"It is that range of biodiversity that we must care for - the whole thing - rather than just one or two stars."
-David Attenborough
Questions? Email me, Ronak Sathyanarayana, at ronaks@goanimals.org.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Monkey Stolen From Zoo

San Francisco Zoo officials are asking for the publics help after a monkey was stolen from an exhibit overnight.
Banana Sam before he got stolen

Banana Sam, a male Squirrel Monkey, was stolen from San Francisco Zoo. On Thursday night, two guards were patrolling the 100 acre zoo when a man stole Banana Sam. San Francisco Zoo has doubled the security to prevent the burglars from entering again. The other 17 Squirrel Monkeys are held indoors for prevention of loss. Banana Sam was 17 years old, one of the oldest in the group. It is illegal to own a Squirrel Monkey as a pet in California, but it is not true in all states. There are many pet traders who take Squirrel Monkeys. They would probably sell Banana Sam since Squirrel Monkeys cost from $100- a few thousand dollars. The thieves had cut through a back perimeter gate. They then cut through the mesh surrounding the monkey exhibit and stole Banana Sam. Zookeepers are hoping the robbers will reconsider keeping the Squirrel Monkey and return Banana Sam. squirrel Monkeys have large teeth, and they will bite. The good thing is that Banana Sam has a microchip implant so the zookeepers can identify him. San Francisco Zoo has dealt with animal robberies before. Two teenagers were caught stealing a Koala to impress their girlfriend. A reward of $5000 will be given to the person who finds and brings back Banana Sam to San Francisco Zoo.

Friday, December 30, 2011

New Horned Viper Found

Snake picture: Matilda's horned viper on a branchIn a remote Tanzanian forest a new horned viper was discovered. It was called Matilda's Horned Viper. Matilda's horned Viper is 2.1 feet long and black and yellow zigzag markings and yellow hornlike scales above its green eyes. The snake eats frogs at night.  Matilda's Horned Viper are venemous like all vipers. Males have darker scales and bigger heads than the female. These snakes usually stay in the trees, but bigger ones will live in ground burrows. Unfortunately, these snakes are critically endangered. Its habitat is growing smaller each day.The exact location of these snakes will be hidden just so pet collecters won't take them.

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Pigeons are Good at Math?

pigeons do mathPigeons are thought to be dull. We think that they don't know much. Well, our opinions are completely wrong. A new study shows that pigeons can count to nine. The study also shows that they have equivalent skills to primates besides us. Researchers think that this ability is in many birds. To see their ability, they first taught them 1,2,and 3. They gave the pigeons pictures 1,2, or 3 objects. If they completed the task correctly, they would be given a snack. Later they tested them on 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8, or 9. They would give 2 numbers and the Pigeon would have to choose the smaller number. Again, the Pigeon succeeds. Scientists thought primates and birds have this ability because of a distant relative. If that was true, many other animals would share the ability. The other way is that these animals learnt it independently. Animals are always getting smarter.

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New Shark Species Found

Four new "rapier wielding" shark species have b een found by researchers in the California Academy  of Sciences. In a 1600 foot deep trawl of Mozambique, an African Dwarf Sawshark was accidentally captured. This animal is only the seventh species of sawshark we know of. The shark has a long tooth-studded snout for which it uses as a sword. The predator uses its snout by whipping it through schools of fish, which it then eats the injured fish. Another shark discovered was a species of Angel Shark. It was called Squatina caillieti. It was found in a 1200 foot deep water of the islan of Luzon. Luzon is an island part of the Phillipenes. The Angel Shark has big pectoral fins that resemble wings, and it lies in the sand and waits for prey to pass by. When it comes, it strikes like a ray. The other two sharks are species of Lanternshark. They were found in Taiwan and South Africa. More than 100 sharks have been found this year. New discoveries are yet to be found.
The African dwarf sawshark.
African Dwarf  Sawshark

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Smallest Frogs Found in Papua New Guinea

The tiny frog Paedophryne dekot.In Papua New Guinea, the Paedophryne dekot, which is 8.5-9 mm. long, and the Paedophryne verrucosa, which is 8.8-9.3 mm. were found, each smaller than an M&M. The smallest frog use to be 10mm. They are the smallest frog and tetrapod (vertabrates with 4 legs).  These frogs eat mites, which other frogs won't eat because of their size. This shows they have an important role in the ecosystem. Just because they're small, doesn't mean they're easy to catch. Researchers tried catching them with bare hands with no luck. Right before you touch them, the hop away. The researchers say there are still other tiny frogs out there.

