Archive for January 2012

New Trip Report – Tanzania

January 31, 2012

A new report is at the bottom of this page …. Tanzania, 2011: Indri Tours, 11 days & 42 species including an Aardwolf.


New Report – Malaysia and Indonesia

January 27, 2012

Romain Bocquier sent me a new report from an interesting region
6 weeks & 43 species including Marbled Cat and Sulawesi Dwarf Cuscus.

The report is linked at the bottom of


Mammal News & Notes

January 25, 2012

Some stories/blogs that might be of interest to mammal watchers:

The global conservation site Mongabay often has mammal stories. A couple of recent ones: Pangolins imperiled by Internet trade and Miller’s grizzled langurs rediscovered in Borneo.  In the shameless self promotion department, Mongabay also did an interview with me as part of its series on environmental bloggers.

Mule deer origins: Interesting piece on mule deer genetics, and whether the black-tailed deer should be a separate species.

Camera Trap Codger: This is a great blog, well worth frequenting. Lots of good photos of unusual animals, often in California. Recent entries include fisher, Sonoma tree vole, mountain beaver and Trowbridge shrew. Lots of good stuff.

A couple of my recent columns: high fences and conservation and taking kids tracking for wildlife.


3 Florida Panthers Die in the First Ten Days of 2012

January 20, 2012

Florida panthers are off to a rough start in 2012, with three deaths documented by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Already, in just the first week of 2012, there were two documented deaths of panthers hit by vehicles on highways in Collier County, where the greatest concentration of panthers in the state is found. The third fatality was caused by a fight with another panther.

Scientists Estimate Up to 6.7 Million Bats Dead From Fast-spreading Disease

January 20, 2012

A mysterious, fast-moving disease has now killed as many as 6.7 million bats in North America over the past six years, according to an estimate released today by bat biologists. The new estimate is dramatically higher than the previous one, dating from 2009, that white-nose syndrome had killed 1 million bats on the continent. The disease was first discovered in upstate New York in 2006 and has spread from Nova Scotia to Tennessee, infecting bat colonies in 16 states and four provinces.

Fin Whales off the Irish south coast…

January 20, 2012

The second largest mammal of earth, the mighty fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) is frequently seen in Irish inshore waters during the autumn and winter months. A pelagic species that spends most of their time well offshore; these large baleen whales move into coastal waters off the southern Irish coastline every year in search of the herring shoals on which they feed. Numbers vary each year but Ireland is one of the few locations in the world where fin whales can be seen with a land backdrop as they venture as close as a few hundred meters off the rocky shoreline.

Ribbon seal in Seattle

January 20, 2012

A ribbon seal has been sighted on a dock in Seattle, see story and photo for details.