Michelle Weber

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The Females of the Madagascar Sucker-Footed Bat are Missing

Science & InnovationNot Exactly Rocket Science<p>For the last six years, Paul Racey has been trying to find a female eastern sucker-footed bat. He has failed. The bats only live in Madagascar and since 2007, Racey’s team have tramped through the country’s eastern forests with nets, bags, and devices …

Opinion: A Welcome Halt to Aquarium Whale Imports?

Georgia Aquarium's request to import 18 wild-caught beluga whales is denied.<p><b>On Tuesday, NOAA Fisheries, after months of deliberation, denied the application of Georgia Aquarium to import 18 beluga whales from Russia. These white whales were to be displayed in Georgia and at several other marine</b> …

Black Cat Appreciation Day: Do You Know Your Melanistic Cats?

Today is designated as <b>National Black Cat Appreciation Day</b>. It isa tribute—if you will—to any “solid black” domestic cat of pure or mixed breed pedigree, and, perhaps, some of their wild feline cousins.<p>The “awareness” and “appreciation” day is, in part, intended to help dispel age-old superstitions …

Can Dogs Feel Our Emotions? Yawn Study Suggests Yes

Pets yawn more in response to owners' yawns than strangers', study says.<p><b>Dog owners who claim their pets know their feelings may be on to something: A new study shows that canines yawn more in response to their owners' yawns than they do to strangers' yawns.</b><p>That suggests dogs are "emotionally …

New Carnivore Revealed: Photos of the Olinguito and its Kin

The world's newest carnivore, the olinguito, shares the South American treetops with other fuzzy members of the raccoon family.

Obamas' New Pet: 5 Facts About the Portuguese Water Dog

One-year-old Sunny joins older male Bo as a presidential pooch.<p><b>A new arrival hit the White House on Monday in the form of a perfectly coiffed pup.</b><p>The nation's first family welcomed Sunny—a one-year-old Portuguese water dog born in Michigan.<p>Sunny joins Bo, who arrived in 2009, and will likely join …

Hundreds of Panther Sightings Reported in Florida

Changing Planet<p>Hundreds of sightings of panthers roaming wild in Florida have been reported by the public to the state’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) website launched a year ago, the agency said in a news statement.<p>As of August 2013, the public had submitted 790 sightings to …

Crittercams Investigate Seal Mystery

Charles Littnan, NOAA Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program:<p>"You have this animal come in maybe changing people's lives forever, and not great information. So, it's kinda like throwing a match into that powder keg. In the last decade we've had seals that have returned after thousands of years away to …

U.S. Dolphin Deaths Rise to 300; Cause Still a Mystery

<b>The spike in bottlenose dolphin deaths this summer is showing no signs of stopping: Nearly 300 of the marine mammals have died along the East Coast as of August 20, according to the federal government. (Related: "Why Are Dolphins Dying on East Coast? Experts Alarmed.")</b><p>The high death toll, covering …

Secrets of Whale Shark Migration Revealed

The world's biggest fish travels far and wide, a tracking study shows.<p><b>The world's biggest fish are hungry migrators on a mission, according to a tracking study that mapped whale sharks' long journeys around the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean to a favorite feeding hot spot off the Yucatan</b> …

Newly Discovered Carnivore Looks Like Teddy Bear

In "incredibly rare" find, scientists discover animal in Andean cloud forests.<p><b>A fuzzy fog-dweller with a face like a teddy bear is the first carnivore found in the Western Hemisphere in more than three decades, a new study says.</b><p>The 2-pound (0.9-kilogram) creature, called an olinguito, didn't make …

How to Save Africa’s Elephants

In the 1980s, I did a stint as a wildlife researcher in Kenya. I witnessed a decade of unprecedented slaughter of African elephants by poachers, out to profit from rising ivory demand in Asia’s fast-growing economies of the day.<p>By 1989, more than 600,000 elephants had been killed—half of Africa’s …

Maulings by Bears: What's Behind the Recent Attacks?

What should you do if you find yourself face-to-face with an aggressive bear?<p><b>The recent bear attacks in North America over the past week are unrelated to one another and are not indicative of a trend, experts say.</b><p>At least six people in five states have been mauled by black and brown bears recently. …

National Zoo Panda Birth Spotlights Survival Challenges

The National Zoo’s female panda, Mei Xiang, gave birth on Friday.<p><b>A giant panda at Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington gave birth to a cub Friday night, the latest chapter in a long saga of breeding attempts that has shown how very difficult it is for endangered giant pandas to reproduce.</b><p>The …

Vasectomies Could Cut Feral Cat Population

A new study suggests surgery to control mating in free-roaming felines.<p><b>Getting snipped and tying tubes isn't just for people anymore: Vasectomies and hysterectomies may be a solution for keeping free-roaming domestic cats in the United States in check, a new study says.</b><p>Over 80 million pet cats …

Oldest Globe of New World Carved on Ostrich Eggs?

