Camera traps captured images of 5 of the 7 big cat species that can be found in Sumatra (Indonesian island). Four of the five species are threatened by extinction. A three-month survey in early 2011 produced 404 images of the big cats. The area in which the cats can be found is under threat of deforestation due to logging for pulp and paper.
Included in this list is a self cloning skink:
The species is entirely female.
Since the last post I had about rhinos was sad, here’s a bit of hope from WWF.
– Scientific Classification –
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Chordata
- Class: Mammalia
- Order: Cetacea
- Family: Delphinidae
- Genus: Orcaella
- Species: O. brevirostris
Of the 40 species of dolphins, the Irrawaddy dolphin is one facing extinction from some regions. There are a mere 85 dolphins left in the Mekong River. The World Wildlife Fund is working in conjunction with several organizations and the local industries. “The protection of the Irrawaddy dolphin is crucial for the overall health of the Mekong River—home to more than 1,500 species of fish. The Irrawaddy dolphin is also regarded as a sacred animal by both Khmer and Lao people, and is an important source of income and jobs for communities involved in dolphin-watching ecotourism.” Populations occur around Bangladesh (highest population), the Philipines, Laos, India and other countries.
- Dolphins in Asia’s Mekong River on brink of extinction, group says (news.blogs.cnn.com)
Since it’s still bird week for the blog, you can read up on the monkey-eating eagle! WWF – Species of the Day: Philippine Eagle