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Global Bird Conservation Guided By Evolutionary Distinctness

Global Bird Conservation Guided By Evolutionary Distinctness

Cell Press In the midst of today's global extinction crisis, decisions about conservation should include prioritizing how best to preserve as much of the tree of life as possible. So say researchers who report in the Cell Press journal Current...

Latest EDGE Species Stories

2014-03-20 23:23:38

From March 14 to June 11, Panda will reward new customers with one month of additional protection for each goal scored by their chosen team in this summer’s World Cup. Orlando, FL (PRWEB) March 20, 2014 Panda Security, The Cloud Security Company, today announced the launch of The World Cup Giveaway, a new campaign offering users the chance to win one month of additional protection for their consumer solutions in exchange for the goals scored in the World Cup in Brazil, June 12 to July...

Elephants Distinguish Threat Level From People Based On Language
2014-03-11 12:53:07

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study suggests that elephants are able to detect which humans pose a threat based on their voice and language. Researchers at the University of Sussex studied family groups of African elephants in Amboseli National Park in Kenya. They discovered that elephants can actually distinguish which ethnic groups are likely to cause harm to the herd by identifying the languages being used. During the study, the team played sound...

giant panda
2014-03-02 06:02:04

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Horses and other livestock pose a significant threat to the future of the panda, as they are beating the endangered creatures to the bamboo pandas rely on for sustenance, according to research appearing in this week’s edition of the Journal for Nature Conservation. “Across the world, people are struggling to survive in the same areas as endangered animals, and often trouble surfaces in areas we aren’t anticipating,” said...

Despite Criticism, Dallas Safari Club Auctions Rhino Hunting Permit
2014-01-13 12:42:53

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Despite much criticism and controversy, a permit to hunt an endangered black rhinoceros was auctioned off by the Dallas Safari Club on Saturday night, with the final bid coming in at $350,000. The auction, first announced in October, has drawn international fire from conservation groups, critics and others. “There’s no question in my mind that the negative publicity dissuaded some people from bidding,” Richard Cheatham, volunteer...

Dolphin Study Provides Insight Into History, Conservation Of Species
2013-10-30 10:15:45

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A research team from Nanjing Normal University and BGI has completed original genomic research on the Yangtze River dolphin (Lipotes vexillifer), commonly known as Baiji. The study, published in Nature Communications, provides new insight into the genetic and evolutionary adaptations of dolphins and valuable resources for the conservation of mammals, and in particular, of cetaceans. The baiji has been nicknamed "goddess of the...

Hunting Black Rhinos To Save Them
2013-10-28 11:16:09

[ Watch the Video: Dallas Safari Club To Auction Black Rhino Hunt ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Black rhinos are widely considered an endangered species, and according to the World Wildlife Fund, there are only about 4,800 left alive in the African wild. Now, a safari hunting group out of Texas is auctioning off a permit to kill one in Namibia, with the proceeds from the auction ironically going toward saving the endangered animals. "First and foremost, this is...

2013-10-23 20:22:37

For three days only, a collection of life-size Elephant Parade art sculptures are on display at L.A. LIVE to help save the Asian elephant from extinction LOS ANGELES, Oct. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The looming extinction of the Asian elephant population seems to be unheard of in the U.S. -- that is, until a herd of life-size baby elephant sculptures set foot in Southern California for Elephant Parade: Welcome to America. Wells Fargo Private Bank, Grand Patron sponsor of the...

Scotland Giant Panda Has Miscarriage
2013-10-15 13:34:08

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Officials at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland have announced that Tian Tian, Edinburgh Zoo’s beloved female giant panda, is no longer pregnant. The zoo said in a statement today that all of Tian Tian's hormonal and behavioral signs indicate that she had conceived and carried a fetus until late term, but then lost it. “We are all saddened by this turn of events after so many weeks of waiting. Timings are difficult to...

Future Biofuels May Rely On Panda Poop Microbes
2013-09-11 08:00:17

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Two years ago, redOrbit reported that scientists were researching the possibility of using panda poop to make biofuels. “Who would have guessed that ‘panda poop’ might help solve one of the major hurdles to producing biofuels, which is optimizing the breakdown of the raw plant materials used to make the fuels?” Ashli Brown, PhD, said at the time. “We hope our research will help expand the use of biofuels in the future and...

2013-09-09 04:20:22

WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Two "special ambassadors" who speak up for giant panda conservation on Saturday visited Washington D.C., one of the four U.S. cities now have zoos with pandas on loan from China. As Panda ambassadors, or Pambassadors, Melissa Katz from the United States and Jerome Pouille from France shared their knowledge and love for pandas with local audience and tourists on National Mall. The two young people and Erica Chen Yingron from China, were...


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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...

Giant Panda, Ailuropoda melanoleuca
2012-10-29 16:02:45

The giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca), also known as the panda, is a species of bear that is native to southwestern and central western areas of China. Its range includes mountain ranges located primarily in Sichuan province, but pandas can also be found in the Gansu and Shaanxi provinces. It once preferred a habitat within lowland areas, but human encroachment has driven the giant panda into small areas, which contain forested habitats. There are two recognized subspecies of the giant...

Falanouc
2012-06-14 17:57:28

The falanouc is a mongoose type creature that is native to Madagascar. Its closest extant, or living, relative is the fanaloka, but it is distinct from this animal in many ways. Unlike the fanaloka, the falanouc has no anal or perineal glands. It has non-retractable claws and a mouth structure that consists of backwards sloping premolars and canines. It is thought that this is due to its primary diet of invertebrates such as snails, slugs, and worms. The falanouc prefers habitats within...

Baird’s Tapir, Tapirus bairdii
2012-05-09 08:23:13

Baird’s Tapir (Tapirus bairdii) is native to Central America and northern areas of South America. It is among three species of tapir that is native to Latin America. Baird’s tapir was named after Spencer Fullerton Baird, an American naturalist who observed the creatures in 1843 on a trip to Mexico, even though W. T. White, another American naturalist, made the first documentation of the tapir. Commonly known as danta by people throughout its range, this tapir has been given other...

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2007-12-21 13:23:50

The Somali Wild Ass (Equus asinus somalicus), is a subspecies of the African Wild Ass. It is found in the Southern Red Sea region of Eritrea, the Afar Region of Ethiopia, and Somalia. The legs of the Somali Wild Ass are horizontally striped with black, resembling those of a zebra. Photo Credit: Robert Lawton

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