A 4-foot long Chinese giant salamander named Professor Wu arrived at London Zoo to serve as an ambassador for his species. The 19-year-old amphibian is named after one of the conservation project’s partners in China. Read more about this critically endangered species and efforts to save Professor Wu’s wild relatives in my latest Nat Geo Weird & Wild post: 4-Foot Salamander Arrives in London as Face of New Conservatin Effort .
Amphibians aren’t usually known for their parental care. When an amphibian does look after its eggs or young, it’s usually the mother’s job. But new research suggests the Japanese giant salamander (Andrias japonicus) is no deadbeat dad. Read about how these salamader fathers care for their eggs in my latest Zoologic post: Japanese Giant Salamanders Make Devoted Dads .
An international team of researchers confirmed that an Indonesian flycatcher first observed by birdwatchers in the 1990s is, in fact, a species previously unknown to science. An elusive bird first spotted on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi 15 years ago now has an official name: the Sulawesi streaked flycatcher (Muscicapa sodhii). Read more about the discovery on Nat Geo’s Weird & Wild blog: New Bird Species Confirmed in Indonesia, 15 Years After First Sighting .