Mammals

The Independent Blog: Roast Armadillo- A Recipe for Extinction?

Posted by on May 4, 2013 in Conservation, Mammals, The Independent Blog | 0 comments

Salta Province, northern Argentina. Two children stand by the side of the road. A silver car with blackened windows drives passed. The girls wave something at it. The car continues, but suddenly grinds to a halt and reverses. Three portly men in white trousers and shades, step out of the car to inspect what they’re holding. One turns his back to urinate. The other two examine the coveted possession. It’s a mammal, an armadillo. Specifically, the little, southern three-banded armadillo (Tolypeutes matacusis). The men are laughing and shouting, “Flaco, tan flaco”, “Thin, too...

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“I’ve still got sand… in my shoes . . .”

Posted by on Oct 2, 2012 in Conservacion Patagonica, Conservation, Mammals | 0 comments

… well, not sand but a little grit. 3 days back into the 20 mile-a-day grind but the memory of our 48hrs in Conservacion Patagonica is still super-fresh.   Highlights of Valle Chacabuco: Fresh prints of puma: sharing our very same pathway during his night’s wonderings – we are waiting to see if the motion-sensor camera we placed with Luigi has recorded his presence on film . . . Austral pygmy owl slumbering during an afternoon siesta The vizcacha which was far too busy in its gallery to turn up, ensuring that at some point in the future we will have to return to...

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Re-wilding of Valle Chacabuco

Posted by on Sep 29, 2012 in Birds, Conservacion Patagonica, Conservation, Mammals, Sponsorship and Donations | 0 comments

In just one morning, whilst heading out with Luigi to place a puma camera we recorded all these wonderful species  in Valle Chacabuco, Chile. Until 2004, the 78,000 ha estancia was being grazed to destruction by thousands of cattle and sheep. Conservacion Patagonica, our charity, is now restoring the area and native wildlife and plants are slowly returning. It’s wonderful to be here and hear from the gauchos how the landscape is gradually re-wilding. If you’d like to make a donation to our cause please click here- we so appreciate it!!  The grand total: 30 birds and 1 mammal...

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So we thought we had it bad….!

Posted by on Sep 26, 2012 in Conservacion Patagonica, Conservation, Farming, Mammals, Sponsorship and Donations | 0 comments

We have just arrived into Valle Chacabuco, the area of  Patagonia we are raising money for, through our charity Conservacion Patagonica. Our first glimpse of this astounding mountainous landscape tells us just how much help folk here trying to restore this place are going to need – this is phenomenal! We were collected by pick-up off our route 11km away, and brought to the park HQ. The area we have driven through is recovering from a century of intensive overgrazing, which we’ll learn more about later, but the effects are devastating. Its hard to imagine that sheep and cows...

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Skunking About

Posted by on Sep 11, 2012 in Mammals, Wildlife Moment Of The Week | 0 comments

Are you familiar with the phrase? “Skunking about”? Or whether, indeed, it is a phrase? Well, during the first weeks of the expedition skunks certainly where about, although in general they were only noted in their passing. That is passing by, rather than passing away (alas, on several occasions we did witness their squished striped remains pancaked to the road). Because, of course, what is so delightfully reassuring about a skunk, is that they are more often smelt than seen. As we ran the roads and gravel tracks between Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales and El Calafate, nearly every day...

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Why did the Armadillo cross the road . . . . ?

Posted by on Sep 11, 2012 in Mammals, Wildlife Moment Of The Week | 0 comments

Armadillo. Its got a comical ring to it. It’s also a fitting name for a mammal with armoured plating protecting his little body and a range of other defences he deploys against the world of problems he faces. The fellow scuttles about with alarming pace amongst the overgrazed scrub of South America munching beetles, carrion and plants alike, and when alarmed, or presumably at other times when he is bored of all that scuttling about, he sits quite still and is completely indecipherable from the other dusty, round boulders that litter the plain. So what chance of seeing him? Actually he’s...

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