Australia: Fire tornado


The link below is to a short article with a photo of a ‘fire tornado,’ which was captured near Alice Springs in Australia.

For more visit:
http://boingboing.net/2012/09/18/181669.html

Article: A Giant Red Sprite


The link below is to an article reporting on a giant red sprite, as seen from the International Space Station. The red sprite was captured above Myanmar.

For more visit:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/07/120713-sprite-international-space-station-nasa-science-red-lightning/

Colombia: Jaguars Captured on Film


The link below is to an article on Jaguars captured in camera traps in Colombia, South America.

For more visit:
http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0513-jaguar-bonanza-pod.html

Cameroon: Elephant Poachers Captured


The link below is to an article on the arrest of a number of poachers linked to the slaughter of elephants in Cameroon. We have been following news on the crisis in Cameroon and though the reported arrest of poachers is good news, the damage has already been done.

For more visit:
http://www.earthweek.com/2012/ew120330/ew120330c.html

Australia: New South Wales – Barrington Tops Warning


Until such time as fugitive Malcolm Naden is captured, the Barrington Tops and surrounding regions should be considered potentially dangerous, given how desperate his situation has become. Having said that, realistically, he does not appear close to being captured at this stage. Certainly the police are closer than they have been for some time, but he is still successively avoiding capture. If he chooses to go to ground in the mountains following two close encounters with police in a fortnight, it is difficult to see how police will be able to capture him anytime soon.

Saola Found in Laos Sadly Died in captivity


Being the size that it is, it is hard to believe that Saolas are rarely seen. Not only is it rarely seen, but the Saola was only discovered in 1992. The Saola is best described as a large antelope-like creature.

The Saola lives in the mountains of the Laos and Vietnam border region.

One of these rare Saolas was captured by Laotian villagers in August 2010 and sadly died in captivity.

For more see:

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2010/09/rare-soala-caugh/

http://articles.cnn.com/2010-09-17/world/laos.asian.unicorn.saola_1_villagers-unicorn-laos?_s=PM:WORLD

Last United States Jaguar Killed?


Is it possible that the last known Jaguar in the United States has been killed by a government employee? This could indeed be the case according to news reports out of the United States.

The Jaguar was caught in Arizona and released with a radio tag. However, the animal was soon found to be in poor health and was captured again and put down. It would seem that injuries sustained in the original capture of the Jaguar led to its death and the possible extinction of the Jaguar in the United States and certainly within Arizona. The capture of the Jaguar appears to have been in violation of the Endangered Species Act.

For more information see:

http://www.azstarnet.com/news/state-and-regional/article_c1fa70e7-ec29-50ee-8de2-015fcbd515e7.html

http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/jan2010/2010-01-22-091.html