Volunteers required for a Bottlenose Dolphin Study [from 1st December 2012; Northland, New Zealand]
As of December 2012, a new PhD study will assess the behavioural ecology and conservation of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Bay of Islands, Northland, New Zealand. The field season will run year round and the first vacancy for volunteers is from December 1 2012. A minimum commitment of 3 months is preferred, with priority given to those who can commit to longer.
Interested? Click here for more info.
Bottlenose dolphin pod (Tursiops sp.) on Flickr.
Witnessed this pod surfing in the waves from Point lookout, North Stradbroke Island, Queensland
How to catch a kangaroo…
Scientists monitoring critically endangered northern hairy-nosed wombats at a new colony they set up near St George in southwest Queensland have found that a third wombat is pregnant.
Of two born last year, one has already done the wombat equivalent of moving into a flat, having set up a bachelor pad in one of his mum’s burrows.
Acting threatened species manager David Murphy said the births and the fact the animals had settled in well was evidence the long-awaited translocation had worked.
[** Its historical range once extended across three states just 100 years ago, but it is now restricted to one place, a 3 km² range within Epping Forest National Park in Queensland. In 2003 the total population consisted of 113 individuals, including only around 30 breeding females.]
“Pretty-face wallaby, Mother and Joey”
It may appear unintuitive that special toilets could benefit hippos and other wetland species, but the Center for Rural Empowerment and the Environment (CREE) has proven the unique benefits of new toilets in the Dunga Wetlands on Lake Victoria’s Kenyan side. By building ecologically-sanitary (eco-san) toilets, CREE has managed to alleviate some of the conflict that has cropped up between hippos and humans for space.
Seriously, this is just too precious :)
hahahahahahahaha i couldn’t resist. This is the cutest picture ever <3