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#125370
2020-05-01

Rare Parrots Rebound In New Zealand And Australia

Bringing some good news for bird lovers. Populations of New Zealand's orange-fronted parakeet and southern Australia's orange-bellied parrots, both critically endangered species, are recovering- thanks to conservation efforts concentrated on bringing them back from the brink. However, there is s ...

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#125371
2020-05-01

Global lockdowns spur worrying uptick in wildlife poaching

As the coronavirus pandemic diverts attention and funds from wildlife protection to public health and global lockdowns deprive rural poor of desperately needed income, countries around the globe are witnessing an uptick in poaching of endangered species.

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#125372
2020-05-01

Lockdown isn’t good news for all wildlife – many animals rely on humans for survival

From Venetian canals running clear, to herds of goats roaming around Llandudno, Wales, there have been claims of nature’s comeback since the start of lockdown. But recently, staff at the Meltham Wildlife Reserve in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, reported the arrival of a red kite that was found to b ...

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#125373
2020-05-01

Endangered ornate eagle rays make a splash off Queensland's Lady Elliot Island

Two endangered ornate eagle rays have been sighted off Lady Elliot Island in the southern Great Barrier Reef, a breakthrough for researchers studying the species dubbed "the unicorn of the sea".

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#125342
2020-04-30

Insects populations have been declining for nearly 100 years, study reveals

When did you last see a glow worm? Most likely, quite some time ago. Depending on how young you are, you may have never seen one at all. Those light-emitting insects, Wordsworth’s “earthborn stars”, have been declining in the UK for decades. That means that scientists now see them in fewer place ...

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#125322
2020-04-29

Coronavirus: Fears for future of endangered chimps in Nigeria

An award-winning conservationist says she fears for the future of some of the world's most endangered chimps. Devastated by hunting and deforestation, they now face a threat from coronavirus, says Rachel Ashegbofe Ikemeh, project director of The South-West/Niger Delta Forest Project.

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#125263
2020-04-28

Numbers of critically endangered orange-bellied parrot soar from low 20s to more than 100

There has been little good to say about the recent history of the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot. Numbers of the small migratory bird, which makes a return trip from Tasmania’s south-west wilderness to the mainland’s coastal scrubland each year, have fallen so sharply scientists con ...

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#125299
2020-04-28

Saving tigers is a marathon, not a sprint

I have done nonstop interviews about the shameful commercial breeding of tigers in the United States in the past few weeks since the Netflix series Tiger King first aired. As someone who’s devoted my entire career to saving this magnificent species in the wild, I find exploitation in the name o ...

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#125240
2020-04-22

King of the swingers: what Primates tells us about our locked-down world

From the orangutans that lived undisturbed for 700,000 years to the frolicking rhesus macaques of Kathmandu, the BBC’s new nature blockbuster brings us closer than ever to the planet of the apes.

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#125198
2020-04-21

Photos of wild tiger cubs in Thailand rekindles hope for species

Camera traps in eastern Thailand’s Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai (DPKY) forest complex have yielded photos of tiger cubs, providing long-awaited evidence that the big cat is breeding in this part of Southeast Asia.

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#125199
2020-04-21

Coronavirus lockdown boosts numbers of Thailand's rare sea turtles

Thailand has discovered the largest number of nests of rare leatherback sea turtles in two decades on beaches bereft of tourists because of the coronavirus pandemic, environmentalists say.

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#125200
2020-04-21

What the lemurs taught me about enduring a pandemic

It is oddly fitting that I am launching my first book during a global pandemic. “Chasing Lemurs: My Journey into the Heart of Madagascar” is about a country at risk. It is about the delicate relationship between humans and animals. It is about resilience and perseverance.

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#125201
2020-04-21

Hopes of saving Kangaroo Island dunnart raised after endangered marsupial captured on camera

Hopes that Kangaroo Island’s unique mouse-like dunnart can be saved from extinction have been boosted after the tiny marsupial was captured on camera at a new location.

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#125151
2020-04-17

Sighting of endangered monkeys using rope bridge to cross road gives hope their numbers will expand.

The sight of a monkey climbing a rope bridge to cross a road may not be noteworthy to most people. Most would not have noticed the bridge across Old Upper Thomson Road, which was built by the National Parks Board (NParks) in October 2019 to help animals cross from the vegetation in Thomson Natur ...

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#125152
2020-04-17

‘We have to find a different way of living’: Jane Goodall on the covid-19 crisis

The well-known primatologist speaks to Lounge on the need to protect endangered species, respect nature, and prepare for future outbreaks The well-known primatologist speaks to Lounge on the need to protect endangered species, respect nature, and prepare for future outbreaks.

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#125153
2020-04-17

How a Pudgy Porpoise May Save Other Animals From Extinction

LORENZO ROJAS-BRACHO WAS in mourning. Beyond the windows of his hillside house in Ensenada, Mexico, the sun glinted brilliantly off the waters of the Pacific, but he'd drawn the curtains closed. In his living room, hanging above plush leather furniture, were whimsical paintings of the subject of ...

