Archive for December 2013

2013 in review

December 31, 2013

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 70,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 3 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Thanks to all of you who have taken the time to contribute to this blog over the past year. You all help make our mammal watching trips more successful and more fun. Who has exciting plans for next year? I’m looking forward to heading to the Dominican Republic with Vladimir Dinets and Fiona Reid in January to look for Solenodons, to Nicaragua in February, and hopefully Peru in April.

Happy New Year and looking forward to lots more reports and discussion in 2014!


Polar bear numbers in Hudson Bay of Canada on verge of collapse

December 20, 2013

A depressing read…

Climate change is warming the Arctic and melting its ice cover, with grave consequences


New Trip Reports: Gorals in India, and a Hellcation in Bangladesh

December 20, 2013

Two new reports

Himalayan Goral Tour, 2013: Ralf B├╝rglin’s trip to observe Gorals and other mammals at Nainital near Shimla.

Bangladesh, 2013: Cheryl Antonucci’s ill-fated trip to Bangladesh, with the mammalian highlights (in between the lowlights of roadblocks and striking protesters) including Phayre’s Langurs, Malayan Giant Squirrel and Greater Bandicoot Rats.


Almost 90% of Saharan big animals are extinct or endangered

December 18, 2013

A new landmark study in Diversity and Distributions finds that the megafauna of the Sahara desert are on the verge of total collapse.


Harp Seals and White-beaked Dolphins, note on Nunavut

December 17, 2013

Thought I’d start a new thread and V can pick it up for his book if he wants.

I have a pal who lives in Sydney Harbor, Nova Scotia, who says the harbor ices up in late February to early March and the second half of March is a good time to see Harp Seal pups. He says they are pretty reliable and some years there are Hooded Seals, too.

Wild Travel magazine has an online article comparing wildlife watching in western vs eastern Canada, and mentioned White-beaked Dolphin around the northern tip of Newfoundland. St Anthony has a whale watching company:

They say late July to late September the dolphin is pretty common, and that’s the only dolphin they mention. It might be possible to see them from shore, too.

I also want to mention that you can do ice flow tours in March-May from Iqaluit, the gateway city on Baffin Island. They are either day trips or two nights camping, the web site says both. See:


New Trip Report – The Pantanal

December 17, 2013

Pantanal, 2013: John Pilgrim, 4 days & 20 species including Ocelot, Jaguar, Giant Anteater and Grey Four-eyed Opossum.


New tapir species?

December 16, 2013

Mongabay reports on a new tapir species described in Brazil & Colombia: