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Feb 052018
 
How Diverse Personalities Help Animals Survive

We all know the type—pushy people who elbow their way to the front of the line or cut in on us when we are driving. And then there are those who have less assertive personalities, and happily defer to others. Animals show similar behavioral variety, according to biologist John Shivik. In his new book Mousy […]

Feb 042018
 
Pressure grows for UK to bring in blanket ban on ivory trade

Environmental campaigners believe that public pressure is finally about to force the environment secretary, Michael Gove, to introduce a blanket ban on the commercial trade in ivory in the UK. A consultation on what form a proposed ban should take has just closed, and the government says it will give its response soon. The Department […]

Feb 032018
 
In early push into Papua, palm oil firms set stage for massive forest plunder

JAKARTA – The clearing of Indonesia’s last untouched swath of pristine forest has begun in earnest, with an area the size of Washington, D.C., razed for just a single oil palm plantation in Papua province, new data show. Nearly 200 square kilometers (77 square miles) of forest have been cleared in Merauke district since 2014 […]

Feb 022018
 
U.S. court ruling complicates Trump’s elephant and lion policy

On December 22, a federal appeals court ruled that the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) did not properly follow procedures when it banned importing elephant “trophies” – including heads, tusks, or other parts – from Zimbabwe in 2014. While the ruling was aimed at an Obama Administration policy, its impact will likely influence how […]

Feb 012018
 
Nepal’s Last Dancing Bears Have Been Rescued

Rejoice, animal lovers. The last two known “dancing bears” in Nepal have been rescued from lives of sadness and pain. Bears become “dancing bears” after would-be showmen capture or purchase cubs. Those young bears are stolen from their mothers, and from that point forward, they’ll never again live as a wild bear should. Instead, their […]

Jan 312018
 
Trump plan to shrink ocean monuments threatens vital ecosystems, experts warn

The Trump administration’s plan to shrink four land-based national monuments has provoked howls of anguish from environmental groups, Native American tribes and some businesses, such as the outdoors company Patagonia. Accompanying changes to protected monuments in the oceans – vastly larger areas than their land-based counterparts – have received less attention, but could have major […]

Jan 302018
 
Waterbirds flock to well-run countries, new study shows

A country’s citizens aren’t the only ones to benefit from living in a place that’s run well. In a new study, a team of scientists reports that the most important factor that determines the conservation status of waterbird species is how effectively a country is managed. “Political instability can weaken legal enforcement, and consequently promote […]

Jan 302018
 
New survey reveals… Laikipia’s patas monkey in decline (Kenya)

By Yvonne de Jong & Tom Butynski, Eastern Africa Primate Diversity and Conservation Program (wildsolutions.nl) and Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme (lolldaiga.com) The eastern patas monkey Erythrocebus patas pyrrhonotus is a subspecies whose abundance and geographic range are in decline. Laikipia County, central Kenya, supports a small, isolated, population which forms the stronghold and eastern limit […]

Jan 292018
 
Did Rat Poison Kill a Famous L.A. Mountain Lion?

One of the most well-known mountain lions in the Los Angeles area was P-41, famous for safely crossing a busy freeway and making his home in the Verdugo Mountains northeast of the city. Tragically, the 10-year-old mountain lion’s good luck ran out in October. His noticeably thin body was discovered a few days after a […]

Jan 282018
 
Poachers Shoot Down Sea Shepherd Drone in the Gulf of Mexico

Poachers in the Gulf of Mexico have reached a new level of violence after shooting down a Sea Shepherd drone for the first time. Sea Shepherd ships were in the Sea of Cortez as part of a Operation Milagro IV to save the critically endangered vaquita porpoise and endangered totoaba bass from illegal fishing when […]

Jan 272018
 
Everyday Extinction: An Instagram Campaign Raising Awareness of Species Extinction

The current rate of biodiversity loss has thrust the world into a sixth extinction event and much of the blame falls on humanity, as does the responsibility for combating the severe losses. Raising public awareness on the rapid extinction of species is one of the most important actions we can take. In response to this […]

Jan 262018
 
Coast Guard Rescues Sea Turtle Entangled Amid Bales of Cocaine

A military plane happened to be in the right place at the right time in November when its occupants spotted debris floating in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Central America. They notified the U.S. Coast Guard. A Coast Guard crew aboard the cutter Thetis dispatched a small boat to sail over to the […]

Jan 252018
 
Coming home: the kulan of Central Kazakhstan

The Turkmenian kulan Equus hemionus kulan is a subspecies of onager, or Asiatic wild ass, native to Central Asia. And though it may not look it – with a diminutive frame 200-250 cm long and 100-140 cm tall – it is actually one of the largest onagers in the world. There was a time when […]