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Newly Discovered Species Time!

As you all probably know by now, we here at Zooillogix do not officially consider a species to exist until it is discovered by Western (or at least Western-trained) scientists. Here are some species that now, officially, exist for the first time. The 3-foot long Bosavi woolly rat is “quite a handsome beast,” Kristofer Helgen…

My Little Pony

Continuing our long tradition of espousing the virtues of dwarfism and breeding animals as tiny as possible regardless of the health consequences (i.e. adorability!), we bring you a contender for world’s smallest horse. This thing should be painted pink or lavender immediately!

Operation Iron Flipper

Whether you call them Little Penguins or Fairy Penguins, the name rightfully suggests that this species is not the most formidable of their flightless family. In fact, standing at about only 16″ high, they are the smallest of all penguins. Therefore it might not be surprising that they are picked on by other species. The…

Our New Meat Ant Overlords…

In the 1930s, Australian ecologists shortsightedly introduced the Cane Toad, a species indigenous to South America, to their isolated continent to eat agricultural pests. This famously proved to be a complete disaster with the toxic toads running rampant and native species poisoning themselves when they tried to make snacks of the delicious, dimwitted amphibians. Now…

Zooillogix friend Tweet sent us along yet more cool ring tail possum pictures from Crocodile Dundee land. Here is one with a 10-14 day old baby.

Hot Peppermint Stick Bug Action!

Once again Zooillogix reader-in-the-field extraordinaire Tweet Gainsborough-Waring (yes, that is her real awesome name), delivers the steamy shots you all have been unwittingly waiting for: Peppermint Stick Insects getting down in Queensland, Australia! LonelyPeppermintStick23 – Looking for a male who knows his way around an ovipositor and isn’t afraid to get kinky with your Malpighian…

Riverdance Miniatures in Victoria, Australia may have set a new record for the world’s smallest horse. This prematurely born foal stands only 15 inches high, or 3.3 “hands”, in horse-speak. The previous record for a fully grown horse was 4 hands and 1 inch. Miniature horses are in fact, miniature horses, and not ponies. They…

One of Zooillogix’s readers, Tweet Gainsborough-Waring (awesome name btw), recently sent me these photos of ring tailed possums (the red ones) and brush possums (the grey ones), which she snapped on her way out to pizza in Brisbane, Australia. She pointed out that these furry little guys are fairly common in her neck of the…

Marine biologists off the coast of Australia have discovered what they believe to be hundreds of new species on the Great Barrier and Ningaloo Reefs. The project is part of CReefs, a global census of coral reefs, which is in turn part of the larger Census of Marine Life, an ongoing effort to catalog all…

Scientists have solved a timeless question that has divided Andrew and myself, more than once leading us to come to blows…And as it turns out, only one species of giant wombat roamed the planet between 2 million and 10,000 years ago, despite evidence that they varied significantly in size. Boo hoo, Andrew. You lose again!…