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  • 201623MayMon

    Reintroduction of lynx requires larger numbers to avoid genetic depletion

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    For successful reintroduction of lynx into the wild, the number of released animals is crucial. If only a few lynx are reintroduced to found a population, the genetic diversity is too low to ensure th...
  • 201623MayMon

    Toxin in wood used for enclosures could harm zoo animals

    | News zoos

    When zoo animals gnaw on wood their enclosures are made of, they may be risking their health by ingesting toxic levels of arsenic. So, zoo managers need to pay attention to the potential risk of the w...
  • 201620MayFri

    Ocelot density in Brazilian Amazon may be lower than expected

    | News biodiversity

    The population density of ocelots in the Brazilian Amazon may be stable but lower than expected, according to a study published May 18, 2016 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Daniel Gomes da Roch...
  • 201612MayThu

    New enclosure design tool created for UK zoos helping chimps behave natural...

    | News zoos

    University of Birmingham scientists have developed a new way to redesign chimpanzee enclosures. It translates research on wild chimpanzees into zoos' facilities to help preserve the behavioural and ph...
  • 201606MayFri

    Saharan Addax antelope faces imminent extinction

    | News biodiversity

    Regional insecurity and oil industry activities in the Sahara desert have pushed the Addax – a migratory species of desert-adapted antelope - to the very knife-edge of extinction according to a recent...
  • 201606MayFri

    Evolution of the Javan leopard and the urgent need for its conservation

    | News evolution

    An international team of researchers from Germany and Indonesia has discovered new insights into the evolutionary history of the Javan leopard. The results of the study confirm that Javan leopards are...
  • 201605MayThu

    Bad news: leopard's have lost 75 percent of their historic range

    | News biodiversity

    The leopard (Panthera pardus), one of the world's most iconic big cats, has lost as much as 75 percent of its historic range, according to a paper published on 4 May in the open access scientific jour...
  • 201605MayThu

    Stem-cell plan to save the northern white rhinoceros – crazy or not?

    | News zoos

    In December 2015 an international group of scientists convened in Vienna, Austria, to discuss the imminent extinction of the northern white rhinoceros and the possibility of bringing the species back...
  • 201630AprSat

    The value of zoos according to WAZA

    | News zoos

    The (WAZA) provides the following reasons to justify the keeping of wild animals in captivity,and why people need to support and celebrate zoos. Wildlife conservation and Species preservationExtinctio...
  • 201630AprSat

    Birds of prey constrained in the beak evolution race

    | News evolution

    New research reveals that eating different foods does not determine how birds of prey’s beaks evolve. A classic example of evolution by natural selection is the way the beaks of bird species evolved i...
  • 201627AprWed

    Controversial tiger temple in Thailand gets zoo license

    | News zoos

    by Shreya Dasgupta Thailand’s Tiger Temple has been mired in controversy. Earlier this year, a National Geographic investigation and a report released by Cee4life (Conservation and Environmental Educa...
  • 201627AprWed

    Better data needed to stop sixth mass extinction

    | News biodiversity

    Call for better data as study reveals just 5 percent of datasets meet a 'gold standard' needed for effective biodiversity conservation. To prevent a new mass extinction of the world's animal and plant...

    201223AprMon

    Nasa's State of Flux shows our ever changing world

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    In celebration of this year's Earth Day on April 22, NASA's Webby Award-winning Global Climate Change website, http://climate.nasa.gov , has unveiled a new version of its popular image gallery, "State of Flux."

    The gallery, which can be found at http://climate.nasa.gov/sof , presents stunning images, mostly from space, of our ever-changing planet, chronicling changes taking place over time periods ranging from days to centuries.

    Each image pair in the continuously updated gallery highlights before-and-after impacts of change, including the destruction wrought by extreme events such as wildfires and floods, the retreat of glaciers caused by climate change, and the expanding footprint of urban areas due to population growth.

    It underscores how fragile and interconnected our planet is, and how it is constantly changing. With this new version of the gallery, we want people to be better able to immerse themselves in the images, and gain that sense of perspective

    The redesigned gallery, which currently features more than 160 comparison views, is now organized and sortable by categories, including ice, human impact, water, land cover and extreme events. A selection of some of the Global Climate Change website team's favorite images is highlighted in a new "Top Picks" category.

    Another new feature is a map view, which places each image into its geographical context. Guests can zoom in to specific locations on the map, or select by region, and see where particular changes are taking place around the globe. They can also share links to each image set and download high-resolution versions of the images.

    "Seeing our planet from space gives us a global view that we can't get elsewhere," said Amber Jenkins, editor of the Global Climate Change website, who established the gallery in 2009.

    NASA's Global Climate Change website is devoted to improving the public's understanding of Earth's changing climate, providing easy-to-understand information about the causes and effects of climate change and how NASA studies it. For more on NASA's Earth Science activities, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/index.html.

     

    The above news item is reprinted from materials available at ScienceDaily. Original text may be edited for content and length.

    (Source: Sciencedaily, 20.04.2012)

    UN Biodiversity decade

    Goal: 7000 tigers in the wild

    Tiger range countries map

     

    "Tiger map" (CC BY 2.5) by Sanderson et al., 2006.

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