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The population of the world’s largest primate – a gorilla subspecies that lives in a region of Central Africa beset by conflict – is collapsing. Back in 1998, a team of researchers estimated that 17,000 Grauer’s gorillas, also known as eastern lowland gorillas, lived in the forests of eastern Democ...
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There have been a number of reports in recent months shedding light on the serious threat industrial agribusiness plantations can pose to the habitat of large mammals. Be this the gorilla, the chimpanzee, the forest elephant or numerous others. Companies may p...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
Australia's Environment Minister Greg Hunt has pledged to end the extinction of native mammal species by 2020, with a focus on culprits such as feral cats. Hunt said Australia had the worst rate of mammal loss in the world and the nation's "greatest failure" in environmental policy was protecting t...
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A large bird known to nest in wetlands along the Santa Ana and Colorado rivers will be protected under the Endangered Species Act, federal wildlife officials announced Thursday. The western population of yellow-billed cuckoo will be listed as threatened with extinction because its habitats along ri...
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Posted by on in Forestry
An international team of conservationist scientists and practitioners has published new research showing the precarious state of the world's primary forests.   The global analysis and map are featured in a paper appearing in the esteemed journal Conservation Letters and reveals that...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
Man-made noise pollution may pose a threat to marine eel populations by dulling crucial responses to predators, according to a study by a team of researchers from the Universities of Exeter and Bristol, UK. The study has been published in the journal Global Change Biology on August 6. The exp...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
Wild tigers are facing the risk of extinction in some countries due to a lack of accurate information on tiger populations, said WWF today.At the 2010 St. Petersburg ‘Tiger Summit’ when tiger range countries committed to the goal Tx2 - doubling wild tigers by 2022 - the global wild tiger population ...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
The selective logging of trees in otherwise intact tropical forests can take a serious toll on the number of animal species living there. Mammals and amphibians are particularly sensitive to the effects of high-intensity logging, according to researchers in the Cell Press journal Current Biolog...
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Posted by on in Ocean/Seas/Coastlines
The tiny plastic particles polluting our seas are not only orally ingested by marine creatures, but also enter their systems through their gills, according to a new study led by the University of Exeter.   Scientists also discovered that when microplastics are drawn in through this ...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
Removal of river water for irrigation and habitat fragmentation by irrigation dams were shown to be the principal factors contributing to the decline of the Indus river dolphin, according to a study published July 16, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Gill Braulik from the Wildli...
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Without aggressive management, most of the Caribbean coral reefs will disappear in the next 20 years, according to a recent UNEP press release. “Status and Trends of Caribbean Coral Reefs: 1970-2012,” a recent report compiled by Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), the International Union ...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
The Center for Biological Diversity will file a legal challenge to an Obama administration policy, finalized today, that severely limits when a species qualifies for protection under the Endangered Species Act — a change that ignores both broad legal precedent and congressional intent. Under the Act...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
There are more than a thousand species of sharks and rays in the world, and nearly a quarter of them are threatened with extinction, according to a new study. That means these ancient types of fish are among the most endangered animals in the world. This word comes from a Swiss-based group called t...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
If you want to protect endangered species in the wild, don’t fence them in. An article in the journal Science says fencing can actually harm both animals and ecosystems. Scientists at the Zoological Society of London and the Wildlife Conservation Society say the use of fences to protect threatened s...
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Posted by on in Earth Violators
The world's biggest slaughterhouse for endangered whale sharks has been uncovered in southeast China, writes Sophie Morlin-Yron. It's products are being traded across the world in health and cosmetic products. The largest slaughtering facility for Whale sharks ever seen has been uncovered in southe...
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Here is some ways you can help the elephant   6 ways to help elephants With the elephant poaching epidemic in Africa running rampant — and renewed ivory lust growing worldwide — experts fear the survival of the species is at stake. By Melissa Breyer Wed, Sep 05 2012 at 1:35...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
From the war on rhinos to colony collapse disorder, the global picture for wildlife conservation does not look good. But there are bright spots. The BBC reports on a new study that suggests many European species of animals and birds have seen their numbers rebound dramatically. And that recovery h...
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Ten years ago the Iberian lynx was nearing extinction but today, thanks to an imaginative conservation program that has brought hunters, farmers and the tourist industry under its wing, its numbers have tripled from 94 to 312. "We can't claim victory yet but now there is hope," said Migue...
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The sweeping grasslands of the African savannah might not exist without elephants. They knock down so many trees that forests transform into plains, where other grazers and birds feed. Elephants maintain the shape of the land, and without them, everything would change. And for many, that would make ...
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May 18 is Endangered Species Day, an annual holiday introduced by the U.S. Senate in 2006 to raise awareness of endangered plants and animals and "promote species conservation worldwide." Honoring species on the brink of extinction may sound like a bummer, but Endangered Species Day isn't meant...
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