Botswana: Mystery elephant deaths caused by cyanobacteria

Botswana: Mystery elephant deaths caused by cyanobacteria

Toxins made by microscopic algae in water caused the previously unexplained deaths of hundreds of elephants in Botswana, wildlife officials say. Botswana is home to a third of Africa’s declining elephant population. The alarm was raised when elephant carcasses were spotted in the country’s Okavango Delta between May and June. Officials say a total of […]

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A taste of honey: how bees mend fences between farmers and elephants

A taste of honey: how bees mend fences between farmers and elephants

Watchtowers in trees, tripwire alarms, radio collars, chilli smoke and beehive fences: scientists and conservationists across Asia and Africa are coming up with safe and humane ways to keep elephants at bay and reduce conflict with humans. In early June, the agonising death of a pregnant wild elephant that ate an explosives-filled pineapple in India […]

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Call for grouse shooting to be licensed amid rise in bird of prey deaths

Call for grouse shooting to be licensed amid rise in bird of prey deaths

Labour has called for grouse shooting to be licensed after a big increase in illegal killings of birds of prey during the coronavirus lockdown, the majority of which, investigators say, are linked to the sport. As the grouse shooting season, known as the Glorious 12th, officially began on Wednesday, the shadow environment secretary, Luke Pollard, […]

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Calls for swift action as hundreds of elephants die in Botswana’s Okavango Delta

Calls for swift action as hundreds of elephants die in Botswana’s Okavango Delta

Nearly 400 elephants have died in Botswana’s Okavango Delta since March, in what wildlife experts say is one of the largest elephant mortality events ever recorded. Conservationists have criticized the government’s handling of the matter and are urging them to speed up investigations. Botwsana’s environment ministry registered the first of these unexplained elephant deaths in […]

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Trump Administration Denies Endangered Species Protection for Pacific Fisher Across Most of Species’ Range

Trump Administration Denies Endangered Species Protection for Pacific Fisher Across Most of Species’ Range

PORTLAND,Ore.— The Trump administration today denied Endangered Species Act protections to Pacific fishers from Northern California to the Canadian border, but granted them endangered status in the southern Sierra Nevada. The decision reversed a 2019 proposal to list fishers as threatened throughout their West Coast range. “The Trump administration’s denial of protection for fishers is […]

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