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IUCN Species of the Day: Golden Vizcacha Rat

Posted in IUCN Species of the Day, South America with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 20, 2011 by Tracy Burnley

 

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sotdfiles pipanacoctomys aureus Photo credit: Ruben Barquez

Photo credit: Ruben Barquez

 

The Golden Vizcacha Rat, Pipanacoctomys aureus, is listed as ‘CRITICALLY ENDANGERED‘ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Continue reading

IUCN Species of the Day: Atlantic Sturgeon

Posted in Europe, IUCN Species of the Day, Oceans with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 15, 2011 by Bush Warriors

 

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Atlantic Sturgeon photo credit Jean-Franciios Hellio and Nicholas Van Ingen

Photo credit: Jean-Francois Hellio and Nicholas Van Ingen

 

The Atlantic Sturgeon, Acipenser sturio, is listed as ‘CRITICALLY ENDANGERED‘ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Continue reading

IUCN Species of the Day: Giant Armadillo

Posted in South America, IUCN Species of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 12, 2011 by Bush Warriors

 

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Photo credit: Carly Vynne

 

The Giant Armadillo, Priodontes maximus, is listed as ‘VULNERABLE’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Continue reading

IUCN Species of the Day: Burnup’s Hunter Slug

Posted in IUCN Species of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 9, 2011 by Bush Warriors

 

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Burnups Hunter Slug Photo Credit: Dai Hurbert

Photo credit: Dai Hurbert

 

Burnup’s Hunter Slug, Chlamydephorus burnupi, is listed as ‘VULNERABLE’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Continue reading

IUCN Species of the Day: Social Wrasse

Posted in IUCN Species of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 6, 2011 by Bush Warriors

 

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sotdfiles halichoeres socialis

Photo credit: Dr. Luiz Rocha

 

The Social Wrasse, Halichoeres socialis, is listed as ‘CRITICALLY ENDANGERED‘ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Continue reading

IUCN Species of the Day: Crau Plain Grasshopper

Posted in IUCN Species of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 5, 2011 by Bush Warriors

 

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sotdfiles prionotropis hystrix rhodanica

Photo credit: Laurent Tatin

 

The Crau Plain Grasshopper, Prionotropis hystrix rhodanica, has not yet been evaluated for the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM. However, it has a provisional assessment of ‘CRITICALLY ENDANGERED’. Continue reading

Flying with Vultures – Path into the Future….

Posted in Africa: Birds of Prey, African Wildlife, Birds with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 3, 2011 by Dori G

Two weeks ago we brought you a clip of an extraordinary lady Kerri Wolter who is also know in some circle as the Vultures whisperer.  We had a lots of feedback and many of you asked to learn more about about the Cape Vulture and what can be done to save this magnificent bird from extinction.

Vultures form an important ecological component of our natural environment, cleaning up dead carcasses, decreasing the spread of some diseases. Today in South Africa  they face an unprecedented onslaught from modern mans developments, including electrocutions and collisions with electrical structures, poisonings, land-use changes, decrease in food availability as well as as Muti uses which are animals used for traditional healing.

Meet Vulture Conservation. A local South African   conservation organization that  has taken vultures under their wings. Their program approaches vulture conservation in a multidisciplinary and networked fashion, with the benefit accruing to both the vulture and society at large. By focusing actions on the vulture, positioned at the top of the food chain (literally) as an indicator of the health of the environment below it, this project is destined to not only influence but also impact on the well-being of South Africa’s natural environment.

Photo Credit – Green Renaissance

Cell-phone tracking devises are used to determine foraging and home ranges of a large number of vultures in Southern Africa. The output from such research allows for the monitoring capture-release of free-ranging vultures, the mapping of areas for further actions, such as community education and the safeguarding of vulture food through the monitoring of vulture feeding grounds.

With the many threats vultures are facing throughout southern Africa, vulture rehabilitation has become an essential part of the Vulture Programme.  Collecting grounded, injured, poisoned and disabled vultures around South Africa, special emphasis within the Gauteng, North West and Limpopo Provinces, Vulture Conservation are able to save many vultures that would have met their untimely death.

To learn more about about this extraordinary organization and Kerri click here….