Research

  • New Hope for the Northern White Rhino

    New genetic analysis has discovered that northern and southern white rhino populations have had contact throughout history. This means that genes from southern white rhinos could be used to successfully rescue their critically endangered northern cousins.

    By Alex Taylor on 14th December 2018
  • Damming Caused Decline

    The damming of the Yangtze River has been shown to have caused declines in population size and spawning ground capacity of the critically endangered Chinese sturgeon.

    By Alex Taylor on 10th December 2018
  • Combined Threats Increase Extinction Risk

    The combined threat of deforestation and wildlife exploitation has been severely underestimated for bird populations in Southeast Asia. This could lead to some species becoming extinct.

    By Alex Taylor on 7th December 2018
  • Loss of Lemurs May Endanger Large Trees

    Lemurs are some of the world’s most endangered animals. But they play a vital role in their ecosystems, and a new study has shown that saving them may be the key to saving Madagascar’s largest trees.

    By Alex Taylor on 5th November 2018
  • New Tool Helps Prioritise Conservation

    A new tool has been developed by researchers in Canada that determines which conservation actions help the most species and ensures that limited funds are well spent.

    By Alex Taylor on 21st October 2018
  • What’s Eating Orchids?

    Japanese researchers have discovered that a species of seed-eating fly is damaging the seed production of a number of already-endangered orchid species.

    By Alex Taylor on 15th October 2018
  • Rediscovery of Bird Feared Extinct

    The Bahamas Nuthatch was feared extinct after Hurricane Matthew, but has been rediscovered by a research team. However, with only two birds found, its chances of recovery are slim.

    By Alex Taylor on 28th September 2018
  • Mountain Species Pushed Higher and Higher

    The first review of mountaintop species and their response to climate change has found that for every one degree Celsius increase in temperature, species shift 100 metres upslope.

    By Alex Taylor on 23rd September 2018
  • Serial Criminals Could Save Tigers

    A geographic profiling tool used to catch serial criminals could help reduce the casualties of human-tiger conflict and cut attacks by half, according to new research.

    By Alex Taylor on 16th September 2018