Friday, November 15, 2013

Friday Roundup: This Week's Wildlife Links (November 15th, 2013)

Yesterday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service crushed six tons of ivory in an attempt to slow down the rampant poaching of African Elephants (30,000 were poached last year, let that number sink in for a moment). The United States is heavily involved-it represents the second largest market for ivory in the world. But will the crush help? Should the ivory be sold and the money used to help stop poaching instead?

The Western Black Rhino was declared extinct in 2011; but, it has been receiving a lot of news lately. Here's an excellent summary of the doomed animal's recent history.

In lighter news, one of the rarest mammals in the world (an antelope-like creature called the Saola, it was only discovered in 1992) has been spotted in Vietnam after not having being seen for 15 years. Here's an interesting take on how studying leeches may provide some more information about the Saola.

The recent sighting of a Basking Shark off of British Columbia is a stark reminder of how the Canadian government's attitude towards sharks has changed over the last century.

A new species of Hammerhead Shark was recently described. What does it mean for Hammerhead Shark conservation?

Songs for unusual creatures: the Jesus Christ Lizard.

UK angler catches baby crocodile. Or maybe it was actually just a big pike?

One of the recently beached Oarfish was necropsied. The results are in.

Incredible portraits of Siamese Fighting Fish. Please don't keep them in little teacup bowls.

The United States has a shameful history of offering bounties for our top predators. Now, the tables have turned. There is a bounty on people that kill endangered Red Wolves in North Carolina.

Forget Burmese Pythons, there is a new exotic reptile villain in Florida: the Tegu.

Society's medications are making it into our rivers and streams and affecting our fish and other wildlife.

There is a Chinese toad that grows a "moustache" each February. Researches finally figured out why (by watching them in the wild)...they use it for combat.

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