‘It’s a serious problem’: battle to save Griffon vulture heats up in Cyprus

‘It’s a serious problem’: battle to save Griffon vulture heats up in Cyprus

They’re vital for the ecosystem, play a crucial role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and, for bird lovers, are an ecotourism delight. But in Cyprus, where prolific use of poison bait has made the Griffon vulture virtually extinct, campaigners are taking action. “Island-wide, we had just eight,” says Melpo Apostolidou at BirdLife Cyprus, which is […]

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Study shows vultures have an appetite for long-distance travel

Study shows vultures have an appetite for long-distance travel

Scientists have shed light on the vast distances traveled by vultures—with several birds regularly commuting over 1,200 km in week-long excursions. These epic journeys were observed by scientists using specialized GPS tags to track the movements of African white-backed vultures in Tanzania. One bird was tracked visiting eight countries as part of a “grand tour” […]

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Crocs v cane toads: can crocodiles in Western Australia be taught to avoid the toxic intruder?

Crocs v cane toads: can crocodiles in Western Australia be taught to avoid the toxic intruder?

Cane toads are poisoning freshwater crocodiles as they continue their march across Western Australia’s Kimberley region. But in Windjana Gorge, ahead of the front, researchers are gearing up to combat a mass mortality event – lacing cane toad corpses with nausea-inducing chemicals in a bid to train native crocs to stay away from the pests. […]

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