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Here's your Weekly Wildlife Wednesday for May 16th.
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All sifakas are now critically endangered. Sorry to start the newsletter off with bad news, but at last week's IUCN Primate Specialist Group meeting in Madagascar, specialists concluded that all nine remaining species of sikafa have been moved from endangeredto critically endangered. The reason? Aside from the usual deforestation and hunting, a large number of sifakas were mysteriously found dead from what scientists think is a parasite or tick-born disease, in Berenty Reserve in Southern Madagascar.
In some positive news from Madagascar, over 10,000 critically endangered tortoises were seized from traffickers of the illegal pet trade in Southern Madagascar. International conservation groups such as The Turtle Alliance and others are treating the tortoises. Read more at WTOP.
Amazing Wildlife Photo of the Week: This heron and snake fighting over a fish who's having a bad day. Which one do you think won? Photo by Sunny Inaganti.
How to Survive Encounters with Dangerous Animals: This new book titled Look Big: And Other Tips for Surviving Animal Encounters of All Kinds, breaks down the skills you'll need to deal with 40 different creatures in the wild, breaking down the techniques in a funny and illustrated guide.
Warning: Do NOT try to take a selfie with a bear. You might end up like this poor guy
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