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new method prioritizes species for conservation in the face of uncertainty




a new way to prioritize species for conservation efforts outperforms other similar methods, according to research presented in plos one by rikki gumbs of imperial college london, uk, and colleagues at the zoological society of london, uk. the ongoing "sixth mass extinction", driven by human activity...



targeted conservation could protect more of earth's biodiversity




image: research by yale and the university of grenoble documents where additional conservation efforts globally could most effectively support the safeguarding of species (some examples shown here) that are particularly distinct... view more credit: yale university/university of grenoblenew haven,...



affluent countries contribute less to wildlife conservation than the rest of the




less affluent countries are more committed to conservation of their large animals than richer ones, a new oxford university research collaboration has found.researchers from oxford's wildlife conservation research unit (wildcru) have assessed how much, or little, individual countries contribute to p...



two of the world's tea species extinct in the wild according to new report




the red list of theaceae, the tea family, published by the global trees campaign (a joint initiative between fauna & flora international and botanic gardens conservation international), has identified more than a third of the world's theaceae species are threatened with extinction. sadly, two specie...



researchers urge caution over bringing back extinct species




news of researchers’ efforts to bring back the long-extinct wooly mammoth has caught the public’s attention, and while the prospect is interesting, many are against it. that project in particular has its own controversies, such as whether it is ethical to bring back a creature that will have no ...



study predicts wildlife of africa's albertine rift will be threatened by climate




image: the willard's horseshoe bat, a newly described species from eastern democratic republic of congo and another species predicted to possibly go extinct due to climate change in the future. view more credit: a.j. plumptre.a new study by scientists from wcs (wildlife conservation society) and o...



how the search for mythical monsters can help conservation in the real world




credit: aleks1949 / shutterstockafter fears the loch ness monster had "disappeared" last winter, a new sighting in may 2017 was celebrated by its enthusiasts. the search for monsters and mythical creatures (or "cryptids") such as nessie, the yeti or bigfoot is known as "cryptozoology". on the face o...



land partnerships have high potential to preserve biodiversity as climate shifts




climate change adaptation potential under conservation partnerships. credit: monahan wb, theobald dm (2018)conservation partnerships between protected lands and their non-protected neighbors could significantly improve a region's ability to accommodate species migration in response to shifting clima...



fantastic beasts and why to conserve them




according to a new study, by the university of leeds and cardiff university, the conservation of threatened species has much to gain from acknowledging people's spiritual, magical and cultural beliefs.the study, published today in the journal oryx, draws on examples from countries including madagasc...



it may not have been too late to save 'extinct' pigeon




the passenger pigeon, a species of pigeon that died out in the early years of the 20th century, could have been saved even after it was considered doomed to extinction.as a result of this research, conservationists now have a model to test for functional extinction- defined as a total reproductive f...



conservation call on sawfish nursery




murdoch university researchers have identified an important nursery for a critically endangered species of sawfish and are calling for conservation efforts to be focused there.



identifying species from a single caviar egg




a new tool enables identification of high-end caviar from beluga sturgeons by analyzing dna from a single caviar, a development that helps ensure the fair international trade of caviar and contributes to conservation of the species in the wild.the fish species beluga sturgeon is known to produce the...



borrowing a leaf from biology to preserve threatened languages




austronesian languages with the highest edge scores, based on linguistic distinctiveness and degree of global endangerment. credit: m. farrell et al/mcgill universityone of the world's 7,000 languages vanishes every other week, and half - including scores of indigenous north american languages—mig...



nature conservation special: guidelines for the monitoring of beetles protected




image: dissemination activities involving children: digging into dead wood and handling beetles. view more credit: michela maurain a set of eight research publications, scientists tested various methods for the monitoring of five european saproxylic (i.e. dependent on dead wood) beetle species pro...



study highlights conservation needs of fish species recently discovered in south




in 1999, a routine study for a pipeline in tazewell county, virginia, led to a surprising discovery. researchers spotted tiny minnows with a black stripe and yellow fins, similar in size and skeletal structure to the laurel dace, a species native to tennessee. further sampling, however, revealed tha...



extinction looms for two rare bird species after devastating hurricanes




credit: florida international universityconservation biologist paul reillo is torn between two worlds in the aftermath of hurricanes irma and maria—one of swift action and one of waiting. there is little time to rest. more than 200 animals, many fighting extinction, are relying on him. the fiu sci...



species richness -- a false friend?




oldenburg. assessing the state of an ecosystem solely on the basis of short-term changes in the number of different species it contains can lead to false conclusions. this is the conclusion reached by an international team including researchers of the helmholtz institute for functional marine biodiv...



even ugly animals can win hearts and dollars to save them from extinction




it can be easier to raise money to aid animals like these african elephants than species that are more threatened with extinction but get humans less excited. credit: www.shutterstock.comthe earth is home to millions of species, but you wouldn't know it from the media's obsession with only a few doz...



declining species of shark added to endangered species list




the federal government says the oceanic whitetip shark will be listed as threatened under the endangered species act to help the species recover. the shark lives along the east coast of the united states, off southern california and in international waters. conservation group defenders of wildlife c...



propagation research on rare trees expands species recovery potential




the endangered serianthes nelsonii has been shown to be graft-compatible with different serianthes species, expanding the means by which large numbers of propagules can be produced. credit: thomas marlermany rare tropical tree species are restricted to a small, endemic range with very few remaining ...



de-extinction, technology, and the ethics of conservation




is extinction forever? efforts are under way to use gene editing and other tools of biotechnology to "recreate" extinct species such as the woolly mammoth and the passenger pigeon. could such "de-extinction" initiatives aid conservation by reviving species lost to habitat destruction and climate cha...



conservation of indonesian river and forest habitats in order to protect wildlif




a new project led by a researcher from the university of leicester is supporting the conservation of river and forest habitats in indonesia - which are vital to the survival of a number of rare species of animal including orangutans and native fish.



biodiversity loss raises risk of 'extinction cascades'




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. the researchers, from the university of exeter, showed there is a higher risk of extinction cascades when other species are ...



changes in conservation planning can benefit vulnerable mammals




image: these maps depict the most biodiverse regions (top 5%, 10%, and 17%) of the globe for each dimension of biodiversity. it also shows how these priority regions overlap across the... view more credit: ana davidsonright now, a prairie dog in colorado is busy increasing soil carbon retention, i...



wildlife royalties -- a future for conservation?




should people who profit from the cultural representation of wildlife pay towards conservation?that is the question asked in new research conducted by zoologists from oxford university's wildlife conservation research unit (wildcru).writing in the journal animals, they muse on whether organisations ...