Wild Life



War’s Other Victims: Animals

Over decades, armed conflict has reducedanimal populations in Africa more thanany other factor, according to new research. By RACHEL NUWER     JAN.  12, 2018 In 1996, when war broke out in what is now the Democratic…




Bison vs. Buffalo: What’s the Difference?

By Mindy Weisberger, Senior Writer Burly, shaggy bison (Bison bison), the North American hoofed mammals that, for many people, embody the American West, are often referred to as buffalo. But even though they are in the…


‘World’s ugliest pig’ caught on camera

By Victoria Gill Science correspondent, BBC News Scientists have captured the first footage in the wild of one of the world’s rarest – and ugliest – pigs. The Javan warty pig is under such threat from…


Dolphin pod living year-round off coast of England

The first resident pod of bottlenose dolphins has been discovered off the south-west coast of England. Experts used thousands of sightings and photos to identify a group of 28 individuals living year-round off the coasts…


Without a policy, conservation is blind

WNPS suggests key factors in the policy – raising awareness among the stakeholders, role of the Department of Wild Life Conservation (DWLC) in elephant conservation, elephant drives, strategic fencing and societal role Urges DWLC to…





Do dolphins get Alzheimer’s disease?

By Maria Carolina Gallego-Iradi, University of Florida and David Borchelt, University of Florida A team of scientists in the United Kingdom and the U.S. recently reported the discovery of pathological signs of Alzheimer’s disease in dolphins, animals whose brains are similar in…






Oriental Honey-Buzzard

by Jagath Gunawardana Oriental Honey-Buzzard —Arrival of migrants This bird is partly a rare breeding resident and a migrant too. Their numbers show an increase with the migratory season due to the arrival of migrants….



Spotted Munia

bY jagath Gunawardana Spotted Munia / Scaly-bellied Munia This small bird is now a common species in low country Wet and Dry Zones and even in the higher hills.It is now found even in Nuwara…


‘Lost’ Salamander Rediscovered After 42 Years

By Stephanie Pappas, Live Science Contributor A lost species of salamander has been rediscovered alive and well in Guatemala. The Jackson’s Climbing Salamander (Bolitoglossa jacksoni), a brilliant yellow-and-black amphibian, was last seen in 1975 and feared…


Layard’s Flycatcher

    by  Jagath Gunawardana Layard’s Flycatcher / Brown-breasted Flycatcher This migrant arrives in Sri Lanka in October and spends the winter in the Low country Wet, Intermediate and Dry Zones and in the hills…



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The shrinking of the shrew

A common rodent shrinks its skull and brain every winter before growing it back again, reports Andrew Masterson. A common species of rodent found across the northern hemisphere shrinks its skull by an extraordinary 20%…



අප්‍රිකාවේ සහ ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ දළ ඇතුන්ගේ ඉරණම

අප්‍රිකාවේ අලි ඇතුන් දඩයම අඛණ්ඩව පස්වෙනි වසරටත් පහළ ගොස් ඇති අතර ලොව පුරා ඇත් දළ තොග අල්ලා ගැනීම් පසුගිය වසර තුළ වාර්තාගත මට්ටමකට ළඟා වී ඇති බව වාර්තාවක් පෙන්වා දෙයි. වඳ වීමේ තර්ජනයට ලක්ව සිටින…


Queen ants bury their dead rivals

Austrian research finds new queens will dismember and inter dead sister queens to prevent infection. Andrew Masterson reports. Sisters are chewing it for themselves. In situations where a colony is formed by a pair of…


World’s reptiles mapped for the first time

A comprehensive survey of snakes and lizards completes the long-awaited “atlas of life”. Andrew Masterson reports. The first definitive map showing the distribution and density of every reptile species in the world has completed the…