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#125114
2020-04-16

Decoy tactics: can fake concrete penguins help save the real thing?

It’s amazing to see wild creatures in their natural homes,” says Gaja Rojec, as she sits next to a group of African penguins that don’t seem at all bothered by her presence. It is late January 2020, and the Slovenian film-maker is just one of about 800,000 people who have visited Boulders Beach ...

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#125020
2020-04-08

The link between virus spillover, wildlife extinction and the environment

As COVID-19 spreads across the globe, a common question is, can infectious diseases be connected to environmental change? Yes, indicates a new study. Exploitation of wildlife by humans through hunting, trade, habitat degradation and urbanization facilitates close contact between wildlife and hum ...

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#124956
2020-03-31

Giant leap for toadkind after Yorkshire fell runs are cancelled

The cancellation of a series of cross-country running races in West Yorkshire because of coronavirus has apparently saved hundreds of migrating toads from being squashed underfoot.

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#124957
2020-03-31

Wildlife rescue centres struggle to treat endangered species in coronavirus outbreak

Last Thursday morning Louisa Baillie drove down the five-kilometre dirt track that connects her jungle home in the Amazon rainforest to the main road. At the junction, she parked, hiking the rest of the way into Mera, a town of about 8,000 people.

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#124927
2020-03-30

Protecting tropics could save half of species on brink, report says

In 2019, a landmark UN report revealed that nearly 1 million species face extinction due to human activities and climate change. A ground-breaking new study offers a solution to save more than half of these doomed species, while slowing climate breakdown: Conserve just 30 percent of tropical lands.

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#124928
2020-03-30

The next great threat to Brazil’s golden lion tamarin: Yellow fever

In April 2018, workers with the Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado, a Brazilian NGO dedicated to the protection of the golden lion tamarin, found one of the endangered primates, apparently sick and unable to climb trees, lying on the forest floor in Aldeia, some 80 kilometers (50 miles) northeast of R ...

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#124896
2020-03-26

Greenpeace suggests new names for Asbestos to celebrate biodiversity

As the town of Asbestos winds down its renaming process, an environmental group is hoping the town will consider putting the names of six endangered species on the short list for its new name.

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#124897
2020-03-26

Freshwater Species Are Disappearing Fast — This Year Is Critical for Saving Them

We’ve all seen photos of clear-cut forests with swathes of razed trees or deep scars in the ground from an open-pit mine. The damage to the species that live in these habitats isn’t hard to imagine.

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#124844
2020-03-25

Scientists call for independent review of dam project in orangutan habitat

Critics and supporters of a dam that threatens the only known population of Tapanuli orangutans are at loggerheads over whether to carry out an independent scientific study of the project’s impact.

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#124871
2020-03-25

Virus which causes COVID-19 threatens great ape conservation

Both great ape research and tourism have allowed people to learn about chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas and orangutans, and to observe them from a close proximity. Great ape tourism also serves as an important source of revenue for governments and communities, and a significant proportion of this ...

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#124872
2020-03-25

Coronavirus: Calls to protect great apes from threat of infection

Conservation experts are calling for urgent action to protect our closest living relatives, the great apes, from the threat of coronavirus. New measures are needed to reduce the risk of wild gorillas, chimps and orangutans encountering the virus, scientists warn in a letter in Nature. Habitat lo ...

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#124768
2020-03-20

How to help koalas recover after Australia’s fires? Q&A with Rebecca Montague-Dra

As part of the World Wildlife Day celebrations, experts from around the world gathered in New York to participate in the Wild Ideas panel (powered by the UN and Jackson Wild Film Festival) to discuss the global biodiversity crisis and the impacts of climate change

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#124795
2020-03-20

African black rhino numbers rise as efforts from conservationists pay off

The number of Africa's critically endangered black rhinos has risen by nearly 800 over a six-year period, according to a new report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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#124802
2020-03-20

To save Cross River gorillas, EU-funded program aims to empower communities

By supporting programs aimed at securing the economic well-being of communities in Nigeria’s Cross River state, the European Union hopes to help protect Cross River gorillas (Gorilla gorilla diehli), Africa’s most threatened great ape.

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#124740
2020-03-18

Birth of wild tapir offers hope for Brazil's endangered ecosystem

Hopes for a recovery of Brazil’s most endangered ecosystem have been given a boost by the first birth of a wild tapir in Rio de Janeiro’s Atlantic Forest for more than a century.

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#124718
2020-03-17

Plants and insects ignored in Bhutan’s conservation efforts

A lack of focus on less visible but extremely diverse smaller plants and insects in Bhutan has left conservationists with little idea of the risks they face. Threatened by rapid urbanisation and climate change, these species – such as smaller birds, or wasps and bees, or lichens and fungi – find ...

