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Researchers propose improvements for Peru's protected areas

Researchers propose improvements for Peru's protected areas | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
In a study published recently in PLOS ONE, researchers examined Peru's network of protected areas. They found that many of these don't exist in the areas most important for preserving the country's biodiversity and addressing its threats, and suggest alternatives to make the system more effective.
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Every time a fig is born, there's a wasp massacre

Every time a fig is born, there's a wasp massacre | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
This article was written by James Cook , a Professor at the University of Reading in the UK and the Hawkesbury Institute for Environment at the University of Western Sydney, where he leads the Plants, Animals and Interactions research theme. The...
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Wildlife trade creating 'empty forest syndrome' across the globe

Wildlife trade creating 'empty forest syndrome' across the globe | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
For many endangered species it is not the lack of suitable habitat that has imperiled them, but hunting. In a talk at a Smithsonian Symposium on tropical forests, Elizabeth Bennett of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) outlined the perils for many species of the booming and illegal wildlife trade. She described pristine forests, which although providing perfect habitat for species, stood empty and quiet, drained by hunting for bushmeat, traditional medicine, the pet trade, and trophies.
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A Field Guide to the Strange and Surprising World of Beetles | WIRED

A Field Guide to the Strange and Surprising World of Beetles | WIRED | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

How cute it is that we humans think we rule the planet, that somehow we’re the pinnacle of evolution. In reality, it’s the arthropods—ants and spiders and scorpions and such—that truly hold dominion over Earth. And there are no arthropods as successful, as diverse, and as woefully underappreciated as the beetles. They tally an astounding 400,000 known species and there could be an estimated 3/5 million waiting to be discovered!"

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Mammals of the Amazon | Amazon Aid Foundation

Mammals of the Amazon | Amazon Aid Foundation | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The Amazon rainforest is home to a large portion of the …
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Amazon Turtles 'Talk' to Their Tots - Yahoo News

Amazon Turtles 'Talk' to Their Tots - Yahoo News | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Amazon Turtles 'Talk' to Their Tots
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Brian Horne is coordinator of turtle conservation for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).
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Turtles for your Tuesday!  

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It's called a PARADISE TANAGER for good reason - One of the prettiest birds in the Amazon

It's called a PARADISE TANAGER for good reason - One of the prettiest birds in the Amazon | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
One of the prettiest birds in the Amazon - the Paradise Tanager pic.twitter.com/PAcKxOX0i9
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Weekend Wildlife:  Almost time, but this was too good to save!  Check out this beauty! 

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See-Through Frogs With Green Bones Discovered in Peru

See-Through Frogs With Green Bones Discovered in Peru | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Researchers discover four new species of frog in the Peruvian Andes, three of which are see-through.
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Sweet news from the Amazon/Andes of Peru! 

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Rare Eagle Finds Home in Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

Rare Eagle Finds Home in Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A family of rare crested eagles has settled in the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, a lush, species-rich swath of the Amazon and Ecuador’s second largest protected area.
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Newly discovered insect has ultrasonic love call!

Newly discovered insect has ultrasonic love call! | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Newly discovered insect 'Supersonus' hits animal kingdom's highest-pitch love call Phys.Org Female Supersonus.
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Awesomeness!
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Small monkeys take over when big primates have been hunted out in the Amazon - Mongabay.com

Small monkeys take over when big primates have been hunted out in the Amazon - Mongabay.com | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Mongabay.com Small monkeys take over when big primates have been hunted out in the Amazon Mongabay.com His work, conducted in conjunction with Varun Swamy, the Bullard Fellow for Forest Research at Harvard University, focused on gathering detailed...
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Absurd Creature of the Week: An Ant That Skydives and Uses Its Head as a Shield | Science | WIRED

Absurd Creature of the Week: An Ant That Skydives and Uses Its Head as a Shield | Science | WIRED | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
With a range stretching from Argentina all the way up into the southern U.S., this incredible genus of ants has also mastered the art of rainforest skydiving, leaping from the canopy to avoid predators, only to steer themselves mid-flight right back onto the trunk of their home tree. And they do it with remarkable agility.
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Awesome!  Added bonus - we see gliding ants at the ACTS canopy walkway and can watch this behavior live and in person! 

 

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Rare Black Jaguar Sighting as Big Cat Takes Cross-River Swim in the Amazon

Jaguars are strong swimmers and climbers and require large areas of tropical rain forest and stretches of riverbank to survive. A model for conservation, the...
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Watch an Amazon Baby Bird Put On Its Caterpillar Costume

Watch an Amazon Baby Bird Put On Its Caterpillar Costume | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Unlike their parents, when cinereous mourner chicks hatch they usually grow bright orange feathers making themselves look like toxic hairy caterpillars — and it’s not because they were adopted.

