Research

  • Roads Threaten Tiger Habitat

    A recently developed global roads database has been used to calculate the impact of existing and planned road networks on habitat crucial for tiger survival. Scientists conclude that both tigers and their prey will be seriously affected.

    By Alex Taylor on 10th May 2020
  • Marine Species on the Move

    Rising temperatures caused by climate change have resulted in a shift in population sizes of marine species – in general, populations are growing at the poles and declining at the equator.

    By Alex Taylor on 17th April 2020
  • Disappearing Snakes

    Thanks to long-term data sets, scientists have been able to document the fact that a snake community plummeted following the wipe out of frogs in Panama due to an invasive fungal pathogen.

    By Alex Taylor on 6th April 2020
  • Improving the Success of Giraffe Translocations

    Two new studies have set out the ideal conditions for giraffes to be translocated to new areas for conservation purposes. Groups should contain at least 30 females and at least 3 males to ensure long-term survival, and on-going monitoring and management is vital.

    By Alex Taylor on 27th March 2020
  • Fishing for Mammals

    An innovative new technique has been developed to survey for animal species. Scientists have used environmental DNA shed by animals in water to provide a snapshot of the local mammal community.

    By Alex Taylor on 20th March 2020
  • Improved Assessments of Asiatic Lions

    An alternative method for monitoring Asiatic lions using whisker patterns and body markings to identify individual lions has been demonstrated. This could lead to improved population estimates and help inform conservation policy.

    By Alex Taylor on 28th February 2020
  • Tracking Turtles

    Scientists have used innovative ways to track female loggerhead turtles. The data reveals that return to the same nesting beaches to lay eggs year after year, therefore, these key locations should be a focus for conservation efforts.

    By Alex Taylor on 22nd February 2020
  • Severe Weather Impacts Wildlife

    In 2017, Hurricane Irma offered scientists the chance to study the impact of a severe weather event on white-tailed deer. They discovered that the deer changed their movement rate and their habitat selection, thus are able to alter their behaviour in order to survive.

    By Alex Taylor on 7th February 2020
  • Humanity’s Footprint is Squashing Biodiversity

    Using the most comprehensive dataset on the ‘human footprint,’ which maps the accumulated impact of human activities on the land’s surface, researchers have documented intense human pressures across the range of a staggering 20,529 terrestrial vertebrate species.

    By Alex Taylor on 31st January 2020
  • Platypus on Brink of Extinction

    Australia’s devastating drought is having a critical impact on the iconic platypus. With increasing reports of rivers drying up and platypuses becoming stranded, it is feared that local populations are declining rapidly.

    By Alex Taylor on 26th January 2020