Rare ‘Asian unicorn’ caught in Laos

September 17, 2010

One of the rarest creatures on the planet has been sighted in Laos. The saola, which has been dubbed the ‘Asian unicorn’ despite being double horned, hasn’t been photographed since 1999. Link to story: http://www.wired.com/2010/09/rare-soala-caugh/

Rare Asian ‘unicorn’ sighted, dies in captivity

September 17, 2010

One of the rarest animals in the world has been sighted for the first time in more than 10 years, according to the government of Laos. Link to story: http://www.livescience.com/10090-rare-asian-unicorn-sighted-dies-captivity.html

Saving Tiny Toads Without a Home

February 1, 2010

This is a story about a waterfall, the World Bank and 4,000 homeless toads. Link to story: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/02/science/earth/02toads.html?_r=3&pagewanted=all&

Professors call for science as basis for public policy

December 9, 2009

The timely article with political undertones focuses on a controversial issue at the interface of science and public policy Link to story: http://www.valdosta.edu/about/news/releases/wolves.120909/

Kihansi spray toad goes extinct in the wild

November 4, 2009

This year’s IUCN Red List has updated its assessment of the Kihansi spray toad, moving the species from Critically Endangered to Extinct in the Wild. Link to story: http://news.mongabay.com/2009/1104-hance_kihansi.html

Global Rescue sponsors conservation efforts in Asia

September 9, 2009

The Annamite mountain range on the Laos-Vietnam border represents the sort of remote terrain that beckons to our adventurous members – unexplored wilderness in a remote corner of the world – and it also happens to be the sole refuge of an elusive animal that is a few breaths from extinction. Link to story: http://blog.globalrescue.com/medevac-blog/bid/10167/Global-Rescue-Sponsors-Conservation-Efforts-in-Asia

New-found Asian antelope said close to extinction

September 2, 2009

The Saola antelope, discovered in 1992 by scientists in remote valleys on the borders of Laos and Vietnam, is on the brink of extinction from hunting with dogs and snaring, the nature body IUCN said on Thursday. Link to story: http://www.reuters.com/article/2009/09/03/idUSL238791

Mammal database identifies species destined for trouble

August 26, 2009

A new database that allows users to explore the factors that predispose different mammalian species to extinction – from human encroachment to slow reproductive rate – could be useful in planning conservation schemes, its developers say. Link to story: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17678-mammal-database-identifies-species-destined-for-trouble.html

North American bats are under serious threat due to an emergent disease called white-nose syndrome

May 20, 2009

The Center for Biological Diversity and 60 other national and regional organizations sent a letter today to members of Congress requesting increased funding for research on white-nose syndrome, a disease that has been devastating bat populations in the eastern United States over the past two years. Link to story: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2009/bats-05-20-2009.html