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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. […]
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. […]
July 18, 2018

The case for introducing rhinos to Australia

Rhinos in Australia might seem like an insane proposition – after all, we’ve had historically bad luck with introduced species. But on reflection it’s not quite […]
July 2, 2018

Koalas sniff out juicy leaves and break down eucalypt toxins – it’s in their genome

News is out today that the entire genome of the koala has been sequenced. This means we now have a complete read-out of the genes and […]
June 15, 2018

Wollemi pines are dinosaur trees

Welcome to Beating Around the Bush, a series that profiles native plants. Read more about the series here or get in touch to pitch a plant […]
May 31, 2018

The sage grouse isn’t just a bird – it’s a proxy for control of Western lands

The Trump administration is clashing with conservation groups and others over protection for the greater sage grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus), a bird widely known for its dramatic […]
May 22, 2018

Beyond honey bees: Wild bees are also key pollinators, and some species are disappearing

Declines in bee populations around the world have been widely reported over the past several decades. Much attention has focused on honey bees, which commercial beekeepers […]
May 3, 2018

China-backed Sumatran dam threatens the rarest ape in the world

The plan to build a massive hydropower dam in Sumatra as part of China’s immense Belt and Road Initiative threatens the habitat of the rarest ape […]
April 22, 2018

Helping farmers and reducing car crashes: the surprising benefits of predators

Humans may be Earth’s apex predator, but the fleeting shadow of a vulture or the glimpse of a big cat can cause instinctive fear and disdain. […]
April 9, 2018

A new wave of rock removal could spell disaster for farmland wildlife

My (DM’s) perception of threatened species habitats changed the first time I encountered a population of endangered lizards living under small surface rocks in a heavily […]
March 14, 2018

Why duck shooting season still isn’t on the endangered list

On March 17, the 2018 duck shooting session will open in Victoria. The first shots were fired in Tasmania and South Australia last weekend. The Northern […]
March 2, 2018

Friend or food? Why Venus flytraps don’t eat their pollinators

The Venus flytrap, Dionaea muscipula, lives in a tough neighborhood. It only grows in 12 counties in coastal North and South Carolina, in soils that are […]
February 26, 2018

FactFile: the facts on shark bites and shark numbers

Are there more sharks in Australian waters than there used to be, and are interactions between humans and shark increasing? Some Australian politicians have claimed that […]
February 15, 2018

Friday essay: species sightings

A Rare Sight The bird seen first time herein forty years sings lightlyon the wire, you turn to touchthe shoulder of a friendand turning back togetherfind […]
December 26, 2017

That time when science came with me on a tropical holiday

Curiosity and awe dwell deep in the heart of most scientists. They are central to the motivation behind scientific thinking, and they have been my faithful […]
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