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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...

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2010-02-18 13:21:50

Monkey populations in threatened forests are far more sensitive to damage to their habitat than previously thought, according to new research. An analysis of monkeys living in Tanzania's Udzungwa Mountains suggests that the impact of external factors, such as human activity, on species numbers is felt in forests as large as 40 square kilometers. Researchers also found that the health of monkey populations is closely related to the type of habitat found between forest fragments, rather than...

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2009-11-23 09:50:00

A new species of chameleon has been discovered in Tanzania by a team of scientists. Dr Andrew Marshall, from the Environment Department at the University of York, first spotted the animal while surveying monkeys in the Magombera Forest when he disturbed a twig snake eating one. The specimen was collected, tested and compared to two others found by scientists in the same area and has now been named Kinyongia magomberae (the Magombera chameleon) in research published in the African Journal of...

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2008-02-01 10:25:00

Although it has become a rare occurrence in the modern time, scientists recently reported the discovery of a new species of mammal in the Journal of Zoology.The Rhynochocyon udzungwensis was recently found in Tanzania. The creature is a type of giant elephant shrew, or sengi, that looks like a cross between a miniature antelope and a small anteater, according to BBC News. "This is one of the most exciting discoveries of my career," said Galen Rathbun, from the California Academy of...

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2005-05-23 07:10:47

Conservation biologists have found Africa's first new species of monkey in over 20 years. The latest find is named the "Highland Mangabey" (Lophocebus kipunji), a long-haired forest primate first discovered on the flanks of the 10,000 ft (2961 m) volcano Mt. Rungwe and in the adjoining Kitulo National Park. The discovery demonstrates how little we know about our closest living relatives, the non-human primates. Astrobiology Magazine -- Researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society,...


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Grey-faced Sengi, Rhynchocyon udzungwensis
2012-06-17 19:50:17

The grey-faced Sengi (Rhynchocyon udzungwensis) is an elephant shrew that is native to south-central Tanzania, specifically the Udzungwa Mountains. It was found in 2005, in a small area of the Udzungwa Mountains, the Ndundulu Forest. This discovery was considered monumental, as there had been no discoveries of any new elephant shrew species for over a century. The grey-faced sengi occurs in two known populations, within a very small area of its habitat reaching 120 square miles. It resides...

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