BABY KITTEN REPORT!!!
Palawan Bengal Cats Are First of Berlin Zoo’s Breeding Program
Meet Ilian and Taytay, two Palawan Bengal Cats recently born at Berlin Zoo in Germany! These two kittens, a male and a female, are the first offspring of Berlin Zoo’s breeding program for this Vulnerable subspecies, which is only found on the Philippine island of Palawan…
Learn more: ZooBorns
What it Means to be a Threatened Species
by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Most people know what it means to be a threatened species—it’s something that’s rare and may become extinct. What isn’t often explained is how we know something is threatened and who decides whether a species is threatened or not.
Read almost any article about species in peril and there will be some reference to the level of threat faced by that species. Words like Vulnerable, Endangered, and Critically Endangered are usually mentioned without any real explanation of where these categories come from or how they are determined.
Part of the reason for this is that it’s just easier to take the author’s word for it and move on. However, in science, the author’s word is not good enough—statements must be supported by data and methods and these must be presented for open (and often scathing) review by other scientists. This process of peer-review is the foundation of all credible scientific work and species science is no exception…
(read more: National Geo)
Photograph by IUCN Photo Library/Steve Winter
The hammerhead worm is a master of regeneration. Cut one into eight pieces, and you’ll get seven new hammerhead worms. Twice a month they’ll reproduce by deliberately sticking their tails to the ground, pulling them off, and that tail will become a new hammerhead worm.
Read more about this bizarre creature at Bec Crew’s latest blog for Australian Geographic:http://ow.ly/wFrHL
The feeding frenzy scene from Planet Earth: Ocean Deep (S1, EP11). A dead fish, probably a tuna, is completely devoured by deep-sea scavengers, including spider crabs, deep-sea eels, and giant isopods. The crabs are supposed to be a meter across while the isopods are about 1/3 meter (~1.09 feet) long. There’s not much left of the fish after the scavengers are done.
This time-lapsed footage was taken 2,000 meters (~6562 feet) underwater in the Gulf of Mexico, over a span of three hours. The BBC Natural History Unit worked with the “Scientific and Environmental ROV Partnership Using Existing Industrial Technology” (SERPENT) project to connect with industries that could help position their camera rig — painstakingly designed to withstand the deep-sea pressure — on the ocean floor for several days.
Hopkin’s Rose is a beautifully tentacular nudibranch from the coasts of California and Oregon.
They steal their lovely pink colour from the rosy bryozoan they feed on.
It’s named after Timothy Hopkins, a guy who inherited a load of money from his adopted parents, used a whole lot of it to support the local university, and probably had amazing taste in roses.
Inside the Flame nebula
Tarsier is one of the smallest primate in the world. It thrives mostly in secondary dense forests with a diet of insects. This nocturnal creature has the unique ability of being able to turn its head 180 degrees as well as to jump backward with precision. It is endangered and have a tendency to commit suicide during captivity due to trauma from touching and loud noise.
If you ever go to their native habitat or a facility that has these animals, make sure to visit one that does NOT allow handling! More often than not, tarsiers in those situations die from stress. I saw these in an area set aside for their conservation, and there was minimal talking allowed, along with no flash photography and absolutely NO touching the animals. It’s better for their well being, because stress kills them very quickly. Be smart and selfless with your ecotourism. :)
These beautiful rosettes belong to the species Pinguicula esseriana (Lamiales - Lentibulariaceae), a butterwort endemic to San Luis Potosí state in Mexico.
It is a carnivorous plants that use sticky, glandular leaves to lure, trap, and digest insects.
15 of the hardest-working moms in the animal kingdom
The animal kingdom can be ruthless to young animals — and sometimes, dad’s not around to help. These meticulous mothers go to extremes to ensure the survival of their offspring, and they deserve some credit for their efforts.