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A Fossil Snake With Four Legs. Earth - Journey inside a giant spider. Monstrous dinosaur was larger than a T-rex, and a swimmer who ate sharks. New fossils found in the Moroccan Sahara shed new light on the menacing dinosaur Spinosaurus aegyptiacus.

Monstrous dinosaur was larger than a T-rex, and a swimmer who ate sharks

A study published in Science revealed that 95 million years ago, Spinosaurus aegyptiacus was an adept swimmer and spent most of its time in water, devouring sharks and other marine animals. This 50-foot dinosaur is the largest known carnivorous dinosaur — 9 feet longer than the ferocious T-rex — and weighed in at 44,000 pounds, according to Discovery News. Co-operative birds motivated by family ties. Co-operative birds motivated by family ties 7 July 2014, by Alex Peel Extraordinary co-operation by sociable weavers, which work together to build the largest nests in the world, is motivated by family ties, say scientists.

Co-operative birds motivated by family ties

Zebras for the win! Africa's longest land migration discovered. Morgan Erickson-Davis, mongabay.com May 29, 2014 With food and water scarce in many parts of Africa, many species migrate long-distances in order to survive.

Zebras for the win! Africa's longest land migration discovered

A new study published in the journal, Oryx has found a new record-breaker for the continent’s longest tracked terrestrial migration: a huge group of zebras that traveled a total distance of 500 kilometers (300 miles). The journey took place between the Chobe River in Namibia and Nxai Pan National Park in Botswana, and was monitored by researchers from the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), Namibia’s Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), Elephants Without Borders (EWB), and Botswana’s Department of Wildlife and National Parks.

The team placed GPS collars on eight adult plains zebras (Equus quagga), a widespread species known to travel great distances, and followed their journey over two years. Many of Africa’s other mammal species are famous for their migrations. Researchers collar the zebras tracked for the study. Wolves of the High Arctic – Research on the Arctic Wolves of Ellesmere Island. Nature Blows My Mind! Amazing leaf-mimicking animals. One of the best strategies for avoiding being eaten by predators is to hide in plain sight.

Nature Blows My Mind! Amazing leaf-mimicking animals

But there's camouflage and there is camouflage. These species go beyond just blending into the background, they practically become one with it, disguising themselves so well as leaves that you could spend hours looking at a tree without realizing you're looking at more than just the tree itself! Leaf-mimicking insects Insects are old hats at mimicking leaves to fool predators. In fact, the strategy may have begun as far back at 47 million years ago and hasn't changed a whole lot since then. Some of the more well known leaf-mimicking insects include some katydids, praying mantis, butterflies and moths. Why Dragonflies Would Make Brilliant Spies.

From Wildlife Promise Dragonflies are the spies of the natural world.

Why Dragonflies Would Make Brilliant Spies

They already have the deceptive cover.

Wolves and Keystone Species

Snow Leopard ConservancySnow Leopard Conservancy. Pallas’ cat in Nepal (photo: NTNC-ACAP/SLC) Exciting camera trap images from our Nepal team shows Pallas’ cats, otherwise known as Manul, are living in Nepal!

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Even though they live in grassland and mountain steppe areas throughout Asia, until these images were taken, presence of the Pallas’ cat in Nepal was never suspected or even thought about. In fact, there isn’t even a Nepali word for this species of cat. 13 'How did you get that?' wildlife photos from Tin Man Lee. All photos: Tin Man Lee Tin Man Lee is a wildlife photographer who has racked up the awards in recent years, including the North American Nature Photography Association Top 10, and NANPA Expression magazine cover, as well as winning this year's grand prize in the highly prestigious Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International.

13 'How did you get that?' wildlife photos from Tin Man Lee

N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission > News > Blogs > NCWRC Blog - The Legendary Cat of the Mountains and the Swamps is Just That, a Legend. Oct 31 Written by: 10/31/2013 10:56 AM Written by: Brad Howard Have you seen this picture in an email or on Facebook lately?

N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission > News > Blogs > NCWRC Blog - The Legendary Cat of the Mountains and the Swamps is Just That, a Legend

We have! This photo has been passed around to numerous folks over the last month with claims that it has been taken in various locations across North Carolina. 22 Bizzarre Animals You Probably Didn’t Know Exist. Honey badgers and more: camera traps reveal wealth of small carnivores in Gabon (photos) Gabon has lost most of its big meat-eaters including lions, spotted hyenas, and African wild dogs (although it's still home to a lot of leopards), but a new study focuses on the country's lesser-known species with an appetite for flesh.

Honey badgers and more: camera traps reveal wealth of small carnivores in Gabon (photos)

For the first time, researchers surveyed Gabon's small carnivores, including 12 species from the honey badger (Mellivora capensis) to the marsh mongoose (Atilax paludinosus). The team—made up of scientists from Panthera, the Wildlife Conservation Society, University of Stirling, and other institutions—utilized camera trap photos from 16 different studies, comprehensive field data, and visits to booming bushmeat markets to find out what small carnivores are still found in Gabon. Butterfly Rainforest Exhibit. Climate change endangers elephants. Climate change endangers elephants 31 January 2013, by Harriet Jarlett By making new use of historical records, scientists have shown that climate change could have a greater impact on Myanmar's elephants' dwindling numbers than previously thought.

