Articles by Alex Taylor

Alex Taylor

I am a freelance conservation journalist, with a BSc in Conservation Biology and a Master of Research postgraduate degree in Ecology and Environmental Biology. I blog about new research in the field of conservation biology, and my main area of interest is species conservation.

  • Worst Elephant Losses in 25 Years

    Using population estimates from a wide range of sources, including aerial surveys and elephant dung counts, the findings show that estimates for 2015 are 93,000 lower than they were in 2006. The continental total number of elephants is now thought to be about 415,000.

    By Alex Taylor on 26th October 2016
  • Loss of the World’s Wilderness

    A current map compared to one from the 1990’s showed that an estimated 3.3 million square kilometres of wilderness – almost 10% of the world’s land area – has been lost in the intervening years.

    By Alex Taylor on 17th October 2016
  • Further Updates to the Red List

    Further updates to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species was released during the IUCN World Conservation Congress earlier this month.

    By Alex Taylor on 3rd October 2016
  • An Ark for Mammals

    Mammals are one of the hardest hit groups of animals when habitat is lost through human activities.

    By Alex Taylor on 26th September 2016
  • Rapid Recovery of the Island Fox

    Island foxes, endemic to the Channel Islands off the southern coast of California, have been removed from the endangered species list following a rapid recovery.

    By Alex Taylor on 6th September 2016
  • Impact of Climate Change on Primates

    The world’s populations of monkeys, apes and lemurs will be seriously affected by climate change, according to a new study published in the International Journal of Primatology.

    By Alex Taylor on 23rd August 2016
  • Living on the Edge

    In the forests many species are forced to live on the edge of their habitat, with a study showing that 90% of tropical amphibian and reptile species are vulnerable to the ‘edge effect’. Scientists are now calling for a new approach to forest conservation and management.

    By Alex Taylor on 22nd August 2016
  • Spix’s Macaw Sighting

    The Spix’s macaw is a bird that was probably never very common. One was sighted in 2000 and then they were thought to be extinct in the wild until recently.

    By Alex Taylor on 25th July 2016
  • Red List Update

    Two species of shark are now endangered and one primate is now critically endangered. The IUCN is now calling for urgent action to save them.

    By Alex Taylor on 18th July 2016
  • Rare Moth Numbers Tumble

    The Dark Bordered Beauty is a moth that certainly lives up to its name, but not many of us will be able to appreciate it due to numbers falling in its isolated populations.

    By Alex Taylor on 11th July 2016