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Panamian Lion Rescue

In Panama, many lions were rescued from a zoo next to the Gamboa Resort. 3 female lions and many other animals were locked up in cages and have been there for 14 years. The Denver Wild Animal Sanctuary contacted the police and ANAM (Panama's environmental arm of the government). To help, the Denver Wild Animal Sanctuary Carried the lions to a truck. The truck transported them to a plane, where they would be taken to the sanctuary. Now, the lions live peacefully with the other lions in the sanctuary. The other animals at the zoo were taken to a rehabilitation center, soon to be released into the wild.

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Coati Rescued From Warehouse

In a Denver Warehouse, a coati was set free by its owner, thinking it wouldn't make a good pet. In case if you don't know what a coati is, a coati, also known as the Brazilian Aardvark, is a relative of the raccoon. Coatis are 13-27 in. long, weigh 4.4-18 lbs, have sharp teeth and live in Central America. Coatis are usually brown  or black, and have a white and brown stripes on its tail. Some people found this baby Coati and named it Maurice. They took Maurice to the vet to check if it was healthy. They also found out it is illegal to keep the young Coati, so they started calling humane societies and animal control officials to find it a home. They finally found the Denver Wild Animal Sanctuary, where they had 5 Coatis. Maurice was brought to the sanctuary and is living happy with its new family and home.

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New Spider Found in Australia

In Australia, a new "albino" spider was found. Scientists say it is not completely albino because it still has some brown on its abdomen. The spider is 1.2 in. wide, and was found by a man who lived in a town in western Australia. The man found the spider, caught it in a jar, and sent it to the Western Australian Museum. They think it is a trapdoor spider, that lives in burrows its whole life, like other trapdoor spiders. Scientists are still researching this spider to learn mor about it.
A white spider.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Howl to the World

On April 26, 1986, in a place called Chernobyl, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded. Chernobyl is a place in what is now Ukraine. Some people said that it was the worst nuclear disaster in the world. Not only did the people get wiped out, but so did the animals. Foxes, lynxes, raccoons, pigs, and not to mention, wolves. But a couple of years ago, animals started popping up in Chernobyl, especially wolf packs. Chernobyl has been closed to people because of the radiation levels, but there are still small villages there. But animals haven't just disappeared in Chernobyl. The same thing happened in Yellowstone National park. In the 1980's, people disliked wolves, so they killed them off. Soon, these wolves became critically endangered. Also, as the wolves died, the beavers, trees, and even crows, died. But rescue groups have helped these wolves return, and somehow all the animals returned. But why? Well, when the wolves died, There were too many Elk. The Elk ate too much of the trees which meant the trees would die. With less trees, the beavers didn't have enough building supplies for their dam. One animal, can make a big difference. This shows that life finds a way. Humans do it quickly, meaning that it doesn't last long, but Earth does it slowly, making it last longer.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

West Nile Virus Strikes Animals in North America

Thousands of birds, horses, and humans have been hit by West Nile Virus across North America since 1999, when it was first discoverd. In case you don't know, West Nile Virus is a virus found in 48 species of mosquitos, 250 species of birds, and 18 species of mammals. The USGS is trying to learn more about West Nile Virus. They are also joining with other agencies for help. People aren't sure of the ways West Nile virus is affecting wildlife, but the NWHC (National Wildlife Health Center) is working on studies to research West Nile Virus. So, to be safe, wash your hands, and stay  clean because one of those 18 species of mammals affected by West Nile Virus are humans.

