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Horrifying rise in ‘jaw bombs’ brings agonising death to jumbos

Playful baby elephants were half of casualties
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The female elephant calf was thirsty. Standing in the shallows of a water hole at dusk, it hurriedly sucked water into its trunk. It then curled its little trunk toward its mouth in an attempt to quench its…

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Added by Malaka Rodrigo on March 3, 2020 at 1:53 — No Comments

Fish, the ignored wildlife on our plates

On World Wildlife Day on 03rd of March, charismatic wildlife such as endangered elephants, leopards and the vulnerable sloth bear will take the stage – but one species is routinely ignored, to our peril.

Diverse fish species on a common malu lella

There will be protests to protect forests such as Wilpattu, Sinharaja and even mangroves. “But are we concerned enough about…

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Added by Malaka Rodrigo on March 3, 2020 at 1:51 — No Comments

Elephant seal native to Antarctica spotted for first time in tropical Sri Lanka

Published on Mongabay on 26.11.2019 https://news.mongabay.com/2019/11/elephant-seal-native-to-antarctica-spotted-for-first-time-in-tropical-sri-lanka/

  • A juvenile southern elephant seal from the Antarctic region was recently spotted off Sri Lanka’s southern coast.
  • The seal appeared exhausted,…
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Added by Malaka Rodrigo on November 27, 2019 at 3:26 — No Comments

Attempt to push conservation of sharks with a global push

https://news.mongabay.com/2019/09/sri-lanka-scales-up-its-domestic-campaign-to-protect-sharks-with-a-global-pushpublished on MongayBay on 05.09.2019

  • With the killing of sharks and rays on the rise, Sri Lanka played a lead role in pushing three proposals to extend global protection to 18 species at the recently…
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Added by Malaka Rodrigo on September 14, 2019 at 8:30 — No Comments

Crackdown after Sri Lanka bombings may help in fight against blast fishing

Published on Mongabay on 26.06.2019 https://news.mongabay.com/2019/06/crackdown-after-sri-lanka-bombings-may-help-in-fight-against-blast-fishing/ 

  • Sri Lanka’s fight against the destructive practice of blast fishing may be boosted by a nationwide security crackdown on explosives, instated in the wake of the April 21…
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Added by Malaka Rodrigo on July 4, 2019 at 1:05 — No Comments

My environmental articles covering biodiversity of Sri Lanka

Dear All, 

Couldn't share links to my articles on 'Biodiversity Media Alliance' for quite a sometime. During the past few months, I wrote extensively on different aspects of biodiversity of Sri Lanka - ranging from mighty Blue Whales to tiny Bees.

Please visit my blog www.window2nature.wordpress.com for my past articles.. 

Happy reporting, 

Regards, 

Malaka Rodrigo~ 

Sri…

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Added by Malaka Rodrigo on March 24, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

Biologist warn of early stages of Earth's sixth mass extinction event

Date:
July 24, 2014
Source:
Stanford University
Summary:
The planet's current biodiversity, the product of 3.5 billion years of evolutionary trial and error, is the highest in the history of life. But it may be reaching a tipping point. Scientists caution that the loss and decline of animals is contributing to what appears to be the…
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Added by Malaka Rodrigo on July 25, 2014 at 19:08 — No Comments

Pink Trumpet unfolds petals for traditional New Year

Erabudu is the flower of the Avurudu season but you will hardly be able to find erabadu these days. Instead, rosy trumpet (tabebuia) flowers bloom, marking the onset of the New Year season becoming the messenger of Biodiversity to announce the dawn of the spring. (photos by Susantha Udagedara) 

This is the famous sakura flower season in Japan with thousands of cherry trees in full bloom. The cherry trees shed their leaves in winter and in spring…

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Added by Malaka Rodrigo on April 17, 2014 at 6:18 — No Comments

Garden lizard gains an elite relative from a Sri Lankan forest

Pethiyagoda’s Crestless Lizard – Calotes pethiyagodai The The common green garden lizard that belongs to the Agamid lizard family this week gained a new relative that brings to 19 the number of spcies in this group, 16 of them endemic to Sri Lanka. new addition is been a result of strenuous scientific analysis under difficult conditions by young researchers Thasun Amarasinghe and Sameera Suranjan Karunaratne.

