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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...

Biodiversity Preservation Efforts In Peril
2012-07-26 10:40:25

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Nature preserves have been remarkably successful in maintaining the biodiversity within their borders, but some threats to the species that live there are making those borders obsolete. A recent study published in Nature that included over 200 scientists from around the world found that many of these modern-day Noah´s Arks are facing a threat to their biodiversity through mismanagement and insufficient enforcement of preserve...

Past Influences On Biodiversity In Madagascar
2012-07-25 10:35:30

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While human activity is usually identified as the primary threat to biodiversity through the loss of species, a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the Natural Academy of Sciences (PNAS) focused on identifying pre-human causes of pressures that threaten endangered species. The latest research focused on Madagascar, which is world-renowned for its biodiversity and has been plagued by deforestation and the destruction of...

2012-07-22 23:00:46

Wildlife Crime Scorecard Grades 23 Asian and African Countries but US still has Major Role to Play Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) July 22, 2012 Widespread lack of enforcement by African and Asian countries is threatening the survival of wild rhinos, tigers and elephants, a new World Wildlife Fund (WWF) report has found. Wildlife Crime Scorecard: Assessing Compliance with and Enforcement of CITES Commitments for Tigers, Rhinos and Elephants examines how 23 Asian and African countries considered...

Spotted! Software Identifies Leopard Previously Seen On Camera Trap
2012-07-21 05:06:21

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists identified a familiar leopard in a recent photo showing the big cat dragging the grisly remains of its prey across the ground in an Indian nature preserve. Using a computer program that quickly analyzes and compares the spot patterns of leopards, researchers were able to positively identify the leopard as Bandipur Leopard #123 (BPL-123). The leopard image matched another one taken of the big cat in December 2004, according...

2012-07-18 01:14:06

Managers who have more -- and more subtle — tools may be able to generate more profit from a sustainable fishery than they can using marine protected areas alone As spatial planning is used increasingly to manage fisheries and other ocean resources, researchers are working to determine the best ways to use and refine the various spatial management tools. Among them are marine protected areas (MPAs), one of the most common methods, which limit or entirely curtail fishing in a given...

2012-07-17 10:21:45

SAN DIEGO, July 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and the U.S. Forest Service have collaborated to preserve and protect 266 acres of sensitive habitat immediately adjacent to Cedar Creek Falls in the San Diego River watershed. The land is now National Forest System land donated by SDG&E. This critical watershed habitat is home to 26 sensitive or endangered wildlife species and twice as many sensitive to endangered plant species. Species include the...

Alternative To Sustainable Fisheries
2012-07-16 10:55:08

Biologists from Kiel and Vancouver present a simple way to estimate Maximum Sustainable Yield Up to now, methods to estimate the maximum sustainable yield (MSY) of fish stocks are very complex and, as a consequence, expensive. However, Dr Rainer Froese, biologist with GEOMAR | Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (Germany) and Dr Steven Martell, biologist with the University of British Columbia (Canada) have recently presented a new, much simpler method to estimate the MSY. This method...

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2012-07-13 11:29:25

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The clearing of the Brazilian rainforest is racking up a debt than won´t be paid by any government, but instead will be paid by the species that become extinct as a result of the destruction of their habitat. If deforestation and development in the Brazilian Amazon occur at their current rates over the next 40 years, 25 vertebrate species will become locally extinct, according to new research published this week in Science....

Japan’s First Panda Born In 24 Years Dies One Week After Birth
2012-07-12 11:39:10

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Less than a week after Tokyo´s Ueno Zoo recorded its first panda birth in 24 years, an event that was greeted with widespread excitement, researchers´ high spirits were crushed when they failed to resuscitate the baby male panda after one zoo keeper found the creature lying motionless on his mother´s chest. The baby panda, who had yet been named, died on Wednesday after resuscitation efforts failed. The cub had no...


Latest Conservation Reference Libraries

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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