Hawk With Nail in Head Rescued

The hawk with the nail in its head has been found and had later been brought to the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley and has been healing for the past few days. During its transport after it had been capured, the nail had fallen out with no trauma or bleeding. WildRescue had been notified after several attempts to capture it had failed. The rescuers that tried to save it had used a trap called the bal-chatri. The bal-chatri is a trap made of a wire mesh. A reward of 10,000 dollars has been offered for information on the arrest and conviction of whoever harmed the bird. Next time you see an animal in crisis, take the initiative, and call the nearest animal rescue or wildlife center.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Javan Rhino Extinct in Vietnam

On October 25, 2011, the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) and the IRF (International Rhino Foundation) concluded that one of the subspecies of the Javan Rhino is extinct in Vietnam. There are two subspecies, the Indonesian and the Vietnamese. The WWF also says that the last rhino was shot in the leg by a poacher. Poachers hunt rhinos for the ivory in their horn. Many other animals are endangered because of poaching like the tiger, the elephant, the seal, and lots more. But there are still 40 Javan Rhinos in a National Park in Indonesia. The WWF is working to save these rhinos by protecting them from poachers. Remember to buy no endangered animal by-products because they could be last of their kind.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Seaweed Killing Coral

Georgia Tech have been doing expirements in the ocean. They have recently found out that seaweed also kills coral. Other coral killing objects are heat, pollution, and even sunscreen. They found that some seaweed cause coral bleaching and give off anti-coral chemicals. For the past decades, scientists have found coral reefs being dominated by seaweed, but they aren't sure if algae is also to blame. Don't think that seaweed is useless, because scientists thik it has a reson to live.
Coral reef picture: A scientist prepares coral colonies for an experiment.

Deer Stuck in Rope Swing

In Auburn, California, a deer got stuck in a rope swing. The deer got its antlers tangled in rope and it couldn't get out. The deer struggled and struggled, but nothing worked. Soon, the game warden came and tranquilzed it in order to cut it loose. After cutting it loose, they cut off the antlers so hunters won't follow its release. The deer woke up shaky, they say it will be fine. Remember to keep your environment safe so if a wild animal comes, it won't get trapped.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Rescue Group Searches for Hawk

A Rescue Group has been searching for a hawk in San Francisco. This Hawk is so important because it has a nail stuck in its head. When researchers saw the hawk, they saw that it had been shot by a nail gun intentionally. They also noticed it had a lot of pain. It was having trouble eating a squirrel, which is supposed to be easy. The rescuers have set traps to catch the bird. The hawk is protected because of the law, and consequences are 6 months in jail, with a $15,000 fine. If you see the Red-tailed Hawk with the nail in its head, contact the WildRescue at 831-429-2323 or at rescue@wildrescue.org. They are also offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the man who shot the bird, and conviction of whoever harmed the bird. Be sure to keep an eye out for it. It may just have chance to survive.

Lions and Tigers shot in Ohio

In Zanesville, Ohio, 50 wild animals were shot. 18 tigers and 17 lions were just some of them. The owner let the animals loose and then commited suicide moments afterward. The inhabitants of Zanesville hid in there houses until all the animals were killed. Terry Thompson, owner of the Muskingum County Animal Farm , is to blame. Police armed with guns went out to shoot these animals. So far, 48 animals are dead, 3 leopards, a grizzly bear, and 2 monkeys were sent to Columbus Zoo, a monkey still on the loose, and 6 black bears, 2 grizzlies, a wolf, a baboon, and 3 mountain lions were found dead and were buried at the Animal Farm. So remember, don't go hurting animals unless it is needed.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Lucky Squirrels

In the MLB, the St. Louis Cardinals four lucky charms. What is the lucky charm?,you may ask yourself. Well, it's not a four leaf clover or a horshoe. The lucky charms are squirrels. The St. Louis Cardinals captured them and brought them to Busch Stadium as their Rally Squirrels. During their game against the Phillies, the squirrels ran off onto the field. The Cardinals lost that game, 2-3, but in game 4, they started doing their job. Right when the Phillies threw a pitch, a squirrel would run onto home plate. The Phillies complained to the umpire that the squirrel distracted him, but he still declared it a ball. So, the next time you see a squirrel, think about how it might bring you luck.

