Listed as VULNERABLE the populations of this Small-Clawed Otter species is clearly on the decline due largely to habitat loss and trapping for the fur trade. Native to India, Nepal, South China, Thailand, Indo-China, Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia these are easy prey to those who want to hunt or trap this animal.

Serious pollution, including plastic refuse pollution in some of these countries estuaries is not helpful to the species either…

Indian Rhinoceros Protection

In Kaziranga, a national park in north-eastern India, rangers shoot people to protect rhinos. The park’s aggressive policing is, of course, controversial, but the results are clear: despite rising demand for illegal rhino horn, and plummeting numbers throughout Africa and southeast Asia, rhinos in Kaziranga are flourishing. Yet Kaziranga, which features in a new BBC…

via Kaziranga’s ruthless rangers have reduced rhino poaching by simply gunning down poachers at sight — Quartz

Let the Fish Eat Coal Dust!

One of the last acts of the Obama administration was issuing the Stream Protection Rule. One of the first acts of the new Congress could be overturning it. The House of Representatives is invoking a seldom used law—the Congressional Review Act—to roll back the rule, which protects waterways from coal dust and other mining residue.…

via Congress is using an obscure law to kill an Obama rule protecting streams from coal dust — Quartz

Consequences of California`s Storms

The San Francisco Chronicle reported on some of the recent unexpected consequences of the recent rain storms in California on nature. They include impacts on birds, mammals and plants. Bears as houseguests, wayward seal pups, and tide pools of bubblegum-pink nudibranchs. All of these odd occurrences are related to the storms that have pummeled the Bay Area […]

via Wild Unexpected Consequences Of Recent California Storms  — Natural History Wanderings