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ONE OF LAST 3 SUMATRAN RHINOS IN SABAH – PUNTUNG – CRITICALLY ILL
April 5, 2017

Puntung as seen on Wednesday, being fed by a Sabah Wildlife ranger on Wednesday, April 5. – Photo credit Sabah Wildlife Department

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By BORNEOTODAY REPORTERS
KOTA KINABALU: Puntung, one of the last three Sumatran Rhinos in Malaysia, is critically ill with an abscess deep inside her upper jaw, the Sabah Wildlife Department disclosed Wednesday.

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SWD Director Augustine Tuuga said there is grave concern because there are signs that Puntung’s infection is deep and very likely has spread even deeper and it has not responded to drainage and antibiotic treatment.

“We are especially worried about sepsis, an infection that can spread quickly through the body and rapidly cause death,” he said in a statement.

Sabah is home to only three out of last few tens of the critically endangered Sumatran rhino, the last all being in Indonesia.

All three Malaysian rhinos are cared for at the Borneo Rhino Sanctuary in Tabin Wildlife Reserve, Lahad Datu, Sabah, by Borneo Rhino Alliance (BORA), a non-governmental organization contracted by Sabah Wildlife Department.

Puntung was captured in 2011 and was subsequently found that she was the last remaining wild rhino in the Reserve.

The abscess as seen last week which has not responded to treatment.

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“We estimate that Puntung is around 25 years old. Sumatran rhinos have a life expectancy of around 35 years,” said Datuk John Payne, BORA executive director.

“The loss of Puntung now would be a tragedy, because she potentially has quite a few years of egg production left.”

Veterinarian Dr Zainal Zahari Zainuddin has been caring for Puntung since the day of her capture and he is doing all that possible to treat Puntung, added Payne.

When Puntung was first captured, the idea was to allow her to contribute towards preventing the species extinction by mating her with male, Tam, in a managed, fenced facility.

It was then found that Puntung had a severe array of cysts lining her uterus, which were resistant to treatment, making her unable to bear a pregnancy.

Puntung in a temporary treatment point in her forest paddock last week.

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Since 2014, with the capture of one more female rhino in Sabah, efforts have been directed towards trying to make rhino embryos through in vitro fertilization, the merging of a sperm and egg in the laboratory.

This has been done by Professor Thomas Hildebrandt and his team of specialists from the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Germany, Professor Cesare Galli of Avantea laboratories in Italy, and Professor Arief Boediono of Institut Pertanian Bogor.

If successful, embryos could be offered to Indonesia for implantation into surrogate mother rhinos of the same species in Sumatra.
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Greater one horned rhino translocation is under way in Chitwan national park. After a gap of seven years the second batch of rhinos was finally let loose in the far western Shuklaphanta national park following the decision to shift atleast five rhinos to the park. And some twenty five to the Bardia national park later in year. Here are some amazing moments captured by phographer Prakash Mathema.


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@sanjay Really, i had inserted All the URL to the imgage code.... looks like @Rishi has seen. if not here is the news in nepali but it's a photo blog so you can get an idea. http://www.mysansar.com/2017/04/27182/
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Never mind,
I fixed it. The images has last extension as .webp, I replaced it with .jpg and its working now
I read the news and its awesome to see the incident even in Image, Also video is worthwhile to mention



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Started searching after reading article in "Ebala" a local newspaper.
Turns out...



Buzz over wolf sighting in Sunderbans
TNN | Apr 18, 2017, 06.00 AM IST


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Kolkata: An Indian wolf (Canis lupus pallipes) has reportedly been sighted for the first time in the Sunderbans, taking wildlife enthusiasts by surprise. This is the first photographic evidence of the animal in the entire Sunderbans spread over both India and Bangladesh, they claim.

The sighting is significant since wolves in Bengal are mostly found in the western parts bordering Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. An endangered animal, the Indian wolf prefers to live in scrub lands, grasslands and semi-arid pastoral/ agricultural landscape. Less than 2,000 wolves are currently found in the forests of India.

The animal was sighted by naturalist Riddhi Mukherjee during a photographic tour on April 14 at Jatirampur village in Pakhirala, just opposite the Sajnekhali wildlife sanctuary. "We sighted it for about 15 minutes before it vanished into the thickets," Mukherjee said.

Sunderbans Tiger Reserve field director Nilanjan Mullick said there were camera traps in the area that could confirm the presence of the animal. "We can only comment about the species and its origin after seeing the photograph," he said, adding that presence of the Indian wolf has never been recorded in the Sunderbans.
Chief wildlife warden Pradeep Vyas said he has seen Mukherjee's photograph, but would comment only after checking the camera trap images. "Wolves are usually found in a pack. This is a solitary animal. So, we have to investigate," he said.