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#124685
2020-03-16

Species Loss Is a Loss for Landscapes

High in the tree canopies of West African rainforests, flashes of bright color, croaks, chuckles, and loud yells mark the presence of the roloway monkey (Cercopithecus roloway). But its call of the wild might soon go permanently quiet – and the same fate potentially awaits thousands of other spe ...

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#124686
2020-03-16

Costa Rica caterpillar decline spells trouble for ecosystems

Scientists have uncovered alarming declines in caterpillar diversity and their parasites across 22 years of monitoring in a protected forest in Costa Rica. In their study, published in Scientific Reports, they also reveal a clear link between extreme weather events and insect declines, with pote ...

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#124687
2020-03-16

Holistic Thinking for Global Threats

Although there is a general consensus about the biggest threats facing humanity and the planet, the complex links between individual risk categories have so far received too little attention. Any realistic strategy to move toward a more sustainable future cannot treat these risks in isolation.

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#124664
2020-03-13

It Would Take 50 Million Years To Recover New Zealand’s Lost Bird Species

It took less than one century for humans to wipe out 50 million years of evolution on New Zealand.Long before people arrived in New Zealand, it was dominated by multitudes of unique birds. They were absolutely everywhere: big birds, little birds, colorful birds, flightless birds. In the absence ...

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#124617
2020-03-11

Critically endangered snapping turtle program breeds hope for survival

The Bellinger River snapping turtle is one of the rarest turtles on the planet after a virus wiped out more than 90% of the adult population in 2015, but a captive breeding program is bringing hope that a healthy population can be restored in the wild.

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#124633
2020-03-11

Rare white giraffes killed by poachers in Kenya: conservationists

Kenya's only female white giraffe and her calf have been killed by poachers, conservationists said Tuesday, in a major blow for the rare animals found nowhere else in the world.

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#124595
2020-03-10

‘I swapped my gun for binoculars’: India’s hunters turn to conservation

It is Sunday in Kohima, the capital of Nagaland, and like many Naga, Gwasinlo Thong has spent the morning in church. A tall, elegant man in a crisp navy suit, he hands over a bag of guava from his garden as we sit down to talk.

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#124612
2020-03-10

Urban pollinators make beeline for native violet blooms

Bumblebees in towns and cities prefer violet coloured native flowers to other available blooms, a study has shown. The researchers behind the work say the needs of urban pollinators are often overlooked for other factors, such as aesthetics.

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#124561
2020-03-06

Hooded vultures 'on brink of extinction' in Africa after mass poisoning

Accidental ingestion of strychnine believed to be cause of nearly 1,000 deaths in Guinea-Bissau

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#124546
2020-03-05

A study has called into question the effectiveness of measures to clamp down on the illegal wildlife trade.

Glow-worm numbers have plunged by three-quarters since 2001, research in England has revealed, with the climate crisis a clear factor.

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#124486
2020-03-03

Horrifying rise in ‘jaw bombs’ brings agonising death to jumbos

The female elephant calf was thirsty. Standing in the shallows of a water hole at dusk, it hurriedly sucked water into its trunk. It then curled its little trunk toward its mouth in an attempt to quench its thirst but there wasn’t a proper mouth to take in the trunk: the calf had lost his tongue ...

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#124497
2020-03-03

Country diary: the mother of all queen bee heroines

It was once suggested that George Orwell’s notion of a hero was a working-class mother of 10 children. Partly on the basis of productivity, I’d suggest the queen buff-tailed bumblebee that visited our purple crocuses yesterday.

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#124447
2020-03-02

Thwarting the illegal wildlife trade

The illegal trade in products from endangered species is on the rise, and the UK’s exit from the EU raises questions over our participation in different international information sharing schemes on the illegal wildlife trade (IWT).

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#124462
2020-03-02

Saving endangered species: Now we must focus on ecosystem health

It’s been almost a decade since nations from across the globe convened in Aichi Prefecture of Japan for a meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity, at which targets were established to halt to the biodiversity crisis.

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#124432
2020-02-28

Protecting humanity’s safety net

The world is facing a biodiversity crisis. We have lost more than 60 percent of species populations in the last 50 years, and, if we do nothing, we stand to witness a million species going extinct within the next 30 years.

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#124435
2020-02-28

'Extinction is a choice’: Margaret Atwood on Tasmania's forests and saving the swift parrot

We stand under the bird viewing platform, the wind blowing, the giant white gum trees towering. Margaret Atwood, her face partly hidden beneath a black and purple waterproof hat and with binoculars slung around her neck, has a message.

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#124437
2020-02-28

Entangled right whale 'unable to close her mouth for months'

Researchers have discovered an entangled female North Atlantic right whale off the Massachusetts coast, underscoring calls for less harmful fishing gear. The news comes one day after Ottawa announced new measures to protect the endangered species. About 400 right whales remain, with only 100 bre ...

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#124417
2020-02-27

Why coronavirus could help save China's endangered species

The novel coronavirus outbreak in China may end up saving one of the world's most trafficked animals after Beijing announced a total ban on the sale and consumption of the pangolin.

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