Gorilla Saved from Poachers

In the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo), a group of rangers acted as a black market gorilla buyers. They found the baby male gorilla unharmed in a backpack, and arrested the poachers for trying to sell the gorilla for 40,000 US dollars. Shamavu, the gorilla was named after the rescuer, Christian Shamavu.Shamavu is the fourth baby gorilla the Virunga Rangers have rescued in a year. This is the highest number record, meaning that gorillas are in big trouble, not that they already are in trouble. Gorillas are very endangered because of poaching. Many people think gorillas are vicious, but american zoologist Diane Fossey showed that gorillas can be vicious, but that they are very much like you and I. Many rangers and not to mention animal-lovers are very concerned about poachers, but the Virunga Rangers are doing everything they can to save gorillas like Shamavu.

Baby gorilla picture: Shamavu with the ranger who rescued him from poachers near Virunga National Park, Congo

Oil Spill in New Zealand

New Zealand oil spill picture: oiled bird

On Tuesday, the Liberian oil tanker called the Rena, ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef,spilling millions of gallons of oil. The oil reached many beaches in New Zealand, turning them into black lagoons. Many of the animals here are already aff ected by the oil. Some
people even say that the oil spill is the country's worst maritime environmental disaster. But, its not only the beaches that are in danger. The Great Barrier Reef is home to many species of fish, and many are endangered, like the fur seal, which is endangered from hunting. Bad weather is stopping people from reaching the oil tanker, which is a hazard to the ocean. The ship lies fourteen miles offshore. This was a very tragic accident, and it is our job to stop dangers in the animal world.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Surfer saves Great White Shark

Surfer-zoomIn Venice Beach,CA, a surfer found a baby Great White. The surfer grabbed the shark and tried to help it. The shark had a fishing hook in its mouth, and it had to come out. Judging by the size, the surfers guessed that the shark was very young, at only 3 feet long. The surfer put his hand in the mouth of the creature and pulled out the hook. After that, the released it into the water. Nobody knows if the shark survived, but at least it got a chance to live.

Baby Wallaby Falls out of Mother's Pouch

WallabyJoeyMEDA joey named Trinka got rejected from its mother. People found the baby Wallaby and found it a new home. San Diego Zoo now is Trinka's new home. Trinka recieves 4 feedings a day, and some time to play. At first, when Trinka was found, she wieghed 2 ounces, but now it is gaining wieght. Trinka also had no body hairs, and its ears were still pinned to its head when it was first found. The baby Wallaby, Trinka now loves its new home. Remember that almost every animal should get a chance to live.

New Dolphin Species Found

A picture of a dolphin swimming in Melbourne's Port Phillip BayOff the coast of Australia, near Sydney, a new dolphin species was found. The new dolphin species was named the Burrunan Dolphin. It got its name from the Aboriginal phrase that means "Large sea fish of the porpoise kind". In Port Phillip Bay, near Melbourne, 100 Burrunan Dolphins were found. Related to this, scientists did some DNA tests on Bottlenose Dolphins. The results showed that there are actually 2 different types of Bottlenose Dolphins, the Common Bottlenose Dolphin and the Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin. So remember that there is a whole world of unknown animals.

New Life-forms Discovered in Dead Sea

Dead Sea life picture: A diver holds a rock from a Dead Sea spring.At the bottom of the Dead Sea, a group of scientists found many giant craters spewing fresh water. The Dead Sea lies in between the countries Isreal, and Jordan. At 100 ft. below sea level, they found craters 33ft wide, and 43 ft. deep. "The craters were covered with films and suprisingly thick mats of new bacterial species", says Marine Microbiologist Danny Ionescu of Max Planck Institute in Germany. The scientists found these craters by looking for big groups of bubbles. "It's a very unique experience", says Ionescu. Who knows what we will see next.