Sunday, December 14, 2014

Friday Roundup: The Week's Wildlife Links (December 12th, 2014)

Let's get the Eaten Alive by an Anaconda nonsense out of the way. I received a number of interview requests about the show:

Before the show aired, EarthTouch News Network talked to me about five reasons it was unlikely anyone would be eaten by an Anaconda.

And, Slate wrote an article about why trying to get eaten alive by an Anaconda is not educational no matter what happened.

After the show aired, Vox talked with me to recap the show, and they also created the following video, which superimposes my tweets with the pivotal moments of the program (already viewed nearly 600,000 times!)

The Washington Post also talked to me about my impressions of the show.

Several outlets took what I tweeted and featured my thoughts in their articles, like i09, Yahoo TV, and Salon.

A timely article: nature filmmakers need a code of conduct. Hey, remember the Swamp Brothers show on Discovery? One of them is going to prison for smuggling rare snakes.

OK - on to the non-Anaconda related news:

We may be soon facing the next amphibian apocalypse. Here's how to stop it.

Overfishing is wiping out Bluefin Tuna and the USA is cracking down. Meanwhile, Canada is increasing the number of Bluefin Tuna it catches, despite the species likely needing protection as an endangered species. Canada is not done there though, they just opted not to block international trade in 76 endangered species.

Giraffe populations are declining throughout Africa, and it is largely going unnoticed, here and here.

Regarding animals that are even closer to the brink, you can learn more about the Great Indian Bustard (100 left), Vaquita porpoise (97 left), and Hainan Gibbon (25 left).

Here's some good news Europe is making great strides in re-wilding their landscapes.

A scientific paper just came out that showed Electric Eels don't just shock their prey, they use a first shock so that prey items reveal themselves, and then another shock to incapacitate them. Everyone wanted to write about, like here, here, and here.

Are massive squid really the sea monsters of legend?

Is Alabama home to America's Amazon?

Encouraging signs for the world's rarest marsupial: the Potoroo.

And, signs for hope for the world's sea turtles.

Some fascinating salamanders can be found in eastern Georgia.

A baby boom for the world's rarest antelope.

Grizzly bear meanders 2,800 miles through Montana and Idaho. How do we conserve their landscapes?

Lead remains a threat for California Condors.

Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge's first ever alligator harvest includes 20 gators.

On the other hand, these 20 Siamese Crocodile babies are soon to be released into the wild.

'Should you be foolish enough to drop trou and answer the call of nature in the wilderness, you’ll find the beast will “enter your body by the most unspeakable means,” said Carl Franklin, a herpetologist at the University of Texas at Arlington. “And it’ll rip your guts, shred them to pieces.” The death is slow, not to mention embarrassing.'

More Florida Panthers have been
 killed on the roads this year than any previous year. And, a record number of farm animals have been killed too. This might mean that there are more big cats...

Humpback Whales are coming back to the waters around New York City.

Three dead, eight injured after vehicle hits and kills bear in Florida.

Rare Central American iguana is endangered because the taste of females with eggs is preferred.

The International Union for Conservation for Nature keeps track of globally imperiled species, including 993 insects listed as threatened. Here's the breakdown.

Missing the Mastodon - how close were we to sharing our landscapes with the giant beast?

Australia's butt-breathing turtle is now critically endangered.

The Red Knot is now Threatened under the Endangered Species Act of the USA.

A tribute to Ian Player, a pioneering conservationist of rhinos.

Worries emerge about the elephants of South Sudan.

Did I miss something interesting? Let me know below.


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