirds. The “great albatrosses,” the wandering and royal albatrosses, have the widest wingspans—ten feet or more—of any living bird…

Albatrosses are masters of soaring flight, able to glide over vast tracts of ocean without flapping their wings. So fully have they adapted to their oceanic existence that they spend the first six or more years of their long lives (which last upwards of 50 years) without ever touching land. Most live in the Southern Hemisphere, the exceptions being the black-footed albatross of the Hawaiian archipelago and a few nearby islands; the short-tailed albatross, which breeds near Japan; the waved albatross of equatorial Galápagos; and the Laysan albatross of the North Pacific.

Using New Technologies to Save Wildlife

September 6, 2007

I just stumbled upon a wonderful article (“Going hi-tech in the jungles“) that details the using of new technologies to save endangered and vulnerable animals.

Quite simply, animals are going wireless!

The latest hardware and software technologies are being used by wildlife researchers to better understand the behavior of animals. The data can be analyzed to monitor populations and to understand threats. From elephants to leopards, animals can now be tracked through tiny chips that are planted inside their bodies. The chips are as small as a grain of rice!

These “Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT tags)” chips have unique codes that effectively act like wireless ‘bar-codes’ for each animal. In India, some “captive” elephants have the chip. Information stored on the chip provides the name of the owner and the age of the elephant — plus lots of other important data. The tagging reduces the chances of smuggling animals because the thieves are more likely to be caught.

The chips are also used in leopards to understand their movement activities… Recaptured leopards can be moved deeper into forests and away from human populations. Everyone benefits!

Technology has long been a tool for researchers, including the use of radio telemetry that involves transmitters within collars. Antennas and receivers allow researchers to track species like the large cats (tigers, jaguars, and snow leopards). Researchers gained knowledge about territories and survival tactics. Newer collars include GPS capabilities that allow for tracking from hundreds of miles away!

As we’ve noted in a previous post, wildlife researchers are also using imaging technology including remote cameras and infrared sensors to monitor animals in difficult viewing conditions.

We can’t wait to read about and see yet-to-be-invented technologies that will be used to save even more animals!

Searching for the Endangered Mountain Nyala in the Bale Mountains

August 20, 2007

In a previous post, we noted that perhaps the most distinctive and beautiful animal pair in our collection is Nathan + Nicole Nyala (Mountain).

We just came across a nice YouTube clip of a search for the elusive Nyala in its homeland of Ethiopa. Enjoy!

More Big Cats

August 10, 2007

National Geographic has more great video of jaguars — and other big cats like tigers and mountain lions.

Take a few moments to enjoy the graceful beauty of these amazing felines:

Nyala (Mountain): Shy and elegant, they seek higher and higher ground

July 30, 2007

Perhaps the most distinctive and beautiful animal pair in our collection is Nathan + Nicole Nyala (Mountain).

Nathan + Nicole Nyala (Mountain)

Mountain Nyalas are an endangered antelope and can only be found in a mountainous region of Ethiopia. Unfortunately, there are only a few thousand of these beautiful creatures left in the world. Even where they live in high altitudes, human encroachment has cut into their habitat.

Mountain Nyalas look like the nyala of South Africa — but they are related to the kudu, an African antelope. The Mountain Nyala is known for several distinguishing characteristics. Both males and females will have spots scattered across their body as well as stripes. Males have unique spiral horns that twist backward. Females have long, elegant necks and large ears. Both can sport white markings on the legs and white spots on the face.

Mountain Nyalas are very secretive and do their best to stay away from humans and predators. For food, they graze on herbs and shrubs and other plant life, such as grasses, ferns, and lichens.

Meet Hadiah, an Energetic Baby Tiger

June 24, 2007

One of our favorite retailers is the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington. You can find Noah’s Pals in their gift shop, including Timmy + Taylor Tiger.

The zoo has uploaded many wonderful videos of their beautiful animals in action. Here’s an adorable two minute look at a baby tiger cub…

Her name is Hadiah and she was born on December 12, 2006. The cub’s parents are JoJo (mom) and Rakata (dad). The zoo provides a background on Hadiah’s birth, including updates on her development. I particularly enjoyed this entry from 5-16-07 when Hadiah was about five months old:

We put a bone in a box and closed the box. Hadiah attacked the box, and a couple of times seemed spooked by it. Eventually she got it open and got the bone out. She then continued with her assault on the box and paid no attention to the bone. She played with the box for quite awhile, eventually taking it into the water tub to soften it up for the “final kill.” All the toys she has and she’s playing with a cardboard box! Low tech and low price.