This lizard lives in the forests in the Knuckles Range. It had been misidentified as the Crestless…

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Added by Malaka Rodrigo on April 12, 2014 at 7:15 — No Comments

Provinces get their own butterflies

verybody loves a butterfly and perhaps Sri Lankans more than most: four years after the Sri Lanka Birdwing was declared the national butterfly each of the nine provinces are to get their own butterfly.

The nine are considered flagship species due to their attractive colour patterns and have been selected because they are endemic to Sri Lanka, charismatic and readily seen. None of the butterflies are a pest at any stage of its life cycle nor a vectoring agent of…

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Added by Malaka Rodrigo on March 12, 2014 at 16:04 — No Comments

Beaked whale with Sinhala name retakes its place in history

Push to honour Dr. P.E.P. Deraniyagala for his research

This week, an enigmatic whale first described studying a specimen found in Sri Lanka has been reclassified as a new marine mammal species. The whale species – member of a family known as beaked whales for their elongated beak-like snouts – bears an interesting history.On 26 January 1963 a specimen of a dying 4.5m-long, blue-grey female beaked whale was washed ashore at Ratmalana. After…

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Added by Malaka Rodrigo on March 12, 2014 at 16:02 — No Comments

Largest day gecko the first on 2014 endemic new species list

A gecko has become the first creature in 2014 to join the impressive list of endemic species of Sri Lanka. The new species, discovered in Rammalakanda forest, has been named Rammale day gecko (Rammale diva huna), classified scientifically as Cnemaspis rammalensis.

New species: Active during the day

Unlike the common house gecko that is found hunting insects near lamps in most households at night, the new species is mostly active during the day.

Sri…

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Added by Malaka Rodrigo on March 12, 2014 at 16:00 — No Comments

Ankutta join list of endemic fish

Sri Lanka is home to four species of Ankutta or catfish. One, scientifically classified as Mystus keletius, has been identified as a species native to both Sri Lanka and India, but new analysis by Dr. Heok Hee Ng and Rohan Pethiyagoda on this species has confirmed the Sri Lankan species is different from the Indian fish and…

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Added by Malaka Rodrigo on March 12, 2014 at 15:59 — No Comments

Black Leopard: Dark Secret of a Black Beauty

The tragic killing of another black leopard in Sri Lanka highlights the need for greater conservation - by Malaka Rodrigo 
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Added by Malaka Rodrigo on October 10, 2013 at 17:36 — No Comments

The return of the Damselfly after 154 years

An animal or plant is considered ‘extinct’, if it has not been recorded for more than a century. The Sri Lanka Emerald Spreadwing (Sinhalestes orientalis) a beautiful Damselfly that had not been recorded for 154 years and thereby considered extinct had made a re-appearance last year. The information about this rediscovery has been published few weeks ago in Asian Journal of Conservation Biology authored by young researcher Amila P Sumanapala and expert on dragonflies M.…

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Added by Malaka Rodrigo on September 24, 2013 at 2:52 — No Comments

Tiny ant makes big strides

They are a household nuisance and the sight of lines of ants marching towards food lying about can drive one crazy. But researchers from Peradeniya University studying a group of ants are excited by their discovery. The cause of the excitement was the existence of the rare endemic Sri Lankan Relict Ant (Aneuretus simoni Emery) among the sample of ants being studied.

The Sri Lanka Relict Ant may be one of the tiniest members of Sri Lanka’s unique biodiversity but it has a big…

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Added by Malaka Rodrigo on September 24, 2013 at 2:48 — No Comments

A mosquito genus new to Sri Lanka discovered

MRI researchers say since these species were known to eat the larvae of other mosquitoes, more studies being done to find out whether they could be used in the control of deadly dengue – Malaka Rodrigo 

Two species of mosquitoes belonging to a genus new to Sri Lanka have been discovered, scientists at the Medical Research Institute (MRI) have announced. The mosquitoes of this genus, known as Topomyia, are found in countries like India and Thailand. These species are…

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Added by Malaka Rodrigo on August 14, 2013 at 10:00 — No Comments

Lanka among world’s top 20 shark killers

An international study has placed Sri Lanka among top 20 countries that catch sharks.

Noting that these 20 countries account for 80% of the world’s annual shark catch, a report based on the study puts the survival of many shark varieties in their hands.

Shark fins laid out to dry in Negombo

This report titled “The future of the Shark: A Review of Action and Inaction” was produced by the wildlife trade…

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Added by Malaka Rodrigo on August 12, 2013 at 10:18 — No Comments

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