Gorillas

Buzzwords Gorillas are ground-dwelling, predominantly herbivorous apes that inhabit the forests of central Sub-Saharan Africa. The genus Gorilla is divided into two species: the eastern gorillas and the western gorillas (both critically endangered), and either four or five subspecies. They are the largest living primates. The DNA of gorillas is highly similar to that of …

Cranes

Photo: theilr, Moonrise Crane = Cranes are a family, Gruidae, of large, long-legged and long-necked birds in the group Gruiformes. There are fifteen species of crane in four genera. Unlike the similar-looking but unrelated herons, cranes fly with necks outstretched, not pulled back. Cranes live on all continents except Antarctica and South America. – Wikipedia …

World Tapir Day

Photo: Ray Morris, Tapir April 27 is World Tapir Day, held to raise awareness about the four species of tapir that inhabit Central and South America and South East Asia. The first World Tapir Day was held in 2008. About World Tapir Day: The plight of tapirs is symbolic for the wider threat to their …

Beavers

Photo: Sarah Morgan/USFWS Midwest Region, Beaver Beaver = a large semiaquatic broad-tailed rodent that is native to North America and northern Eurasia Embedded Tweets As a scientist I've had an "elevator speech" prepared for a few years now. This year I made an "elevator video" & let me tell you: people enjoy seeing my research …

How to move a giraffe (2018)

Google Maps Following up on some interesting tweets and stories about a fascinating roadtrip in Australia from the nation’s capital Canberra to the Sunshine coast near Brisbane. What caught our eye was the roadtripper – a young giraffe named Kebibi. Questions What is Kebibi’s history? What was the route taken during the roadtrip? Where do …

Supporting Sustainable Livelihoods through Wildlife Tourism

Book Cover Reading: Supporting Sustainable Livelihoods through Wildlife Tourism Citation: “Twining-Ward, Louise; Li, Wendy; Bhammar, Hasita; Wright, Elisson. 2018. Supporting Sustainable Livelihoods through Wildlife Tourism. Tourism for Development;. World Bank, Washington, DC. © World Bank. https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/29417 License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.” Download available online http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/494211519848647950/Supporting-sustainable-livelihoods-through-wildlife-tourism https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/29417 Questions Is this publication available in other languages? When …

World Wildlife Day 2018

Poster Big cats under threat! This year’s World Wildlife Day (March 3) focuses on the larger felines — lion, tiger, leopard and jaguar — the 4 largest wild cats that can roar – and also cheetah, snow leopard, puma, clouded leopard. 2018 In 2018 World Wildlife Day is celebrated with the theme “Big cats: predators …

Cheetahs

Photo: Ray Morris The cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is a large felid of the subfamily Felinae that occurs mainly in eastern and southern Africa and a few parts of Iran. It is the fastest land animal. – Wikipedia Embedded Tweets Cheetah captive breeding out of control? Many are used for cub petting and later returned to breeding facility, sold …

Favorite Streams #ABCWildOz

One of our favorite collection of streams comes from Australia. Presenting ABC’s Wild Oz — http://www.abc.net.au/news/wildoz — live until Friday (Australia time). If this is a pilot project, we’re looking forward to whatever it grows into. Hashtag: #ABCWildOz YouTube Today: In a suburban backyard in Brisbane orphaned squirrel gliders are preparing for release. They’ll sleep …

#HandsOffOurWildlife

Hashtags to watch: #HandsOffOurWildlife The campaign is supported by Green Girls in Africa. Key Links https://greengirlsinafrica.com/2018/01/01/from-stony-silence-to-anger-the-response-to-online-critical-voices https://greengirlsinafrica.com https://www.facebook.com/GreenGirlsAfrica https://twitter.com/GreenGirlAfrica Louise says that it’s time to bring about the necessary change to the tourism industry to make it a more responsible and fair for all, including wildlife in captivity. Louise writes on Facebook: Our #HandsOffOurWildlife campaign aims to create …