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You wouldn’t believe how this seal pup ended up on a couch inside a house.

Lucky the seal pup, named for its knack for crossing busy streets without a scratch, wound up asleep on Swoffer’s couch after apparently entering her home through a cat door, Dec. 11, 2011, according to The New Zealand Herald.

They reportedly have dropped the seal back into the sea twice before and they can’t say for certain that they won’t be at it again in the future.

Photo credit: B. Randrianambinina

Gerp’s mouse lemur (Microcebus gerpi)

This is a new primate species that was discovered in the previously undocumented Sahafina Forest of eastern Madagascar. It was named in honour of the Malagasy research group, GERP (Groupe d’Etude et de Recherche sur les Primates de Madagascar), which made the discovery. (Source)

Photographer: motnworb

The Romer’s tree frog (Liuixalus romeri) is among the endemic species which may be affected by the Hong Kong government’s recent proposals to reclaim offshore islands.


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Baby koala: Zookeepers at Australia’s Dreamworld Wildlife Experience have their hands full after the birth of 11 koalas. The adorable babies, including this one who was photographed on July 25, will continue to live and grow in their mothers’ pouches for another few months. Dreamworld is relying on the public to come up with names for the 11 joeys, and one idea that’s currently in the running is to name each baby after a global currency.

(via theanimalblog)

Yao Ming’s PSA on Shark Fin Soup

(via coralite)

It’s tough being ginger even when you’re a seal: Lonely pup shunned by his colony

Read here.

(via zadi)

One of world’s rarest cats caught on video for the first time

Africa is known as a continent of felines: leopards, cheetahs, servals, caracals, and of course the one who wears the crown, the lion. But, few people travel to Africa to see, or have probably ever heard of, the African golden cat. Native to the rainforests of central Africa (from Kenya to Cameroon) with a separate population in West Africa, the African golden cat (Caracal aurata) is considered the continent’s least-studied feline. However, a team of researchers is hoping to change this: using camera traps scientists have taken the first ever public video of the African golden cat.

Is this the largest living specimen of a saltwater crocodile in the world? It was recently caught in the Philippines. Can’t imagine what it was like trying to subdue all 6.1m (~20 ft) and 1,075 kg of it. Read more here.

This just in: Philippines hunts second killer croc after 1-ton catch

Don’t despair: that’s the message of a new paper in Trends in Ecology and Evolution, which argues that decades of conservation actions at multiple scales have had a positive impact for many of the world’s endangered species. While such actions have not yet turned back the tide of the current mass extinction crisis, they have achieved notable successes which often get lost in the gloom-and-doom news stories on biodiversity declines. 

According to the paper, conservation actions take place on three scales. Microscale conservation focuses on a single species or ecosystem; mesoscale means conservation cooperation between a number of countries, such as efforts to curb the illegal wildlife trade or protect wide-ranging species; and finally macroscale means global organizations or campaigns, such as those that pressure multinational corporations to become more biodiversity-friendly. 

 ”WWF has received numerous reports from aboriginal groups on the north-eastern coast of Australia of large numbers of sick, starving and dead turtles washing up on beaches. The reports come following the loss of sea grasses after Cyclone Yasi and floods hit the area back in February. 

The increase in turtle deaths for April may be more than five times higher this year compared to the same time last year.”