Monthly Archive: December Mamm
Hippos and Whales: Unlikely Cousins
Guest blog written by Environmental Visual Communication student Natasha Hirt
What do hippos and whales have in common? A tonne. It may seem surprising that hippos are the closest living relative to whales. At the ROM's Blue Whale Exhibition, visitors can explore what whales and other marine mammals looked like over 50 million years ago.
Sustainable development in the Caribbean: beer and biology
Dr. Burton Lim and colleagues are off to study bats and other island mammals in the sun!
A Spotlight on Illegal Pelt Trading, and What the ROM Has to Do With It
Guest blog post by Environmental Visual Communication alumnus Matt Jenkins.
Celebrating its centennial birthday this year, the ROM has always stood as a place of education, family enjoyment and research. That is why I found it surprising that the ROM identifies nearly one quarter of its roughly one thousand pelts as ‘seized’ or illegal. Fear not though, as I learned, they are at the museum with the proper permits and have actually played integral roles in assisting the prevention of illegal pelt trading.
Are you Afraid FOR Bats This Halloween?
I love bats. There’s just something about them that gives me that warm fuzzy feeling inside everytime I see one. Now I know what you (and to be honest, a lot of people I know) are thinking - how can she like such a creepy little mammal like a bat? Don’t they suck your blood/get caught in your hair/give you the heebie jeebies? First of all, the answer to those questions is no.
What you may or may not know about this unusual mammal.
BREAKING: Royal Ontario Museum to recover two rare Northwest Atlantic blue whales
The ROM Biodiversity will send a crew to salvage two blue whales that washed ashore on the coast of Newfoundland last week.
Into the Heart of Borneo
In April 2013, ROM Biodiversity is sending a team of researchers deep into the Bornean rainforest in search of new species of insects, mammals and fungi and new data of relevance to conservation planning.