Animal Conservation

  • Sawfish Facing Extinction

    Sawfish are amongst the most threatened family of marine fishes. Overfishing and habitat destruction have resulted in many species disappearing from the coastlines of 46 countries. International conservation efforts and adequate fishing protections are required to prevent their complete extinction.

    By Alex Taylor on 10th July 2021
  • Rare Australian Bee Discovery

    A bee in Australia has been discovered, after no sightings had been made of it for 100 years. However, it is extremely rare due to habitat loss and fragmentation, wildfires and climate change. It is also favours just one specific vegetation type, and with little known of its biology, time is running out to protect this native species.

    By Alex Taylor on 9th July 2021
  • Counting Elephants…From Space

    A new surveying technique involving the use of satellite cameras has been used to count elephants. Automatic detection allows for vast areas to be surveyed much quicker, offering an alternative to human observers counting from low-flying planes.

    By Alex Taylor on 8th July 2021
  • Canada Lynx Losing Ground

    Rising temperatures, decreasing snowpack and large wildfires have all contributed to a decline in numbers of Canada lynx in Washington State in the USA, even as steps are being taken to remove the species’ threatened status under the Endangered Species Act.

    By Alex Taylor on 7th July 2021
  • Biotelemetry Reveals Behaviour of Rare Eagle Ray

    Biotelemetry has provided a unique glimpse into the ecology and habitat use of the ‘near threatened’ whitespotted eagle ray in Florida. It has revealed that this species shows an affinity for habitats that are also valued by humans for recreation and commercial purposes, which will therefore have implications for its conservation.

    By Alex Taylor on 4th July 2021
  • DNA Analysis of the Tequila Bat Will Inform Conservation

    Scientists studying the ‘near threatened’ tequila bat, best known for its role in pollinating the Blue Agave plant from which the drink of the same name is made from, have analysed its DNA to help inform conservationists on managing their populations.

    By Alex Taylor on 3rd July 2021
  • Drought Forces Aardvarks to Feed in the Daytime

    New research reveals that a shift from night-time to daytime activity will have an impact on the well-being of aardvarks in our warming and drying world. With drought resulting in a lack of ants and termites, the aardvarks are starving.

    By Alex Taylor on 2nd July 2021
  • Endangered Vaquita Still Genetically Healthy

    The vaquita is the world’s rarest marine mammal. Gillnet fisheries have caused them to become entangled in the nets, and has resulted in their numbers dropping to fewer than 20 individuals. However, there is still hope as one new study has proven that they exhibit few signs of inbreeding or other problems of small populations.

    By Alex Taylor on 1st July 2021
  • DNA Detectives Aid Rhinos

    For the first time, DNA markers have been used to provide forensic evidence to tackle poaching of the Indian rhino. A database has now been created to hold a catalogue of rhino DNA, which will also aid conservation efforts.

    By Alex Taylor on 30th June 2021
  • Sea Star Joins Critically Endangered List

    The iconic sunflower sea star has been listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature following a groundbreaking population study led by Oregon State University and The Nature Conservancy.

    By Alex Taylor on 29th June 2021