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Newswise: Understanding human-elephant conflict and vulnerability in the face of climate change
Released: 21-Dec-2021 10:50 AM EST
Understanding human-elephant conflict and vulnerability in the face of climate change
Northern Arizona University

How do climate change and human-elephant conflict affect household food security in Africa? NAU wildlife conservationist Duan Biggs spent three years with an international team of researchers investigating the dynamics between wildlife, people and the environment on the African savannah to better understand how both climate change and human-elephant conflict can impact household food insecurity in the region.

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Released: 23-Nov-2021 3:10 PM EST
Scientists Find SARS CoV-2-Related Coronaviruses in Cambodian Bats from 2010
Wildlife Conservation Society

A team of scientists have identified coronaviruses closely related to SARS-CoV-2 from two bats sampled in Cambodia more than a decade ago.

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1-Nov-2021 5:05 AM EDT
Mongooses give bullies the cold shoulder, scientists find
University of Bristol

Dwarf mongooses remember which groupmates have picked fights with others during the day and later shun the aggressors during pre-bedtime socialising sessions, according to new research.

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Released: 1-Nov-2021 3:30 PM EDT
Climate change will triple impacts to world’s “life zones” unless emission rates are dramatically reduced
Wildlife Conservation Society

A new study from WCS and multiple partners that modeled changes in the world’s 45 different “life zones” from climate change revealed that climate impacts may soon triple over these areas if the earth continues “business-as-usual” emissions.

Newswise: Giant pandas’ distinctive black and white markings provide effective camouflage, study finds
26-Oct-2021 8:40 AM EDT
Giant pandas’ distinctive black and white markings provide effective camouflage, study finds
University of Bristol

The high-contrast pattern of giant pandas helps them blend in with their natural environment.

Newswise: First-Ever Africa-Wide Great Ape Assessment Reveals Human Activity, not Habitat Availability, is Greatest Driver of Ape Abundance
Released: 21-Oct-2021 9:15 AM EDT
First-Ever Africa-Wide Great Ape Assessment Reveals Human Activity, not Habitat Availability, is Greatest Driver of Ape Abundance
Wildlife Conservation Society

The first-ever Africa-wide assessment of great apes – gorillas, bonobos and chimpanzees – finds that human factors, including roads, population density and GDP, determine abundance more than ecological factors such as forest cover.

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Released: 11-Oct-2021 1:15 PM EDT
The unknown consequences of plastic’s legacy, found in seabirds around the world
Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology

Seabirds from Gough Island in the south Atlantic, Marion Island near Antarctica and the coasts of both Hawaii and Western Australia have a dangerous habit: eating plastic.

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24-Sep-2021 1:00 PM EDT
Researchers and citizen scientists complete first-ever Weddell seal count
University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering

A research team led by the University of Minnesota Twin Cities has completed a first-ever global population estimate of Weddell seals in Antarctica, showing that there are significantly fewer seals than previously thought. Documenting the seals’ population trends over time will help scientists better understand the effects of climate change and commercial fishing.

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Released: 16-Sep-2021 10:05 AM EDT
Study reveals gophers’ biofluorescence
University of Georgia

Researcher discovers that the underground species has a secret glow

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Released: 15-Sep-2021 8:30 AM EDT
‘Whoop’ – New Autonomous Method Precisely Detects Endangered Whale Vocalizations
Florida Atlantic University

One of the frequently used methods to monitor endangered whales is called passive acoustics technology, which doesn’t always perform well.

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Released: 14-Sep-2021 8:30 AM EDT
‘Octo Girl’ Takes a Deep Dive to Discover How Diverse Octopus Species Coexist
Florida Atlantic University

A first in situ, long-term study explored how the common octopus, a medium-sized octopus widely distributed in tropical and temperate seas worldwide and the Atlantic longarm octopus, a small species of octopus found in the Atlantic Ocean and elsewhere, coexist by examining their foraging habits and tactics, diet, behaviors and when they are active or inactive. Results show that their very different behaviors and habits is exactly how these two species coexist in a shallow Florida lagoon- even at high densities.

