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December 20, 2014

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3:16 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 19/12/2014
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]
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3:16 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 19/12/2014
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]
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3:07 AM | Zero Invasive Predators
This week past the NEXT Foundation of New Zealand made the major announcement of start-up funding for a company named ZIP. Zero Invasive Predators (ZIP) aims to regenerate our native birdlife by transforming the way invasive predators are managed on mainland New Zealand. On small islands (in the range of 10,000 hectares) we have the…

December 19, 2014

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9:29 PM | Once Extinct in the Wild
How do you save the last wild horse? One birth at a time—and with science. WATCH http://t.co/thSXvOta91 #WeSaveSpecies— National Zoo (@NationalZoo) December 19, 2014 The National Zoo continues to work to "strengthen the population of 500 Przewalski's horses currently thriving in their native Mongolian habitat."
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6:22 PM | Protected No Longer? Desperate Fisheries Managers Want to Open Closed Areas.
By Carl Safina and Elizabeth Brown By the early 1990’s, decades of heavy fishing had depleted several of New England’s important fish species, including cod, haddock, pollock and flounders (collectively referred to as ‘groundfish’). Fishermen had been catching fish faster than they could reproduce and had degraded fish habitats by dragging nets. To help rebuild New…
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3:25 PM | Test-Tube Baby May Be Last Hope for Northern White Rhino
Scientists are facing desperate options in the fight to save northern white rhinos from extinction.
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12:43 PM | The stench of compatibility: How otters identify one another, and potential mates by smelling their poop
Otters don’t tend to be very visible to us, but they are more abundant than we might perceive them to be. Otters mostly live in isolation of one another, yet they manage to remotely communicate to one another without the aid of modern technology that so often depend upon for communication. On this blog, I previously wrote how […]

Kean, E., Chadwick, E. & Müller, C. (2014). Scent signals individual identity and country of origin in otters, Mammalian Biology - Zeitschrift für Säugetierkunde, DOI: 10.1016/j.mambio.2014.12.004

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12:43 PM | The stench of compatibility: How otters identify one another, and potential mates by smelling their poop
Otters don’t tend to be very visible to us, but they are more abundant than we might perceive them to be. Otters mostly live in isolation of one another, yet they manage to remotely communicate to one another without the aid of modern technology that we so often depend upon for communication. On this blog, I previously wrote […]

Kean, E., Chadwick, E. & Müller, C. (2014). Scent signals individual identity and country of origin in otters, Mammalian Biology - Zeitschrift für Säugetierkunde, DOI: 10.1016/j.mambio.2014.12.004

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December 18, 2014

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8:19 PM | Save the Tasmanian Devil
  The Tasmanian devil is famed for its shrieking call and fierce temperament, which reportedly terrified Europeans colonising Australia back in the 19th century. Tasmanian devils are now endangered in the wild. One of the reasons for this is the spread of devil facial tumour disease (DFTD), an aggressive transmissible cancer. DFTD has a 100%…
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5:11 PM | Feeding Conservation: An African Vision for Restoring Biodiversity
By Dale Lewis Since 2003, the non-profit company Community Markets for Conservation (COMACO) has been working in Zambia to help poor farmers improve their skills, grow surpluses, and receive above-market prices for their produce in exchange for meeting conservation targets. In managing the production and sale of these nutritious and chemical-free products, COMACO has committed itself to passing on above-market-price profits to farmers in the form of raw materials if they commit to […]
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3:17 PM | Test Your Knowledge of Extinct and Endangered Species
Take the first Zoologic quiz: Extinct or Endangered ? Do you know which species are gone forever, and which still might be saved?  
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1:54 PM | Hōkūle‘a: Making a Grand Entrance in Auckland
After several exciting weeks of traversing the Northland of Aotearoa (New Zealand) and interacting with incredible communities all throughout, our leg of the Worldwide Voyage finally concluded with a sail into Auckland, the capital city, and a day of ceremonies.
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1:45 PM | Say ‘Hello’ to Professor Wu
A 4-foot long Chinese giant salamander named Professor Wu arrived at London Zoo to serve as an ambassador for his species. The 19-year-old amphibian is named after one of the conservation project’s partners in China. Read more about this critically endangered species and efforts to save Professor Wu’s wild relatives in my latest Nat Geo Weird & Wild post: 4-Foot Salamander Arrives in London as Face of New Conservatin Effort .

