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2014-06-27 23:02:53

Funding will support larger regional effort to protect important marine habitats for the sake of local livelihoods and tourism in the region. Washington, DC (PRWEB) June 27, 2014 The Nature Conservancy announced today that the Global Environment Facility (GEF), through the World Bank, has contributed US$7.2 million to the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF) to promote the conservation, protection, management and expansion of national protected area systems and other areas of biodiversity...

2014-06-25 10:14:50

PLOS Habitat loss is a primary driver of biodiversity loss – so it isn't surprising that optimising the amount of protected land is high on policy-makers' priorities. However, according to research to be published in the Open Access journal PLOS Biology on June 24 by Oscar Venter and colleagues, many protected areas are established in locations of low economic value, failing to protect the imperilled biodiversity found on more valuable land. More of the earth's land surface is set to be...

2014-06-23 08:25:15

Campaign to focus on Everglades Holiday Park's conservation efforts, expansion and must-see destination status. BOCA RATON, Fla., June 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Everglades Holiday Park (www.evergladesholidaypark.com), a one-of-a-kind tourist destination and gateway to the Florida Everglades, has hired South Florida based Insider Media Management (www.insidermediamgmt.com) as its public relations agency of record. "At Everglades Holiday Park we strive for perfection, accept...

Better Protection From Humans Needed For Antarctica's Ice-Free Land
2014-06-19 06:55:51

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Despite the harsh conditions, the number of visitors arriving in the Antarctic is soaring each year. This worries the world's leading environmental scientists who say that Antarctica's ice-free land needs better protection from human activities. Of the 55 Antarctic areas designated for protection, all of them lie close to human activity sites and seven are at a high risk for biological invasions. According to the study, published in...

Conservation Group Calls For Expanded Grizzly Bear Recovery Efforts
2014-06-19 06:23:12

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A conservation group is urging federal officials in the US to expand efforts to help grizzly bear recovery efforts, including returning the creature to western states such as Arizona and California, or face legal action for failing to comply with portions of the Endangered Species Act. The Center for Biological Diversity, a nonprofit organization based in Tucson, announced on Wednesday that it had filed documents identifying more...

2014-06-09 23:03:36

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Zebra Pen Corporation, and AZA-accredited zoos across the nation are collaborating to support the conservation of the endangered Grevy’s zebra. Today, Zebra Pen will be making a donation of $15,000 in support of efforts to save the endangered Grevy’s zebras in Africa. Silver Spring, Maryland (PRWEB) June 09, 2014 The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Zebra Pen Corporation, and AZA-accredited zoos across the nation are collaborating...

Humans, Not Climate Change, Led To Extinction Of Mammal Giants
2014-06-05 11:08:22

Alan McStravick for redorbit.com - Your Universe online We could be living in a world populated with giant deer, wombats, sabre-toothed cats, marsupial lions and kangaroos but for one important factor: humans killed them all. A new study out of Aarhus University, Denmark's second oldest university, looked back over the past 100,000 years and determined that human expansion and competition, not climate change, marched these and many other large mammals right out of the Animal Kingdom. This...

2014-06-03 23:02:25

New Resource from The Wilderness Society Explores the Past, Present, and Future Values of America’s Wild Legacy Washington (PRWEB) June 03, 2014 In honor of the Wilderness Act, signed into law by President Johnson 50 years ago on September 3rd, a new publication from The Wilderness Society celebrates the role of wilderness in shaping national character, highlights the significance of wilderness to today’s diverse America and calls on Congress to take up its gavel to protect more wild...

endangered okapi
2014-05-31 05:57:42

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Plant and animal species are becoming extinct at rates more than 1,000 times more quickly than they did before the arrival of humans, indicating that the Earth could be edging closer to a sixth great extinction, according to a new study published May 30 in the journal Science. In the study, Duke University biologist Stuart Pimm and his colleagues examined both past and present rates of extinction using the IUCN Red List of...

Clapper Rail
2014-05-30 04:47:58

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Issues related to threatened and endangered species are the focus of two new studies appearing in the journal Science, one of which focuses on how to balance recovery efforts with the eradication of invasive species and the other detailing advances in technologies that could make it easier to identify creatures in need of protection. In the first paper, Adam Lampert of the University of California, Davis and his colleagues...


Latest Conservation Reference Libraries

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...

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...

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