The Solitary Jaguar.

Jaguar (image via: Awesome-Desktop/S.K.) The Jaguar (Panthera Onca) is the third-largest of the four big cats in the genus Panthera, and the only living member native to the western hemisphere. Growing up to 160 kg (350 lb), Jaguars are distinguished by rosette-emblazoned fur, comparatively short tails and an exceptionally powerful bite that enables them to […]

The Super Cute Western Pygmy Possum.

A face anyone could love: the western pygmy possum. (Credit: Amanda McLean) by Becky Crew, JUST WHEN WE thought it couldn’t get much more adorable than the common spotted cuscus, along comes the western pygmy possum (Cercartetus concinnus) to blow everything we thought we knew about cute right out of the water. Endemic to Australia, […]

The Happy Snubfin Dolphin.

Article and Photo by Alex Brown, Doctoral candidate at Murdoch University in Western Australia. The snubfin dolphin appears to smile from its smooth, round head, like an old friend who’s lost his hair but still has an abundance of happiness to share. Of course, that’s reading a lot from the unusual – for a dolphin […]

‘Extinct’ New Guinea Big Eared Bat re-surfaces.

The bat reappeared in Papua New Guinea, according to a new study When the New Guinea big-eared bat, which hadn’t been seen for over a century, was captured, it hadn’t even been hiding. In fact, student researchers Catherine Hughes and Julie Broken-Brow from the University of Queensland trapped the bat in Papua New Guinea in […]

Two Rhinos & a cheeky Oxpecker.

Photograph by Matt Parry, runner-up. On an early morning safari drive in the Amakhala game reserve, South Africa, we came across these two rhinos coming out of the mist. A little bird is hitching a ride with one of the rhinos. Comment by Mick Ryan, Judge: Is there any species more prehistoric-looking than the endangered […]

‘Loneliness’ of the Last White Rhino.

‘Sudan doesn’t know how precious he is. His eye is a sad black dot in his massive wrinkled face as he wanders the reserve with his guards.’ Photograph: CB2/ZOB/Brent Stirton/National Geographic What is it like to look at the very last of something? To contemplate the passing of a unique wonder that will soon vanish […]

Rufous-crested Coquette.

Image Credit: © Jean Paul Perret The rufous-crested coquette (Lophornis delattrei) is a rare hummingbird found in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, and Peru. The male has a characteristic orange crest which make this little bird quite special. I had to wait quite some time until I was able to have a proper picture of this […]

Elephant Baby gets the Nudge at Melbourne Zoo.

Melbourne Zoo’s Asian elephant baby receives a nudge from her mother. William West / AFP / Getty Elephants face numerous challenges, including poaching, habitat loss, exploitation, abuse, and proximity to human conflict and poverty. The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists African elephants as “vulnerable” and Asian elephants as “endangered.” Source: World Elephant Day […]

The Baobab Tree Lives On.

“The baobab is the national tree of Madagascar. Of the nine genera in the Word, six are found only in Madagascar [two are in Arabia and one in Australia]. However due to deforestation, three of these baobab species are endangered and facing a serious threat of extinction,” says photographer Emiline. “This photo was taken at […]

Demand for Palm Oil threatens Great Apes.

For years, environmentalists have been warning that the world’s seemingly insatiable demand for palm oil, the reddish oil extracted from palm fruit that’s used in thousands of everyday products from margarine to cosmetics, poses a major risk to animals in the southeast Asian rainforests that are being cleared for palm cultivation. In Indonesia — a […]