Wildlife Institute of India (WII) scientist Y V Jhala said the "facial markings show it's an adult wolf". "Since wolves can travel long distances, it's possible that this animal has probably dispersed from the western part of Bengal. Probably, there's a pack. It's a great sighting."

State wildlife advisory board member Joydip Kundu, though, cautioned against creating euphoria. "It's a very important discovery, but we should not get carried away creating euphoria but focus on conservation of the species with locals."



Sources said there have been reports of bird and cattle lifting from the fringe villages of Pakhirala, Ayenpur and Jatirampur over the past few says. Locals suspect the involvement of the photographed wolf behind this.

Sources said rigorous experiment now needs to be carried out to find out whether the Sunderbans is a natural habitat for the particular animal or whether it is an introduced species.
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Scientists launch global search for 25 ‘lost’ species
19 April 2017  

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Mongabay interviewed Robin Moore, communications director of Global Wildlife Conservation, to find out more about the Search for Lost Species campaign.

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  • The first phase of the this campaign, launched today by the Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC), will see groups of scientists spreading out across the world in search of "25 most wanted lost species".
  • Collectively, these 25 species have not been seen in more than 1,500 years.
  • The top 25 species include 10 mammals, three birds, three reptiles, two amphibians, three fish, one insect, one crustacean, one coral and one plant, found across 18 countries.


Unseen for decades in the wild, many species are now feared extinct. Some exist only as museum specimens, others are only known from old drawings or photographs.
But some of these missing species may still be out there, lurking in remote, unexplored regions of our planet. And to find them, scientists are embarking on what is believed to be the largest-ever global quest for our world’s forgotten animals and plants — the Search for Lost Species campaign.

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The Top 25 Lost Species. Poster by Global Wildlife Conservation (click on the image to enlarge).

The first phase of the this campaign, launched today by the Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC), will see groups of scientists spreading out across the world in search of “25 most wanted lost species”. These include the the tiny bullneck seahorse from Australia that has never been seen in the wild; the Himalayan quail that was last recorded 141 years ago in India; the Wondiwoi tree kangaroo, known only from a single specimen collected in 1928 in Indonesia; the pink-headed duck, once-widespread across India, Bangladesh and Myanmar, but last seen in 1949; and the Fernandina Galápagos tortoise, last seen in 1906 on the Galápagos’s youngest and least-explored island.
“These species include quirky, charismatic animals and plants that also represent tremendous opportunities for conservation,” Robin Moore, GWC communications director and conservation biologist, said in a statement. “While we’re not sure how many of our target species we’ll be able to find, for many of these forgotten species this is likely their last chance to be saved from extinction.”
The top 25 species in GWC’s long list of more than 1,200 lost animals and plants, include 10 mammals, three birds, three reptiles, two amphibians, three fish, one insect, one crustacean, one coral and one plant, distributed across 18 countries. Together, these 25 species have not been seen in more than 1,500 years, GWC said in the statement.
While some of these species are listed as critically endangered (and may even be possibly extinct) by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, others are listed as endangered, vulnerable or data deficient.
Mongabay interviewed Robin Moore, the brain behind the exciting Search for Lost Frogs initiative in 2010, to learn more about the Search for Lost Species campaign.
An interview with Robin Moore:
Mongabay: Why look for lost species? What do you hope to achieve?
Robin Moore: Put simply, to create flagships for conservation. To engage people in the protection of endangered species and critical habitats by raising the profile of some of the world’s forgotten species.
Rediscovery is such a powerful vehicle of hope — and hope is a much more powerful motivator than despair. I know I have gotten pretty used to talking to people about what we are losing, because I see it and live it every day, but we also need to be reminded that there is still an incredible, diverse world out there that is worth fighting for. I hope that by inviting people to join us on this quest — from its inception — we can rekindle those embers of curiosity and inspire people to connect with the wonder and awe of the natural world on a deeper level.


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Pink headed duck. Photo courtesy of Global Wildlife Conservation.

