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Rhino poaching in South Africa on the increase

Rhino poaching in South Africa on the increase

Posted Thu, 03 Nov 2011 16:10:00 GMT by Dave Collier

Figures from the South African National Parks show an increase in rhino poaching compared to last year. Despite global events such as World Rhino Day, designed to raise awareness of the plight of rhinos and the market for rhino horn, the trade in rhino horns has not decreased.

Rhino poaching in South Africa on the increase

East Winch'ed to Safety

East Winch'ed to Safety

Posted Wed, 02 Nov 2011 18:50:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

East Winch Wildlife Centre in King's Lynn, Norfolk and three other RSPCA centres save thousands of animals at each location every year as RSPCA hospitals. Research on success of seal rehabilitation began with a desire to measure the effectiveness of returning the animal to the wild.

East Winch'ed to Safety

Roads drive bats away, new study shows

Roads drive bats away, new study shows

Posted Wed, 02 Nov 2011 18:19:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Major roads can reduce numbers of protected bats and ruin their habitat, says a new University of Leeds study.

Roads drive bats away, new study shows

The effect of wind turbines on bats

The effect of wind turbines on bats

Posted Tue, 01 Nov 2011 17:40:00 GMT by Ines Morales

Bat populations everywhere are being decimated by a combination of threats they have no defense against. For instance, there's white-nose syndrome in the northeastern and eastern United States. And now, bats are turning up dead in the vicinity of wind farms. The number of fatalities is appalling.

The effect of wind turbines on bats

The Battle of the Biomes

The Battle of the Biomes

Posted Tue, 01 Nov 2011 13:14:00 GMT by Dave Collier

The delicate balance between savannah and forest is know better understood thanks to a study from Princeton. The natural world is constantly in a flux with delicate states of equilibrium disturbed by the smallest of changes. The ecosystems that exist on earth have been classified by the WWF and grouped into 14 types that include everything from tropical rainforests to the arctic tundra.

The Battle of the Biomes

Romanian Ancient Woodland Needs Protection

Romanian Ancient Woodland Needs Protection

Posted Thu, 27 Oct 2011 16:42:12 GMT by Dave Collier

WWF have launched a campaign to protect the old-growth forests of Romania. Not including Russia, Romania contains up to 65% of Europe's virgin forests. Due to economic and social pressures, this natural resource may be under threat with 150 square kilometres of European old-growth forest cleared every year.

Romanian Ancient Woodland Needs Protection

Dog Days in North Virginia

Dog Days in North Virginia

Posted Thu, 27 Oct 2011 14:37:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Those colonists have gone and done it again, George. The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Center for Conservation in Washington DC have evidence that we really put the cat among the pigeons when we messed up the west. Or rather the coyote among the wolves.

Dog Days in North Virginia

Humpback Numbers Higher

Humpback Numbers Higher

Posted Thu, 20 Oct 2011 21:39:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The highly endangered Humpback Whale 'Megaptera novaeangliae' was down to 1400 individuals 45 years ago (at the end of commercial whaling in 1966). Perhaps and hopefully there are too many to count now!

Humpback Numbers Higher

Coyote cross breeding threatens wolf survival

Coyote cross breeding threatens wolf survival

Posted Tue, 18 Oct 2011 20:21:01 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Expanding across North America with European settlers, the coyote has helped push out the wolf population and now the animals are showing signs of cross breeding which could wipe out the genetically distinct wolf.

Coyote cross breeding threatens wolf survival

Tuna Dilemma

Tuna Dilemma

Posted Tue, 18 Oct 2011 19:56:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

141 per cent of the permitted eastern Atlantic bluefin tuna catch has been landed in 2010. This figure is another 10% higher than the previous survey in 2008 and still takes no account of missing black market bluefin. Bluefin is a greatly-endangered giant fish, designed to predate rather than be predated.

Tuna Dilemma

Macaque monkeys on Mauritius, a sad monkey's tale

Macaque monkeys on Mauritius, a sad monkey's tale

Posted Tue, 11 Oct 2011 19:12:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

A problem uncovered by BUAV is the distress macaque monkeys suffer in transit, when captured and also their fate (as wild monkeys). The British Union Against Vivisection has been active for a commendable 100 years and more, raising our awareness on issues that should horrify us all. Around 10,000 monkeys a year are exported from Mauritius for prices up to £2600 each.

