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    Flora & Fauna

    Tooth-billed Pigeon: Is there hope for the Little Dodo?

    ​Very little is actually known about tooth-billed pigeons. They are elusive and very rarely seen. The bird known locally as the Manumea is the only member of its genus Didunculus, which in Latin means “little dodo.”, and is also the national bird of Samoa.

    UN urges curbing of Zoonotic diseases to prevent outbreaks

    According to a report by PTI, global outbreaks like COVID-19 will become more common and increasingly prevalent if countries do not take effective steps to curb zoonotic diseases that pass from animals to humans, a report by the UN has said.

    Wild bee decline threatens major US crops: Study

    Wild bees are worth some $1.5 billion to key fruit and vegetable crops in North America, according to new research that warned declines in these pollinators threatens the productivity of economically important agriculture.

    Rare leopard frog found beyond its known range in Southwest

    A US Forest Service volunteer recently photographed a Chiricahua leopard frog in an earthen stock tank near the town of Camp Verde in central Arizona. Biologists later confirmed that at least 10 of the frogs were living there. The aquatic frogs were thought to be only in eastern Arizona, western New Mexico and northern Mexico but historically were more widespread.

    Estimated 3 billion animals affected by Australia bushfires: Study

    Nearly three billion animals were killed or displaced by Australia's unprecedented 2019-20 wildfires in "one of the worst wildlife disasters in modern history", according to a report released Tuesday. The study by scientists from several Australian universities said the wildlife hit included 143 million mammals, 2.46 billion reptiles, 180 million birds and 51 million frogs.

    Rare sighting of elusive snow leopards in Kullu sanctuary

    The elusive snow leopards, the state animal of Himachal Pradesh, were spotted multiple times last winter in Lahaul-Spiti district along human habitations and their videos recorded by residents of Hikkim village had gone viral on social media early this year.

    Assam floods: 108 animals die at Kaziranga National Park

    As many as 108 animals including nine rhinoceroses have died at the Kaziranga National Park due to heavy floods in Assam till Sunday. About 136 animals have also been rescued.

    Kenya wildlife reserves threatened as tourists stay away

    Kenya wildlife reserves threatened as tourists stay away

    Even before the virus arrived in Kenya mid-March, tourism revenues had plummeted, with cancellations coming in from crucial markets such as China, Europe and the United States.

    ‘Largest-ever camera trap wildlife survey’ puts India in record books

    ‘Largest-ever camera trap wildlife survey’ puts India in record books

    After recording robust growth in the numbers of tigers in the 2018 census, India recorded yet another feat on Saturday by entering the Guinness Book of World Record for conducting what has been referred to as the “largest camera trap wildlife survey”, yet. Camera traps were placed at 26,838 locations, surveyed an area of 121,337 sq km and took 34,858,623 photos of wildlife.

    Zimbabwe bird sanctuary has 400 species, not enough tourists

    Zimbabwe bird sanctuary has 400 species, not enough tourists

    There is a martial eagle, a black eagle, an Egyptian vulture and hundreds of other birds. With an estimated 400 species of birds on an idyllic spot on Zimbabwe's Lake Chivero, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Harare, the Kuimba Shiri bird sanctuary has been drawing tourists for more than 15 years.

    India’s 2018 Tiger Census sets a new Guinness World Record

    India’s 2018 Tiger Census sets a new Guinness World Record

    India’s 2018 tiger census has entered the Guinness Book of World Record for being the largest camera trap wildlife survey, yet. The fourth edition of the tiger census, in 2018–19, was the “most comprehensive” to date, “in terms of resource and data amassed”, Guinness World Record team said. The survey concluded that India’s tiger population had increased by roughly one-third.

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