National Wildlife Humane Society

 Wildlife Conservation News
April 03, 2010  
In This Issue
NWHS Intro
Bird Egg Messages
Punk Rock Penguins
China Tigers
Cambodian Gecko


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  NWHS Member Newsletter #29 

Welcome members of National Wildlife Humane Society (NWHS) to your weekly wildlife E-Newsletter.

The NWHS sponsored online community, Wildlife Community Network (WCN), will be starting our next wildlife/nature photo contest in the last month of April, running into May. As spring moves in on us, there are bound to be some truly awesome wildlife shots out there for you shutterbugs. We had some great entries last time, and the entries all ended up in a special NWHS YouTube presentation. As before, in the previous three contests, the winner is voted on by the WCN community members, and there is a nice prize.

To view previous photo contest presentations, visit the NWHS website and click the Videos link. To enter the contest, simply join WCN (Free and No Ads!) and keep an eye on the Main Forum for the announcement. Click here to JOIN Wildlife Community Network.

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Patrick D. Webb
President - National Wildlife Humane Society
Founder/Director - Top Of The Rock Wildlife Sanctuary


  Mother Birds Know Best - Even Before Birth
Source: Science Daily

Mother birds communicate with their developing chicks before they even hatch by leaving them messages in the egg, new research by a team from the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, has found.

By changing conditions within the egg, canary mothers leave a message for their developing chicks about the life they will face after birth. In response, nestlings adjust the development of their begging behaviour. If chicks get a message that they will be reared by generous parents then they beg more vigorously for food after hatching. But chicks that are destined to be raised by meaner parents end up being much less demanding...
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Punk Rock Penguins Protected

Punk Rock Penguins Protected
Source: Discovery News By: Jennifer Viegas

The "punk rockers of penguins" hopefully will be around for quite a while, thanks to a new agreement that calls for the creation of a new marine protected area in Argentina where the distinctive birds, also known as Southern rockhopper penguins, live.

These penguins got their punk nickname and reputation due to the spiked plumes on their crown. They also have bright yellow "eyebrows," red eyes and pink feet. The marine protected area will be called Parque Marino Isla Pinguino, which means Penguin Island Marine Park. It will safeguard more than 650 square miles of coastal waters strung along almost 60 miles of shoreline.

A joint effort by the Government of Santa Cruz and Argentina's National Parks Service is making this possible, along with years of study and conservation work conducted by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)...
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  China Tigers
China Tiger Deaths Sparks Inquiry
Source: Time By: Chengcheng Jiang - Beijing
It is an irony not lost on the Chinese public that the Year of the Tiger has not been good for the big cats. On Tuesday, state media reported that dozens of tigers and other endangered animals had died of malnutrition over the past two years at the Northern Forest Zoo in the Chinese city of Harbin. Workers, who later leaked the story to the media, buried their bodies in a 3-meter pit to hide the animals from authorities.
The report follows the news in March that 11 rare Siberian tigers had starved to death within a few months at the Shenyang Forest Wild Animal Zoo in northeast China. The cases have shed light on the murky world of China's 12 tiger farms, which were initially set up by the state in the 1980s to preserve the numbers of animals in existence. They have also underscored changing attitudes toward animal rights in a country where exotic animals have often been treasured less for their rarity and more for their medicinal or culinary benefits.
Traditional Chinese medical theories have long extolled the health benefits of tonics and poultices made from rare animal parts, including everything from bear bile to deer antlers...
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  New Gecko
Camouflage expert discovered in Cambodia
Source: Mongabay
Researchers have discovered a cryptic species of gecko in the Cardamom Mountains of Cambodia, reports Fauna & Flora International (FFI), a conservation group that operates in the region.
The new species, named Cnemaspis neangthyi after Neang Thy, a Cambodian conservationist, was first collected during a field survey led by Dr Lee Grismer of La Sierra University in 2007. It is characterized by a broad flattened head and cryptic coloration that helps it blend in with rock surfaces and tree trunks.
Neang, who runs FFI's Cardamom Mountains Research Group and works for Cambodia's Ministry of Environment, said the discovery highlights the need to study and protect the Cardamom region, a biodiversity trove that is under threat from agriculture, fire, and illegal logging. "Maybe this [discovery] will also help to involve Cambodian people more in the conservation of species, landscapes and habitats...
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