All posts tagged with conservation

Feral rheas

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Audubon magazine has a fascinating story by Sami Emory about how an area of Germany is being overrun by feral rheas: “Inside Germany’s Giant, Hungry, Flightl...

Hippos in South America

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The Washington Post has an opinion piece by Robert Gebelhoff asking the tough questions about a South American herd of African herbivores: “The great conundr...

Natural areas going to the dogs

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Human presence has changed the natural environment in many ways. One of the most important is the spread of species that do well in the presence of humans, m...

Link: Saiga deaths linked to microbes

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Carl Zimmer reports on some of the work being done to understand the extreme die-offs of saiga antelopes in Central Asia: “More Than Half of Entire Species o...

Link: About aye-ayes

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The Pacific Standard has a very good story by Jason Bittel about aye-ayes: “The Aye-Aye and the Finger of Death”. The story focuses on the interesting behavi...

Link: Skeletons of the mountain gorillas

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The NYCEP blog has a great post by Natalie O’Shea, who has been helping prepare the skeletal remains of gorillas who died natural deaths within the Rwanda Vo...

Mountain gorilla visit

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Chimpanzee researcher Maureen McCarthy describes a visit to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda, to see the mountain gorillas: “Uganda’s other great apes”.

The scope of bonobos

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National Geographic has an excellent article by David Quammen about the science of bonobo behavior: “The Left Bank Ape: An Exclusive Look at Bonobo Behavior”...

Perverse incentives on wildlife habitat

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The New York Times has a long article today about the progressive loss of pheasant habitat in Iowa, and the resulting negative impact on the hunting industry...

Meet Daubentonia madagascarensis

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The aye-aye is possibly the world’s strangest primate. The species is native to Madagascar, and falls into the family of all primates from that island, the l...

Scanning the ape fecome

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Donald McNeil, Jr., has written up some background detail about last week’s story that falciparum malaria came from gorillas: “A finding on malaria comes fro...

Mailbag: Neandertal backbreeding

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In your blog, you have commented on the prospect of re-creating a neandertal from a "completed" genome.....I agree with your views and predictions.

Frozen zoo

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The Observer has a nice article describing the “Frozen Zoo” of samples kept by the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research.

Shoe ecology and invasive species

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On the topic of invasive species, here’s one about algae spreading worldwide on the soles of hip waders: “Fly Fishers Serving as Transports for Noxious Littl...

Mmmm…geese….

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New York is considering a plan “to eliminate 170,000 wild Canada geese”:

Conservation by genomics

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This week’s Nature has a news article by Emma Marris about bison conservation and genomics. I’ve been very interested in cattle and bison as an example of in...

Chimpanzee decline in Cote d'Ivoire

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In that issue of Current Biology with the report about bonobo hunting, there is also a short correspondence describing the decline of chimpanzee populations ...

Live fat die young, bearwise

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This story describes research on the longevity and maturation of wild bears who have invaded urban habitat in Nevada:

Numbers, Amazon-style

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In last week’s Science, Stanislas Dehaene and colleagues describe the relation of cultural invention to “universal intuition” about mathematical logic:

Lascaux struggling with fungal invasion

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Julien Riel-Salvatore has been following the fungus problems at Lascaux. His earlier post discusses a December NY Times article on the problem. That article...

More on bison and introgression

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Jim Robbins of the NYT has written a long article about genetic introgression of cattle genes into bison populations. The article is mainly concerned about ...

The gorilla Ebola toll

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The title of the one-page paper by Magdalena Bermejo and colleagues tells most of the story: "Ebola oubreak killed 5000 gorillas."

What's ailing hybrid lions?

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I ran across this story about unusual disease affecting hybrids of Asiatic and African lions in Indian zoos:

Genetics versus energy costs

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Either this continues today's Kansas theme, or this week's genetics theme. In either case, it's nice to see some attention to agricultural genetics and its ...

Why ants don't get IRB boards

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In contrast to the terrible white buffalo stories, there is a fairly genetically enlightening story about Argentine ants, by Jeanna Bryner.

The white buffalo

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OK, this was local news here, and now it's national news:

Sooty mangabey trouble

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There's a nice long AP article about the possible trade-off between conservation and experimentation on sooty mangabeys. The problem is that Yerkes National...

Pandas cost too much

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The NY Times has an article about the licensing fees that zoos pay to China to keep giant pandas in the country.

Bushmeat GIS mapping

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Science has a NetWatch feature that pointed me to the Bushmeat Mapserver from the Bushmeat Crisis Task Force. </p>

Lion attacks

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This Reuters article is just brutal: