Archive for November 2008

Mammalwatching.Com back online

November 20, 2008

In case anyone is wondering www.mammalwatching.com went down for 24 hours during the week – after a mix up over when my visa card expired.  Its now back online. 

 

cheers

 

Jon

Pygmy Tarsiers Re-discovered in Sulawesi

November 20, 2008

Long-lost ‘Furby-like’ Primate Discovered In Indonesia (November 19, 2008) — Anthropologists have discovered a group of primates not seen alive in 85 years. The pygmy tarsiers, furry Furby-like, or gremlin-looking, creatures about the size of a small mouse and weighing less than two ounces, have not been observed since they were last collected for a museum in 1921. … > full story

Colugo Split into Several Species

November 18, 2008

Species Diversity Of Enigmatic ‘Flying Lemurs’ Doubled By New Study (November 13, 2008) — Colugos, the closest living relatives of primates most notable for their ability to glide from tree to tree over considerable distances, are more diverse than had previously been believed, according to a new report in Current Biology. … > full story

Trip Report Scotland

November 15, 2008

Mike Richardson spent a week in Scotland and saw 16 mammal species including a Pine Marten and a probable Wild Cat. His trip report is at the bottom of http://mammalwatching.com/Palearctic/palearctuk.html

I am going to Bhutan a week from today so if anyone makes posts I apologise if I cannot approve them until I get back in early December

 

cheers

 

Jon

Pemba Flying Foxes Recovering

November 7, 2008

Critically Endangered Fruit Bat Make Dramatic Return From Brink Of Extinction (November 3, 2008) — A once critically endangered bat species, the ‘Pemba flying fox’, has made a dramatic return from the brink of extinction, according to new research. As recently as 1989, only a scant few individual fruit bats could be observed on the tropical island of Pemba, off Tanzania. Its numbers have since soared to an astounding 22,000 bats in less than 20 years, the new research finds. … > full story

Opossum ID

November 6, 2008
opossum in Llanos, Colombia

opossum in Llanos, Colombia

I know this is a long shot, but I saw this opossum in a dead tree in the Llanos region of Colombia on a recent trip. Any ideas on species? If you look closely, you can see it has large fangs that protrude. The locals say it has a very dark body. I know it’s not a good picture but the opossum was secure in the tree.

Sulawesi Trip Report

November 2, 2008

Ignacio Yufera spent 3 weeks birding in Sulawesi. He saw a few great mammals too including a Babirusa – something I have always wanted to see.

 

See http://mammalwatching.com/Oriental/orientsulawesi.html

 

Jon