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SAD NEWS: Clouded Leopards Declared Extinct in Taiwan
After a century of rapid expansion throughout much of the wild parts of our world, we are beginning to better understand all of what was lost in the process.
For the last thirteen years, an international team of researchers have been searching out any indication that one of the world’s most majestic animals, the Formosan clouded leopard, was still in existence its native forests of Taiwan. But now that countless in-the-field observation hours and thousands of infred cameras have turned up no sign of the rare species, scientists have arrived to a somber conclusion: clouded leopards there are extinct, and have likely been for decades.
“There is little chance that the clouded leopard still exists in Taiwan,” says zoologist Chiang Po-jen in an interview with the Taipei Times.
Formosan clouded leopards, a subspecies of those found on mainland Asia, were once highly sought-after by poachers for their valuable skins. And despite the fact that the last reliable evidence of their continued existence is from a 1910 diary entry, biologists believed that the notoriously elusive animal might have avoided extinction in the years that followed, spurring the more-than-a-decade long study to find them.
And although not even a paw print was discovered over the intensive search, the story of that likely long-extinct leopard has still left an impression on Taiwanese society.
“A lot of people have said they are disappointed and find our discovery quite regrettable,” Kurtis Pei, of the National Pingtung University of Science and Technology’s Institute of Wildlife Conservation, tells the Christian Science Monitor. “Some say they hope not just to feel regret, but to do something to save other animals.”
Presently, the same factors that contributed to leopard’s decline — like poaching and human encroachment — continue to threaten other species as well. That said, with this recent declaration of extinction, Taiwanese society may be turning towards more active conservation, says Sean McCormack of the Taiwan SPCA:
“When the Taiwanese are aware of issues, they get behind them 100 percent.”
Via Tree Hugger
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The Lion Soaking: Lioness takes no chances as she carries nine-week-old cub across fast-flowing river
Her jaws clamped firmly around the scruff of her tiny cub’s neck, this plucky lioness is taking no chances as she tackles a risky river crossing. As her nine-week-old youngster dangles beneath her, the mother skips gingerly between impromptu stepping stones. These stunning images capture the heart-stopping moment the lioness braved choppy waters, clasping her little one’s nape, as she made her way to join the rest of the pride on the other side of the river. Amazingly, the cub escaped with only a sodden coat as its mother safely negotiated the fast-flowing waters of the Ntiakitiak River in Kenya’s Masai Mara game reserve. Greek photographer Kyriakos Kaziras managed to capture the moment during a trip in December. Paul Goldstein, another photographer and owner of Kicheche Bush Camp, where Mr Kaziras was based, said: “Kyriakos and his guide had spent early morning with the large Enkoyanai pride. There had been plenty of rain and the Ntiakitiak River, normally a trickle, was a swollen torrent. The bulk of the pride were on the east bank and the mother had to take the momentous decision to carry her nine-week-old cub to join them. The risks of such a journey were very real, particularly as the cub was at least a month older than normal ‘carrying age’. I have photographed lions carrying cubs and seen them crossing rivers, but the combination is unique and has never been seen, let alone recorded.”
Via Daily Mail
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