December 17, 2014

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7:19 PM | Under selection, an endangered species runs low on evolutionary “fuel”
The pale-headed brushfinch, Atlapetes pallidiceps, is a conservation success story, or at least the first chapter of one. The birds were thought to be extinct, until a 1998 survey [PDF] of Ecuador’s Yunguilla Valley found four nesting pairs, and observed them foraging for insects and fruit. Following that rediscovery, the Fundacion Jocotoco secured a reserve […]
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6:50 PM | Now There Are Just 5
Just 5 northern white rhinos left. #RIP Angalifu, may your life be a lesson to the world. http://t.co/eTBdfxf8qh pic.twitter.com/EHjirP7m77— San Diego Zoo (@sandiegozoo) December 16, 2014 "The San Diego Zoo has preserved semen and testicular tissue from Angalifu, "with the hope that new reproductive technologies will allow recovery of the species..."
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5:24 PM | The best science books of 2014: Biology | @GrrlScientist
Today, I share a list of what I consider to be the best popular biological sciences books of the year, hoping that you’ll find lots of interesting and unusual ideas for all the biology buffs on your holiday gift-giving list!Continuing on with the theme I started recently, I am naming some of the popular science books in the biological sciences that I think are the best of 2014. The biological sciences are an even larger genre and more difficult-to-define than is nature writing, but it […]
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3:04 PM | The Next New Species Could be in Your Backyard: Why Exploration and Discovery Matter – Everywhere
Gregory M. Mueller, Ph.D. Chief Scientist and Negaunee Foundation Vice President of Science Chicago Botanic Garden When we think about discovering new species, we tend to envision tropical rainforests, remote deserts or lofty mountain peaks. But researchers, including myself, are taking a closer look at the landscapes right under our noses – in my case,…
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3:04 PM | The Next New Species Could be in Your Backyard: Why Exploration and Discovery Matter – Everywhere
Gregory M. Mueller, Ph.D. Chief Scientist and Negaunee Foundation Vice President of Science Chicago Botanic Garden When we think about discovering new species, we tend to envision tropical rainforests, remote deserts or lofty mountain peaks. But researchers, including myself, are taking a closer look at the landscapes right under our noses – in my case,…
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2:16 PM | Drexel Snapshot x2: Conserving Central African Wildlife Diversity
Central Africa’s Congo Basin is a biodiversity hotspot, meaning it’s a region with an incredibly rich array of plants and animals, many of which are found nowhere else—and which face threats to survival that include deforestation, climate change and hunting. A Drexel professor and her students are part of an international effort to protect this … Continue reading →
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1:30 PM | We Need Books to…Identify New Species
This month, we’re publishing a series of blog posts outlining the importance of biodiversity literature, made available for free and open access through the Biodiversity Heritage Library, to today’s scientific research and conservation initiatives. With your help, we can help save biodiversity. The Science of Identifying Life on EarthThere are an estimated 8.75 million species on earth, of which almost 2 million have been described. Scientists classify about 18,000 new species […]
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1:06 PM | Zimbabwe’s Reported Plan to Export Baby Elephants Raises Outcry Against Animal Trade
News that Zimbabwe has captured dozens of baby elephants from the wild and plans to export them overseas ignited a firestorm of alarm in conservation circles, raising new questions about the policies that govern the trade of live elephants. The elephants are reportedly headed to China, where they would most likely be held in zoos.…
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12:39 PM | Three Conservation Success Stories
With rising sea levels, continued deforestation of the rainforests, and an ever-increasing list of animals at risk of endangerment or extinction, a casual observer of today’s media would not be at fault for presuming that the state of our world ecosystem is all doom and gloom. Yet for every disappeared species, every illegal logging project in the Amazon, there is another story of success by conservationists around the world. These stories are often underplayed and under-appreciated by […]
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10:40 AM | Vote For Cape Parrot As SA’s Favourite Bird!
Click here to Vote for CAPE PARROT as South Africa’s favourite bird! The green-and gold Cape Parrot is our national parrot and are only found here, yet most South Africans do not even know they exists. Our Cape Parrot is Africa’s most Endangered parrot species with around 1,000 Cape Parrots remaining in the wild. Their fate is forever linked to…

December 16, 2014

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5:53 PM | A Ghost in the Making: Photographing the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee
Over the last 15 years the range of the Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee has shrunk by 87% and it has become one of the rarest bees in North America.
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5:53 PM | A Ghost in the Making: Photographing the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee
Over the last 15 years the range of the Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee has shrunk by 87% and it has become one of the rarest bees in North America.
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3:00 PM | A New Species of Chameleon on Mt. Namuli
Leaving the sad reality of devastated forest behind, Krystal Tolley and her team head in to the remaining jungle and make an extraordinary discovery.
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2:00 PM | Spineless: New Photography Collection Celebrates Our Undersea Cousins
A new book about marine invertebrates celebrates the sumptuous beauty of our lesser-known cousins.
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12:18 PM | Mangrove deforestation in Madagascar: What are the options?
The last time you heard from us at Blue Ventures, my colleague Garth Cripps was talking about shark fishing on Madagascar’s west coast.  Here Dr. Trevor Jones, our Blue Carbon Science guru, talks about his favorite coastal ecosystem, mangrove forests, and some of the ways we’re looking to partner with communities for their conservation. Take…
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6:43 AM | No Endangered Listing for Dusky Sharks (and That’s a Good Thing)
Though the fisheries news cycle has mostly been taken up by the 15-year anniversary of the Sea Around Us project (and some choice words between researchers), today also marked the official announcement of the 12-month finding on the petition to list dusky sharks on the U.S. Endangered Species Act.  Long story short, the National Marine […]
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3:11 AM | Mitch Ladyman: What do mining companies do for the environment?
Mitch is out bush so he asked us to post this on his behalf.   I was in Bunnings the other day: Australia’s largest hardware warehouse chain with exceptionally large warehouses full of……….well, hardware (in-text footnote – I actually believe that all Bunnings stores function in a parallel universe on a different space/time continuum: men […]
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