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Celebrity Animals Stealing Conservation Money From Ugly Plants
2013-06-11 11:25:51

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online All over the world, animal and plant species are being threatened by extinction, likely at the hand of humans encroaching on their ecosystem or affecting the environment in some other way. Fortunately there are some humans who realize this and actively give funds to conservatory efforts to rescue these near-extinct species. However, a new report has been released which finds these species can´t even count on these generous...

Why Do Loggerhead Females Return To Their Place Of Birth To Mate
2013-05-31 05:48:50

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online New research is shedding light on why female loggerhead sea turtles return to their place of birth to mate, while males jump to different locations. Scientists at the GEOMar Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel in Germany used molecular tools to research turtle migratory patterns around the Cape Verde islands to find out why female turtles return home. The reason that female loggerhead sea turtles return to their place of...

At-risk Bird Species In Brazilian Forest Is Greater Than Previously Thought
2013-05-30 12:03:58

New Jersey Institute of Technology In a study published today in the journal PLOS ONE, a team of researchers led by NJIT Associate Professor Gareth Russell has applied a novel method for linking large-scale habitat fragmentation to population sustainability. "Our goal was to assess the extinction risk for bird species in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil, a global 'hotspot' of bird diversity," said Russell. "Based on elevation restrictions and forest type requirements, as well as ongoing...

2013-05-29 09:39:41

A new study, published 28 May in the open access journal PLOS Biology, has revealed the potential importance of rare species in the functioning of highly diverse ecosystems. Using data from three very different ecosystems–coral reefs, tropical forests and alpine meadows–a team of researchers led by David Mouillot at the University of Montpellier 2, France, has shown that it is primarily the rare species, rather than the more common ones, that have distinct traits involved in...

Decline Of Biodiversity On Farms
2013-05-27 09:17:56

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Conservationists have been warning about the loss of biodiversity in the wild for years, but according to“¯Zakri Abdul Hamid, head of the United Nations´ new Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), diversity loss is also occurring under the watchful eyes of the world´s farmers. In Zakri´s first public remarks as head of the new panel, the Malaysian science...

2013-05-24 23:32:37

a Tiger Journal.com continues its three-part interview series with Jean-Christophe Vié, Director of IUCN´s Global Species Programme and Director of SOS - Save Our Species, publishing Part 3 of Saving Threatened Species From Extinction. Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) May 23, 2013 a Tiger Journal.com continues its three-part interview series with Jean-Christophe Vié, Director of IUCN´s Global Species Programme and Director of SOS - Save Our Species, publishing Part 3 of Saving...

2013-05-24 23:32:34

Endangered Earth Journal.com has published Part 3 of a three-part interview series with Jean-Christophe Vié, Deputy Director of IUCN´s Global Species Programme and Director of SOS - Save Our Species. Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) May 23, 2013 Endangered Earth Journal.com has posted Part 3, of a three-part, 4,000 word interview, with Jean-Christophe Vié, Deputy Director of IUCN´s Global Species Programme and Director of SOS - Save Our Species. In the interview, Vié talks...

Top 10 New Species Announced By Scientists
2013-05-23 14:09:02

Arizona State University Researchers call for massive mission: discover 10 million species in 50 years An amazing glow-in-the-dark cockroach, a harp-shaped carnivorous sponge and the smallest vertebrate on Earth are just three of the newly discovered top 10 species selected by the International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University. A global committee of taxonomists – scientists responsible for species exploration and classification – announced its...


Latest Conservation Reference Libraries

Helicia
2014-10-13 13:09:47

Helicia is a genus of about 100 species of shrubs and trees. It is part of the Proteaceae family. The genus name is derived from the Greek word "elix", which refers to its petals that spiral around each other or coil up on themselves at the time that the anthers open. Helicias are small trees generally with some species only shrubs and some species growing to be medium sized trees of about 100 feet. Over 100 species in the genus have been scientifically described. Helicias grow...

Large Black
2014-08-28 08:46:32

The large black, also known as the Cornwall black or the Devon black, is a breed of domestic pig that was developed in Great Britain. The breed was a result of crossing black colored pigs from the southwestern areas of Cornwall and Devon and the eastern areas of Suffolk, Kent, and Essex. The pigs taken from Devon were chosen for their physical traits, but selective breeding changed their constitution and confirmation, giving them a standard size and appearance. This breed grew in popularity...

Monito del Monte, Dromiciops gliroides
2014-04-30 10:08:55

The monito del monte (Dromiciops gliroides), Spanish for little bush monkey, is a species of marsupial that can only be found in southwestern areas of South America, specifically in Argentina and Chile. This species prefers to reside in Valdivian temperate rain forests and mountain bamboo forests. It was once thought that this species is descended from marsupials living in Australia, but studies have shown that Australidelphia marsupials most likely originated in South America and later moved...

Javan Rhinoceros, Rhinoceros sondaicus
2014-04-11 12:20:28

The Javan rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus), also known as the Sunda rhinoceros or the lesser one-horned rhinoceros, is one of five living species of rhino that can be found in a small area in western Java in Ujung Kulon National Park. Its range once extended from Bengal and Assam to Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Laos and included the islands of Sumatra and Java. This species prefers to reside in grasslands, rainforests, and reed beds with abundant vegetation and water at higher...

Selasian wood, Cinnamomum parthenoxylon
2014-02-10 07:32:18

Cinnamomum parthenoxylon is an evergreen tree species. The species may also be commonly referred to as Selasian Wood, Saffrol Laurel or Martaban Camphor Wood. The plant is a member of the Lauraceae family. It is indigenous to south and eastern Asia, specifically, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Cinnamomum parthenoxylon trees grow anywhere between 33 and 66 feet tall. Its trunk and branches are covered by a grey or...

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Word of the Day
barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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