Newswise: New beautiful, dragon-like species of lizard discovered in the Tropical Andes
Released: 30-Aug-2021 2:20 PM EDT
New beautiful, dragon-like species of lizard discovered in the Tropical Andes
Pensoft Publishers

The Huallaga River in the Andes of central Peru extends for 1,138 km, making it the largest tributary of the Marañón River, the spinal cord of the Amazon River.

Newswise: To Understand Future Habitat Needs for Chimpanzees, Look to the Past
Released: 23-Aug-2021 1:25 PM EDT
To Understand Future Habitat Needs for Chimpanzees, Look to the Past
Wildlife Conservation Society

A new study provides insight into where chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) avoided climate instability during glacial and interglacial periods in Africa over the past 120,000 years.

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Released: 12-Aug-2021 2:35 PM EDT
Southeast’s Gray Foxes May Be Struggling for Survival
University of Georgia

A new study published by researchers from the University of Georgia suggests competition for food from coyotes—a relative newcomer to the Southeast—may be putting pressure on foxes, particularly the gray fox.

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Released: 3-Aug-2021 12:20 PM EDT
New Study Finds Emperor Penguins Increasingly Threatened by Climate Change
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Woods Hole, MA (August 3, 2021) – A new study published today in Global Change Biology provides valuable new data that highlights how species extinction risk is accelerating due to rapid climate change and an increase in extreme climate events, such as glacial calving and sea ice loss. The study, led by Stephanie Jenouvrier, associate scientist, and seabird ecologist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and co-authored by an international team of scientists, policy experts, ecologists, and climate scientists, provided pivotal research and projections tailored for use by the U.S Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS). Their work proposed that emperor penguins be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act and this week, USFWS submitted that listing proposal.

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Released: 7-Jul-2021 3:50 PM EDT
Arctic seabirds are less heat tolerant, more vulnerable to climate change
McGill University

The Arctic is warming at approximately twice the global rate. A new study led by researchers from McGill University finds that cold-adapted Arctic species, like the thick-billed murre, are especially vulnerable to heat stress caused by climate change.

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Released: 29-Jun-2021 11:50 AM EDT
Orphaned Baby Beavers Crisscross NYS for Treatment at Cornell
Cornell University

The Cornell Wildlife Hospital helped care for a litter of baby beavers, whose parents were trapped in the Adirondacks, nursing three of the surviving five back to health before sending them for rehabilitation.

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Released: 8-Jun-2021 12:30 PM EDT
The Buck Stops Where? UNH Research Records Longest-Ever Deer Distance
University of New Hampshire

Why did the deer cross the road? According to research from the University of New Hampshire to keep going and going and going. Researchers have discovered the longest distance ever recorded by an adult male white-tailed deer—300 kilometers, or close to 200 miles, in just over three weeks. The finding has important implications for population management and the transmission of disease, especially chronic wasting disease, a fatal neurological disease.

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Released: 7-Jun-2021 11:45 AM EDT
African Great Apes Predicted to Suffer Massive Range Declines in the Next 30 Years, with the Greatest Loss in Unprotected Areas
Wildlife Conservation Society

A new study published in the journal Diversity and Distributions predicts massive range declines of Africa’s great apes – gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos – due to the impacts of climate change, land-use changes and human population growth.

Released: 3-Jun-2021 10:25 AM EDT
UNH Research: Black Bears May Play Important Role in Protecting Gray Fox
University of New Hampshire

Bears are known for being devoted and protective of their baby cubs, but research from the University of New Hampshire shows that they may also play a significant role in shielding gray fox from predators like coyotes, who compete with the fox for food and space. The research is one of the first studies to show how black bears provide a buffer to allow other, smaller carnivores to safely co-exist.

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Released: 20-May-2021 3:10 PM EDT
Young orangutans have sex-specific role models
University of Zurich

Orangutans are closely related to humans. And yet, they are much less sociable than other species of great apes.

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Released: 20-May-2021 2:40 PM EDT
High risk of conflict between humans and elephants and lions
University of Helsinki

Elephants and lions are iconic species that help raise substantial funds for conservation. However, they also pose significant threats to people, crops, and livestock, and are themselves threatened with extinction.

