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Meditating lemur

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)


This is one of our favorite photos!

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)

falsepoeticisms: (Yeah I’m on a video roll) 

Amazing video on the sheer diversity of birds on this planet. How can anyone not love life after watching this? :)

Yao Ming’s PSA on Shark Fin Soup

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Why do amoebas build stalks from their own bodies, sacrificing themselves in the process, so that some may climb up and be carried away from dearth to plenty on the legs of an innocent insect or the wings of a felicitous wind? Why do vampire bats share blood, mouth to mouth, at the end of a night of prey with members of the colony who were less successful in the hunt? Why do sentry gazelles jump up and down when a lion is spotted, putting themselves precariously between the hunt and the hungry hunter? And what do all of these have to do with morality in humans: Is there, in fact, a natural origin to our own acts of kindness?

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

Read here.

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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.