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2009-11-24 07:20:00

Gorilla-filled swamp forests need immediate protection A new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society says that western lowland gorillas living in a large swamp in the Republic of Congo"”part of the "mother lode" of more than 125,000 gorillas discovered last year"”are becoming increasingly threatened by growing humans activity in the region. The study recommends protection of the swamp forests adjacent to the southwest border of Lac T©l© Community Reserve after recent...

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2009-11-17 07:55:00

Recording hundreds of thousands of individual uplinks from satellite transmitters fitted on penguins, albatrosses, sea lions, and other marine animals, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and BirdLife International have released the first-ever atlas of the Patagonian Sea "“ a globally important but poorly understood South American marine ecosystem. The atlas contains the most accurate maps ever assembled for this ecosystem revealing key migratory corridors that span from coastlines...

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2009-11-11 13:39:55

Results may help to set conservation priorities for this critically endangered species The most extensive DNA study to-date of Africa's rarest monkey reveals that the species had an intriguing sexual past. Of the last two remaining populations of the recently discovered kipunji, one population shows evidence of past mating with baboons while the other does not, says a new study in Biology Letters. The results may help to set conservation priorities for this critically endangered species,...

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2009-10-14 09:00:00

DNA from more than 1,500 whales examined After 15 years of research in the waters of the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans, scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society, the American Museum of Natural History, and an international coalition of organizations have unveiled the largest genetic study of humpback whale populations ever conducted in the Southern Hemisphere. By analyzing DNA samples from more than 1,500 whales, researchers can now peer into the population dynamics and...

2009-10-07 06:00:00

INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Twenty-nine animal conservationists who have dedicated their lives to saving the Earth's endangered species have been nominated to receive the biennial Indianapolis Prize, the world's leading award for animal conservation. The nominees' work spans the globe, representing a range of species from insects to mammals, and includes amphibians, elephants, bats, wolves and sharks, among many others. The Nominating Committee will review the applications and...

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2009-09-11 09:08:38

WCS study reveals that road construction for oil extraction in park becomes a wildlife pipeline What harm can a simple road do in a pristine place such as Ecuador's Yasuni National Park, home to peccaries, tapirs, monkeys and myriad other wildlife species? A great deal, it turns out. Specifically, it can turn subsistence communities into commercial hunting camps that empty rainforests of their wildlife, researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society and the IDEAS-Universidad San Francisco...

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2009-09-08 13:42:49

A new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and other groups reveals how oil development in the Artic is impacting some bird populations by providing "subsidized housing" to predators, which nest and den around drilling infrastructure and supplement their diets with garbage "“ and nesting birds. Oil development has attracted populations of opportunistic predators including Arctic fox, ravens, and gulls, which feed on nesting birds. The predators use...

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2009-09-07 12:35:00

Thought to be extinct, the Arakan forest turtle was discovered by scientists working in a remote part of Myanmar, according to a statement by a conservation group on Monday. Texas researcher Steven Platt along with the staff from the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society discovered five of the brown-and-tan-spotted turtles in May during a survey of wildlife in the dense bamboo forests of the Rakhine Yoma Elephant Sanctuary. The Arakan forest turtles, still considered as "critically...

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2009-09-01 16:45:00

Veterinarians from the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo and the University of Tennessee have found a solution to the challenge of providing effective pain relief to some of their most difficult patients: big cats.The answer: A surgically implanted, capsule-sized pump that provides continuous pain relief while the animal recovers from surgery, according to a new study appearing in the August edition of the American Journal of Veterinary Research.The paper features the results of...

2009-08-19 09:55:24

The Wildlife Conservation Society says a monitoring system it uses to measure stream habitat has been adopted by a U.S. agency working to restore waterways. The conservation group said the technique, used in a study to rapidly measure stream habitat, has been adopted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resource Conservation Service to assess streams across the United States. Society officials said their study, which looked at riparian areas in semi-arid eastern Oregon, examined...


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  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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