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Lions Lose to Buffalo(es)

Take eight minutes and watch this. Nice work by the buffaloes when faced by a weak lion defense. (HT to Tim Sandefur for the link).

Bird of Paradise

I received a copy of Planet Earth on DVD (the version with David Attenborough narrating) for my recent birthday. This was a fun segment and one that my daughter loved – a displaying male Superb Bird of Paradise (Lophorina superba).

Who knew Barry Bonds has a dog?

Wendy the Whippet has a genetic disorder that has resulted in an exceptionally muscular appearance. For comparison, this is what a normal whippet looks like. Story here, ht to Photograph by Bruce Stotesbury, Times Colonist

Baby hyenas

… because hyenas don’t get enough good press. Click to enbiggen. (source)

Back in October, Afarensis introduced us to the Douc langur (Pygathrix nemaeus), and noted that the species was comprised of three subspecies, one of which was the grey-shanked douc langur (P. n. cinerea). That subspecies is one of the 25 rarest primates in the world and fewer that 1000 individuals were believed to exist in…

Good news for Desert Pupfish

My post-doctoral research was in hybridization among endangered desert fishes here in the American Southwest, so it has made me happy to read that a new population of the endangered Desert pupfish (Cyprinodon macularius, above) has mysteriously appeared in man-made research ponds in Salton Sea, California. Many of the over 1000 specimens are juveniles, which…

Fresh faced beauty for the Fourth

This little cutie (click for bigger version) is the first Maclaud’s horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus maclaudi) ever photographed and the first seen in the wild in 40 years. The species was rediscovered in the highland forests of Guinea and is one of the approximately seventy species of horseshoe bat within the genus Rhinolophus. Of course, nothing…


One of a set of red ruffed lemur (Varecia rubra) triplets born at Palm Beach Zoo last month. The species is critically endangered with approximately 1000 remaining on Madagascar. Kind of screams for a LOLlemur caption, now doesn’t it?

Attack of the Giant Penguins

Apparently, five-foot tall penguins (Icadyptes salasi) with seven inch beaks (top) roamed a warm South America 40 million years ago. Details will appear in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week. Opus is impressed.

A thing of beauty …