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2014-04-21 08:23:04

"Ivory's Curse: The Militarization and Professionalization of Poaching in Africa" reveals similarity between the illicit networks that enable terrorism, weapons, human trafficking, and ivory commercialization WASHINGTON, April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Born Free USA and C4ADS released "Ivory's Curse: The Militarization and Professionalization of Poaching in Africa," one of the most shocking, rigorous and in-depth analyses of elephant poaching and the ivory trade to date. The...

2014-04-18 13:46:11

US$ 4.43 billion pledged for the Global Environment Facility 30 donor countries today pledged US$ 4.43 billion for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to support developing countries' efforts over the next four years to prevent degradation of the global environment. "Today's decision is a powerful signal from the global community about the importance of urgently reversing the negative environmental trends in order to ensure a sustainable future for everybody", said Naoko Ishii, CEO...

Atelopus varius
2014-04-18 06:29:37

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers from Arizona State University and Plymouth University in the UK are advocating changes to the way in which threatened species are identified, due to the potential danger presented to vulnerable animal populations by the so-called “gold standard” of collecting voucher specimens for identification purposes. Ordinarily, field biologists traditionally collect those specimens to distinguish animals and/or confirm that...

Large Decrease In Green Turtle Catch Rates: Study
2014-04-17 14:13:47

Wildlife Conservation Society A 20-year assessment of Nicaragua's legal, artisanal green sea turtle fishery has uncovered a stark reality: greatly reduced overall catch rates of turtles in what may have become an unsustainable take, according to conservation scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society and University of Florida. During the research period, conservation scientists estimated that more than 170,000 green turtles were killed between 1991 and 2011, with catch rates...

Tiger Conservation Efforts Should Focus On Genetic Diversity
2014-04-17 04:27:58

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While many tiger conservation efforts focus on the numbers of a population, maintaining the big cats’ genetic diversity is just as important, according to a report published on Thursday in the Journal of Heredity. "Numbers don't tell the entire story," study author Elizabeth Hadly, a professor in environmental biology at Stanford University, said in a recent statement. According to the study, because the tiger’s decline has...

Climate Change A Likely Culprit In Coqui Frog's Altered Calls
2014-04-16 12:04:30

By Stuart Wolpert, University of California - Los Angeles Changes in the Puerto Rican climate over the past three decades have caused small but significant changes to the coqui frog, the territory's national animal. UCLA biologists have found that not only have male coquis become smaller, but their mating call has also become shorter and higher pitched. Authored by Peter Narins, UCLA distinguished professor of integrative biology and physiology and of ecology and evolutionary biology,...

San Diego Zoo Continues Successful Breeding Program For Endangered Pacific Pocket Mouse
2014-04-16 08:24:10

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After five longs years of planning, San Diego Zoo Global (SDZG) researchers were able to capture endangered Pacific pocket mice in 2012 and begin a breeding program to help bring the endangered critters back from the edge of extinction. Following the zoo’s first successful breeding season that lasted from May to August 2013, of which 16 pups were born, researchers celebrated another round of successful mating, with the first...

2014-04-15 23:06:18

Stanley Consultants, a global consulting engineering firm with four offices in Florida, has been awarded Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts by two of Florida’s water management districts: the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD), and the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD). West Palm Beach, FL (PRWEB) April 15, 2014 Stanley Consultants, a global consulting engineering firm with four offices in Florida, has been awarded Indefinite...

2014-04-08 15:54:34

The European Biodiversity Observation Network, EU BON -- research objectives and practical implementation The world's biodiversity is in an ongoing dramatic decline that despite conservation efforts remains unprecedented in its speed and predicted effects on global ecosystem functioning and services. The lack of available integrated biodiversity information for decisions in sectors other than nature conservation has been recognized as a main obstacle and the need to provide readily...

2014-04-03 16:20:49

Teachers and Students Invited to Event HARRISBURG, Pa., April 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Protection and Pennsylvania Game Commission today invited students, teachers and non-formal educators to tune in for the annual Peregrine falcon banding event during a live webcast on Tuesday, May 13. The banding will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Rachel Carson State Office Building auditorium in Harrisburg, Dauphin County. "This banding is a unique...


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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Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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