A giant bat and a tiny fox are among 12 of the world's most endangered species recently highlighted by the Wildlife Conservation Society. Only identified as a separate species in 2004, the highly endangered Sumatran orangutan (above, a Sumatran orangutan in Kansas's Sedgwick County Zoo) may disappear before scientists can properly study the species.Wild populations of the orangutan, found only in Aceh Province in southern Sumatra, Indonesia, have declined by 80 percent in the past 75 years. The smallest of the cetaceansa€”the group of marine mammals that includes bottlenose dolphinsa€”the vaquita is also the most threatened, according to the WCS report. With about 400 individuals remaining, the ploughshare tortoise (pictured) of northwestern Madagascar may go extinct in 30 years, according to the WCS report "Rarest of the Rare."After years of decline due to hunters and forest fires, the reptile is now a favorite of smugglers for the international pet trade, who have operated more freely in Madagascar since political unrest gripped the country in 2009.
The largest bat in Florida, the Florida bonneted bat was thought to be extinct until 2002, when scientists found a small colony of the flying mammals in Fort Myers.The 21-inch-long (53-centimeter-long) bat is one of the critically endangered species highlighted in the new "Rarest of the Rare" report.
The national bird of the Caribbean island of Grenada, the pink-breasted Grenada dove (pictured) numbers fewer than 150, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society's new report "Rarest of the Rare."Habitat loss and introduced predators including mongooses, cats, and rats have pushed the remaining birds into a small area of the island country. White-headed langurs (pictured), native to Cat Ba Island in Vietnam's Halong Bay, have declined by 98 percent in the past four decades, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society.Hunters have killed the animals to meet demand for traditional Chinese medicines, and habitat destruction has also taken its toll, the "Rarest of the Rare" report noted.
Though still among the world's rarest creatures, a horse and a frog featured in the new WCS report are considered success stories. In honor of April 18, we take a look at how science organizes and names speciesa€”sometimes with a sense of humor. Mountains, wildlife, and wide open skies inspired more than great pictures for our photographer. Indonesiaa€™s Tambora eruption brought on a deadly spate of coolinga€”presaging the costs that come with sudden changes to climate. This item will be sent through the Global Shipping Programme and includes international tracking. Most purchases from business sellers are protected by the Consumer Contract Regulations 2013 which give you the right to cancel the purchase within 14 days after the day you receive the item.
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As Chinese New Year celebrations start on January 31, the Year of the Horse will begin and people born under the equine sign will have fun looking at their fates and traits. Sue McDonnell, founding head of the Havemeyer Equine Behavior Lab at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, gave us some insight into these beautiful and beloved animals. Horses are highly social, McDonnell says, having evolved on the open plains to rely on principles like safety in numbers and detecting the alarm signals of other species.
Horses sense your mood: “They understand the emotional state of the beings around them, including humans,” she said. She also pointed out research in which riders were told to anticipate a problem along a course. Horses groom each other with their teeth, so if a horse nips you when you’re grooming it, it may be trying to reciprocate.
Sometimes, though, a horse might have discomfort while being groomed, like during dry times of the year when static electricity in synthetic brushes might be annoying, possibly causing them to nip as if to say, “Don’t do that!” McDonnell says. McDonnell sometimes acts as an expert witness in personal injury cases involving horses, and she often hears that horses are unpredictable and dangerous. For instance, to the untrained eye, a horse kicking when it’s feeding time may be perceived as being impatient.
I think you have a good peace here, I can see your point due to most of it I have seen, knowing your horses is very important, helps you to take care of them in the right way. We’re Moving!As of October 22, 2014, Weird & Wild will be hosted on National Geographic's main news site. The tiny mammal has succumbed to predation from golden eagles as well as diseases from domestic dogs introduced to the islands, experts say. Only about 6,600 orangutans are left in Sumatra, according to the "Rarest of the Rare" report.The animals are rapidly losing habitat to palm oil plantations.
In its native waters of Mexico's northern Gulf of California, the 5-foot-long (1.5-meter-long) vaquita often drowns in fishing nets (pictured, a casualty in Baja California). Breeding the amphibian in captivity may be the species' last hope, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society.

The species has declined to just about a hundred animals due to widespread loss of its preferred roosting sites in cliff crevices and tree cavities. The remaining 59 langurs are split into a few isolated groups, which may lead to inbreeding, experts say. Find out more about your rights as a buyer - opens in a new window or tab and exceptions - opens in a new window or tab. By clicking Confirm bid you commit to buy this item from the seller if you are the winning bidder.
Import charges previously quoted are subject to change if you increase you maximum bid amount. When they mutually groom they get pretty nippy, McDonnell said, grabbing onto hairs and skin, so “you can understand why it’s not a great idea” to encourage them. If you watch how they groom and know their behavior, you can tell whether they’re just saying no or are trying to spruce you up. Leadership in different areas, McDonnell said, is shared, with the stallion protecting the herd while different mares might lead in other activities, with one mare leading when it’s time to rest and maybe another leading the horses to water (quite literally). But a horse expert may suspect that the kicking horse has a gastric ulcer, so when it anticipates eating, it expects to feels pain and is reacting to that. You're now following national geographic vhs in your eBay feed.You'll receive email alerts for new listings.
Young orangutans are also sometimes killed as pests or illegally captured for the international pet trade, experts say.
Faced with approximately 150 animals left in the wild, the Mexican government passed a 2009 resolution to ban a particularly damaging type of fishing net in part of the vaquita's range. If you reside in an EU member state besides UK, import VAT on this purchase is not recoverable.

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