Weird Wildlife Wednesday: the Tarsier

This was meant to be posted last week and for some reason never went through so I guess it will have to work for this week. Sorry about that!

The Tarsier, a small primate, are so stinkin’ adorable with their fluffy faces, huge round eyes, and large ears. It’s a shame that they are endangered.

Tarsiers are found on the densely forested islands of Malaysia, Indonesia, and southern Philippines. The social aspects of their behavior are not very well known, although studies have found that some Tarsier species aren’t solitary like once believed. The Tarsiers are named for their long tarsal bone which enables them to leap far distances. They spend most of their time in the trees, resting and checking out their environment for food. The life span of Tarsiers can range anywhere fro 12 – 20 years depending on the species. As small carnivores, they eat little reptiles, insects, and birds.

Like most other species, habitat loss is a main threat for these guys. Unfortunately, captive breeding programs are relatively unsuccessful.

Source: http://a-z-animals.com/animals/tarsier/

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Little green bird spotted for first time in a century!

A little green nocturnal Australian ground bird, known as the Night Parrot (Pezoporus occidentalis), was recently seen and filmed for the first time in over a century. The naturalist who found the bird has decided to keep its whereabouts secret to protect it and others from visits by humans. His decision is being supported by the director of CISRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) which is a governmental research body. The bird has been listed by the IUCN as critically endangered since 2012, it’s populations being threatened by feral cats and other animals and by human development since European settlement.

I always find stories like this fascinating when an animal that hasn’t been seen in so long makes an appearance. It gives me hope. To read the full source article, click herehttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/05/night-parrot-australia_n_3548811.html?utm_hp_ref=green