November 30, 2009

ESPP in Monkie Mag

ESPP is featured in Monkie Mag's 11th issue. We're pleased as punch to be included in this arts & culture online magazine from Greece. You can view or download the issue here. Now can anyone tell us what it says about us?

November 27, 2009

Siberian Tiger Population Dropping...

A few days ago, the Wildlife Conservation Society released a report that shows the last remaining population of Siberian Tigers has declined significantly, due to poaching and habitat loss. The 12 year average showed a 40% decline.

In the late 40's only 30 of these magnificent cats were known, and the population had recovered to 500 animals by 2005. However, in the past 4 years a trend of declining tigers has been noticed.

On this, Dr. Dale Miquelle, of the Wildlife Conservation Society's Russian Far East Program comments:
"The sobering results are a wake-up call that current conservation efforts are not going far enough to protect Siberian tigers. The good news is that we believe this trend can be reversed if immediate action is taken."
(via Science Daily)

Photo credit: John Goodrich/Wildlife Conservation Society (click to zoom!)

I also wanted to share with you the amazing image above --- of a Siberian Tiger being released by conservationists, after it was rescued from a snare set by poachers. Blast off! What an amazing beast!

The 400 pound tiger was discovered by Russian students who were hiking nearby, and hearing its roars of distress, went to investigate and then alerted a forest guard whose cabin was a few miles away.

A team of experts was immediately called in: the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society worked in concert with the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources' Inspection Tiger and the Tiger Response Team to free the tiger, which was then checked for injuries, and briefly detained so that its health could be insured and it could be collared.

"The release went well," said WCS scientist John Goodrich, who assisted with the tiger’s rescue and release. "The tiger leapt from his cage about a minute after the door was opened. He then bounded about 20 meters into the forest, stopped, turned, and growled, before walking calmly away."

The Wildlife Conservation Society is currently running a matching donation program. If you'd like to give to help conserve these powerful and awe-inspiring animals, your donation amount will be doubled through Dec. 31st.

Plus, if you do this, tomorrow when you get out of bed, you'll feel as good as this guy did, bursting out of the back of that truck! Shazaam!!*

(*Results not guaranteed...but coffee helps.)

November 25, 2009

Peep the leem!

The 6th print from The Endangered Species Print Project is now available for sale on our website!

The new print, by artist Jerstin Crosby, depicts the Golden-Crowned Sifaka, a lemur who has experienced severe population decline this year due to the political coup and unrest in Madagascar. With no central government to enforce conservation laws, Madagascar's unique flora and fauna are being illegally harvested for timber, exotic pets, and in the case of the lemur, the bushmeat industry.

While researching the Golden-Crowned Sifaka with the help of the Duke Lemur Center a sad tale unfolded. The last published population count for the Golden-Crowned Sifaka in 2002 lists 6,000 – 12,000 individuals. A seemingly safe number compared to other species we've highlighted at ESPP, the Seychelles Sheath-tailed bat, for instance claims only 37 individuals .

However, population counts do not always directly correspond with the threat level. Depending on the situation a species with a higher population could be even more vulnerable than a specie with fewer individuals. This is not necessarily news, but while researching the Golden-Crowned Sifaka I came to understand this in a whole new way.

The events in Madagascar this year are a horrid example of the devastation that can be done to a species and it’s habitat in a short period of time. The Duke Lemur Center is estimating the Golden-Crowned Sifaka population to now be around 1,000 and we are bringing that info to the interwebs for the first time.

November 21, 2009

Endangered Mussels Released...

Photo by Dave Baker of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife

Mussel researcher Monte McGregor, above, prepares to release some captive-bred endangered Fanshell Mussels (Cyprogenia stegaria) into Kentucky's Green River. These bivalves, just one of the many species of endangered mussels in North America, are important food for other animals, as well as playing a key role in keeping our rivers clean. Their release into the wild is not as majestic or dramatic, perhaps, as the release of a Bald Eagle or Red Wolf, but somehow stirring, nonetheless.

Live free, little guys!

On Every Act the Balance of the Whole Depends

"Do you see, Arren, how an act is not, how young men think, like a rock one picks up and throws, and it hits or misses, and that's the end of it. When that rock is lifted, the earth is lighter; the hand that bears it heavier. When it is thrown, the circuits of the stars respond, and where it strikes or falls the universe is changed. On every act the balance of the whole depends. The winds and seas, the powers of water and earth and light, all that these do, all that the beasts and green things do, is well done and rightly done. All these act within the Equilibrium. From the hurricane and the great whale's sounding to the fall of a dry leaf and a gnat's flight, all they do is done within the balance of the whole. But we, insofar as we have power over the world and over one another, we must learn to do what the leaf and the whale and the wind do of their own nature. We must learn to keep the balance. Having intelligence, we must not act in ignorance. Having choice, we must not act without responsibility."

-Spoken by Sparrowhawk the Archmage of Roke to Prince Arren of Enlad in
Ursula K. LeGuin's "The Farthest Shore"

The Alex Cortes photograph above shows a male Gorgeted puffleg , a hummingbird only discovered by humans in 2005. The Gorgeted puffleg is critically endangered due to habitat loss. The slashing and burning of land for the illegal growing of coca, the raw material in cocaine, is destroying the small area where this puffleg resides.

November 19, 2009

A Herald of Dark Times

(click for large)

Repost from Grist A 1962 ad for Humble Oil (now Exxon). terrifying.

November 18, 2009

Polar Photographer

Check out this amazing video recounting the fascinating story of Paul Nicklen's 4 days photographing and interacting with an enormous leopard seal.

I was blown away by the images in this video. Nicklen says on his website "My goal is to bridge the gap between scientific research and the public by producing stories for magazines such as National Geographic." A goal we at ESPP can definitely relate to. See more of Nicklen's amazing images here.

Nicklen's photo book Polar Obsession was released earlier this month by National Geographic. I'm writing to Santa Claus straight away to put in for one of these. Of course, National Geographic- we'd be happy to review Polar Obsession here for our readers, you know, if we could just get our hands on a copy...

November 17, 2009

New Website!

Our new website is now located at the same URL that this blog used to be at,

Go check it out and let us know what you think!

November 13, 2009

ESPP is moving to a new habitat!

*Exciting Late-breaking ESPP Updates*

No we haven’t been hibernating (yet) - we have been busy redesigning The Endangered Species Print Project website! Look for our new, improved site, at this very URL, in the next few days!

For the new site we are switching from the blogger format. So, dear followers of our blog, after the switch please look for our new blog at: and follow us there. We don't want to lose you! The new blog will have more varied and nerdy content. We plan to provide you with conservation news, more about our guest artists, and all the interesting things that come across the ESPP desk we want to share with you. We hope you will be more involved as well.

Besides looking awesome our new site will offer an easier checkout procedure. You will be able to purchase your ESPP prints with the click of one button only through PayPal. So simple you will want to buy one for every lemur on your holiday list ;)

Speaking of Lemurs, also be on the look out for a new ESPP print from guest artist Jerstin Crosby. You may have noticed our recently released print “The Madagascar Fish-Eagle” by Matt Adrian, our very first guest artist. If not see it here – it is quite lovely to behold.

Much thanks to our good pals OtherPeoplesPixels for sponsoring ESPP and making this possible. We are also using OtherPeoplesPixels for our new website. If ever you need a website for your art work, check out OPP and tell’em ESPP sent ya!