Archive for January 2015


January 31, 2015

In 2006 David Robichaud set out to try to see all 6 American Marmots and raise some money for Marmot conservation in the process. This is his scrapbook. What a great project!


Sierra Nevada Red Fox sighting; And a Pygmy Right Whale in South Africa

January 29, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — The first confirmed sighting of a rare Sierra Nevada red fox in Yosemite National Park in nearly a century has been confirmed by park officials.

Meanwhile I see from Trevor Hardaker on facebook that a Pygmy Right Whale has been spotted several times off of Cape Town in the past couple of days. So if anyone is in South Africa – or can get there fast – then go! This is by far the hardest baleen whale to see.


Mammals in the news

January 28, 2015

Here’s a few recent articles that caught my eye.

Golden Cats have had a good deal of publicity the past few days with videos of them attacking – and being harassed by – monkeys in Uganda, as well as the first pictures of wild kittens.

Not so far away in Tanzania there was some nice film of the quite newly discovered Kipunji Monkey.

Here’s a sad story about Sumatran Orangutans, while I hope the plight of Indian Rhinos improves as it seems they are in danger of going the same way as the rest of the world’s rhino species.


Sichuan Safari (on the sly) – November 2014

January 28, 2015

My partner and I spent over 2 weeks in Sichuan visiting Longcanggou, Wolong, Balang Shan, Ruoergai, Tangjiahe and the new Panda Valley centre in Dujiangyang. We were targeting Red Panda, Tibetan wolf and Tibetan fox. We spent quite a lot of the nights spotlighting and were rewarded with several Hog Badgers and Leopard cats amongst other things.  We saw quite a few good birds along the way too. Plus a mystery moggy which we believe was most likely Chinese Desert Cat..

A full trip report can be found here




January 28, 2015

One of the UK’s best, and hardest to see, mammals in my opinion.


The Vincent Wildlife Trust is currently conducting a nationwide survey into the distribution of this most elusive and rare creature across Britain.  Historically, they were viewed as a threat to game and poultry and persecuted almost to extinction by the end of the 1950s when they were confined to areas of Wales.  Their populations were also reduced further through hunting for their fur and general habitat fragmentation from industrial development.  However, it gained protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and is now a conservation priority species for the country.

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Tiny Trip Report – 2.5 Hours spotlighting for Caracals in Southern(ish) Israel

January 24, 2015

We set out to find a Caracal, which is the animal of the year (in the Tomerian Calendar).
Here is the report:

Mission-Caracal – 1st attempt

Aye Aye at Palmarium Reserve

January 22, 2015


Does anyone have experience of Palmarium Reserve, as it has been recommended to me as a good spot to find Aye Aye, but I always thought that the lemurs there were basically tame and that it was not a real reserve as such. Is this the case or, as has been suggested, are there wild Aye Ayes sharing the reserve with the other tame species?

I already intend to visit Daraina and Farankaraina to look for the Aye Aye, but can easily add Palmarium if it makes sense.

Any help would be greatly appreciated as always.