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  • Research Bias Leaves Primates at Risk

    A study of research articles published in recent years has found that they have focused heavily on a few charismatic primates and nationally protected parks and forests, leaving lesser known species and habitats at risk.

    By Alex Taylor on 6th September 2019
  • Faecal Transplants for Koalas

    Analyses of microbiomes in the guts of koalas has led tot he discovery that faecal transplants could help them to eat a wider range of food. This may help them to survive habitat loss and could benefit other endangered species with very specific diets.

    By Alex Taylor on 29th August 2019
  • Fishing Cause of Shark Numbers Plummeting

    Sharks being killed for there meat and fins has resulted in them becoming much rarer in areas near to large human populations and fish markets. The body size of them and other marine predators has also fallen dramatically in these areas.

    By Alex Taylor on 23rd August 2019
  • Nature’s Bulldozers Help the Climate

    Elephants, one of our few remaining megaherbivores, have a huge impact on their environment. A new study has shown that they also help protect against climate change by encouraging the growth of slow growing trees that sequester more carbon from the atmosphere.

    By Alex Taylor on 10th August 2019
  • Turtle Species’ Conservation Success

    Analysis of conservation efforts in the Amazon and Orinoco basins has revealed that a total of 85 past or present projects has helped to conserve 147,000 female South American River Turtles.

    By Alex Taylor on 2nd August 2019
  • Whole Ecosystems Shifting North

    Entire ecosystems are shifting north in the Great Plains of North America, according to analysis of 50 years worth of data on bird distributions. These findings could aid the development of an early-warning system for land managers.

    By Alex Taylor on 26th July 2019
  • Sold Into Extinction

    Tiger geckos in Asia are small in numbers but extremely vulnerable to extinction. Not enough research has been conducted on these species, but what scientists do know is that they are at serious risk of becoming extinct due to the exotic pet trade and need urgent protection.

    By Alex Taylor on 21st July 2019
  • Empathy for Insects

    Entomologists are calling for greater research and science-based community actions to save insects. They say specific legislation is required to preserve the incredible diversity of insects, as well as addressing the huge gaps in our knowledge.

    By Alex Taylor on 20th July 2019
  • More Endangered Amphibians

    A lack of data on many amphibian species has meant that their extinction risk was unknown. A team of scientists have now used known ecological, geographical, and evolutionary attributes to model the risk…and results show that at least another 1,000 species are under threat.

    By Alex Taylor on 19th July 2019
  • A Shady Spot for Climate Vulnerable Species

    Predictions about the impact of climate change on species may be inaccurate if behaviour is not taken into account. This was highlighted by new research which shows that some species may be able to mitigate the effects of higher temperatures by seeking out shade.

    By Alex Taylor on 14th July 2019