Research - Page 3

  • Shocking South African Extinctions

    Over the past 300 years, 79 plants have been confirmed extinct from three of the world’s biodiversity hotspots located in South Africa – the Cape Floristic Region, the Succulent Karoo, and the Maputuland-Pondoland-Albany corridor.

    By Alex Taylor on 4th 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
  • Habitat Loss Major Threat to Australian Birds

    New research has found that habitat loss is a major concern for hundreds of Australian bird species, threatened as well as non-threatened, and south-eastern Australia has been the worst affected.

    By Alex Taylor on 13th 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
  • A 50 Million Year Recovery

    New Zealand has a long history of bird extinctions caused by human activity. Scientists have estimated that it would take 50 million years to recover lost bird species, and if birds currently under threat are allowed to go extinct, it would take 10 million years to recover them.

    By Alex Taylor on 16th 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
  • Turtle Species’ Conservation Success

    Analysis of conservation efforts in the Amazon and Orinoco basins has revealed that a total of 85 past or present projects has helped to conserve 147,000 female South American River Turtles.

    By Alex Taylor on 2nd August 2019