22 February 2010


Dr Jenny Daltry has been actively involved in conservation of wildlife and environments in Cambodia. For her achievements, she has recently been given a Royal award by the Government of Cambodia. In the year 2000 she re-discovered the Siamese crocodile (a species previously thought to be extinct in the wild; see our previous blog, dated Nov 25, 2009) and is leading a community-based programme to preserve this Critically Endangered Crocodylus. She has also been involved in the protection of more than a million hectares of the biodiverse Cardamom Mountains.

Drt. Daltry is a Senior Conservation Biologist for the international conservation organization Fauna & Flora International. Among her achievements in Cambodia are the creation of the first permanent Masters of Science programme at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, and the creation and chief editing of Cambodia’s first peer-reviewed scientific journal (the Cambodian Journal of
Natural History). 


One of the most endangered crocodilians, the Chinese alligator (Alligator sinesis) is also one of the smallest (about 2 m long). This relative of the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) has a geographic distribution restricted to the lower Yangtze River region in China. Habitat destruction by human pressure for agriculture has been considered the major cause of the species’ decline. It is listed as “Critically Endangered” since it has suffered a drastic decline in numbers of wild individuals (estimated to be less than 150) and the extant populations hold less than 10 individuals each. However, about 10,000 specimens are currently being reared in captivity and are a source of hope for the long-term survival of the species through reintroductions in the wild.
To learn more about this species, visit the "Species of the Day" section at the rigth column of this blog, below our statistics gadget, or visit the official IUCN website

18 February 2010


The "Demonic poison frog" (Minyobates steyermarki) is a little red frog living in Cerro Yapacana, an isolated table top mountain in southern Venezuela. Even though the place is protected as both a National Monument and a National Park, the species is facing the risks of habitat change mainly through human intervention by mining and associated fires and habitat destruction, as well as illegal pet trading. The species is currently listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 
Daily, you may follow accounts on some of the most threatened creatures on Earth by visiting the "Species of the day" gadget on the rigth column of this blog, just below our statistics, or directly by visiting the website IUCN Species of the Day.

02 February 2010

30th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation

The International Sea Turtle Society will hold its 30th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation at Goa, India, from 27 to 29 April 2010. It is the first time the symposium is presented in the South Asian region.
This event is being jointly hosted and organized by sea turtle conservation groups and research organizations as well as institutions that work on marine environment issues across India and South Asia. 
The symposium is open to anyone interested in sea turtle biology and conservation and in related marine conservation, policy, social, ecological and fisheries related aspects.
To learn more, Visit the symposium website

The newest issue of the South Asia Reptile Network's (SARN) Newsletter, the "REPTILE RAP", is now available at:  

(1) Note on the defensive behavior of Cochin Forest cane turtle (Vijayachelys silvatica). 
(2) Snakes of Rameshwaram.
(3) First record of Uropeltis ellioti and study of their habits and habitat in Melghat Forest in Satpuda.
(4)  Notes on the distribution and natural history of lined supple skink Lygosoma lineata (Gray, 1839)(Squamata: Sauria: Scincidae).
(5) Indian eyed turtle Morenia petersi (Anderson, 1879) in the Deepor Beel, Ramsar site.
(6) Notes on the effect of a bite from Calliophis melanurus Shaw, 1802 (Serpentes: Elapidae: Calliophinae).
(7) Notes on the predation of Cnemaspis sp. by Hemidactylus cf. brookii Gray, 1845 (Squamata: Sauria: Gekkonodae).
(8) Notes on the natural history of common smooth water snake Enhydris enhydris Schneider, 1799 (Serpentes: Colubridae).
(9) Mortality of spiny-tailed lizard Uromastyx hardwickii Hardwicke & Gray, 1827 in the Katchchh District of Gujarat.
(10) A report on endo and ecto parasitism in a Indian rat snake (Ptyas mucosa) from Namakkal District of Tamil Nadu.
(11) Notes on a rescue of a Burmese python Python molurus bivittatus Kuhl, 1820 (Family: Pythonidae) from an urban area of Bongaigaon District, Assam.
(12) Infighting injuries in male common Indian lizard Calotes versicolor (Daudin) during breeding period.
(13) Rearing of juvenile estuarine crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) at Dhaka Zoo.
(14) Physical restraining gadget for crocodiles.
(15) Rectal prolapse in a Indan cobra (Naja naja).

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