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Wildlife news



July 31, 2018

All-you-can-eat landfill buffet spells trouble for birds

Among all the types of waste we generate, plastic tends to pose the greatest problems. Plastic has helped save lives — in the form of medical […]
July 30, 2018

How social media can help sustainable nature tourism

Watching animals in their natural habitat may seem harmless, but it can have serious consequences for the conservation status of wildlife. More than 1,400 species listed […]
July 25, 2018

Why do dingoes attack people, and how can we prevent it?

The case of Debbie Rundle, who was attacked by dingoes at a mine site in Telfer, in Western Australia’s Pilbara region, evokes our instinctive horror at […]
July 4, 2018

Make your garden frog friendly – amphibians are in decline thanks to dry ponds

Garden frogs and toads are in decline. The latest data from RSPB Garden Birdwatch reveals that we are seeing one-third fewer toads and 17% fewer frogs […]
June 27, 2018

Why we’re sequencing the genomes of Canada’s iconic species

Last year, to commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday — and to lay a foundation for Canadian research excellence for the next 150 years — a group of […]
June 13, 2018

Toxic leftovers from Giant Mine found in snowshoe hares

Even though it was closed decades ago, the Giant Mine on the outskirts of Yellowknife has left a long environmental legacy. The gold extraction process, which […]
June 6, 2018

Killing sharks, wolves and other top predators won’t solve conflicts

In French Polynesia, fishing is an integral part of everyday life. The people living here fish on the flats and along the reef using nets, hooks […]

Conservation news



June 28, 2018

Orangutans have been adapting to humans for 70,000 years

If you are very lucky you might have seen an orangutan in the wild. Most people have only seen them on television. In either case the […]
June 25, 2018

A hidden toll: Australia’s cats kill almost 650 million reptiles a year

Cats take a hefty toll on Australia’s reptiles – killing an estimated 649 million of them every year, including threatened species – according to our new […]
June 14, 2018

To avoid humans, more wildlife now work the night shift

For their first 100 million years on planet Earth, our mammal ancestors relied on the cover of darkness to escape their dinosaur predators and competitors. Only […]
May 17, 2018

One-third of the world’s nature reserves are under threat from humans

In the 146 years since Yellowstone National Park in the northwestern United States became the world’s first protected area, nations around the world have created more […]
April 5, 2018

The northern white rhino should not be brought back to life

A geriatric semi-captive rhino died in Kenya recently. “Sudan”, a 45-year-old northern white rhino was put to sleep as vets decided, after months of ill health, […]
March 29, 2018

A ban on captive animals could speed up extinction

The recent death of the last male Northern white rhinoceros — and the imminent extinction of the vaquita porpoise — is a stark reminder we are […]
March 16, 2018

We spent a year photographing the animal crop raiders of the Amazon – here are the results

Rural communities in the Amazon rainforest live alongside an incredibly diverse set of animals. When some of those animals damage and eat farmers’ crops (“crop-raiding”), it […]

Endangered species



September 21, 2018

Caught on camera: The fossa, Madagascar’s elusive top predator

Mention wildlife on Madagascar and the first thing listeners probably picture is the island’s famed lemurs. As many people know, these unique primates are found nowhere […]
September 11, 2018

How naming poison frogs helps fight their illegal trade

Dart frogs from the rainforests of Central and South America make their powerful poison by eating toxic bugs. Their bold colours warn predators: “Do not eat […]
August 22, 2018

Many native animals and birds thrive in burned forests, research shows

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is blaming this summer’s large-scale wildfires on environmentalists, who he contends oppose “active management” in forests. But the idea that wildfires should […]
August 8, 2018

What elephants’ unique brain structures suggest about their mental abilities

Conservationists have designated August 12 as World Elephant Day to raise awareness about conserving these majestic animals. Elephants have many engaging features, from their incredibly dexterous […]
August 2, 2018

The endangered species list: counting lemurs in Madagascar

Most people are familiar with the endangered species list. Officially known as the IUCN Red List of threatened species, it’s coordinated by the International Union for […]
July 20, 2018

Support for the Endangered Species Act remains high as congressional efforts to undermine it accelerate

The Endangered Species Act, or “the Act,” is arguably the most important law in the United States for conserving biodiversity and arresting the extinction of species. […]
July 20, 2018

Support for the Endangered Species Act remains high as Trump administration and Congress try to gut it

