To keep tabs on ecosystem health in Borneo, follow these birds: Study

To keep tabs on ecosystem health in Borneo, follow these birds: Study

JAKARTA — To improve ecosystem management in Borneo, look at the population trends of key bird species on the island, researchers say. The scientists from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and Indonesia’s Tanjungpura University have found that six Bornean bird species are strong indicators of intact forests — mixed dipterocarp and heath — […]

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Africa’s forest elephant has been largely overlooked. Now we need to fight for it

Africa’s forest elephant has been largely overlooked. Now we need to fight for it

Science and conservation politics have finally agreed that Africa is home to two elephant species: the savanna and forest elephant. The debate lasted about two decades, with the politics of elephant conservation and the ivory trade delaying the decision, but the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has finally concluded its evaluation. Africa’s most […]

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Slash-and-burn farming eats away at a Madagascar haven for endangered lemurs, frogs

Slash-and-burn farming eats away at a Madagascar haven for endangered lemurs, frogs

Deforestation is so rampant throughout Madagascar, an island far larger than California, that it’s easy to forget the impact of tree clearance in any one specific area of the country — the lemurs that lose their habitats, the orchids that no longer bloom, the people whose land becomes barren. But recent activity in the Ankeniheny-Zahamena […]

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A dedicated team of Malaysian rangers and veterinarians is part of global movement to rescue and preserve rainforest species

A dedicated team of Malaysian rangers and veterinarians is part of global movement to rescue and preserve rainforest species

As Malaysians were in total lockdown from the COVID-19 pandemic, a sweet-natured baby elephant named Sahabat was found wandering near an oil palm plantation. Nearly blind from severe eye infections, he had become separated from his herd. In Malaysia’s Sabah state, the Wildlife Rescue Unit (WRU) swooped to the rescue. Thousands anxiously followed Sahabat’s story […]

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