The BBC reports A record number of elephants – 361 – have died in Sri Lanka during 2019, environmental groups say. It is highest figure of elephant deaths to be reported since Sri Lanka became independent in 1948, conservationists said. Most were killed by people. There are an estimated 7,500 wild elephants in Sri Lanka. Killing […]

via Sri Lanka elephants: ‘Record number’ of deaths in 2019 — Natural History Wanderings

“Phalaenopsis /ˌfælɪˈnɒpsɪs/ Blume (1825), commonly known as moth orchids,[2] is a genus of about seventy species of orchids in the family orchid. Orchids in this genus are monopodial epiphytes or lithophytes with long, coarse roots, short, leafy stems and long-lasting, flat flowers arranged in a flowering stem that often branches near the end. Orchids in this genus are native to India, China, Southeast Asia, New Guinea and Australia with the majority in Indonesia and the Philippines.” wikipedia These are […]

via Phalaenospsis Orchids — Images by T.Dashfield Photography

DALIAN CONFERENCE, PART TWO. The 11th Asia for Animals conference, which took place in Dalian, China, brought together hundreds of delegates from all fields of animal protection, rescue, and advocacy. Focused on how laws can be used creatively to protect nonhuman animals, speakers talked about their successes and challenges, their hopes and their aims. Attendees […]

via Asia for Animals: conference speakers call for tougher laws and changes in behaviour — CHANGING TIMES

Jian Zhong Wang’s home in the southern Chinese city of Nanning is an inviting place. Light spills in through large bay windows, which offer a stunning view of the garden of thick-stemmed banana plants and chest-high cacti. The room is packed with intricately carved furniture: a dining table flanked by eight straight-backed chairs, a coffee […]

via Can forensics help keep endangered rosewood off the black market? — The official Washington D.C. news site – timworld.info

Kuala Lumpur, 6 January 2020 – The non-profit conservation research group Rimba has just produced a ‘Conservation Roadmap for Flying Foxes Pteropus spp. in Peninsular Malaysia’, in collaboration with the Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia (PERHILITAN). Rimba’s Project Pteropus has been working on flying fox conservation in collaboration with PERHILITAN since 2012. […]

via Press release: PERHILITAN and Rimba Produce Conservation Roadmap for Flying Foxes in Peninsular Malaysia — Rimba

This July 2018 video is called Lesser short-nosed fruit bat (Cynopterus brachyotis). From the National University of Singapore: Even resilient common species are not immune to environmental crisis Measures of genetic diversity of a fruit bat common in Singapore decreased 30-fold over the last 90 years December 18, 2019 A recent study by scientists from […]

via Singapore fruit bats suffer from environmental degradation — Dear Kitty. Some blog