January 30, 2009
Bring Back the Magic
Do you love animals? Then you’ll LOVE my book! It’s a memoir about how my relationship with my animal companions profoundly transformed my views of animals and Nature. The book walks the reader through the process of opening up to Nature and it unveils the intelligence, sentience, and individuality of animals and other critters of Nature. It’s educational and entertaining. And it’s about LOVE!
The book also clearly explains the differences between Animal Welfare and Animal Rights, and it presents the reader with the reasons WHY I believe that becoming animal guardians, instead of animal owners, is a very dangerous and bad idea.
If you suffered emotional pain in childhood… if you love animals, Nature, and your pets… then you will identify with this book. It’s MAGICAL!!!
Learn more HERE (link: http://www.BringingBackTheMagic.com )
January 29, 2009
In case you missed this over the Holidays...
January 27, 2009
African Greys Stolen in Cameroon
For Immediate Release
Urgent Appeal Launched to Aid Confiscated Parrots
Hayle, Cornwall, UK
January 2, 2008
Cornwall-based World Parrot Trust has launched an urgent appeal to aid hundreds of African Grey parrots (Psittacus
erithacus) recently confiscated by wildlife authorities in two high profile raids in Cameroon. Funds raised through this
appeal will be used for temporary housing, rehabilitation eventual re-release of 400+ parrots back to the wild.
Illegal shipments bound for Mexico and Middle East
Two separate groups of parrots were intercepted in Cameroon by Last Great Ape Organization’s (LAGA) wildlife
agents and local wildlife officials. Each group of 500-700 individuals was bound for Mexico and parts of the Middle
East. Had officials not recovered these parrots their futures would have been grim. One half of all smuggled wild
birds do not survive all stages of their capture, handling, transport and quarantine to reach their final destination.
With African Grey parrots the mortality rate can often be higher due to the species’ high strung and sensitive nature.
The African Grey Parrot has been one of the most heavily traded bird species on the international market. From
1994-2003, 359,000 individuals were exported from various parts of Africa. The Grey Parrot’s popularity as a pet is
unparalleled due to its longevity in captivity and its ability to mimic human and other sounds. Demand for this bird
has always been high in North America and Europe, and is increasing in China. (Source: BirdLife International)
A temporary home and eventually...freedom
The confiscated parrots now rest in relative quiet at the Limbe Wildlife Centre (LWC), the hub of a dedicated group
of rescuers nestled at the foot of Mount Cameroon. The process of capturing, smuggling, and transport has left
many of the parrots stressed and vulnerable to illness. Of the 1220 birds initially received, 681 were immediately
released, and more than 100 birds perished. A group of 417 birds remain at the center due to illness, emaciation and
feathers damaged by glue trapping. For their rehabilitation and eventual release these parrots require food, shelter,
medical attention and extra staff for their care. LWC has enlisted the help of The World Parrot Trust (WPT) to
US$2,000 in emergency funding sent - more urgently needed
The World Parrot Trust has sent US$2000.00 in emergency funding. Due to the urgency of the situation and the
large number of parrots involved these funds have already been spent. More funding is required to provide ongoing
care for this convalescing group of parrots, now and for up to 9 more months.
Urgent Appeal off to strong start
In the first days of the appeal, donors from around the world rallied strongly to show their support. “We’ve had
donations from the UK, Europe, Australia, the US and a number of other countries,” stated Alison Hales, Chairman
of the World Parrot Trust. “We’re hopeful for a continued strong response.”
Interested supporters are urged to visit the Trust’s website at www.parrots.org/appeal or email
email@example.com to learn how they can help or view updates from the project.
January 26, 2009
We posted a story on a frog explosion the other day.. here are some photos!
Picture 1 – This new species of toad is the largest ever found in the genus Nectophrynoides. Its bizarre looks are likely to be coupled with a strange breeding cycle; studies of other Nectophrynoides species have discovered that they are the only types of toad which give birth to live young instead of laying eggs. Photo © Penelope Whitehorn / Frontier.
Picture 2 – With its distinctive red eyes this new species of frog in the genus Leptopelis resembles other similar species, but is found at much higher altitudes than its relatives. Photo © Daniel Cox / Frontier.
Picture 3 – It might look like a bit of a bruiser, but this newly discovered species of burrowing toad (Probreviceps sp.) is under threat from deforestation in its mountain home. Photo © John Graham / Frontier.
January 23, 2009
Whistling parrot halts soccer game
A parrot halted a football match with a perfect impression of the referee's whistle.
Me-Tu is a regular at matches at his local ground and often entertains fans by repeating what they say.
But referee Gary Bailey was not impressed when the parrot mimicked his whistle and brought the quarter-final of the Hertfordshire Senior Centenary Trophy to a standstill.
Read the full story
January 22, 2009
-15 NEW SPECIES DISCOVERED IN TANZANIA-
22 January 2009
Research in one of the most important biodiversity hotspots in the world has revealed fifteen new species of amphibians and a chameleon species. The findings are a result of biological surveys carried out in the South Nguru Mountains, Tanzania.
Three of the new species were discovered by scientists working for the British volunteer organisation, Frontier. They include a bizarre toad which looks as though it has crawled straight from the pages of a Marvel comic.
The toad, which has yet to be given an official scientific name, is the largest forest toad ever described in the genus Nectophrynoides. Its size and massive glands makes it distinct from known species and it appears in a variety of colours including orange and black, yellow and green, and red. This species appears to be restricted to only a few remote valleys deep in the South Nguru forests. However, in the valleys where it is found it is the commonest amphibian, making its presence known with a distinctive 'echoing drip' or 'plink' call.
“As soon as we saw this toad we knew it was something special,” said Nisha Owen who led Frontier’s research program in South Nguru. “It’s such a strange looking beast, and its call is very distinctive.
Frontier’s other discoveries included a new species of tree frog with red eyes, which was added to the genus Leptopelis, and a burrowing toad with a distinctive long snout, of the genus Probreviceps. The findings were reported last month in the journal Acta Herpetologica.
A conservation plan is now underway in the area to address the threats to these unique animals, because the Nguru South area is not only home to colourful amphibians. It houses more than fifty villages, majority of which are dependent on agriculture. As a result the local fauna faces severe threats as the agricultural land encroaches on the forests.
“It’s really important that these forests are protected from further agricultural degradation”, says Owen, who is now carrying out doctoral research into human-wildlife conflicts at the University of Leeds. “The montane forests of Tanzania hold some of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world, but they are also under severe threat from deforestation.”
The research was an international collaboration between Frontier and the University of Dar es Salaam, the Tridentine Museum of Natural Science in Italy and the Tanzania Forest Conservation Group. Frontier’s research was funded by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund as part of a wider survey programme in the Eastern Arc, the world’s ‘hottest’ biodiversity hotspot.
Citation: Menegon, M., Doggart, N., & Owen, N. (2008) The Nguru Mountains of Tanzania, an outstanding hotspot of herpetofaunal diversity. Acta Herpetologica: 3, 107-127
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January 21, 2009
Some not so intelligent animals...
Derek Clontz has published an article about some not so smart animals. While we contine to marvel at our pets, sometimes things still go very wrong. Some of these are funny, some are tragic, but it shows how our companions *smarts* may may lead to trouble!
Read the article