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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. […]
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 […]
May 16, 2018

Some tropical frogs may be developing resistance to a deadly fungal disease – but now salamanders are at risk

My office is filled with colorful images of frogs, toads and salamanders from around the world, some of which I have collected over 40 years as […]
May 13, 2018

Is that selfie really worth it? Why face time with wild animals is a bad idea

The phenomenon of kangaroo selfies hit the headlines earlier this month, when several tourists were injured while feeding wild kangaroos in Lake Macquarie, north of Sydney. […]
May 11, 2018

Borneo’s bearded pig, gardener of forests and protector of their inhabitants

Borneo – fourth-largest island in the world, home to more than 20 million people – has always aroused the fascination of explorers. The island is dense […]
May 2, 2018

Could bats guide humans to clean drinking water in places where it’s scarce?

Desert life depends on reliable access to water. In Namibia’s stark Namib Desert, where I spent 18 months doing research for my Ph.D., wildlife concentrates around […]
May 1, 2018

Planet Earth II Live unites art and science in a celebration of nature

Following an epic and determined journey by an amorous male pygymy three-toed sloth, witnessing golden eagles duel over a fox carcass against a backdrop of majestic […]
April 25, 2018

Beaches are becoming safer for baby sea turtles, but threats await them in the ocean

On beaches from North Carolina to Texas and throughout the wider Caribbean, one of nature’s great seasonal events is underway. Adult female sea turtles are crawling […]
April 19, 2018

On the hunt for science in ‘science-based’ hunts

For years, British Columbia’s wildlife management practices, especially its wolf cull and grizzly bear hunt, have been controversial. In 2015, then-Premier Christy Clark defended the province’s […]
April 16, 2018

The Trump administration’s new migratory bird policy undermines a century of conservation

The Trump administration has announced a position on protecting migratory birds that is a drastic pullback from policies in force for the past 100 years. In […]
April 9, 2018

Why Kenya’s new wildlife task force is a step in the right direction

Loss of biodiversity is one of the major global concerns of our time. According to four recently released scientific reports biodiversity – the essential variety of […]
March 22, 2018

How to fight Insectageddon with a garden of native plants

People across North America love to garden, yet the vast majority of garden plants are non-native species. Day-lilies, peonies, roses, chrysanthemums and butterfly bushes, just to […]
March 20, 2018

As humans change the world, predators seize the chance to succeed

If you have ever been to a nature reserve in Africa, you may have been lucky enough to see predators on a kill – maybe something […]
March 16, 2018

Yes it’s okay to feed wild birds in your garden, as long as it’s the right food

Many Australians feed wild birds in their gardens – yet the practice is discouraged by many bird groups and governments. That’s in stark contrast to what’s […]
March 1, 2018

Community-based wildlife conservation is bringing success to Tanzania

Good news about the environment is rare these days. But in Tanzania there are signs that community-based wildlife conservation efforts can effectively protect the natural resources […]
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