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Relating to James Gordon's interesting article on the July-August, 2011, edition, I can confirm that the cute-voiced _tắc kè _does indeed chant among the cacophony of HCMC’s alleyways. I inhabit the very centre of the city and oft have I lain awake at night enchanted by his call. [ more... ]
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I am at the moment writing a story involving a Reptilian Parliament. The story is sympathetic to lizards. So it was with heightened interest that I observed what I would call the Lizard of Plantation Bungalow 10. But I would put LPB10’s genial behaviour down not necessarily to just a response to the joy I must have exuded at the sight of him/her, of whatever species. [ more... ]
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When I got home to Cà Mau, Vietnam’s wide peninsula in the far south, black catfish were in the yard. [ more... ]
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‘Without a plant carpet on the land surface, about 90 tonnes of earth from one hectare is moved into the lake every year. That is why the lake has been getting shallower and shallower very rapidly and the water is no longer clean and clear’ [ more... ]
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In 2007, Maria (I don’t remember her first name), a Scot, came to Vietnam to study the habits of golden jackals (Canis aureus) for her doctoral thesis in zoology. [ more... ]
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The ability to change colour and appearance to blend with the environment is common. [ more... ]
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Dinh Mount is about 90 km east of Saigon, close to Highway 51, which connects Saigon and Vung Tau, the beach city. [ more... ]
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The leafwing butterfly Kallima inachus, one of the best-known butterfly species in Vietnam, has the ability to disguise itself as a leaf to hide from its enemies. [ more... ]
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Phuoc Binh National Park is 60 km north of Phan Rang, the capital of Ninh Thuan Province, in central Vietnam. Established in 2006, it is 19,814 ha, 80 per cent natural forest. [ more... ]
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Mr Tam put two big balls of calcium carbide into the gun and fired, causing a big explosion that frightened the elephant and he ran back to the jungle. There were three more attacks before sunrise [ more... ]
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