• Debating Whether Reptiles or Amphibians Should Be House Pets

    Debating Whether Reptiles or Amphibians Should Be House Pets

    Many experts think these animals shouldn’t be in your home. Turning them into pets raises numerous ecological and ethical questions.


    A snapping turtle surrendered to officials by its owner at an “exotic animal amnesty day” in Bridgeport, Conn. Credit Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times Reclining with a laptop on my couch in Brooklyn, I searched “buy lizard online” and clicked the first link. I filled my cart with a flying dragon, a couple of caimans, a red-eared slider turtle, a poison dart frog and an albino garter snake. I agreed to the terms and conditions, certifying that I knew the laws governing reptile ownership (it is illegal for me to own some of these reptiles in New York), that I understood exceptions for baby turtles (I still don’t), and that I wouldn’t hold the company responsible…
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  • How Pet Snakes Set Off an Unlikely Chain of Events That Could Make You Sick

    How Pet Snakes Set Off an Unlikely Chain of Events That Could Make You Sick

    By LIVIA ALBECK-RIPKA OCT. 7, 2017 Opossums, raccoons and deer all but disappeared from Everglades National Park in Florida after the Burmese python invaded. When they vanished, mosquitos turned to feeding on rats that can carry encephalitis. That could put humans at risk. Sometime in the 1980s, it became cool to own a pet reptile in Florida. Cooler still was owning one from far away, like from Madagascar, Egypt or Burma. The more exotic, the better. Thousands of cold-blooded creatures moved through Miami’s international airport to their new glass-box homes. The Burmese python — which can be draped around a neck — was especially popular. A baby python is just 10 inches in length. Much to the s urprise of some of their owners, those babies cold grow up to 20 times that size…

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  • Brazil Begins Effort to Plant 73 Million Trees in the Amazon

    Brazil Begins Effort to Plant 73 Million Trees in the Amazon

    The experiment in reforestation involves spreading native seeds instead of planting saplings

     Aerial view of the Amazon Rainforest near Manaus, the capital of the Brazilian state of Amazonas. ( Neil Palmer (CIAT)) 

    By Jason Daley smithsonian.com   Assuming everything goes to plan, over the next six years, the Amazon rainforest will get 73 million new trees. The mass planting is part of a project sponsored by Conservation International, the Brazilian Ministry of Environment, and a number of other NGOs and corporations. As John Converse Townsend at Fast Company reports, it is the largest tropical reforestation effort ever attempted. According to a press release from Conservation International, the effort will span deforested pasture lands over a 74,000-acre region spanning several Brazilian states—with the greatest focus in Southern Amazonas, Rondônia, Acre, Pará and the Xingu watershed. The purpose of the project is, in part, to revive the 20 percent of the Amazon that has been lost to deforestation due to agriculture and pasturing during the last 40 years. But the effort is also geared toward learning how to restore tropical forests…  
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  • America’s Wildest Place Is Open for Business

    America’s Wildest Place Is Open for Business

    By Christopher Solomon. Solomon is a contributing editor at Outside magazine. Several years ago a mapping expert pinpointed the most remote place in the Lower 48 states. The spot was in the southeast corner of Yellowstone National Park, 20 miles from the nearest road. Roman Dial read the news and wasn’t much impressed. To him, 20 miles — the distance a hungry man could walk in a long day — didn’t seem very remote at all. Mr. Dial is a professor of biology and mathematics at Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage, and a National Geographic explorer. He decided to figure out the most remote place in the entire nation. His calculations led him to the northwest corner of Alaska, where the continent tilts toward the Arctic Ocean. The spot lay on the Ipnavik River on the North Slope, 119 miles west of the Haul Road (otherwise known as the Dalton Highway), which brings supplies and roughnecks to the oil fields at Prudhoe Bay…
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  • UK will back a total ban on insect-harming pesticides in fields across Europe

    UK will back total ban on bee-harming pesticides, Michael Gove reveals

    Exclusive: Research leads environment secretary to overturn government’s previous opposition, making total EU ban much more likely
    Damian Carrington Environment editor @dpcarrington The UK will back a total ban on insect-harming pesticides in fields across Europe, the environment secretary, Michael Gove, has revealed. The decision reverses the government’s previous position and is justified by recent new evidence showing neonicotinoids have contaminated the whole landscape and cause damage to colonies of bees. It also follows the revelation that 75% of all flying insects have disappeared in Germany and probably much further afield, a discovery Gove said had shocked him…
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  • Un léopard de l’Amour adopté par un golden retriever

    Brut : Un léopard de l’Amour adopté par un golden retriever

    Un léopard de l’Amour adopté par un golden retriever

    Pour assurer sa survie, le zoo Vladivostok a décidé de faire élever un bébé léopard de l’Amour par une mère de substitution.

