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Beetle Mania

Leave your infrared-laser tripped stationary camera to your dad, the whitetail hunting enthusiast, ’cause you’re about learn what REAL wildlife photography is. Will & Matt Burrard-Lucas just wrapped up their first (largely) successful photography expedition using their ingenious BeetleCam, a remote control camera ATV. The brothers have been professional nature photographers since 2004 but really…

Animals Gone Wild Web Cam

Have you ever said to yourself, “Self, have you ever said to your self, ‘What are African wild animals up to right now?’” Now you can satisfy your self’s overly demanding curiosity with National Geographic’s WildCam. Don’t worry, unlike most streaming webcam feeds, this is one you won’t have to delete from your browser’s history.…

The folks at PNAS have been biting their nails to the quick, anxiously awaiting the release of their groundbreaking news- Mutts are more genetically diverse than purebreds! The article had been under embargo until yesterday, forcing the researchers and journal editors to keep the valuable information under wraps. “I had a really hard time not…

Pig Fights Lion

That’ll do pig. That’ll do… Thanks once again to Bill K.

The Economics of the Ivory Trade

As reported in the NY Times and elsewhere, an auction of 108 metric tons of ivory took place today in Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa. The buyers were exclusively from China and Japan. Not surprisingly, this sale has raised the ire of animal welfare groups, such as the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).…

Wildlife Conservation Society researchers in the remote northern jungles of the Republic of Congo have made a startling discovery: approximately 125,000 western lowland gorillas – more than twice the previous worldwide estimate. Coined “the Green Abyss” by scientists and explorers eager to do some coining in a world running increasingly short on coinable areas, these…

WTF! National Geographic via the inimitable Ugly Overload:

Leopard Attacking Crocodile

In a sure sign that Kruger National Park in South Africa is angling to be the World Wrestling Federation of game reserves, yet another unlikely and brutal animal match-up has been caught on film. In this series of photos, a leopard ambushes a crocodile. A protracted struggle ensues but it’s pretty clear who ultimately comes…