The northern hairy-nosed wombat is a marsupial built for burrowing – its limbs might look stumpy but they are actually very strong with sharp claws. Females even have backwards pouches so they don’t fill with earth when digging! Habitat loss due to drought and other factors has decimated the species and only a single colony of this wombat remains. Find out more and how you can support ZSL’s conservation efforts at http://www.edgeofexistence.org/mammals/species_info.php?id=9 #EarthDay
Image: Dave Watts
After attracting a mate through a series of short peeping calls, the male Betic midwife toad fertilises her eggs and wraps them around his hind legs, carrying them until they hatch. This extraordinary EDGE species is restricted to isolated parts of southeastern Spain, and finds its remaining strongholds threatened by factors including drought. Find out more about its unusual breeding habits, and how you can support the species at http://www.edgeofexistence.org/amphibians/species_info.php?id=601. #EarthDay
Image by Jaime Bosch
Pangolins are the world’s only scaly mammals. They use their ultra-long and sticky tongues to lap up ants and termites. All eight species of pangolin, including this Sunda pangolin, are listed as threatened with extinction on the IUCN Red List. Habitat degradation is one of the many reasons for their demise. More about Sunda pangolins and ways to support them at http://edgeofexistence.org/mammals/species_info.php?id=1410 #EarthDay
Image by Dan Challender.
The giant ibis is an amazing spectacle with its metre long wingspan. It’s the national bird of Cambodia, and once ruled the skies of Southeast Asia, but its population has suffered huge declines due to destruction of its wetland habitat, and remaining wetlands are threatened by climate change. More about this magnificent bird, and what you can do to help it, on the EDGE website http://www.edgeofexistence.org/birds/species_info.php?id=1919 #EarthDay
Image by James Eaton.
We’re bringing some freaky to your Friday with this EDGE species. The olm is a cave-dwelling salamander of Europe, once thought to be dragon larvae. It uses its incredible senses to hunt underwater, in pitch black conditions and if unsuccessful it can live without food for ten years. Climate change threatens almost all of Europe's amphibians as they are sensitive to temperature variations. More about olms, and ways to help are at http://www.edgeofexistence.org/amphibians/species_info.php?id=563 #EarthDay
Image by Arne Hodalic
The Kittlitz’s Murrelet is a stout little seabird found mainly in northern gulf of Alaska. It earns its unusual name from the German zoologist, Heinrich von Kittlitz. It depends on coastal glaciers for habitat which are retreating in the face of climate change. You can find out more about the Kittlitz’s Murrelet and ways to help at http://www.edgeofexistence.org/birds/species_info.php?id=2021. #EarthDay.
The red panda’s scientific name translates to ‘fire-coloured cat’. They have a voracious appetite for bamboo, chewing through as many as 200,000 leaves in a single day. Scientific studies have shown climate change could cause bamboo to die off, putting extra pressure on already dwindling red panda populations.
Have you seen many frogs in your garden this spring?
ZSL is part of the Garden Wildlife Health project and we're investigating the little-known frog disease, Ranid herpesvirus. If you’ve spotted any frogs with warty growths, you can help us by reporting them to www.gardenwildlifehealth.org. Thanks!