Mongabay: How did you shortlist the 25 ‘most wanted’ lost species?
Robin Moore: We invited experts from over 100 Specialist Groups of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature to nominate candidate species. We took these nominations — over 1,200 species in total — and applied a number of criteria to determine the top 25 — a few of which are outlined below:
Firstly, we selected species representing a diversity of taxonomic groups — from mammals, birds and reptiles to corals, crustaceans and plants.
Secondly, we tried to achieve a good geographic spread to represent many of the biodiverse but imperiled habitats around the world.
Third, we assessed the likelihood that a species could be found. We took into account previous search effort and expert opinion on the added value of further searches. We omitted any species classified by the IUCN Red List as Extinct, instead focusing on species that are possibly extinct or simply too little known to gauge.
Fourth, we assessed the scientific and conservation importance of a rediscovery, reaching out to partners on the ground to assess possible follow-up conservation actions to protect the species and its habitat.
Finally, species with a compelling back story made strong candidates for the Top 25, because it is easier for people to connect with species whose story draws them in. It’s hard to overstate the power of a good story.
Mongabay: Why do mammals form the bulk of the top 25 species?
Robin Moore: Ten out of our Top 25 Lost Species are mammals, largely because we had fuller back stories on many of these species, which helped elevate them to candidates for poster species of the campaign. People generally connect more easily with mammals than they do with species further away from us on the evolutionary tree. There is a reason that most flagships for conservation are large-bodied mammals. But we want to use the “charisma” of a lost colobus monkey and tree kangaroo to draw people in, and to learn more about the Sierra Leone Crab, Wellington’s Solitary Coral, and Velvet Pitcher Plant, for instance. But we have to get our foot in the door with people’s attention first.

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The Namdapha flying squirrel is known only from a single specimen collected in Namdapha National Park in 1981. Photo from Zoological Survey of India (CC BY-SA 3.0).

Mongabay: How does the campaign work with local partners? How many scientists and organizations are likely to be involved in this?
Robin Moore: We have collaborated with more than 100 scientists and conservation partners around the world to compile the list and develop searches. Our aim is to make this a truly collaborative campaign, and to work with as many local partners as possible, as this is our model at Global Wildlife Conservation. Our aim is to establish long-term partnerships that will lead to the protection of these species and their habitats. We also want to engage people beyond our conservation and scientific partners in the search, and have created a project within iNaturalist so that anyone can submit observations of lost species. We also invite people to nominate lost species that may be missing from our list.
Mongabay: How do you fund such an expansive search?
Robin Moore: Creatively! We will be adopting a number of approaches to raise the funds for expeditions, from an auction of lost species artwork by renowned artists, to enticing individuals and companies to sponsor expeditions, to crowdfunding.

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A live bullneck seahorse has never been seen in the wild. Image by Sara A. Lourie.

Mongabay: Shouldn’t we be focusing our efforts and funds on saving species that we know are out there and are imperiled?
Robin Moore: We definitely should. But it is also not a zero sum game. One of the primary goals of this campaign is to raise support for conservation that would otherwise not be available, by inspiring people to become engaged in the cause.
Global Wildlife Conservation has worked with partners around the world to create more than 20 new nature reserves, home to more than 100 threatened species. And we continue to do this important work. But there is a reason I am being asked about this campaign instead — it taps into something very different inside of us. It is a promise to bring people with us on an odyssey of exploration and discovery to uncharted lost worlds, to feel the tingle of excitement at the first glimpse of an animal that has not been sighted in 100 years, and never before photographed.
Mongabay referred to our Search for Lost Frogs as “one of conservation’s most exciting expeditions”. It is this excitement that I think we need to connect with more deeply, as this is what we feel when we first fell in love with the natural world, and it is what is going to inspire a new generation of conservationists. We are also tapping into our innate tendency to value more what we have lost than what is right in front of us to create novel flagships for conservation and inspire action.
It’s important to note that species rediscoveries often result in conservation efforts that benefit not just the species but also their habitats and other wildlife. Take the Jamaican Iguana — after four decades without trace it was rediscovered and brought back from the brink of extinction by an international consortium — it is now a flagship for the conservation of an imperiled dry forest habitat in Jamaica.
Mongabay: What are some of the hurdles you foresee in your search?
Robin Moore: Many of the places in which these species live are extremely remote, and the species themselves are elusive and poorly known. Take the Bullneck Seahorse — it has never been seen in the wild, and so it is unclear exactly where to target a search. Also, as we discovered during the Search for Lost Frogs, the weather does not always cooperate with the best laid plans, and in one instance torrential rains and mudslides forced a team back before they really got going. It’s hard to plan to find something that hasn’t been seen for 100+ years — but if it weren’t so challenging, it wouldn’t all be so tantalizing.

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Fernandina Galápagos tortoise was last seen alive in 1906 on the Galápagos’s youngest and least-explored island. Image by John Van Denburgh courtesy of Global Wildlife Conservation.

