Archive for November 2010

Snow Leopard and Lynx in Ladakh

November 26, 2010

Rich Lindie and Hayley Wood are in India and just saw a Snow Leopard and a Lynx. Well Rich did…. A report is here

Sticky Snack for Elephant-Shrews

November 22, 2010

ScienceDaily (Nov. 16, 2010) — Long-nosed Cape rock elephant-shrews are fond of sticky treats, according to Dr. Petra Wester from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. Her investigations show for the first time that the elephant-shrew, Elephantulus edwardii, licks the nectar of the flowers and pollinates the Pagoda lily.

The Tiger by John Vaillant

November 19, 2010

I read a lot of natural history books. There aren’t many as good as this one. John Vaillant’s The Tiger is the story of poachers and a “vengeful” tiger in the Russian Far East. It’s a page turner but also a great exploration of the complicated conservation issues there. And if you can read this without wanting to head off to the Russian Far East to look around, you are probably on the wrong blog.

If you’re looking for something to read over the holiday season, I can’t think of a better choice. Highly recommended for all mammal watchers, naturalists and nature travelers.

My longer review is here.

Thylacine video ?????

November 17, 2010

Would anyone like to say what they think this might be? I’d love to believe it was a Tassie Tiger but I can’t. Though I find it hard to turn the animal into a fox, dingo or dog.

Thanks to Jean-Michel Bompar for sending me the link


Red Pandas in China

November 17, 2010

Definitely a top ten mammal to see for me, and here is a report on a successful trip for them

New Trip Report – the Isle of Man (UK)

November 15, 2010

Mark Hows sent me a new report at

He saw 7 species of mammals in a long weekend including Red-necked Wallabies and a Polecat/Ferret.


New Myotis Sp. Found in Ecuador

November 15, 2010

Scientists have discovered a tiny new species of bat in the western slopes of the Andes in northwestern Ecuador.