"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.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

"Animals That Could go Extinct" Article Updated



Four New Species Discovered

In Peru, four new species were discovered. The forest in which these animals live in is nicknamed "Heaven".

Night Monkey
The name of this monkey has not been confirmed, but this monkey lies in the group called, night monkeys. Night monkeys are vulnerable and hard to find. This monkey has been put on the endangered species list and is under protection by the Peruvian government.

Common Shrew Opossum
This shrew opossum, also known as the marsupial shrew,  is actually twice the size of its closest relative. It is also the biggest of its species. This species has a long tail, long, pointy snout, and defined ears.

Enigmatic Porcupine
Because of its dark fur, extremely long quills, and large size, this species has been named, the enigmatic porcupine. This species is completely different then other porcupine species.

Small Eared Shrew
This species of shrew is not actually called the small eared shrew. The species has not been named yet. This species is much smaller than normal, super small eyes an ears, and eats insects. Not much is known about this shrew.

California's Official Marine Reptile

California's new official marine reptile is the leatherback sea turtle.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Giant Turtle Rescue

In Cape Cod, a 655 lbs. Leatherback Sea Turtle was rescued. The turtle was stranded and was helped by people to get it back into the water. After being stranded, people brought the Leatherback to the aquarium, to stabilize the frightened turtle. After helping the turtle, they thought it was good enough to be restored into the wild. But, for safe keeping, scientists attached a radio tag to monitor its expeditions into the wild.

Top 9 most Endangered Animals

The top 9 most endangered animals are:

Sumatran Rhino

Pygmy Sloth

Bullock's False Toad

Brazilian Butterfly

Santa Catarina's Guinea Pig

Luristan Newt

Tarzan's Chameleon

Tonkin Snub-nosed Monkey

Great Indian Bustard

It is very important to help save these precious animals.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

New Monkey Discovered

In the Republic of Congo, a new monkey species was discovered. The monkey is very shy, and brightly colored. Males are 15 pounds, which is twice as large as the females. But, Much is not known about this new monkey.

"Zombee" Attack!

Bees around the world are dying. Bees do a lot of the pollination in the world. When bees die, pollination doesn't occur. Scientists are trying to find out what is happening to this Zombie like behavior known as CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder). The bees leave the hive at night, fly to outdoor lights, fly in circles, and then die. In order to find out what is going on, scientists put a tiny radio tag on the back of the bee. What they discovered were maggots. MAGGOTS?, you may ask, but it is true. A certain fly called the Zombie Fly lays eggs in the bees, and then when the bees die, the maggots leave the corpse. Strange, but true.

Killer Whales are Good Parents?

Scientists have noticed that when an orca gives birth, usually in its thirties, it actually lives to its fifties to help its offspring.It was thought that an orca would give birth and then leave and die. But it is actually that they help their offspring through its life. The orca is now known to have the second longest (after humans) post-reproductive life.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Japanese River Otter Declared Extinct

After 30 years of not seeing the japanese river otter, scientists have declared it extinct. But, in 1999, scientists found droppings from the otter, and they believe that there might be hope for the  otter. If it is still alive, than it is in deep hiding. Some scientists have given up searching for it, but many haven't, so the search still continues.

Related news:A subspecies of the asian black bear, (also known as the moon bear) and the horseshoe bat have been declared extinct.

Drawing of japanese river otter

Horseshoe bat

Moon bear

Sharks are Good Students?

Scientist have recently done tests on juvenile lemon sharks. Some of the sharks were trained and the others weren't. Scientists observed that the untrained sharks figured out what to do faster when the trained sharks were nearby. This is the first time a cartilaginous fish demonstrated social learning. Sharks are smarter than you think.

New Stick Insect Discovered

In the Philippines, a new stick insect was discovered, but it is unlike any other stick insect. This stick insect has no wings, lives on the ground instead of the trees, and has a turquoise head, and an orange body. But most amazing of all, it releases a foul odor when it comes across a predator. Since it is so different from the normal stick insect, scientists have given it its own genus. Scientists are still trying to find out what it is.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Lonesome George Dies

Lonesome George, believed to be the last subspecies of the Galapagos Tortoise, dies at an estimated age of 100. Scientists are doing tests to determine the cause of his death. The death was very strange since it should have died at the age of 200. With no offspring or other females to mate with, Lonesome George was the rarest animal on Earth.

These tortoises used to be thriving until the 1900's. poachers killed the tortoises for their meat. They were soon critically endangered. Laws were put up to protect the tortoise, and they used to have other tortoises to breed with Lonesome George, but none of the were successful.

The last of the Pinta Tortoises are gone. 
But, we still have time to rescue all of the
other endangered animals of the world
(see "Animals That Could go Extinct in 2012)
Even though Lonesome George is gone, we still remember 
how great, he was to the Animal World.

Free the Shark Week

This week is Free the Shark Week. Thousands of sharks are killed each year, and many people say they're scared of sharks, but sharks are more scared of us, then we are of them. In some countries, the killing of sharks is illegal, but it still happens.
Shouldn't something be done about this?
This week, it is time to celebrate one of the great 
predators of the ocean.
The shark



Red Fish, Blue Fish Captured on Camera

113 years. That's how long it has been since someone has recorded about the rare Chaunacaops coloratus Anglerfish. But, this is the first time it has ever been recorded on video. Instead of swimming, this fish walks on the sea floor. Size ranges from 3-8 inches, and scientists believed that the color of the fish was red, but it actually is blue when it is young. The video of the fish was done by Monterey Bay Aquarium and was captured by a remote operated vehicle. They recorded it off the coast of northern California and 11,000 feet below the surface.