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Science is core to saving wildlife

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:37:32 EDT ~ The following statement was issued today by Wildlife Conservation Society President and CEO Cristian Samper on the importance of science to wildlife conservation: Find out more...

Recovering species must be celebrated or we risk reversing progress

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:36:54 EDT ~ A failure to celebrate conservation successes means we miss vital opportunities to convince the public of 'real and practical solutions' they can engage with. Conservationists across the globe see the need to champion environmental victories and show there is cause for hope -- the decisive component in the fight to save disappearing biodiversity. Find out more...

Action required: Invasive fungus is killing European salamanders

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:17:23 EDT ~ A new fungal disease brought in from Asia is threatening European salamanders. Once the amphibians become infected, they die within a brief period of time, report biologists. Because saving the infected populations is still not possible, Switzerland has preventively imposed an import ban for salamanders and newts. Find out more...

Bears breed across species borders

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:31:51 EDT ~ Scientists have sequenced the entire genomes of four bear species, making it now possible to analyze the evolutionary history of all bears at the genome level. It shows that gene flow, or gene exchange, between species by extensive hybridization, is possible between most bear species, not only polar and brown bear. The DNA samples of different bear species came from different European zoos, underlining their importance not only for conservation, but also for research. The study also questions the existing species concept in general, because other genome studies have frequently found gene flow among species. Find out more...

Megafaunal extinctions driven by too much moisture

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:15:14 EDT ~ Studies of bones from Ice Age megafaunal animals across Eurasia and the Americas have revealed that major increases in environmental moisture occurred just before many species suddenly became extinct around 11-15,000 years ago. The persistent moisture resulting from melting permafrost and glaciers caused widespread glacial-age grasslands to be rapidly replaced by peatlands and bogs, fragmenting populations of large herbivore grazers. Find out more...

Hunting accounts for 83 and 58 percent declines in tropical mammal and bird populations

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 14:11:20 EDT ~ Hunting is a major threat to wildlife particularly in tropical regions, but a systematic large-scale estimate of hunting-induced declines of animal numbers was lacking so far. A study now fills this gap. An international team of ecologists and environmental scientists found that bird and mammal populations were reduced within 7 and 40 km of hunters' access points, such as roads and settlements. Find out more...

Citizen scientists help identify shorebird extinction threat

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 09:50:43 EDT ~ A major contributor to the dramatic decline of migratory shorebird populations in Australia has been identified by researchers. Australian shorebirds were under threat due to the degradation and destruction of mudflats thousands of kilometers away in north-east Asia, they say. Find out more...

Florida manatees likely to persist for at least 100 years

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:23:43 EDT ~ Florida's manatee population is highly likely to endure for the next 100 years, a study has found. Find out more...

Egg hunt: Scientists discover eggs of one of world's most endangered turtles

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 12:59:36 EDT ~ Scientists working in Myanmar have reported the successful recovery of 44 fertile eggs of the critically endangered Burmese roofed turtle (Batagur trivittata) -- one of the world's most endangered turtles. Find out more...

Eat wild venison to support native woodland birds, says ecologist

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 19:41:41 EDT ~ Wild deer in Britain should be hunted for venison to drastically reduce their populations and support the re-emergence of our native woodland birds, according to an academic. Find out more...