The Endangered Species Act, or “the Act,” is arguably the most important law in the United States for conserving biodiversity and arresting the extinction of species. […]
June 28, 2018

Orangutans have been adapting to humans for 70,000 years

If you are very lucky you might have seen an orangutan in the wild. Most people have only seen them on television. In either case the […]
June 25, 2018

A hidden toll: Australia’s cats kill almost 650 million reptiles a year

Cats take a hefty toll on Australia’s reptiles – killing an estimated 649 million of them every year, including threatened species – according to our new […]
June 14, 2018

To avoid humans, more wildlife now work the night shift

For their first 100 million years on planet Earth, our mammal ancestors relied on the cover of darkness to escape their dinosaur predators and competitors. Only […]
May 17, 2018

One-third of the world’s nature reserves are under threat from humans

In the 146 years since Yellowstone National Park in the northwestern United States became the world’s first protected area, nations around the world have created more […]
April 5, 2018

The northern white rhino should not be brought back to life

A geriatric semi-captive rhino died in Kenya recently. “Sudan”, a 45-year-old northern white rhino was put to sleep as vets decided, after months of ill health, […]
March 29, 2018

A ban on captive animals could speed up extinction

The recent death of the last male Northern white rhinoceros — and the imminent extinction of the vaquita porpoise — is a stark reminder we are […]
March 16, 2018

We spent a year photographing the animal crop raiders of the Amazon – here are the results

Rural communities in the Amazon rainforest live alongside an incredibly diverse set of animals. When some of those animals damage and eat farmers’ crops (“crop-raiding”), it […]
March 15, 2018

Australia’s draft ‘Strategy for nature’ doesn’t cut it. Here are nine ways to fix it

Australia arguably has the worst conservation record of any wealthy and politically stable nation. Since European arrival roughly 230 years ago, 50 animal and 60 plant […]
March 12, 2018

Yes, kangaroos are endangered – but not the species you think

Do you know what kind of animal the mala, nabarlek, or boodie is? What about the monjon, northern bettong, or Gilbert’s potoroo? If you answered that […]
February 20, 2018

Now you see us: how casting an eerie glow on fish can help count and conserve them

News stories about fish often focus either on large fish like sharks, or on tasty seafood. So it might come as a surprise that more than […]
February 15, 2018

We surveyed Borneo’s orangutans and found 100,000 had ‘disappeared’

“The Big House”, home to the University of Michigan’s American football team, is one of the world’s largest stadiums. Here’s what it looks like when packed […]
January 29, 2018

Peru ends era of ‘roadless wilderness’ in its Amazon rainforests

Biodiversity reaches its zenith in south-east Peru. This vast wilderness of 2m square km of rainforests and savannahs is formed of the headwaters of three major […]
January 16, 2018

Animals are victims of human conflict, so can conservation help build peace in warzones?

More than 70% of Africa’s national parks have been affected by war in recent decades, and wildlife has suffered as a result. That’s according to a […]
December 21, 2017

Why we shouldn’t be so quick to demonise bats

Australian health authorities regularly issue public reminders not to touch bats because they can host Australian Bat Lyssavirus (ABLV). This type of health education is necessary […]
December 18, 2017

Tide turned: surveys show the public has lost its appetite for shark culls

A Senate Committee report on shark deterrent measures has, in the words of committee member Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, moved the “shark cull debate into the 21st […]
December 17, 2017

By slashing environment spending, the government is slashing opportunities

Australia’s native plants and animals are integral to the success of our society. We depend on wildlife to pollinate many of our crops. Most of our […]
November 30, 2017

Penguins under threat from drowning in fishing nets

Fishing nets pose a serious risk to the survival of penguin species, according to a new global review of the toll taken by “bycatch” from commercial […]
November 3, 2017

Why are talks over an East Antarctic marine park still deadlocked?

Last week, representatives from 24 countries plus the European Union met in Hobart to discuss plans for a vast marine protected area (MPA) off the coast […]
October 25, 2017

Drop, bears: chronic stress and habitat loss are flooring koalas

Koalas are under a lot of stress. Heatwaves, land clearing and even noise pollution are all taking a toll. Each year, hundreds of koalas are taken […]
October 17, 2017

Let’s get this straight, habitat loss is the number-one threat to Australia’s species

Earlier this month, Australia’s outgoing Threatened Species Commissioner Gregory Andrews told ABC radio that land clearing is not the biggest threat to Australia’s wildlife. His claim […]
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