The Sanje mangabey is a highly endagered Old World monkey of the white-eyelid mangabey group and is endemic to Tanzania. There about 1000-1300 individuals left. The monkeys are grey/beige about 50-70cm high en their weight varies from 6-9kg. They live in (rain)forests but prefer walking on the ground over climbing trees.
Early summer mornings in Bangalore are the best. That day was also having one of those fine mornings - the sun wasn't that bright as yet and camera addicts like me don't miss out such times from clicking pictures of nature...the added bonus that day was an annual flower show held in Bangalore India. This flower show hosts to more than 4000 flower species of the world. So it was exciting to make visit to Lalbagh Botanical gardens that hosted the show. Out there on a nearby fence a shimmering black creature was flying about & I noticed that it flew in a pattern - it flew up to one of the flowers close by and then again came back to perch on a fence. It did that about 3 to 4 times as I witnessed its play in the golden sun. I had no better reason to smile and begin my day with a picture of this beautiful hornet, cheers Chandan.
For the developers at New York start-up Networked Organisms, smartphones are the butterfly nets of the 21st Century. Their tool, Project Noah, lets people upload photos of plants and wildlife around them, creating a map of the natural world and contributing to scientific research in the process.
Bespectacled scientists of yore would carry around hefty field guides, made up of hundreds of pages of text and photos. But these days, smartphone owners have a lighter option: an app called Project Noah, which aims to help people identify plants and animals as well as collect data from "citizen scientists" about where certain species are located.
Project Noah enables us to be part of a more focused online community where we can learn more about wildlife around us and contribute to scientific research. It pulls participants into deeper, more meaningful engagement by enabling people to go on “missions” to collectively map changes based on sightings.
A modern invention that may also hold the key to saving species in the future. Project Noah is a global study that encourages nature lovers to document the wildlife they encounter, using a purpose built phone app and web community. In addition to the virtual "collection" of species, Project Noah encourages citizen science by linking up with existing surveys including the International Spider Survey and the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network.