May 29, 2009
Island sheep focus of climate-change study
Scientists say they're studying bighorn sheep on an island off the coast of Mexico to determine the effects of climate change on endangered species.
The sheep, brought to Tiburon Island in 1975, are not at risk from disease or predators, said Barry Brook, a researcher with Faculty of 1000, a London-based cooperative of international scientists.
Because the calculations can be adapted to other species, the study should aid in the conservation of small populations of animals elsewhere on the planet, Brook said.