Animal Conservation

  • Species Can Be Saved in Fraser River

    The Fraser River Estuary in British Columbia is home to 102 species at risk of extinction – species who are relied upon by many people who live in or near the ecosystem for their livelihoods. A new study brings hope that it’s not to late to save them all.

    By Alex Taylor on 11th January 2021
  • Ghost Fishing Threatens Species

    Surveys along the length of the River Ganges, alongside interviews with local fishermen, have revealed that waste fishing gear is posing a serious threat to many species. A system that would provide fishermen to recycle their nets could be effective at preventing entanglement.

    By Alex Taylor on 10th January 2021
  • Understanding Long-term Stressors on Koalas

    The Australian icon, the koala, is facing extinction due to bushfires and habitat loss. However, impacts of these stressors over the long-term has not been known. A recent study has shown that this species is facing a significant impact of human population growth and that conservation action must be taken.

    By Alex Taylor on 9th January 2021
  • Surprising Rise of China’s Leopard Population

    Populations numbers of the North Chinese leopard are on the rise. Clearing of habitat and poaching has reduced numbers in the past, but forest on the Loess Plateau has been restored which has caused prey to return, and likewise the big cats.

    By Alex Taylor on 8th January 2021
  • Wildcats Recover But Remain Threatened by Domestic Cousins

    European wildcats have recolonised part of their former territory in the Jura mountains of Switzerland. However, models of interactions between them and domestic cats show that hybridisation will result in the true wildcat species being lost in just a few hundred years.

    By Alex Taylor on 7th January 2021
  • Coral Reefs Devastated by Loss of Predators and Climate Change

    Scientists are warning that coral reefs in the Aleutian Islands’ kelp forests are on the verge of collapse. This is due to climate change exacerbating the impact of sea urchins, and the loss of the urchins’ natural predator, the sea otter.

    By Alex Taylor on 2nd January 2021
  • Serengeti Leopard Populations Healthy

    In some good news, leopard populations in the Serengeti are healthy, and show similar numbers to other protected areas. However these do vary by season, believed to be due to the abundance of prey animals.

    By Alex Taylor on 1st January 2021
  • Komodo Dragons Threatened by Climate Change

    The Komodo Dragon, already under threat from habitat loss, has found to be also threatened by climate change – both rising temperatures and rising sea-levels. Researchers predict local extinctions and urge rapid intervention.

    By Alex Taylor on 31st December 2020
  • Herbivores Most at Risk of Extinction

    Despite the perception that predators are most at risk of extinction, a new study has revealed that it is actually herbivores that are more likely to go extinct. Currently over a quarter of the world’s herbivores are threatened.

    By Alex Taylor on 28th December 2020
  • Effectiveness of Protected Areas

    A debate around the effectiveness of protected areas has been increasing in recent years. However, new research shows that, when well-funded and well-placed, they are a vital conservation tool and can protect and even enhance wildlife populations.

    By Alex Taylor on 20th December 2020