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First Brain Surgery Performed on Bear in Laos

First Brain Surgery Performed on Bear in Laos

1 by / on 17/04/2013, 1:58 pm / in Nature / Wildlife, News & Events

In the mountains of northern Laos, a three-year-old Asiatic black bear has become a medical pioneer: the world’s first bear to undergo brain surgery. The bear, named Champa, has lived most of her life at a sanctuary run byFree the Bears, an Australian nonprofit group. About 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of the city of Luang Prabang, the sanctuary protects bears that Lao […]

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Eyeless Huntsman Spider Found in Laos

Eyeless Huntsman Spider Found in Laos

0 by / on 12/08/2012, 8:40 am / in Featured, Nature / Wildlife, News & Events

Huntsman spiders, like most spiders, are typically equipped with eight eyes. But researchers have discovered a new cave-dwelling species that ditched its peepers for a life in permanent darkness. Peter Jäger, head of arachnology at the Senckenberg Research Institute in Frankfurt, reported that he found the spider in a cave in Laos, in Southeast Asia, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) away from […]

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Laos Addresses Questions About Xayaboury Dam

Laos Addresses Questions About Xayaboury Dam

0 by / on 07/07/2012, 9:23 am / in Nature / Wildlife, News & Events

Laos will not press ahead with the construction of a controversial Xayaboury dam on the Mekong river until environmental issues have been resolved, state-run media report. Environmentalists have raised concerns that the hydro-electric dam project at Xayaburi would harm the river’s eco-system and the BBC even reported last week that work had already begun at the dam site, but the Lao government […]

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5 Wacky Fruits of Southeast Asia

5 Wacky Fruits of Southeast Asia

0 by / on 27/05/2012, 9:36 am / in Food, Lifestyle, Nature / Wildlife, Street Food, Travel

  My blog post on Durian, the “king of fruits,” got me thinking: what other wacky fruits of Southeast Asia should travellers try? Here’s a list of 5 that shouldn’t be missed. 1. Mangosteen Mangosteens look like something out a cartoon: plump, purple and round with a funny looking four-leaf top “hat”. A very thick peel encases bright white fruit segments that […]

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New Research to Save Irrawaddy Dolphins from Extinction in Mekong

New Research to Save Irrawaddy Dolphins from Extinction in Mekong

0 by / on 04/05/2012, 10:13 am / in Nature / Wildlife, News & Events

Cambodia is conducting a new research with foreign experts on conservation of the Irrawaddy dolphin in the Mekong River, both in Cambodia and the trans- boundary dolphin population shared with Laos, the World Wildlife Fund said in a statement released Monday. The research, scheduled for late April until the end of May, is conducted by the Commission for Dolphin Conservation and Development of Mekong River […]

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