Climate change endangers elephants

Calves are most at risk from rising temperatures Hannah Mumby from the University of Sheffield, who led the study, found that the already endangered species faces further struggle as even the slightest temperature change can lower their chances of survival dramatically. Climate change leaves the animals at risk of drought, disease and death as the heat causes freshwater supplies to dwindle, infectious diseases to spread faster and brings with it one of the biggest killers of elephants in Myanmar - heat stroke.

Hong Kong traders dry thousands of shark fins on roofs to avoid scrutiny. Jan. 3, 2013 - A worker collects pieces of shark fins dried on the rooftop of a factory building in Hong Kong.AP HONG KONG – Shark fin traders in Hong Kong have laid out thousands of fins on rooftops in what appears to be a move to escape public scrutiny of their industry. Thousands of the freshly cut fins were seen blanketing the roof of an industrial building in Hong Kong this week. Environmental campaigner Gary Stokes, who took the first photos of the drying on Jan. 1, said Friday that the traders usually dried their fins on the sidewalks.

Feds crack alleged narwhal tusk-smuggling ring. Oregon's ban on killing wolves spurs nonlethal options. GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - As long as wolves have been making their comeback, biologists and ranchers have had a decidedly Old West option for dealing with those that develop a taste for beef: Shoot to kill. But for the past year, Oregon has been a "wolf-safe" zone, with ranchers turning to more modern, nonlethal ways to protect livestock. While the number of wolves roaming the state has gone up, livestock kills haven't - and now conservation groups are hoping Oregon can serve as a model for other Western states working to return the predator to the wild. Documents Major Decline in Democratic Republic of Congo’s Last Large Forest Elephant Population. Forest elephants could be extinct in DRC within a decade if current slaughter continues NEW YORK ( Feb. 28, 2013 ) — The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) largest remaining forest elephant population, located in the Okapi Faunal Reserve (OFR), has declined by 37 percent in the last five years, with only 1,700 elephants now remaining, according to wildlife surveys by WCS and DRC officials.

WCS scientists warn that if poaching of forest elephants in DRC continues unabated, the species could be nearly extinguished from Africa’s second largest country within ten years. According to the latest survey, 5,100, or 75 percent, of the reserve’s elephants have been killed in the last 15 years. These numbers are particularly shocking as the OFR is considered the best protected conservation area in DRC. According to WCS, the primary reason for the recent decline in forest elephant numbers is ivory poaching. ‎www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5335864.pdf. Common moth can hear higher frequencies than any other animal on Earth. A common little moth turns out to have the best ears in the animal kingdom.

According to a new study in Biology Letters, the greater wax moth (Galleria mellonella) is capable of hearing frequencies up to 300,000 hertz (300kHz), which is 15 times the frequency humans can hear at their prime, around 20 kHz. "We are extremely surprised to find that the moth is capable of hearing sound frequencies at this level and we hope to use the findings to better understand air-coupled ultrasound," James Windmill co-author of the paper said. "The use of ultrasound in air is extremely difficult as such high frequency signals are quickly weakened in air. Other animals such as bats are known to use ultrasound to communicate and now it is clear that moths are capable of even more advanced use of sound. " The researchers believe the greater wax moth, which is the only species in its genus Galleria, may have evolved such extreme hearing in order to avoid their major predator: bats.

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Welcome To the ENN Community » Lets Get Animated for Animals. Unconventional swine: how invasive pigs are helping preserve biodiversity in the Pantanal. Ordinarily, invasive and exotic species are a grave threat to native wildlife: outcompeting local species, introducing parasites and disease, and disturbing local ecological regimes. George Washington University Biologist Maps the Family Tree of All Known Snake and Lizard Groups. Whales and the Ocean. Beautiful striped bat is the "find of a lifetime" (photos)

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Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge Sea Turtle Program - 2010. The Loggerhead (Caretta caretta) and Green turtles (Chelonia mydas) are the only species currently nesting in Virginia Beach. Since the 1980's, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge has actively participated in the conservation of these marine reptiles. Forests worldwide near tipping-point from drought. Not Your Pilgrim's Turkey. : EPA APPROVAL OF SYSTEMIC PESTICIDES THREATENS U.S. FOOD SUPPLY AND AGRICULTURE JOBS BY KILLING BEES.

Saving 'Avatar Grove': the battle to preserve old-growth forests in British Columbia. Breakthrough technology enables 3D mapping of rainforests, tree by tree. Saving the world's species from oblivion will cost around $80 billion a year, but still a good deal. Report calls for using ecosystems in disaster prevention. ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. Herb Garden Design Plans: A 21st Century Healing Garden. Mountain lions 'go west' from Nevada into California, new research shows. World Rivers Day – 30 September 2012.

Illegal hunting threatens iconic animals across Africa's great savannas, especially predators. The ultimate guilt-free diet: Hunting invasive species. International Wolf Center Home. World Rhino Day – ARKive’s Top Ten Rhino Facts. Spotlight on: Red pandas. Booming illegal ivory trade taking severe toll on Africa's elephants, groups say. New monkey discovered. Report names the world's 100 most endangered species. Green Pet Safe Lawn and Garden, Bug-Free — and Pet Safe. Tough Love: How Animals Educate Their Young. Honey is life. 91% of Madagascar's lemurs threatened with extinction. Lost in the Bee-Line. INVASIVES: The Mighty Pythons of Florida. Ten African countries unite to protect rainforests. World's Deadliest: Midair Eagle Fight. World's Smallest Frog Found—Fly-Size Beast Is Tiniest Vertebrate. Giant Crocodile Breaks Size Record—Suspected in Fatal Attacks. Go batty for bats on International Bat Night.