For World’s Oddest-Looking Antelope, Signs of a Comeback
Thanks to conservation, the saiga antelope returns to Kazakhstan’s steppes.
by David Stern
With its tubular, bulbous nose, it may look like a character from a Dr. Seuss book or the bar scene in Star Wars.
But don’t be fooled by its droll appearance: The saiga antelope is one of the animal world’s great survivors.
Saiga (Saiga tatarica) are about the size of a small goat—males weigh on average 90 pounds (41 kilograms) and females around 60 pounds (27 kilograms)—and live in the steppes, the arid grasslands that encompass parts of Eastern Europe and most of Central Asia.
Saigas, an endangered antelope species, are returning to Kazakhstani wildlife, thanks to conservation efforts…
(read more: National Geographic)
photos by Klaus Nigge
Yeah! You can do it, bonkers-looking antelope!
Today’s Arctic fox and her kits. (!!!)
Just a little more adorable arctic animal action. I promise to find something substantive and non-fur-covered to post soon.
Lauren Farmer’s photos of the arctic. You need this in your life.
The Guardian has a pretty fantastic slideshow up right now:
"Every year the height and weight of the more than 16,000 animals in London zoo are recorded and collated in the Zoological Information Management System"
(OK, I know I said I’d let you click through and discover this photo set for yourselves, but…I lied. Sorry. Couldn’t help myself. Don’t worry, there are lots more photos.)
(Yes, that is a teeny tiny kangaroo in the first photo.)
Wow, OK. Way to go, pearl mussel.
Animals loose in NYC by Thomas Wilder
Wilder on his project:
Two weeks ago a dolphin got stuck in the Gowanus Canal here in Brooklyn which made me wonder what other wild animals have gotten loose in NYC. I created these series of “wanted posters” for animals who have been loose in NYC in the past ten years. Surprisingly the animals range from a mysterious ghost dog to a bengal Tiger in Harlem.
It’s more than two weeks ago, now, but this is still pretty great.
|—||Robert Krulwich muses on the fruitless love of a beetle for a beer bottle.|
Paper and wire sculptures by Polly Verity.