New species of river dolphin discovered in Brazil

Scientists in Brazil have discovered the first new river dolphin species since the end of World War One.

Named after the Araguaia river where it was found, the species is only the fifth known of its kind in the world.

Writing in the journal Plos One, the researchers say it separated from other South American river species more than two million years ago.

There are believed to be about 1,000 of the creatures living in the Araguaia river basin.

River dolphins are among the world’s rarest creatures.

via BBC News – Brazil dolphin is first new river species since 1918.

Cheetah stuns safari tour by jumping on truck and using it as vantage point to hunt prey

The predator and her cub approached the vehicle from behind and caught the visitors to the Masai Mara reserve in Kenya by surprise.

The pair landed on the back of the truck before climbing to the top of it. The adult cheetah surveyed its territory while the cub chewed on a railing.

As the animals were distracted photographer David Newton, from Amersham in Buckinghamshire, was able to take pictures of the cheetahs.

Cheetah stuns safari tour by jumping on truck and using it as vantage point to hunt prey | Nature | News | Daily Express.

Wild Brazil: wildlife holidays in search of the Big Five of Brazil

Brazil wildlife holidays: in search of the Big Five - Telegraph

Seeing the big five was a life-enhancing experience. But each of the species we saw was wondrous in its way. We should not only see beauty in rarity or in predators. I’m thinking of the near-invisible pottoo bird, immobile in a tree. Or the multi-coloured araçari and banana-beaked toco toucan, which never sat still. The rufous ovenbirds with their clay-and-earth caves for nests. Pearl kite. Tufted-eared marmoset. Snail kite. Anhinga. Black howler monkey. Janday parakeet. Flavescent warbler.

Read more: Brazil wildlife holidays: in search of the Big Five – Telegraph.

Wildlife Photography Competition Launches With £10,000 Prize Fund

A competition and prize fund established to seek out the world’s most incredible animal photography is back, as the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) today launches the ZSL Animal Photography Prize 2014.

Now in its third year, organisers are expecting a high calibre of entries from around the world for the wildlife photography competition, which will be judged by television presenter Kate Humble, and ornithologist Bill Oddie.

Read more: Wildlife Photography Competition Launches With 10k Prize Fund.

Permit to shoot endangered black rhino – in the name of conservation – sells for $350,000

 

Further to our story back in October.  The auction for the black rhino hunting permit has now taken place: raising $350,000 for rhino conservation.  A radical approach to wildlife conservation? Or a smokescreen for for the mega wealthy to hunt yet more of Africa’s endangered wildlife? You tell me.

Background: Permit to hunt endangered African black rhino sells for $350,000 – Telegraph.

Wildlife turned surreal: photographer John Wilhelm turns his wildlife photos into fantastic works of art.

There are many weird and wonderful creatures in the animal kingdom – but you’re unlikely to ever spot an ice-skating chick or a flying rhino.

You’ve also got a cat in hell’s chance of seeing a young girl offering flowers to a 20ft-tall buffalo or a camel enjoying a cigarette. But then for all its evolutionary marvel, Mother Nature doesn’t have Photoshop.

Swiss photographer John Wilhelm does, however, and with a little fantasy escapism has turned his wildlife pictures into some truly surreal works of art.

IT director turns his wildlife pictures into surreal works of art | Mail Online.