Archive for November 2009

Brazil Trip Report

November 29, 2009

I uploaded a few pictures and notes from a short work trip to Brazil – Iguasu and Rio, where I took a day to see the Golden Lion Tamarin reintroduction project.

See the last sections here

I’m off to Kyrgyzstan tomorrow on a probably futile attempt to see a Snow Leopard. Wish me luck….


New Trip Reports: Nicaragua and NW Argentina

November 8, 2009

I just added two more trip reports for Latin America

North West Argentina 2009: Richard Webb, 2 weeks & 18 mammals or so, including Jaguarundi and 2 species of Tuco-tucos


Nicaragua 2007: Michal Polanski, 3 weeks & 10 species including Tayra, both Sloths and a Kinkajou.


New Trip Report: Alaska

November 8, 2009

Richard Webb went to Alaska twice this year to try to see a Canadian Lynx, whose numbers were at the top of their population cycle. He succeeded and a report of the two trips is here.


New Trip Report: Madagascar

November 8, 2009

Phil Telfer was in Madagascar last month and saw 42 species in 3 weeks including a Fossa.

A trip report is here


Loss Of Top Predators Causing Surge In Smaller Predators, Ecosystem Collapse

November 5, 2009

ScienceDaily (Oct. 4, 2009) — The catastrophic decline around the world of “apex” predators such as wolves, cougars, lions or sharks has led to a huge increase in smaller “mesopredators” that are causing major economic and ecological disruptions, a new study concludes.

Korea Trip Report

November 4, 2009

Amur Leopard Cat (photo Rich Lindie)

I was in South Korea last week and Rich Lindie and his partner Hayley took me out for a great day’s mammal watching. They found me my first Finless Porpoise under the Namhae Grand Bridge then took me to Seosan where – despite the terrible weather – we saw a stack of Raccoon Dogs, Water Deer and Amur Leopard Cats (check out Rich’s Amur Leopard Cat photo – they are very different to the oriental flavour).

A big big thanks to Rich and Hayley – they knew exactly where to find the animals and also make the best sandwiches in Korea!

Some pictures and more information are in my Korean page


New Clues To Extinct Falklands Wolf Mystery

November 4, 2009

An interesting article on the origins of the Flaklands Island Wolf

New Clues To Extinct Falklands Wolf Mystery (November 3, 2009) — Ever since the Falklands wolf was described by Darwin himself, the origin of this now-extinct canid found only on the Falkland Islands far off the east coast of Argentina has remained a mystery. Now, researchers who have compared DNA from four of the world’s dozen or so known Falklands wolf museum specimens to that of living canids offer new insight into the evolutionary ancestry of these enigmatic carnivores. … > full story