Invertebrate numbers nearly halve as human population doubles.
The decline of birds
might have something to do with this recent news that half the insects (and spiders, crustaceans, slugs, worms) are gone.
The red-crested tree rat (Santamartamys rufodorsalis
), not seen in over a hundred years, made an unexpected, nonchalant appearance at the El Dorado Bird Reserve
in Colombia a couple of weeks ago. Witnesses are unavailable for comment, being too busy with squeals of "Awwwwwww
" to respond to questions. Press release here
; high-res photos heEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
Adapted from the book "Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food" for the New York Times. A pretty bleak look at the state of world wide tuna fishing.
Amphibian Extinction Crisis:
"For the first time in modern history, because of the way that humans are impacting our natural world, we're facing the extinction of an entire class of organisms....This is not the extinction of just a panda or a rhino, it's a whole class of organisms." Original declaration of the Amphibian Conservation Summit
(pdf). More details in the BBC
and San Francisco Chronicle
Like a big bald eagle? Order one now! Humour might be one way of trying to protect endangered animals but the bushmeat trade
is no joke and fighting it
is damn difficult, probably as difficult as fighting world poverty. Does anyone else feel that these jokes just aren't funny anymore?
Animals thought extinct found in remote Cambodian jungle:
British scientists have found a wilderness in the Cardamom region of Cambodia where exotic species, some though to be
extinct, have been found. These include the Siamese
crocodile, the wolf snake (a new species so named because of
its dog-like fangs), large populations of tigers and Asian
elephants, and the gower, a forest cow. Ironically, the habitat was protected from significant human
intrusion because it was a longtime Khmer Rouge stronghold
and also because routes lead to and from it are landmined.