Articles Tagged with “conservation”

45 Articles found tagged with “conservation”.

  • 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
  • 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
  • Deforestation Changing Communication

    A new study on how animal communication is affected by deforestation shows that male howler monkeys howl for longer in forest interiors and natural forest edges than at man-made forest edges. This is because there are fewer resources at these edges and has implications for conservation.

    By Alex Taylor on 17th January 2020
  • Koloa Conservation Succeeds

    The koloa, the only endemic duck remaining on the main Hawaiian Islands, is threatened by inbreeding with feral mallards. But a new study has found that its genetic diversity is high and conservation efforts have been successful.

    By Alex Taylor on 13th December 2019
  • Connecting Corridors

    The creation of corridors between restored patches of declining longleaf pine habitats in South Carolina has resulted in an increase in number of plant species within the fragments and a drop in number of species disappearing from them.

    By Alex Taylor on 1st November 2019
  • Ancient DNA Giving Fresh Insights

    Scientists trying to save endangered species are finding help in museum collections. It has been shown that using DNA specimens from old specimens to understand evolution and threats to their survival.

    By Alex Taylor on 26th 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