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28 April 2010
A course intended to provide tools and to strengthen research in herpetology to develop conservation programs through instruction in ecology and conservation of amphibians and reptiles.
Dates: 5-10 July 2010.
Location: Sede campestre Fundación Universitaria de Popayán, Popayán, Colombia.
Published by Enrique La Marca en 05:47
12 April 2010
Today’s “species of the day” is a curious amphibian found in Chile and neighboring Argentina, with a peculiar triangular shape of its head and a cylindrical dermal appendage at the tip of the snout. Most remarkable is its strange reproductive strategy of brooding egg and larvae within its mouth, from where the newly metamorphosed froglets step out.
Populations of this frog, discovered by Darwin in his famous travel around the World, are in decline, to the point that it is now considered in the conservation category of “Vulnerable”. Most probably, the causes of the declines are related to human activities, of which deforestation and several factors associated with climate change are among the main culprits.
Published by Enrique La Marca en 18:37
10 April 2010
"The Ploughshare Tortoise, Astrochelys yniphora, is listed as ‘Critically Endangered’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM due to a declining wild population of a few hundred animals. The elongated front spike of the undershell, used by males in breeding jousts for females, is the most remarkable feature of this spectacular tortoise.
Restricted to a tiny area of dry scrubland in northwestern Madagascar, this species has received conservation attention since the early 1970s. Protection of the small population in its natural habitat and a captive breeding programme slowly began to increase its numbers, until it became a target of illegal international wildlife traders.
Though strictly protected under Malagasy and CITES laws, unacceptable numbers of animals are smuggled and sold for huge sums by criminal pet dealers. Enhanced conservation measures are urgently needed to save this species, notably enforcing legal protection to prosecute those who drive the illegal trade, and repatriating recovered animals to secure breeding programmes".
Text by IUCN's Species of the Day: http://www.iucnredlist.org/sotdfiles/astrochelys-yniphora.pdf
Photo by: Anders G.J. Rhodin
Published by Enrique La Marca en 04:45
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