New Trip Report – Brazil’s Emas National Park

Posted October 30, 2014 by Jon Hall
Categories: Central and South America

Richard Webb was in Brazil last month and had a great trip.

Emas, 2014: Richard Webb, 8 days & 19 species including a Giant Armadillo, Maned Wolf and Hoary Foxes.


Giant Otters making a comeback in one Peruvian River

Posted October 29, 2014 by Jon Hall
Categories: Central and South America

A nice article, with some great pictures, on a superb species.

This highly intelligent, deeply social, and simply charming freshwater predator almost vanished entirely due to a relentless fur trade in the 20th Century. But decades after the trade in giant river otter pelts was outlawed, the species is making a comeback—at least in well-managed protected areas. See


Monkey Selfie Sparks Copyright Case

Posted October 29, 2014 by Jon Hall
Categories: Oriental

This is a couple of months old but if you haven’t read this then it is an interesting – and somewhat comical – story (though I suspect the photographer – or rather the “camera owner” – doesn’t find it all that funny).

The news that Wikimedia is refusing to take photographer David Slater’s image of a crested black macaque down from its Wikimedia Commons website, because it says he doesn’t own the copyright, has gone viral.



Shrinking goats, shrinking forests and expanding Saki species. Some mammals in the news

Posted October 29, 2014 by Jon Hall
Categories: Africa, Central and South America, Europe and the Palearctic, Oriental

Here are a few recent mammal articles that you might find interesting…

Alpine goats shrinking due to global warming. Climate change is causing Alpine goats in the Italian Alps to shrink, say scientists from Durham University. See

Northern White Rhino on brink of extinction.The death of a Northern White Rhino has left the species on the brink of extinction as now only six remain in the world, and just one breeding male. See

Speaking of Rhinos, U.S. Indictment Accuses South African Brothers of Trafficking Rhino Horns. U.S. authorities today announced the indictment of the alleged kingpin of a South African rhino poaching and trafficking syndicate, Dawie Groenewald, and his brother, Janneman, and their company Out of Africa Adventurous Safaris on multiple charges, including conspiracy, money laundering, and wildlife crime. See

Meanwhile in South America …. Scientists uncover five new species of ‘toupee’ monkeys in the Amazon. While saki monkeys may be characterized by floppy mops of hair that resemble the worst of human toupees, these acrobatic, tree-dwelling primates are essential for dispersing seeds across the vast Amazon landscape as they primarily dine on fruit. After long being neglected by both scientists and conservationists, a massive research effort by one intrepid researcher has revealed the full-scale of saki monkey diversity, uncovering five new species. See

And in Peru, Saving the Peruvian Spider Monkeys. Projects Abroad releases Peruvian spider monkeys (Ateles chamek) back into the wild. See

But in Brazil the Use of mammals is still prevalent in Brazil’s Conservation Units. A new study published in‘s open-access journal Tropical Conservation Science has found that the undocumented use of animals, particularly mammals, continues to occur in Brazil’s protected areas

And some depressing reading on the plight of the Bornean Orangutan Marooned in shrinking forests, Bornean Orangutans hang on as disaster looms. See


New Trip Reports: Australia & Tibet

Posted October 28, 2014 by Jon Hall
Categories: Australasia, Europe and the Palearctic

Three new reports on

Queensland and Tasmania, 2014: Romain Boquier, a lits of 63 species seen over 6 weeks including Proserpine Rock Wallaby, Bennet’s Tree Kangaroo and Feathertail Glider in Queensland and Tiger Quolls in Tasmania.

NE Tibet, 2014 (August): Jesper Hornskov, 19 days & 25+ mammals including Siberian Roe & Alpine Musk Deers and Pallas’s Cat.

NE Tibet, 2014 (June): Jesper Hornskov, 19 days & 20+ mammals including Wild Yak and Prezwalski’s Gazelle.


And some taxonomy…

Posted October 26, 2014 by vdinets
Categories: Uncategorized

Some taxonomy news: North American Water Shrew is a complex of three species (fortunately, I’ve seen all three); here’s a taxonomic review of Asian pikas.

Vladimir Dinets

Winter chipmunks

Posted October 26, 2014 by vdinets
Categories: Uncategorized

If you go chipmunking in the Sierra Nevada, better do so in summer. By late October the chipmunks change into winter coats and become even more difficult to tell apart than in summer. Here are two species (the long-eared and the yellow-pine, I believe) photographed last week in Desolation Wilderness. Find ten differences :-)

Vladimir Dinets

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