The mysterious globe was discovered by a Belgian map collector.<p><b>A recently discovered globe from the early 1500s, carved onto ostrich eggs, may be the oldest globe of the New World ever identified, experts say.</b><p>Latin inscriptions dot its surface, and two small islands sit in the place of what we now …

National Zoo's Stillborn Panda Shows Challenges of Raising Cubs

Twin was never alive in womb; firstborn cub healthy, experts say.<p><b>A day after the National Zoo's giant panda Mei Xiang gave birth to a live cub, she delivered a twin that was stillborn, according to the zoo.</b><p>Born Saturday night, the second cub had "developmental abnormalities" and was never alive, …

When Sharks Ate Dinosaurs

Once upon a time, roundabout 86 million years ago, a dead dinosaur drifted out to sea. The shovel-beaked hadrosaur expired somewhere inland, and, despite the herbivore’s bulk, the gases from decomposition buoyed up the carcass just enough to float the animal out into the warm waters where hungry …

Megabats & Ancient Viruses on the Eighth Continent…

<i>Young Explorer Cara Brook is in Madagascar studying the impact of human land development on biodiversity and how it could potentially spread infectious diseases that are transmitted from animals to people. Cara will focus on bubonic plague in small mammals and henipaviruses and lyssaviruses (two</i> …

On Safari in Sabi Sands

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>We could hardly believe it when a curious leopard cub left its mother’s side and came so close to our vehicle that it started climbing the tires. But this is par for the course when you’re on safari in the oldest game reserve in South Africa.<p>Situated on the edge of Kruger …

Pictures: Looters Shatter Museum of Ancient Egyptian Treasures

Amid the deadly chaos sweeping across Egypt, looters ransacked the archaeological museum in the town of Mallawi last week.

Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness #14

It has been a while since the last post… Come again and explore the wilderness with us. We are rediscovering that only through sharing will we save this magnificent planet. Social media gives us the ability to share photographs, thoughts, ideas, and knowledge almost instantaneously with powerful …

Is Breeding Pandas in Captivity Worth It?

Some say it boosts awareness; others think money should be spent elsewhere.<p><b>People love their pandas—the endangered black-and-white mammal is perhaps the most recognizable conservation symbol in the world.</b><p>Possibly as few as 1,600 giant pandas still roam the mountainous forests of central China, and …

September 2013

How Starbucks Can Save Orangutans TODAY

Changing Planet<p><i>Do you have a story to share about how you’re helping save the world? Do you want to tell YOUR story about biodiversity and what it means to you? If you’re interested in connecting the human animal to the global ecosystem, submit content to Izilwane: Voices for Biodiversity!</i><p>Back in …

What's Killing Bottlenose Dolphins? Experts Discover Cause

A virus outbreak is behind hundreds of dolphin strandings along the U.S. East Coast.<p><b>The hundreds of bottlenose dolphin deaths along the U.S. East Coast are likely due to a disease outbreak called cetacean morbillivirus, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries</b> …

“Homer was the World’s Cat”—a Commemorative Tribute to the Blind ‘Wonder Cat’

Changing Planet<p>This afternoon, I read about the passing of Homer, the feline inspiration for the 2009 international bestseller <i>Homer’s Odyssey</i>. I was touched by the author’s—Gwen Cooper’s— commemorative tribute to the blind and black cat published online in Huffington Post.<p>In the obituary, Gwen …

Six Stealthy Energy Hogs: Are They Lurking in Your Home?

These six surprising energy hogs eat up more than their fair share of household power—and many homeowners don't realize their costs.<p><b>Does your smartphone use more energy than a refrigerator? A recent report by the Digital Power Group claimed that an average iPhone uses more juice for battery</b> …

England Begins Controversial Badger Cull

England is about to cull 5,000 badgers, asserting that they spread bovine TB. Some scientists are against it. And badger lovers are bereft.<p><b>Despite petitions, threats from animal rights activists, and Parliamentary debate, a controversial badger cull is under way in England, the BBC reports.</b><p>A …