Spanish mongooses

Posted November 24, 2014 by vdinets
Categories: Uncategorized

People who have visited Spain might like to know that mongooses there have been found to be genetically distinct from African ones, with 200,000 years since divergence.

Vladimir Dinets

Gray Fox vs a (dead) Rattlesnake

Posted November 23, 2014 by Jon Hall
Categories: North American

This is a fun video Camera Trap Codger: How to kill a dead snake


New Trip Reports: Patagonia (Chile & Argentina), Yorkshire (UK) and Uganda

Posted November 23, 2014 by Jon Hall
Categories: Africa, Central and South America, Europe and the Palearctic

Some more trip reports from Jason Woolgar

Chile & Argentina, 2013: 32 days & 27 species including Patagonian Weasel, Large Hairy Armadillo, Pichi and Killer Whales.

Yorkshire, 2013: 5 days & 18 species including Stoat and Water Voles.

Uganda, 2013: 22 days & 64 species including Pousargues’s Mongoose, Marsh Mongoose, Sitatunga, Patas Monkey, Southern Tree Hyrax and Bunyoro Rabbit.


Bering Sea islands trip, June 30-July 7

Posted November 22, 2014 by vdinets
Categories: Uncategorized

We are now finalizing the schedule of the Bering Sea Islands trip. It will include St Paul, St Matthew, and Unalaska Islands. In addition to island endemics such as Unalaska Collared Lemming, Insular Vole, Pribilof Island Shrew, McKay’s Bunting and Red-legged Kittiwake, it will include the world’s largest Northern Fur Seal rookeries, tame Arctic Foxes, and possibly a Walrus haulout. We’ll also look for marine mammals and birds, such as Steineger’s Beaked Whale, North Pacific Right Whale and all more common species of North Pacific cetaceans, as well as Ribbon Seal, Whiskered Auklet, Short-tailed Albatross, and Mottled Petrel. In order to make the detailed schedule, we need to know how many people are interested in participating, so if you are, please send me an email to dinets at gmail. The preliminary description is at, but if there’s enough people, we can separate them into a more mammal-oriented subgroup with mammal-optimized schedule.

Vladimir Dinets

New Trip Report – Uganda

Posted November 21, 2014 by Jon Hall
Categories: Africa

A new report from Romain Bocquier who is just back from Uganda.

Uganda, 2014: 10 days & 46 species including Eastern Gorilla, Uganda Red Colobus, L’Hoest’s Monkey and Central African Rabbit.


Mammals in the News

Posted November 20, 2014 by Jon Hall
Categories: Australasia, Europe and the Palearctic, North American, Oriental

Unique Among Animals, Kangaroos Use Tail as Fifth Leg, Scientists Find. How many legs does a kangaroo have? The correct answer, according to new research, is five. See more here

Reversing Course on Beavers. BUTTE, Mont. — Once routinely trapped and shot as varmints, their dams obliterated by dynamite and bulldozers, beavers are getting new respect these days. Across the West, they are being welcomed into the landscape as a defense against the withering effects of a warmer and drier climate. See more here

Should You Fear the Pizzly Bear? A nice NY Times article on hybridization and speciation. See more here

Scottish wildcat benefits from six new protection sites. Six sites in Scotland have been identified by Scottish Natural Heritage as key areas for Scottish wildcats following research into the endangered cat species. See more here

$1 million raised to save Snow Leopards. See more here


New Trip Reports – Madagascar and France & Spain

Posted November 19, 2014 by Jon Hall
Categories: Africa, Europe and the Palearctic

Two new reports just uploaded to

Madagascar, 2014: Dominique Brugiere, 1 month & lots of good stuff including Fossa, Fanaloka, Ring-tailed & Narrow-striped Mongooses.

France & Spain, 2014: Mike Richardson, 2 weeks & 20 species including Lesser White-toothed Shrew, European Free-tailed Bat, Brown Bear and Wild Cats.



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