Macaque monkeys on Mauritius, a sad monkey's tale

Community incorporated in conservation process

Community incorporated in conservation process

Posted Sun, 09 Oct 2011 14:00:12 GMT by Peter Kahare

Kenya Forest Services has signed three crucial agreements with Community Forests Associations from three forest blocks in the World renowned Mau, Bahati and Ndundulu forests. The agreements bring the community on board in the management, protection and conservation of Eburu forest block in Mau water catchment, Bahati and Ndunduri forest blocks where members of the CFAs will take an active role in conservation.

Community incorporated in conservation process

Runoff, algae, quagga mussels; Erie and Huron suffering yet again

Runoff, algae, quagga mussels; Erie and Huron suffering yet again

Posted Sat, 08 Oct 2011 21:11:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Runoff has been a problem for generations in most countries. In the Great Lakes, it is now creating enormous blooms of algae on the coasts. Enter the Quagga! It's a large mussel, Dreissena rostriformis bugensis, that emigrated from the Ukraine, bearing a superficial resemblance to the Quagga zebra.

Runoff, algae, quagga mussels; Erie and Huron suffering yet again

Goliath grouper's comeback is a success story - Updated

Goliath grouper's comeback is a success story - Updated

Posted Fri, 07 Oct 2011 02:14:00 GMT by Dale Kiefer

The Atlantic goliath grouper, once fished to near extinction, has made a successful comeback in Florida's waters. Now Florida State University marine biologists are studying the giant fish to learn the secrets of their success.

Goliath grouper's comeback is a success story - Updated

How marine reserves impact coral and fish populations

How marine reserves impact coral and fish populations

Posted Thu, 06 Oct 2011 16:12:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science Miami University have researched the protection afforded by marine reserves over a 10 year span. They used 87 patch reefs in and around the world famous Belize location of Glover's Reef Reserve.

How marine reserves impact coral and fish populations

Twenty years after ban ivory still being traded

Twenty years after ban ivory still being traded

Posted Thu, 06 Oct 2011 06:25:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Leonardo di Caprio has this week taken over as global ambassador for this year's theme with the IFAW. TheInternational Fund for Animal Welfare is reminding us that it's twenty years since the ivory trade ban was put in place.

Twenty years after ban ivory still being traded

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The GBR in black or white: coral bleaching or coal dust?

Posted Tue, 24 May 2016 09:50:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Diversity of camels conserved for 3000 years.

Posted Tue, 10 May 2016 10:40:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Islands and their biodiversity

Posted Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:20:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Feed the birds, but what about vultures?

Posted Fri, 22 Apr 2016 14:30:01 GMT by Paul Robinson

Dolphin calves born in the Mekong

Posted Mon, 11 Apr 2016 08:40:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

To log or not to log: Poland’s forest legacy.

Posted Sat, 26 Mar 2016 13:15:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Helmeted hornbills lost to poaching for trinkets for China/Japan.

Posted Sat, 19 Mar 2016 12:31:01 GMT by JW Dowey

How fish may survive and even increase their populations

Posted Wed, 09 Mar 2016 09:05:00 GMT by JW Dowey

New Species of Rafflesia for Philippines.

Posted Mon, 29 Feb 2016 19:59:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Spineless Stories of Mass Extinction

Posted Sat, 01 Sep 2012 19:20:33 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Return of the Short-Tailed Albatross

Posted Mon, 20 Dec 2010 08:09:02 GMT by Paromita Pain

Chile latest country to act on shark fin toll

Posted Thu, 11 Aug 2011 19:40:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

A genetic tool in the fight against extinctions

Posted Thu, 01 Dec 2011 14:51:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Save horseshoe crabs to save the red knot argues scientist

Posted Wed, 06 Jul 2011 20:19:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Shark fins tracked by DNA

Posted Fri, 29 Apr 2011 09:20:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

The Terrible Turtle Trade in Indonesia

Posted Tue, 02 Apr 2013 09:07:20 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Satellites help save warblers' forest homes

Posted Thu, 08 Dec 2011 15:57:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Vulture Restaurants: Serving and Saving Vultures

Posted Tue, 27 Mar 2012 14:22:00 GMT by Atula Gupta

New monkeys, same old monkeying-around with forests.

Posted Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:31:01 GMT by JW Dowey