Archive for December 2008

A very smart honey badger.

December 29, 2008

Stoffle is a captive Honey badger in South-Africa’s Moholoholo Rehabilitation centre that shows incredible intelligence in getting out of his enclosure. He started by climbing trees and lets bending tree branches drop him outside (Keepers removed the trees), then he puts his feeding can vertically to climb out (Keepers changed it), he collects stones to create a pile for climbing out (Keepers removed the stones), he builds a pile of earth for climbing out (Keepers dig a trench), he puts a log verticaly to climb out (Keepers removed all the logs), he steals a shovel from a keeper to use for climbing out again (Keeper throws the shovel out of the enclosure), finally he pulls the keepers leg to the stone wall and uses the keeper to climb out, if the keeper does not co-operate he gets bitten).

See a clip at,Africa.



Jeroen Verhoeff

Sri Lanka Trip Report

December 20, 2008

Phil Telfer sent me a great trip report from Sri Lanka with 34 mammals including Fishing and Rusty Spotted Cats and a Golden Palm Civet.

Happy Holidays – I hope you are spending them somewhere more interesting than I am





Assam Trip Report

December 14, 2008

After Bhutan I spent a few days in Assam.  A trip report is here

Nothing too exciting but Hoolock Gibbons and Wild Water Buffalo were pretty cool



Bhutan Trip Report

December 12, 2008

2 weeks ago I was in Bhutan.  Its a wonderful place and the mammal watching was good and included a Golden Cat.


A trip report is  here



IUCN Redlist Website

December 9, 2008

Many of you will already know this site.  But I only recently discovered it – the IUCN Redlist website is a fabulous resource with detailed range and other information on every species, including recent taxonomic changes.

New Tonkin Snub-nosed Monkey population

December 9, 2008

New Population Of Extremely Rare Snub-Nosed Monkey Discovered (December 5, 2008) — A new population of the extremely rare Tonkin snub-nosed monkey, so-called because of its unusual and distinctive up-turned nose, has recently been discovered in a remote forested area of northern Vietnam. … > full story

I saw this species in China… they are beautiful