In an Indian park, where every rhino life counts toward keeping the species going, a baby is saved in a monsoon.
Critter cams can add data to the scientific literature, make citizen scientists out of lots of armchair naturalists, and may help keep endangered species safe from poachers.
8/24/2015 IFAW-run wildlife rehab center in India develops a kindly curriculum to get orphaned big cats back into the wild. By Vicki Croke Scared, sick, and tiny, the orphaned clouded leopard cub has made it to safety. So far, experts don’t know how he was separated from his mother or who took him from the … Continue reading For Rescued Baby Clouded Leopard, It’s Nursery Then Jungle Camp
9/4/2015 After 18 years of patient study, of course Lisa Dabek knew, but she never really saw exactly what they were up to ...until now. By Vicki Croke For 18 years, the very patient and determined field biologist Lisa Dabek has been traveling to Papua New Guinea to study the mysterious Matschie’s tree kangaroo. These … Continue reading Treetop Kangaroos? Who Knew?
12/9/2013 CAPTURING TINY SAW-WHET OWLS AS THEY MIGRATE By Vicki Croke It’s 8:45 in the woods of Lincoln, MA, and we’ve got our first Northern saw-whet owl of the night. She’s no bigger than a kitten—about 7 inches tall and weighing less than a stick of butter. The brown and white ball of feathers, talons, … Continue reading Stalking The Night Stalkers
9/22/2015 New study from the University of Vienna reveals nighttime humming in the giraffe house. By Vicki Croke Scientists have usually described giraffes as tall silent types. But a new study from the University of Vienna shows that that description was only half right. It turns out that under cover of darkness, zoo giraffes do … Continue reading After Dark, Giraffes Carry A Tune
4/6/2016 Long considered dead, a great mellow bull reappears at Andrea Turkalo’s study site in the Dzanga Bai. By Vicki Croke Andrea Turkalo, who’s gotten to know some 4,000 forest elephants over the past 20 years, has recently spent months focused on a bit of sad detective work: Through careful observation, she’s been slowly piecing … Continue reading Missing For 9 Years, Ahmed The Elephant Returns
12/30/2015 In a place that welcomes hyenas after dark, an anthropologist ends up bonding with one of the fiercest predators on earth. By Vicki Croke Hyenas aren’t the most popular animals. In Western literature, they are depicted as giggling, cowardly, and dangerous. In almost all of Africa, where the formidable predators are known to bite … Continue reading Finding Friendship In The City Of Hyenas
The New York Times Book Review Winged Victories: 'The Thing With Feathers' and 'The Homing Instinct' By Vicki Constantine Croke Avian migration is such a vast and complex phenomenon that it can accommodate star treatment in two new books. “The Thing With Feathers,” by Noah Strycker, takes on the miracle of navigation as part of … Continue reading Book review — Winged Victories