Archive for February 2008

Poland – Bialoweisa Trip Report

February 18, 2008

I spent last weekend in Poland’s Bialoweisa Forest.  Nothing too exciting but a few mammals none the less.

 A trip report is here


First photos of Lowland Gorillas mating face to face

February 14, 2008

This is pretty interesting…

Scientists have released the first known photographs of gorillas performing face-to-face copulation in the wild. This is the first time that western gorillas have been observed and photographed mating in such a manner.


February 13, 2008


I visited Costa rica in December 2007 for 3,5 weeks. It was quite a good trip with 20 mammal species (not counting bats) including tayra, silky anteater, humpback whale, red brocket deer and orange nectar bat (photo). I was not sure about a possible brown four eyed opossum and white-lip peccaries in Rara avis, were they both are said to be very rare. If anyone can help identifying them on my photos, please!A extended trip report with lots of pictures can be found at

Lion Warning

February 10, 2008

lion.jpgI used to have this stuck to my office wall but lost it. Thanks to Richard Webb for sending it through as a JPG file.

Ethiopia – Simien Mountains Trip Report

February 2, 2008

I’ve just added a report of last weekend in the Simien Mountains. Lots of Ibex, Geladas and some yet to be identified rodents.


Costa Rica trip report

February 2, 2008

During a bird-watching trip to Costa Rica in December 2007, I also focused on diurnal mammals and managed to photograph all but one species found. These included 3 monkeys, 3 squirrels, 2 bats, coati, agouti, and two-toed cloth. The just-posted 10-page trip report includes a page on mammals at

Don Roberson (Monterey Co., California) 

New species of Elephant Shrew?

February 1, 2008

This is an interesting article from the Journal of East African Natural History, in which camera trap images appear to show a new species of Giant Elephant Shrew from Tanzania’s Udzungwa Mountains