In a dog-eat-dog world like the Amazon rainforest, these tiny little creatures are basically easy picking for predators. They can’t run, they can’t hide, and they can’t fly.
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Get the scientific scoop here: http://phys.org/news/2014-12-amazonian-bird-chicks-mimic-poisonous.html  Photo credit: Credit: Santiago David-Rivera

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Endangered monkeys in the Amazon are more diverse than previously thought, study finds

Endangered monkeys in the Amazon are more diverse than previously thought, study finds | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
New research by University of California Los Angeles life scientists and 50 colleagues from the US and six other countries illuminates hidden biodiversity among more than 150 species of monkeys in South America -- many of which are endangered.
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The Biology and Chemistry behind The Worst Pain Known to Man…The Sting of A Bullet Ant.

The Biology and Chemistry behind The Worst Pain Known to Man…The Sting of A Bullet Ant. | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

Photo Credit: Image by Graham Wise (http://bit.ly/1wb3Pmr)

 

"They say this is the worst pain known to man. That might not be true, but it’s certainly close to if not the worst pain known to man from an insect. The insect, of the order Hymenoptera, is an ant, the “bullet ant” or Paraponera clavata. Why is this ant called a bullet ant? Because the feeling of being stung supposedly simulates the pain of being pierced by a bullet."

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Fascinating facts and natural / cultural history of the infamous Bullet Ant!  

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Where Peccaries Wallow, Other Animals Follow

Where Peccaries Wallow, Other Animals Follow | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Peccaries are like pigs: They wallow. In the Peruvian rain forest, those mud puddles are wildlife magnets.
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Beneath the Canopy: A Camera Trap Survey in the Peruvian Amazon - YouTube

Our research team returned to the Peruvian Amazon in 2013 to monitor felid movement and activity for a project on primate predator-prey interactions led by D...
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Activists Urge Brazil to Stop Killing of Amazon Dolphins

Activists Urge Brazil to Stop Killing of Amazon Dolphins | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Activists campaign against killing of Amazon dolphins - Activists from the Friends of the Manatee Association (Ampa) have placed a 12-meter-tall inflatable dolphin dummy outside the National Congress. The act was staged as part of a campaign entitled Red Alert, which aims to urge the Ministry of Environment to take action and bring into effect earlier the ban on the fishing of piracatinga (Calophysus macropterus) in the Amazon Rainforest - an activity that entails the use of the dolphin as bait.

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Ecologists are underestimating the impacts of rainforest logging

Ecologists are underestimating the impacts of rainforest logging | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Ecologists may be underestimating the impact of logging in old-growth tropical forests by failing to account for subtleties in how different animal groups respond to the intensity of timber extraction, argues a paper published today in the journal Current Biology. The study, led by Zuzana Burivalova of ETH Zurich, is based on a meta-analysis of 48 studies that evaluated the impact of selective logging on mammals, birds, amphibians, and invertebrates in tropical forests.
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Camera trap captures first ever video of rarely-seen bird in the Amazon...and much more

Camera trap captures first ever video of rarely-seen bird in the Amazon...and much more | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A camera trap program in Ecuador's embattled Yasuni National Program has struck gold, taking what researchers believe is the first ever film of a wild nocturnal curassow (Nothocrax urumutum). In addition, the program has captured video of other rarely-seen animals, including the short-eared dog and the giant armadillo.
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Must watch!  

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Brazil To Ban Catfish Fishing To Save Lives Of Amazon Pink River Dolphin

Brazil To Ban Catfish Fishing To Save Lives Of Amazon Pink River Dolphin | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Brazil has banned catfish fishing in an effort to save endangered Amazon pink dolphin.
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Great News! 

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To Breathe Upside-Down, Sloths Tape Organs To Their Ribs – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science

To Breathe Upside-Down, Sloths Tape Organs To Their Ribs – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
If you spent a lot of your life hanging upside-down, you’ve got a problem. Your liver, kidneys, stomach and other internal organs would press down upon your lungs and diaphragm, making it marginall...
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Must-See: Amazonian Butterflies Drink Turtle Tears

Must-See: Amazonian Butterflies Drink Turtle Tears | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Turtles covered in butterflies are not an uncommon sight in the western Amazon, where the insects flock to the reptiles to ingest the sodium from their tears.
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