Archive for May 2010

Cambodia’s ‘Jungle Woman’ Rochom P’ngieng Flees Back to Wild

May 31, 2010

And thanks to Dave Koenig for sending me this. I have homo sapien on my list already. but seeing this woman in the wild might be more authentic!

Lion Count in Gir on the up

May 31, 2010

Thanks to Steve Anyon-Smith for sending me this


Lion count in Gir forest up by 52
Express News Service Tags : Gir forest, Narendra Modi Posted: Mon May 03 2010, 01:44 hrs Ahmedabad:

The Gir forest, the last surviving home of Asiatic lions in the subcontinent, has finally brought some cheer to wildlife conservationists. According to the 2010 lion population estimate, there are 411 lions, an increase of 52 over the last count in 2005.
The announcement was made by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in Gandhinagar on Sunday.
Also heartening is the presence of lions now found outside the Gir National Park and Sanctuary in the four districts of Amreli, Bhavnagar, Porbandar and Junagadh, in what is now called the Bruhud (Greater) Gir region.
Latest estimate shows an increase in the numbers of adult females lions as compared to males; there are 162 female lions and 97 male lions.
While Savarkundla, Liliya and adjoining areas of Amreli and Bhavnagar districts have shown a total 43 Asiatic Lions, the coastal areas near Una, Kodinar, Sutrapada and Chhara had around 21 Asiatic Lions. Of the total, 76 Asiatic Lions have been reported in the newer areas, 21 females and 26 males.

Hairy Babirusas

May 27, 2010

Darren Naish of the Tetrapod Zoology blog has great posts if you have an interest in taxonomy, bizarre animals (extinct and living) and evolutionary biology.

Check out this recent post on hairy babirusas, apparently a different species. There are lots of posts on babirusa evolution and taxonomy on Tetrapod Zoology  if this sort of thing is of interest.

New Trip Report – The Low Countries (Holland, Belgium and Germany)

May 21, 2010

Holland, Belgium and Germany 2010: Mark Hows, 1 week & 22 mammals including Mouflon and Beech Marten.

New Trip Report – Estonia

May 20, 2010

Phil Telfer just sent me this trip report from Estonia. I am going to try and go myself soon – It sounds like a nice spot.

Estonia 2010: Phil Telfer, 1 week & 10 species including Eurasian Flying Squirrel, Brown Bears, Raccoon Dogs and Striped Field Mouse.


New Trip Reports – Argentina & the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica

May 19, 2010

Trevor Hardaker has added two new trip reports to his site, with some good mammals and great photos.

The Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica 2010: Trevor Hardaker, 2.5 weeks & 16 species including Crabeater, Weddell and Leopard Seals, Sei Whales and Peale’s and Hourglass Dolphins.

Argentina 2009-10: Trevor Hardaker, 2 weeks & 14 species including Patagonian Mara.

New mammals from New Guinea

May 19, 2010

Including the world’s smallest wallaby species

Newly Discovered: The ‘Pinocchio’ of Frogs, a Gargoyle-Faced Gecko, and the World’s Smallest Wallaby
ScienceDaily (May 18, 2010) — A scientific expedition to a pristine wilderness once dubbed “The Lost World” by Western media has revealed a stunning diversity of spectacular species, many of which are believed to be new to science, Conservation International (CI) and the National Geographic Society announced, during a week that will mark the 2010 International Day for Biological Diversity.