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Invasive Species Hypotheses Losing Steam And Support
2012-08-23 08:16:08

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Invasive species cost the world a whopping $1.4 trillion dollars a year. Humans are the main culprit behind the introduction of invasive species such as plants, animals or even microbes. Specific examples of these include zebra mussels in the Hudson River, Burmese pythons in the Florida everglades, giant hogweed in the Czech Republic, and gray squirrels in the UK. Invasive species are responsible for the loss of natural resources...

Marine Protection Gets Local Boost In Fiji
2012-08-22 12:14:26

A new study by researchers from the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University, and the Wildlife Conservation Society has found that locally managed marine protected areas within Fiji are playing an increasingly important role in the nation's strategy to protect inshore habitats. The study estimates that by 2020, locally managed marine protected areas within the Fiji Locally Managed Marine Area...

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2012-08-20 18:46:54

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Hawaiian researchers can now add fish to the phrase “the best laid-plans of mice and men, often go awry," as John Steinbeck once translated from a famous Robert Burns´ poem. An avid fisherman himself, Steinbeck would no doubt appreciate the problems caused by three invasive species of fish introduced to the Pacific archipelago 55 years ago. In an attempt to better understand how an invasive species comes to dominate a...

2012-08-15 11:46:48

The small fragments of tropical forests left behind after deforestation are suffering extensive species extinction, according to new research led by the University of East Anglia (UEA). Publishing today in the journal PLoS ONE, the researchers carried out a comprehensive assessment to estimate the long-term impact of forest fragmentation and hunting on tropical biodiversity in Brazil. They studied the Atlantic Forest of eastern Brazil, including the region's largest and least disturbed...

2012-08-13 06:21:36

IUCN Specialist Group issues Red List Assessments for North & Central American species VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The IUCN Shark Specialist Group (SSG) is releasing the first compilation of status assessments for nearly 300 sharks, rays, and chimaeras (chondrichthyan fishes) found in North American, Central American, and Caribbean waters conducted using on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species criteria. The report shows that 13.5%...

2012-08-07 23:19:03

Forest succession helps rare plants and animals Forests hammered by windstorms, avalanches and wildfires may appear blighted, but a Washington State University researcher says such disturbances can be key to maximizing an area's biological diversity. In fact, says Mark Swanson, land managers can alter their practices to enhance such diversity, creating areas with a wide variety of species, including rare and endangered plants and animals. "The 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens, for...

Can Biodiversity Be Saved By Nature Parks?
2012-08-07 16:10:47

The 14 years of wildlife studies in and around Madagascar's Ranomafana National Park by Sarah Karpanty, associate professor of wildlife conservation at Virginia Tech's College of Natural Resources and Environment, and her students are summarily part of a paper on biodiversity published July 25 by Nature's Advanced Online Publication and coming out soon in print. As human activities put increasing pressures on natural systems and wildlife to survive, 200 scientists around the world carved...

Critical Situation For Rhino Species
2012-08-05 16:17:01

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Peter de Groot hopes that his recent finding confirming the extinction of the Javan rhinoceros in Vietnam will push the public to help protect the last remaining group of these prehistoric creatures living in Indonesia. “We still have a chance to save the species but before we do anything, we have to determine the profile of the remaining group,” he says. The demise of the Javan rhinoceros population living in...

Captive Lion Programs 'Conservation Myth'
2012-08-02 10:43:35

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Panthera, a wild cat conservation group, published a new report in the international conservation journal, Oryx, concerning the reintroduction of captive lions to the wild. Panthera is the world's leading conservation organization devoted entirely to wild cats and their ecosystems. Panthera develops and implements global conservation strategies for the largest and most endangered cats. The report, 'Walking with lions: Why there is...

To Know A Tiger: Better Understanding Breeds More Tolerance
2012-08-01 05:30:20

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online In order to conduct conservation efforts successfully, information about an endangered species - such as preferred food sources and habitat - is crucial for conservationists to understand. However, a new study conducted by Neil Carter, a doctoral student from Michigan State University, shows that endangered species also rely on the thoughts of the humans they may encounter. Carter first began his studies in Nepal, where he focused...


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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...

Sequoia slender salamander, Batrachoseps kawia
2014-02-06 10:04:58

The Sequoia slender salamander (Batrachoseps kawia) is a member of the Plethodontidae family. The species is native to California, ranging the western Sierra Mountains in California and the Kaweah River in Tulare County, California. The Sequoia slender salamander inhabits deciduous woodlands, mossy green areas and coniferous forests. The Sequoia slender salamander typically reaches lengths between 1.3 to 1.8 inches long from snout to vent.  As its common name implies, its small, slim body...

San Gabriel slender salamander, Batrachoseps gabrieli
2014-02-06 09:49:23

The San Gabriel slender salamander (Batrachoseps gabrieli) is a member of the Plethodontidae family of salamander species. The species is native to California and it is found ranging from the San Gabriel Canyon, in the eastern San Gabriel Mountains to Kimbark and Waterman Canyon in the extreme western San Bernardino Mountains. The San Gabriel slender salamander grows to lengths between 1.5 and 2 inches. As its name implies, its small, slim body gives this salamander an almost wormlike...

California slender salamander, Batrachoseps attenuatus
2014-02-04 09:23:14

The California slender salamander (Batrachoseps attenuatus) is a member of the Plethodontidae family of salamander species. The species is native to California and southwest Oregon. The California slender salamander ranges from central California, north along the coast and ranges into Oregon and in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The California slender salamander grows to lengths between 3 to 5.5 inches. As its name implies, a slim body with short limbs gives this salamander...

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