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Image via Discovery Press Web. In his monumental 1945 monograph on mammal classification, paleontologist G.G. Simpson appraised the living species of elephants to be “relicts of a dying group.” The living African (Loxodonta) and Asian (Elephas) elephants were all that remained of the past diversity of proboscideans, and human activities put even these large mammals…

A family of North American river otters (Lontra canadensis), photographed in Yellowstone National Park.

A margay (Leopardus wiedii). From Wikipedia. Even if they spend years in the field, researchers rarely witness predation on primates. Cats, birds, and other hunters regularly feed on primate species, but what we know about the habits of primate-hunters often comes from bones and fingernails picked out of predator droppings. Every now and again, though,…

The whole of natural history fascinates me, but everyone has their own favorite topics, and one of the most intriguing subject areas (to me, at least) is predator/prey interactions. Herbivores are interesting in their own right, surely, but for me it is the predators that are the most thought-provoking and impressive. Given this proclivity to…

Female Snow Leopard twins born last year at the Bronx Zoo. When I initially started posting pictures on my blog, I didn’t know if anyone would have anything to say about my pictures. I frequent zoos, museums, and aquariums, usually shooting between 200 and 600 shots per trip, the handful of good shots making their…