    Une mesure inhabituelle En Russie, le zoo de Vladivostok a décidé de prendre une mesure inhabituelle pour assurer le survie d’un bébé léopard. La mère, qui avait déjà eu trois précédentes portées, avait à chaque fois mangé ses bébés. Pour éviter de risquer la vie du nouveau né, une solution a été trouvée : une mère de substitution. C’est donc un golden retriever qui a adopté le petit léopard, le nourrit et l’élève. Une solution pour assurer la survie de l’espèce L’emploi de mères de substitution permet aux animaux en grave danger d’extinction de se développer pleinement et sans s’habituer au contact humain. Le léopard est par ailleurs mis en contact avec un bébé tigre et un bébé lion, afin de faciliter sa réinsertion éventuelle en l’aidant à se socialiser. Le zoo décidera de l’avenir du léopard de l’Amour d’ici 1 an et demi, en voyant les résultat que produisent ce mode d’élevage inhabituel. En attendant, ce groupe d’animaux restera en contact. Le léopard de l’Amour est en danger d’extinction, avec moins de 60 léopards vivants en liberté.
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  • The Ultra-Rare Caucasian Leopard in Armenia’s Caucasus

    Spot the Ultra-Rare Caucasian Leopard in Armenia’s Caucasus Wildlife Refuge

     Impressive local fauna is thriving again in Southern Armenia’s new Caucasus Wildlife Refuge

    By Laura Kiniry 0010 About four years ago, a remote camera in Armenia’s Caucasus Wildlife Refuge caught the tail of a Caucasian leopard. Also known as a Persian leopard or a Central Asian leopard, the animal dates back millennia in Armenia’s history and iconography, but hadn’t been see in the area in years. Images of the leapard have been found in ancient petroglyphs atop southern Armenia’s Mount Ughtasar, and on historic artifacts, such as drinking vessels, that date back to at least the Bronze Age. Today, Caucasian leopards are the world’s largest leopard subspecies in size, and second only to brown bears as the region’s largest predator. They are also at severe risk of extinction. Anatolian leopards, a kind of Caucasian leopard native to southwestern Turkey, went extinct in the 1970s, and now there are less than 1,300 Caucasian leopards left in the wild, with a dozen or so known to reside in Armenia…
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  • Stopping the Aging Process May Be Mathematically Impossible

    Stopping the Aging Process May Be Mathematically Impossible

    Researchers find that removing low-functioning cells can slow aging—but allows cancer cells to proliferate

    By Meilan Solly The quest for immortality is almost as old as humanity itself. From Sumerian king Gilgamesh to Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León to modern-day biomedical researcher Aubrey de Grey, people have long searched for the secret to everlasting life. But we still haven’t found it—and, according to new research, we are likely searching in vain. Joanna Masel, ecology and evolutionary biologist at the University of Arizona, and postdoctoral student Paul Nelson argue that it’s mathematically impossible to slow aging in multicellular organisms. They recently detailed their findings in a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “Aging is mathematically inevitable—like, seriously inevitable. There’s logically, theoretically, mathematically no way out,” Masel says in a press release
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  • How This Ship Handles Seas Loaded With Icebergs

    How This Ship Handles Seas Loaded With Icebergs

    The Ocean Endeavour is sailing toward a famous glacier near the Arctic town of Ilulissat. It’s a route packed with dangerous icebergs, giving the ship’s sonar and radar a tough workout. (4:00)

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  • La Brigade des Loups

     Immersion : la brigade des loups, seule autorisée à chasser le prédateur

    Les équipes de France 2 ont accompagné pendant une journée et une nuit la brigade des loups, une équipe, la seule en France, autorisée à abattre le loup en cas d’attaque.


    L’invité : Nicolas Vanier réalisateur engagé pour la nature

    Invité sur le plateau de France 2, Nicolas Vanier parle de son dernier film “L’école buissonière”, qui permet au réalisateur de diffuser son message d’amour envers la nature.

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