Thursday, July 28, 2016

New Zealand kakapo sees bumper breeding season - up to 157!

Wonderful news from New Zealand this year, with Kakapo numbers up to 157. Here's BBC News picked up the story from the NZ Herald and Post.
There's good news for one of the world's rarest birds, after a successful breeding season saw its numbers boom by 28%. The critically endangered kakapo now has a population of 157, after a record-breaking 34 chicks joined the ranks this year, the New Zealand Herald reports. The rotund, flightless parrots are only found in New Zealand, where they live on three predator-free islands.

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Kakapo Breeding Season Going Great Guns

The 2016 Kakapo breeding season is going great. This recent updated from the Kakapo Recovery Facebook page....
Kākāpō breeding season is in full swing: 43 females mated, 43 nests, 106 eggs across 3 islands, with around 50% fertility. It's a busy one! More details coming soon.
Exciting times!!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

14th Douglas Adams Memorial Lecture, March 10th 2016

The 14th Douglas Adams Memorial Lecture will be presented by Professor Alice Roberts and will take place at the Royal Geographical Society in London on Thursday March 10th, 2016.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Possible sightings of the baiji dolphin?

To be taken with a teaspoon of salt but the BBC reports that there are still occasional possible sightings of our favorite pink dolphin. Can you ever be sure that an endangered species has gone extinct?

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Death of rare Northern White Rhino leaves four alive

One of the last five Northern White Rhino left in the world has died. The BBC has the sad news.
Nabire, a 31-year-old female, died at the Dvur Kralove zoo in the Czech Republic on Monday evening of a ruptured cyst. Her death leaves just three females and one male alive; one of them at the San Diego Zoo and three at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy reserve in Kenya.

Friday, July 17, 2015

The Last Male Northern White Rhino

Sudan, the last male Northern White Rhino is not expected to be able to father any new calves. A recent article from the Mirror.
After 35-years in captivity Sudan is living out his final years at Ol Pejeta conservancy in central Kenya's Laikipia, surrounded by a team of armed guards. With his back legs weakening and his sperm count lowering the chances of Sudan being able to mount a female and sire more offspring diminishes daily.

Elllie the Kakapo Found Dead

Sad news from New Zealand. Ellie the Kakapo has been found dead. Stuff.co.nz has the story.
Kakapo Recovery rangers found her body last week, although there was no obvious sign of illness or injury. Data from Ellie's transmitter confirmed she had died about June 23.