World Conservation Issues - Page 5

  • A Shady Spot for Climate Vulnerable Species

    Predictions about the impact of climate change on species may be inaccurate if behaviour is not taken into account. This was highlighted by new research which shows that some species may be able to mitigate the effects of higher temperatures by seeking out shade.

    By Alex Taylor on 14th July 2019
  • Elephant Poaching Decline

    Scientists have reported that elephant poaching in Africa has declined, from 10% in 2011 to 4% in 2017. However, even at current poaching rates, elephants remain in serious danger of going extinct.

    By Alex Taylor on 30th June 2019
  • Chimpanzees at the Crossroads

    Research shows that chimpanzees react to changes to their habitats by adapting to human development, such as learning to cross roads safely and knowing when to avoid people. However, further development could seriously harm their abundance and distribution.

    By Alex Taylor on 21st June 2019
  • Saving Slow-Breeding Giants

    A new study suggests that short-term trends in population size and distribution may not be the best way to judge a species extinction risk, if that species is a large, slow-breeding animal. Conservation decisions based on these trends may fail to protect them.

    By Alex Taylor on 14th June 2019
  • American Attitudes Changing

    A new study, the first and largest of its kind, has uncovered changing attitudes towards towards wildlife across the USA, in particular, a marked decline in people who believe animals should be used for purposes that benefit humans.

    By Alex Taylor on 11th June 2019
  • Shift to Smaller Animals Predicted

    As a result of the threats posed by human activity, scientists are predicting that there will be a shift towards smaller sized animals and birds, which could incur negative impacts for the long-term sustainability of ecology and evolution.

    By Alex Taylor on 30th May 2019
  • Cattle Corral Placement Helps Conservation

    New insights into certain cattle ranching practices have been given by a Kenyan scientist. These will benefit lions as well as one of the animals they prey on, the endangered Jackson’s hartebeest.

    By Alex Taylor on 25th May 2019
  • Catching Invasives Early

    The first global meta-analysis of the characteristics and size of invasive alien species’ impacts on native species as invaders become more abundant has been conducted. The study highlights the increasing need for early detection and rapid response.

    By Alex Taylor on 18th May 2019
  • Disease Found in Huemul Deer

    Scientists have reported the first cases of foot disease in huemul deer in Chile. The deer are dying from the disease, and this could pose a serious threat to a species that is already the most endangered deer in South America.

    By Alex Taylor on 12th May 2019
  • Imminent Bumblebee Extinction

    The American bumblebee is an important pollinator of Canada’s food crops and trees and shrubs. However, long-term data has shown that it is facing imminent local extinction.

    By Alex Taylor on 11th May 2019