Archive for November 2014

Is Foping open to eco-tourists?

November 28, 2014

Just out of curiosity I searched for Foping Nature Reserve on Trip Advisor and Flickr.
I saw a review from April, 2014, June, 2013, and a picture of a Giant Panda from April 2012.

Does anyone have any info on this?
I would LOVE to visit Foping over the next couple of years if it’s open.


Sierra Nevada/Great Basin trip, June 2015

November 28, 2014

Dear All,

I’ll be guiding a one-week tour to the Sierra Nevada and the Great Basin in June 2015. Please have a look at the description at If you are interested, please email me.

Vladimir Dinets, dinets at

help wanted with rabbit identification Dubois, Wyoming

November 27, 2014

Hi all

Can anyone help with the identification of this cottontail? It was photographed near Dubois, Wyoming at an altitude of about 7000 feet.

Regards Steve

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New Trip Reports: Canada, Costa Rica and California

November 26, 2014

The penultimate batch of reports from Jason Woolgar’s archives.

Canada (BC, Churchill and Winnipeg), 2013: 35 days & 49 species including Arctic Fox, Polar Bear, American Marten, Collared Lemming and a Bearded Seal.

Costa Rica, 2013: 22 days & 35 species including Greater Grison, Tayra, Hooded Skunk and Water Opossum.

Point Reyes (California), 2014: 6 days & 24 species including Bobcat, River Otter, Badger and Pacific Jumping Mice.

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you in – or from – the USA. I’m heading to central California to eat and drink too much and try to see a few rodents this weekend.


Spanish mongooses

November 24, 2014

People who have visited Spain might like to know that mongooses there have been found to be genetically distinct from African ones, with 200,000 years since divergence.

Vladimir Dinets

Gray Fox vs a (dead) Rattlesnake

November 23, 2014

This is a fun video Camera Trap Codger: How to kill a dead snake


New Trip Reports: Patagonia (Chile & Argentina), Yorkshire (UK) and Uganda

November 23, 2014

Some more trip reports from Jason Woolgar

Chile & Argentina, 2013: 32 days & 27 species including Patagonian Weasel, Large Hairy Armadillo, Pichi and Killer Whales.

Yorkshire, 2013: 5 days & 18 species including Stoat and Water Voles.

Uganda, 2013: 22 days & 64 species including Pousargues’s Mongoose, Marsh Mongoose, Sitatunga, Patas Monkey, Southern Tree Hyrax and Bunyoro Rabbit.