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The Himalayan quail was last seen 141 years ago in India. Photo from ARKive of the Himalayan quail (Ophrysia superciliosa) – http://www.arkive.org/himalayan-quail/op...66137.html
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First Syrian brown bear in 60 years caught on camera in Lebanon

BY KEEGAN CLEMENTS-HOUSSER JANUARY 16 2017



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A Syrian brown bear in Heidelberg Zoo, Germany (Wikimedia Commons

The Syrian brown bear has long been considered extinct in Lebanon. That's why a recent, exceptionally rare sighting has conservationists and the Lebanese public so excited. 
In late December, a group of men in the Beqaa Valley in the eastern part of the country, near the Syrian border, reportedly filmed the female bear ambling along in the snow with a young cub in tow.




Editor’s note: The first few seconds of this video feature a different bear filmed in Armenia by the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC). Footage of the recent Beqaa Valley sighting follows.

The footage was sent along to the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL), who verified that the animals were, in fact, Syrian brown bears. SPNL director general Assad Serhal told The Independent that the "historic" discovery was a "positive development".

"What is unusual about this finding is that no bear has been recorded in Lebanon for over 60 years and the closest big population would probably be more than 500km away in Turkey. Also, brown bears would usually be hibernating or tucked in their dens during this time of the year," adds an update on the SPNL website.

Though it can still be found in the Caucasus Mountains of Russia and in countries like Georgia, Armenia and Iran, the Syrian brown bear (Ursus arctos syriacus) has been considered extinct in Israel and Lebanon for decades. Even its namesake country, Syria, classified the bears as extinct in 2009 (and the subspecies had not been seen there for decades before that).

Populations have been declining for some time. In Lebanon, the bear was first identified in 1828, and it steadily lost ground to habitat destruction and overhunting over the next 130 years. 

The SPNL is not certain of the circumstances surrounding the sighting, and it's unclear at this stage whether the Beqaa Valley appearance is a sign of an ursine comeback here – the bears may simply have been passing through. The fact that they were spotted in the winter, when would normally be hibernating, suggests this pair may have been fleeing danger or conflict elsewhere. 


For the SPNL, the rare footage has raised many questions. "Could there really be a Syrian brown bear, subsisting on human-grown fruits and possibly wild juniper, roaming the hills on the Syria-Lebanon border? Was this a stray bear, perhaps wandering over from Syria or even Turkey or Iraq? Did the war in Syria make it cross the border?" writes the group.

This isn't the only fairly recent evidence of the presence of wild Syrian brown bears in the region – paw prints likely belonging to the subspecies were found in Syria in 2004. Other tracks have been documented in the years since. 

The unusual sighting has sparked much public interest, and according to The Independent, there have been calls for the Lebanese Ministry of the Environment to protect the immediate area in order to keep the roaming bears safe from hunters.

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Tigers kills six elephants in Kerala’s Wayanad as drought triggers fierce water war

Officials say large-scale migration of animals from nearby Bandipur and Mudumali wildlife parks to the Wayanad sanctuary in search of water amid a debilitating drought have probably brought things to a head.

May 10, 2017 07:59 IST


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As Kerala is slipping into an unprecedented drought man-animal conflict has risen sharply. Wild animals like elephants have started raiding human settlements frequently. (HT Photo)




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Eighteen elephants have died in Kerala’s Wayanad wildlife sanctuary over the past four months, including at least six in tiger attacks that officials say could have been triggered by bitter turf wars over scarce water.
Officials say large-scale migration of animals from nearby Bandipur and Mudumali wildlife parks to the Wayanad sanctuary in search of water amid a debilitating drought have probably brought things to a head.
While six elephants were killed by tigers, two tuskers died fighting each other.
Tiger attacks on elephants are rare because the latter move in large herds.


“This year Wayanad is witnessing a mass influx of wild animals. Naturally high density of animals is bound to trigger intense fights between them,” said Wayanad wildlife warden Dhanesh Kumar.



“Though we can’t attribute these deaths directly to drought, the pressure is intense on wild animals during severe weather conditions,” Kumar added.

Veterinarian Arun Zacharia pointed out that the summer temperature this year was at least 4 degrees Celsius more than in the previous years, causing immense stress to the animals. “During scant rainfall, elephants have little option but to come out of their comfort zone in search of greener pastures,” he explained.

Wayanad witnessed 12 elephant deaths during the corresponding period last year.

With water bodies drying up in view of the crippling drought, thought to be the worst in Kerala in 115 years, locals are reporting increasing incursions by elephants into human habitation. At least four people have been trampled to death and 120 elephant incursions reported in the past four months.
The current drought has been caused by successive failed monsoons. The south-west monsoon was deficient by 33.7% and the northeast monsoon less by 60%. A majority of the state’s 44 rivers are also either dry or near-dry.
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