22 April 2007

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

Tiger (Panthera tigris)

The WWF and twenty-nine tiger conservation groups have joined forces to send a message to the Chinese government, as China considers lifting its ban on tiger trade under pressure from wealthy breeders set to profit from sales of tiger bone wine, meat, and skins. The conservation organizations are creating a huge photomosaic of a tiger, which will be composed of individual and group pictures of tiger supporters, to be unveiled at the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) meeting in
The Hague, Netherlands.

Help end the tiger trade. Go here to add your photo to the mosaic and show your support

19 April 2007

When it rains, it pours.

Booroolong Frog (Litoria booroolongensis)

Another rare species of frog is on the brink of extinction. And no wonder. The Booroolong tree frog is confined to less than 10 square kilometers, has been affected by the frog-killing fungus, chytridiomycosis, has to deal with invasive species preying on its eggs and tadpoles, has lost much of its habitat, and the area where it lives is undergoing a drought, drying up it's breeding grounds.

Donate to the Amphibian Ark, a movement saving frog species in decline.

17 April 2007


Queen Alexandra's Birdwings (Ornithoptera alexandrae)

A Japanese man has been sentenced in the US to nearly two years in a federal prison, after admitting to smuggling endangered butterflies into the country, and attempting to sell them. Among them was a pair of Queen Alexandra's Birdwings, which sold for $8,500.

These beautiful buterflies, are the largest in the world, with a wingspan of 30 cm.

09 April 2007

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For those of you who are still reading, thanks. Unfortunately, due to my new schedule and responsibilities, posting and some features will be declining. I'll still be around and will still post, but not as much as I used to. If you would like to help out and contribute to the site, I'd love to hear from you.

Rare rabbit still alive

Sumatran Rabbit (Nesolagus netscheri)

Wildlife Conservation Society researchers have confirmed the continued existence of the Sumatran Rabbit, which had not been seen since 1998. Using infrared camera traps, the scientists have captured images of the striped rabbit, which is endemic to the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

It is one of only two known species of striped rabbits, the other being the Annamite Striped Rabbit. The greatest threat to the Sumatran rabbit is habitat loss, mainly through clearing to make way for agriculture.

Here's the article, including the photo, from the WCS.