This past year was full of compelling stories from the world of wildlife. With great pains, we narrowed it down to the 10 we most wanted to go back and read again.
January 28 Elusive Cat
Research published in part by scientists from WCS brought us a peek at the elusive Saharan cheetah. There are thought to be fewer than 250 of the animal left in the desert, making it one of the rarest carnivores on the planet.
April 16 First Photo
In the Republic of Congo, a pair of primatologists
captured the first-ever photo of the critically endangered Bouvier's red colobus monkey.
©Rodrigo Hucke-Gaete/Blue Whale Center
June 11 Epic Journey
Thanks to DNA and photos taken of a female blue whale named "Isabela," scientists gained insights into how the world's largest animal moves in the southeastern Pacific.
July 6 Turtle Rescue
rushed to save thousands of turtles rescued during a warehouse raid in the Philippines—3,800 of them were critically endangered Palawan forest turtles.
© Stephen J. Richards
August 10 Research Like It's 1899
In the process of updating the status of Manus green tree snails, which are found only on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea, WCS biologist Nathan Whitmore
turned to a fascinating old research method.
Julie Larsen Maher © WCS
August 13 Stork Surrogates
As part of a special breeding program at the Bronx Zoo, a pair of storks
became parents, caring for a chick produced by another adult pair as if it were their own.
WCS/GOVERNMENT OF THAILAND
November 18 Exact Match
Just last month,
we learned how WCS experts used a camera trap photo to help Thailand ID a tiger skin as coming from a protected area.
© Bastak Reserve
December 10 Cinderella Tiger Has Cubs
An orphaned, starved, frostbitten tiger cub was rescued in Russia in 2012 and later released back into the wild. Late this year,
camera trap footage confirmed she now has two cubs of her own.
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