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Asian elephants have different personality traits just like humans

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:29:15 EST ~ Researchers have studied a timber elephant population in Myanmar and discovered that Asian elephant personality manifests through three different factors. The personality factors identified by the researchers are Attentiveness, Sociability and Aggressiveness. Find out more...

Are flamingos returning to Florida?

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:13:36 EST ~ Flamingos are a Florida cultural icon, and sightings in the state have been on the rise in recent decades. However, whether they're truly native to the US or only arrive via escape from captivity has long been subject to debate, making developing a plan for managing Florida's flamingo population challenging. A new study reviews the evidence and provides a fresh argument that the birds should be considered part of the Sunshine State's native fauna. Find out more...

Beluga whales dive deeper, longer to find food in Arctic

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:12:16 EST ~ Beluga whales that spend summers feeding in the Arctic are diving deeper and longer to find food than in earlier years, when sea ice covered more of the ocean for longer periods, according to a new analysis. Find out more...

'Nobody poaches here': Study exposes misperception of poaching on the Great Barrier Reef and its remedy

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:50:37 EST ~ New research has revealed the tiny minority of fishers who poach on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) think the illegal practice is justified, because they believe 'everyone else is doing it.' Find out more...

Study of mollusk epidemic could help save endangered sea snail

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:50:00 EST ~ Overfishing and environmental change have pushed abalone species on the US west coast to the edge of extinction. Now a fatal disease threatens their recovery. But new research shows that some abalone species may be less susceptible to the disease than others, providing initial data that could help map where abalone could survive and thrive despite the disease. Find out more...

Biodiversity loss raises risk of 'extinction cascades'

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:50:19 EST ~ New research shows that the loss of biodiversity can increase the risk of 'extinction cascades', where an initial species loss leads to a domino effect of further extinctions. Find out more...

Illegal global trade of pangolins

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 11:39:16 EST ~ Animal traffickers are taking advantage of remote ivory trade routes to smuggle pangolins one of the worlds most endangered animals out of Central Africa, a new study has found. Find out more...

Texas' first federally endangered mussel species

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:05:08 EST ~ Scientists are working to understand the ecology and taxonomy of Texas' first federally endangered mussel species. Find out more...

Monitoring bacteria on whale skin

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:58:05 EST ~ Just like with humans, the skin on marine mammals serves as an important line of defense against pathogens in their environment. A new study sheds light on the skin microbiome -- a group of microorganisms that live on skin -- in healthy humpback whales, which could aid in future efforts to monitor their health. Find out more...

Facial attraction: Red-fronted lemurs recognize photos of their own species

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 22:15:36 EST ~ Wild red-fronted lemurs (Eulemur rufrifrons) appear to be able to recognize individuals belonging to the same species (conspecifics) from photographs, a study suggests. Find out more...