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2010-08-05 06:20:00

Deforestation in Eastern Europe's Puszcza Bialowieska is threatening the area's flora and fauna, warned Polish environmentalists on Wednesday. The group has taken their complaints to the European Union, insisting that logging is limiting the habitat of certain rare birds, the AFP news agency reported. The 345,000-acre Bialowieza forest is an ancient woodland that straddles the Polish-Belarussian border, and is one of the last and largest remnants of the vast primeval forest that once spanned...

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2009-08-04 13:20:00

New research has found that the European bison, Europe's heaviest surviving land animal, is still in danger of extinction, despite heroic conservation efforts.  Despite the number of wild bison in the herd having steadily risen to about 800, one of the last two wild herds of pure-bred European bison has dwindled down to an effective population of just 25. The effective population is a measure of the bison's genetic diversity, and can even serve to predict the animal's chances of...

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2009-02-26 14:13:41

The future existence of bison in Europe relies on a handful of closely related captive animals, which scientists fear could leave them vulnerable to certain illnesses due to weak genetic diversity. As many as 800 bison currently roam the Bialowieza forest, the final remnant of a massive woodland that covered Europe after the last Ice Age, which ended about 10,000 years ago. The park keeps about 30 closely related bison in captivity for the sole purpose of breeding in case of the onset of...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.