Archive for August, 2009

Amur Tiger Cubs Debut at Utah Zoo

Three Amur tiger cubs have gone on display with their mother at Utah’s Hogle Zoo. The cubs, all males, were born June 2nd. According to zoo staff, Hogle is the only zoo this year to have bred Amur tigers that were successfully raised by the mother. The cubs were born to female Basha, who was also born and raised at the Hogle Zoo. The zoo has also welcomed a baby giraffe, baby elephant, and snow leopards this year. See the full story, with pictures of the tiger cubs (that, according to my husband, don’t actually want a hug), at The Salt Lake Tribune.


Nessie Visible on Google Earth?

Did Google Earth satellites capture images of the Loch Ness monster? See the pictures in question at The Sun.


Stephen Fry on Endangered Species

New Scientist (one of our favorite publications) has an interview with Stephen Fry about his upcoming documentary on endangered species. The documentary, in which Fry retraces the steps of author Douglas Adams and zoologist Mark Carwardine over 20 years ago, is called Last Chance to See. More information about the documentary can be found at


Another Review of Buhs Bigfoot Book

The Toronto Globe and Mail has another review of Joshua Blu Buhs’s book Bigfoot: The Life and Times of a Legend. Reviewer H. J. Kirchhoff says that “the value of Buhs’s book is in its synthesizing of the many historical Bigfoot/Sasquatch stories into one readable narrative, and its summing-up of the state of Bigfoot research and belief today.” Read the full review for his entire perspective.


Hangul Population Rises in Kashmir

The population of hangul, a species of red deer also known as the Kashmir stag, appears to be recovering in the troubled Himalayan region. Population numbers had plummeted over the last twenty years due to hunting and habitat destruction from the violence. When fighting first broke out in Kashmir, around 900 deer were estimated to live in the region. A census now estimates population numbers at between 201 and 234, up from 117 to 180 last year. The census also shows improvement in the female-fawn ratio. The rebound is due to declining violence as well as conservation strategies. See the full story in The Times of India.