Animal Conservation

  • Connecting Corridors

    The creation of corridors between restored patches of declining longleaf pine habitats in South Carolina has resulted in an increase in number of plant species within the fragments and a drop in number of species disappearing from them.

    By Alex Taylor on 1st November 2019
  • Insect Decline Extensive

    An international team of researchers has documented the decline of insects in Germany, in many areas it is by one third. The decline is mainly in grasslands near to farmland, but is also in forests and protected areas.

    By Alex Taylor on 31st October 2019
  • Ancient DNA Giving Fresh Insights

    Scientists trying to save endangered species are finding help in museum collections. It has been shown that using DNA specimens from old specimens to understand evolution and threats to their survival.

    By Alex Taylor on 26th October 2019
  • Green Turtles Eat Plastic that Looks Like Food

    It may seem obvious but it has now been scientifically proven that green turtles eat plastic that closely resembles sea grass, their preferred food. This research is important, as it shows what kind of plastic pollution is a particular problem.

    By Alex Taylor on 11th October 2019
  • Large Freshwater Animals in Decline

    A study of large freshwater animals between 1970 to 2012 has revealed that populations throughout the globe have fallen by 88%, with large fish species being particularly affected. Conservation action for freshwater biodiversity is urgently required.

    By Alex Taylor on 27th September 2019
  • Groundbreaking Technique to Save Northern White Rhinos

    A groundbreaking procedure has been successfully conducted with a view to saving the northern white rhino from extinction. Eggs have been harvested from the last two individuals left, and artificially inseminated.

    By Alex Taylor on 20th September 2019
  • 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