From a new bird to a new community reserve: India’s tribe sets example

SINGCHUNG, India — “Follow the rustling in the bushes,” whispers Phurpa Tsering, tiptoeing aside. I hear a brief low-pitched call. A bird, larger than a sparrow but smaller than a pigeon, stirs in the branches before diving deeper into another bush in the ravine. Its partner trails behind, revealing a fleeting glimpse of the bird’s […]

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Whale stress levels influenced by human activity, earwax study suggests

Scientists have mapped whale stress levels in relation to human activity going back nearly a century and a half — using earwax collected from baleen whales. From 1870 to 2016, the whales’ stress levels seem to be closely associated with activities such as industrial whaling, naval operations during World War II, and rising sea-surface temperatures, […]

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Illegal cheetah trade continues through Instagram, 4sale, YouTube

Cheetahs continue to be illegally traded through social media platforms, according to a new analysis published by theCheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), a non-profit research and lobby organization based in Namibia. Between February 2012 and July 2018, a total of 1,367 cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) were offered on sale through 906 posts on social media, the analysis […]

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Protected landscape across India-Bhutan border a refuge for wildlife during armed conflict

From the late 1980s until 2003, recurring ethno-political violence rocked Manas National Park, a protected area in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, in the Himalayan foothills. The conflict changed the park’s spread and abundance of wildlife, including the endangered Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris). But Manas’s continuity with Bhutan’s Royal Manas National Park (RMNP) […]

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The Japan pig is a tiny colorful pygmy seahorse smaller than a fingernail

Researchers have just described a species of colorful pygmy seahorse that’s both adorable and very easy to miss. The newly described creature,occurring in the watersoff the coast of southeast Japan, is much smaller than the average fingernail and camouflages well against the corals and rocks it lives on, researchers report in a new study published […]

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