Workshop Announcement: Building Capacity In Conducting Cetacean Abundance Surveys In South East Asia


Six scholarships to attend this workshop will be given to ASEAN country members who show a commitment to continue marine mammal research in their own respective countries. The workshop will include classroom lectures, field training and surveys and data analysis. Topics studied will include interview surveys and monitoring programmess, cetacean identification, line transect methods and photo-identification. Principal trainers are Louella Dolar, Leela Rajamani and Bill Perrin.

Interested applicants are advised to send a covering letter, CV and the contact details of two references before May 10th, 2013 via email to Dr.Leela Rajamani The scholarship includes a return airfare from the current country of residence, local travel , food and accommodation at CEMACS. This workshop can accommodate upto 12 participants. Non-scholarship participants will need to pay a registration fee of RM 500 (approx. US166), accomodation and food (at reasonable prices) available at CEMACS.

CEMACS is a field station located at Northwest Penang, Malaysia close to the small town of Teluk Bahang in Penang National Park. Access to the field station is via the university boat or a 30 minute jungle trek along the beach.

International Marine Conservation Congress

Do you know  that the early registration rate for the
International Marine Conservation Congress ends on April 22nd - this coming Tuesday (22-04-2014)?

There is a substantial amount of specific marine mammal conservation content
in the conference including sessions un underwater noise impacts, several
sections on whalewatching, marine mammal ethics/welfare  plus sessions on
marine protected areas, fisheries impacts, pollution, international
treaties, marine climate change, presentations on cetaceans, sirenians, pinnipeds, otters and many, many more topics.

All presenters must register by that date or risk having their presentation removed from the program. The price increase between early and standard registration rates is an extra $60, which would get you a pretty decent bottle of single malt whisky in Scotland, or all 4 seasons of Downton Abbey on DVD, so for the sake of your career and your taste buds register now !

Click here for early bird registration for International Marine Conservation Congress

Wonders of Wildlife

Wonders of wildlife is located in Springfield, Missouri. Yeah… You need to allot few days or at least few hours to visit these wonders of wildlife. 

Are you interested in wildlife conservation? If so, you ought to see the wonders of wildlife.

There are self guided tours are available to visit these areas. The purpose of these wonders of wildlife is mainly oriented to educate, inform and entertain the values of wildlife to public and all.

Yeah… The facts you understand by visiting these areas re amazing ones. The hunting and fishing galleries attract the visitors to a greater extent. However, an extra ticket has to be obtained to visit these galleries.

If you purchase a combo ticket, it may include the visit to these galleries and children in particular may enjoy these visits.

Outreach programs are there with regard to the wonders of wildlife and you may have both thirty minute program and sixty minute program. In all these, many class room topics are available.

You can select one like claws and paws, discovering nature with Lewis and Clark, nature’s niches, animal’s appetites etc. These topics are of highly educative types for the children and also for the adults.

At area opposite to Bess Pro shops also you can visit these wonders of wildlife. You have more than two hundred and twenty species including beavers, bald eagles, crocodiles etc. You need to spend at least one and half or two hours.

These places near Branson also provide opportunity for seeing the feeding of shark in a close range and also you can have a close encounter of the wild animals.

In fact, you can have a photograph also. But note down the timing and these enjoy holiday during Christmas.

Wonders of wildlife will never be forgotten even if you visit once. Similarly, the rich experience you gain by visit to these places is to be enjoyed by all. Wonders of wildlife have such resources to be seen.

The Hidden Facts of Snake Venom

Many species of animals have the capacity to produce venom. The venom has a passive defensive function in frogs, toads and salamanders, in which the venom glands are distributed in the skin. The venom reaches the highest development in snakes and is a weapon for capturing prey, for defense and also a digestive aid.

The venom glands are actually specialized salivary organs and inoculation of the venom is through the canalized or grooved teeth. The salivary secretion of the harmless snakes is equally effective against their prey species. The venom not only immobilizes the prey but aids the subsequent digestion of animal tissues. snake venom is a mixture, chiefly of proteins, varying in composition from species to species. Studies so far undertaken indicate that the biological significance of snake venom is primarily in their digestive role.

Snakes cannot chew and mix the products of their salivary glands with the tissues of their prey. Instead, they use a highly developed injection apparatus to apply digestive aids to their food.

These powerful and concentrated enzymes are extremely poisonous. For instance, the lethal dose of Russel’s viper venom for a rabbit in the body, compounds in the poison break down the connective tissues and destroy blood vessels, causing the spread of erythrocytes and serum into the tissues.

