Focusing On The Conservation of Ecosystems, Habitats & Wildlife

Water is Vital to the Survival of an Ecosystem

70% of the Earth’s surface is Water and is undoubtedly the most precious natural resource that exist on our planet.


So why as humans do we recognize this, but continue to disregard it by polluting our rivers, lakes and oceans?  When are we going to wake up and take responsibility for our actions?   Are we even thinking about the consequences?   Is anyone aware that the pollution of rivers and streams with chemical contaminants has become one of the most crucial environmental problems within the 20th century?


New Species Discovered in Fiji

According to Fiji Times Online, a new creature was discovered earlier this month on the islands of Taveuni and Qamea in Fiji.


The islanders thought that the newly discovered iguana would be a threat to the other indigenous species there, however it has been determined by the head Chief Veterinary Officer (Dr. Robin Archari) that this new species is a herbivore.



Iguana found by Lovonivonu villagers in Fiji. Source: Fiji Times Online



According to sources the iguana was “introduced by this foreigner who constructed ponds with the intention of breeding more. He brought in two iguanas and they’ve multiplied to about 1000.”

Snake Spits Out New Species of Chameleon At Scientist's Feet






This is a GREAT fun story on how a conservationist from York University discovered a new Magombera chameleon species in Tanzania!


Dr. Andrew Marshall was studies monkeys in the jungle in the Magombera forest in Tanzania when he stumbled across a twig snake (which at the time was eating the chameleon). Startled by Marshall, the snake coughed up the chameleon and took off into the forest. While looking over the dead chameleon, Marshall suspected it might be a new species and took a photograph. A short time later, Marshall discovered the same species approximately 6 miles from the original finding. He photographed that creature and has published his findings formally on record in November of 2009.


Marshall is hoping to persuade the Tanzanian authorities in protecting this area of the forest which the chameleon was found. To read this entire article CLICK HERE or on the photo below.



New Species of Chameleon found in Tanzania by Dr. Andrew Marshall: Photo taken by Dr. Andrew Marshall of York University

Endangered Animal Trading on the Rise in Indonesia

I’m so sad to see that the forest areas in Indonesia are still being converted and taken over by humans forcing endemic wildlife species to flee the area.  Indonesia is home to many wonderful animals, some of which are only found there.  Is man’s needs for natural resources more important than keeping a species off the endangered species list?



The Green Turtle is “still the main turtle trade destination in Indonesia”, says Rosek Nurasahid, a ProFauna International wildlife observer.  According to the 2009 end -of-the-year report, ProFauna announced that trade in protected animals species in Indonesia was still high.  The latest ProFauna survey conducted at 70 birds markets in 58 cities in 2009 indicated 183 rare and protected animal species had been traded.


To read more on this, CLICK HERE to read the article found on Asia One News or click on photo below.


Photo taken by: Matt Einholf

Cold Iguanas Free-Fall from Trees

Iguanas Go Into Hibernation State In Cold Weather
POSTED: Wednesday, January 6, 2010
UPDATED: 3:10 pm EST January 6, 2010



HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Record lows across South Florida are literally freezing the invasive iguana in its tracks.

Kamikaze iguanas, plummeting from their treetop perches, have long been a Floridian urban legend. On Wednesday morning, Local 10 caught the free-falling lizard on tape.



TO READ MORE…….GO TO FULL ARTICLE…..CLICK HERE


TO WATCH "Cold Iguanas Free-Fall From Trees" VIDEO....CLICK ON PHOTO

Blue-Tongue Skinks



Blue-Tongue Skinks are omnivores, consuming about 60% plant matter and 40% animal matter (according to Melissa Kaplan’s herp care collection).  When these cool creatures are babies (being viviparous, they give birth to live young ), they can be started on mealworms, redworms, small crickets, and pinkie mice.  Make sure to add  a calcium/vitamin D supplement to their food and provide a variety nutritious diet.  They are also diurnal and sleep when you sleep. When they reach adulthood, skinks can reach up to 20 inches long and can live in captivity between 10 – 20 years.  This skink was easy to handle, very docile and gentle.  

Baby Komondo Dragon Born at Singapore Zoo


On December 1, 2009 – Singapore Zoo welcomes newest addition to the Komodo dragon family, the first in 34 years.


The Mighty Komodo Dragon… at Its Tiniest: Born on November 15, 2009


Captive Bred Komodo Dragon Born

Captive Bred Komodo Dragon BornÂ


The Singapore Zoo has hatched the first baby Komodo Dragon in it’s 34 year history. Here you get a rare glimpse at the world’s heaviest lizard at it’s very smallest: just hatched! At this size the apex predator of the the Indonesian isles looks pretty harmless but in adulthood wild Komodo Dragons grow up to 10ft long and eat deer or even buffalo!


ZooBorns. “The Mighty Komodo Dragon…at Its Tiniest” December 2, 2009. Online. Available at http://www.zooborns.com/zooborns/2009/12/the-might-komodo-dragon-at-its-smallest.html.


CLICK HERE FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE:  ZOOBORNS.