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Imminent extinction of northern white rhinoceros motivates genetic recovery efforts

Thu, 24 May 2018 14:17:25 EDT ~ Earlier this year, the last remaining male northern white rhinoceros (NWR) died in captivity, nearly cementing the fate of this subspecies for extinction. In the wild, continuing threats of poaching, habitat destruction, and small population size have contributed to the rhinos' status as critically endangered. Yet, novel conservation efforts that make use of cryopreserved genetic material could save the NWR, and other threatened species, from extinction. Find out more...

Facial recognition software could help endangered primates, slow illegal trafficking

Thu, 24 May 2018 11:23:45 EDT ~ New facial recognition software can help protect endangered primates -- more than 60 percent of which face extinction. Find out more...

Orphaned elephants change where they live, in response to poaching and the need for food

Wed, 23 May 2018 13:12:39 EDT ~ Young elephants who have lost either their mothers or the matriarchs of the herd are affected dramatically, and change where they live, according to new research. Find out more...

Long-term study reveals one invasive insect can change a forest bird community

Wed, 23 May 2018 09:12:56 EDT ~ Eastern hemlock forests have been declining due to a non-native insect pest. A new study presents some of the best data showing how the decline of a single tree species leads to the disappearance of birds specialized to them. The data also indicate birds associated with non-hemlock habitat features are spreading into former hemlock forests. A single insect species has led to a less diverse bird community across this landscape. Find out more...

First record of large-antlered muntjac in Vietnam

Tue, 22 May 2018 12:33:27 EDT ~ In November 2017 -- under a biodiversity monitoring and assessment activity supported by the US Agency for International Development -- scientists and conservationists captured photographs of one of the rarest and most threatened mammal species of Southeast Asia, the large-antlered muntjac, in Quang Nam province, central Vietnam. Find out more...

Giant Chinese salamander is at least five distinct species, all heading toward extinction

Mon, 21 May 2018 13:18:32 EDT ~ With individuals weighing in at more than 140 pounds, the critically endangered Chinese giant salamander is well known as the world's largest amphibian. But researchers now find that those giant salamanders aren't one species, but five, and possibly as many as eight. The bad news is that all of the salamanders now face the imminent threat of extinction in the wild, due to demand for the amphibians as luxury food. Find out more...

Asian tiger mosquito on the move

Fri, 18 May 2018 10:27:34 EDT ~ Scientists have compared the ecological niches of the Asian tiger mosquito and the yellow fever mosquito, both of which transmit infectious diseases, on various continents. The invasion time span plays an important role in their expansion and the Asian tiger mosquito has not yet arrived in all regions where it would find a suitable environment. Find out more...

Giraffes surprise biologists yet again

Fri, 18 May 2018 10:27:31 EDT ~ New research has highlighted how little we know about giraffe behavior and ecology. Find out more...

Shocking study shows one third of world's protected areas degraded by human activities

Thu, 17 May 2018 14:36:41 EDT ~ A shocking study confirms that one third of the world's protected areas -- an astonishing 2.3 million square miles or twice the size of the state of Alaska -- are now under intense human pressure including road building, grazing, and urbanization. Find out more...

Limiting warming to 1.5 degree C would save majority of global species from climate change

Thu, 17 May 2018 14:36:35 EDT ~ New research finds that limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees C would save the majority of the world's plant and animal species from climate change. Species across the globe would benefit -- particularly those in Southern Africa, the Amazon, Europe and Australia. Examples of animals to benefit include the critically endangered black rhinoceros. Reducing the risk to insects is important because they are vital for 'ecosystem services' such as pollinating crops and being part of the food chain. Find out more...