Necrosis at the site of a bite is due to the digestive properties of snake venom. A non-toxic component of the snake venom, not always present, liberates proteolytic enzymes into the victim’s body and hastens putrefaction.

A Deer With One horn: Unicorn?


In the Center of Natural Sciences, Prato, in Italy an unique Roe deer was bred one year before and named as- “UNICORN“. A deer with one horn is a fantasy. Now this fantasy becomes reality told Gilberto Tozzi, director of this institute.

young deer with a single horn in the center of its head is drawing hundreds of visitors to the nature reserve in Tuscany, Italy.

Although it is first time in captivity, such anomalies among deer may have inspired the myth of the unicorn.

Generally the horn would be on one side rather than being at the center. This is a unique case among deers. The central position of the horn may be due some accident at the early stages of this animal. And also This anomaly may be due to genetic flaw because his twins has two horns.

Unicorn, a horse-like creature with magical powers, has been noticed in stories and legends throughout history, from ancient and modern adventures of Harry Potter. The myth of unicorn is also centered towards other mammals like NARWHAL, a whale with a long, spiralling tusk.

May be in some other day, the horn in the center of the deer may get mutated to form a spiralling tusk at the center of head. Who knows? It’s all science

Job opportunity in Wellington, New Zealand: Cetacean Ecologist

NIWA is New Zealand’s leading environmental science research institute and the key provider of atmospheric, freshwater and marine research and consultancy services. They need a Cetacean Ecologist.

They provide an excellent work environment, offer competitive remuneration and benefits and an attractive waterfront location at Greta Point.

A job description, online applications and further information about NIWA can be found at

Applications close on Friday, 2 May 2014.

Teachers Training to Create Awareness about Wildlife Conservation among Students

Aaranyak, an NGO from Assam recently conducted a training programme for 26 teachers who are working in the forest fringes of the Manas National park.

The training programme focused mainly on human-elephant co-existence.

The common topics covered during the training programme includes human-elephant conflict, encroachment of elephant habitats, elephant biology and behaviour. As a part of training programme there was an interaction with conservation experts.

Hope the teachers will implement the knowledge gained about wildlife conservation among the students.


Bearded Capuchin Monkey: The Most IQ Monkey

Scientists from the Institute of Cognitive sciences and Technologies of the National Research Council in Rome studied a group of bearded Capuchin Monkeys in Brazil and found an impressive finding- they select the most effective stone for use in cracking nuts. More over, they are rejecting those that are too light or crumbly.

These Capuchin monkeys make the right choice not only by seeing the stones but also tapping them if necessary. These monkeys are selecting the stones with heavy weight and using the same for cracking the tough nuts.

AAZV International Conference 2014 Update: International Scholarship Programme


American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV) is going to meet for 2014 AAZV Annual Conference at October 18-24, 2014 in Orlando, FL, USA.

This year AAZV is particularly interested in talks that fall into the following scientific session themes: Predator-Prey: Carnivores and Hoofstock; Topics in Avian Medicine; Waterworld; Clinical Aquatic Medicine and Management of Life Support Systems; Tips, Tricks, and Case Reports, etc. To submit an abstract before   March 17th, 2014  in this conference, please click here…. 

In addition to this, if you want to participate in this conference and is residing in a developing country like Nigeria, Mexico, Indonesia, India, etc., the AAZV is offering $2000 scholarship. The goal of the scholarship is to provide financial aid to zoo and wildlife veterinarians from foreign countries to attend the annual AAZV conference. Preference will be given to applicants from developing countries with demonstrable financial needs and focused educational/conservation goals.

All international members are encouraged to apply.  See details, applications and forms to complete by May 30, 2014. Still why are you waiting? Please click here to download the application form for ICS…


Do you Know Gold Fish is having Three-second Memory?

Some of the Earth’s most beautiful organisms- Gold fishes that can be found in all aquariums will be a subject of an ambitious new research programs.

It will be the first gold-fish study by a 15-year old South Australian school student who revealed the fact that goldfish have a three-second memory. Rory Stokes of the Australian science and Mathematics school in Adelaide performed a simple experiment to find out the memory status of his beloved pet.

He discovered that goldfish have short memory spans. In addition to this he tried to open people’s minds to the cruelty of keeping fish in small tanks.

He concluded that goldfish has a memory span of less than three seconds and that no matter how small its living space is nothing but a tank. It will discover new objects and places within the small fish tank.

He conducted a small experiment of teaching a small group of fish to swim to a beacon by establishing a memory connection between the beacon and food.