Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Sudan, the world’s last male Northern White Rhino is dead

Very sad news this morning as we learn of the death of Sudan, the very last male Northern White Rhino. Stephen Fry was among many to Tweet this terrible news. Here's the NBC News article.
The world's last male northern white rhino, Sudan, has died after "age-related complications," researchers announced Tuesday, saying he "stole the heart of many with his dignity and strength." A statement from the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya said the 45-year-old rhino was euthanized on Monday after his condition "worsened significantly" and he was no longer able to stand. His muscles and bones had degenerated and his skin had extensive wounds, with a deep infection on his back right leg.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Bumper Rimu Fruit Crop Expected, Great Kakapo Breeding Season Should Result....

Great news from New Zealand. The Rimu crop this year is going to be exceptional, so everyone is looking forward to a fantastic Kakapo breeding season! Here's a Tweet from Dr Andrew Digby.
Oh WOW. Rimu new fruit counts from Whenua Hou just in, and they've blown us away: median=47%! That’s huge, even compared to previous big breeding years: 2002=38%, 2009=35%. 2019 could be MASSIVE for #kakapo!
And another Tweet...
Some people don’t like graphs, so here’s another take on new rimu counts. 2016 was biggest #kakapo breeding season in living memory, with 122 eggs. Next year there'll likely be twice as much breeding food...

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

World's last male Northern White Rhino Sudan improves slightly

Sad news of the day is that while Sudan has improved slightly "his carers said his future was "not looking bright". BBC News has the story.
The 45-year-old is one of just three remaining northern white rhinos and is the only male. Attempts to mate him with the two surviving female rhinos failed, however, and an account was created for him on the dating app Tinder last year, not in order not to find love, but to help fund the development of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) for rhinos. The move won him fans across the world - many of whom were devastated on hearing news of his "ailing condition" last Thursday.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Last Chance To See TV Series Now Available on Netflix in USA

Very happy to report that Netflix in the USA now carries the Last Chance To See TV series for streaming. For now it's just the original 6 episode series from 2009, and not the follow up "Return of the Rhino" episode.

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.