Archive for July 2012

Tourism banned at India’s tiger reserves

July 26, 2012

India bans all tourism in tiger reserve “core areas.” 

This Wall Street Journal article explains what that means for many of the popular parks.

In short, there will be almost no tiger viewing at many of the best reserves, including Kanha and Ranthambore. It’s an outrageously bad idea for conservation. It is no coincidence that tigers in India exist where tourism exists. This may hasten the end for wild tigers. Sad. 

New Trip Report – Estonia, Finland and Arctic Norway

July 25, 2012

Estonia, Finland and Arctic Norway, 2012: Dominique Brugiere, 3 weeks & 17 species plus another 3 dead, including Wolverine, Brown Bear, Wolf, and Reindeer.


Mexico and Guatemala

July 24, 2012

I just got back from a short trip to Yucatan and Guatemala. Nothing particularly exciting, but I had two sight records slightly outside the range maps shown in Fiona Reid’s excellent field guide to the area: Heteromys desmarensianus near Mahahual, Quintana Roo, and Sylvilagus floridanus in Kohunlich, Campeche. I’ll write a little update on Cozumel mammals later.

Vladimir Dinets

P. S. I only have the first edition of Fiona Reid’s Mammals of Central America and SE Mexico.

Batwatch Nicaragua Tour – Jan 4 – 13

July 24, 2012

Fiona Reid is organising a trip to the remote Bosawas Reserve in northern Nicaragua in early January, primarily to catch bats and small mammals. It sounds like a very exciting destination, with very little known about the bats there. But a high diveristy is almost guaranteed: on her last batwatch trip to Nicaragua they caught over 40 species of bats! And there will be other cool stuff too.

If you are interested then you should contact Fiona and some more details are here


New Trip Report – Ontario

July 24, 2012

I spent the weekend outside of Toronto, staying with Fiona Reid, and saw some nice small mammals including Woodland Jumping Mouse, Smoky and American Water Shrew.

A report is here


New Trip Report – Norway

July 19, 2012

Norway, 2012: Mark Hows, 5 days & 9 species including Musk Ox and Norway Lemming.

For more Norway reports click here.


New Trip Report – Estonia

July 9, 2012

Estonia, 2012: Mark Hows, 1 week & 15 mammals including Eurasian Flying Squirrel, Brown Bear and a Masked Shrew.