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Released: 3-May-2021 12:05 PM EDT
Newly identified saber-toothed cat is one of largest in history
Ohio State University

A giant saber-toothed cat lived in North America between 5 million and 9 million years ago, weighing up to 900 pounds and hunting prey that likely weighed 1,000 to 2,000 pounds, scientists reported today in a new study.

Newswise: New Study Has Scientists Re-Evaluating Relative Brain Size and Mammalian Intelligence
26-Apr-2021 9:30 AM EDT
New Study Has Scientists Re-Evaluating Relative Brain Size and Mammalian Intelligence
Stony Brook University

Scientists from Stony Brook University and the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior have pieced together a timeline of how brain and body size evolved in mammals over the last 150 million years. The findings will be published in Science Advances.

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Released: 21-Apr-2021 10:20 AM EDT
Great White Feeding Ground
University of Delaware

A new study suggests the white shark population for the eastern north Pacific, especially those listed in the Gulf of California, might be underestimated. Researchers found that the mortality rates for these white sharks might be underestimated as well, as an illicit fishery for the species was uncovered in the Gulf of California, suggesting that fishers were killing many more white sharks than has been previously understood.

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Released: 20-Apr-2021 12:10 PM EDT
UK waters are home again to the bluefin tuna
University of Exeter

Atlantic bluefin tuna have returned to UK waters and can once again be seen during the summer and autumn months.

Released: 31-Mar-2021 12:55 PM EDT
Study: Female Monkeys Use Males as “Hired Guns” for Defense Against Predators
Wildlife Conservation Society

Researchers with the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Congo Program and the Nouabalé-Ndoki Foundation found that female putty-nosed monkeys (Cercopithecus nictitans) use males as “hired guns” to defend from predators such as leopards.

Newswise: 10 years after Fukushima, animals reclaim the landscape
Released: 11-Mar-2021 11:50 AM EST
10 years after Fukushima, animals reclaim the landscape
University of Georgia

In the decade since a tsunami washed over the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan, triggering the second-largest nuclear disaster in history, the surrounding towns have struggled to return to normal. But that’s not the case for the wildlife living in the area.

Newswise: Birds and Rural Sprawl
Released: 17-Feb-2021 11:35 AM EST
Birds and Rural Sprawl
Wildlife Conservation Society

A new study in the journal Diversity by researchers from Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute (AWI) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) finds that bird communities in two rapidly developing rural landscapes react differently to increased “rural sprawl.”

Released: 1-Feb-2021 1:05 PM EST
When rhinos fly: Upside down the right way for transport
Cornell University

When it comes to saving endangered species of a certain size, conservationists often have to think outside the box. This was reinforced by a recent study published in the Journal of Wildlife Diseases, led by faculty in the College of Veterinary Medicine, which analyzed the effects of hanging tranquilized black rhinoceroses upside down by their feet.

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Released: 22-Jan-2021 12:25 PM EST
Chimpanzee friends fight together to battle rivals
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Chimpanzees, one of the closest relatives of humans, cooperate on a group level - in combative disputes, they even cooperate with group members to whom they are not related. Those involved in fights with neighbouring groups put themselves at risk of serious injury or even death.

Newswise: New study finds earliest evidence for mammal social behavior
30-Oct-2020 11:10 AM EDT
New study finds earliest evidence for mammal social behavior
University of Washington

A new study indicates that the earliest evidence of mammal social behavior goes back to the Age of Dinosaurs. A multituberculate that lived about 75.5 million years ago, Filikomys primaevus engaged in multi-generational, group-nesting and burrowing behavior, and possibly lived in colonies.

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Released: 28-Oct-2020 1:25 PM EDT
Mountain gorillas are good neighbours - up to a point
University of Exeter

Mountain gorilla groups are friendly to familiar neighbours - provided they stay out of "core" parts of their territory - new research shows.

Newswise: Early-arriving endangered Chinook salmon take the brunt of sea lion predation
15-Oct-2020 4:50 PM EDT
Early-arriving endangered Chinook salmon take the brunt of sea lion predation
University of Washington

A new University of Washington and NOAA Fisheries study found that sea lions have the largest negative effect on early-arriving endangered Chinook salmon in the lower Columbia River. The results of this study will publish Oct. 18 in the Journal of Applied Ecology.

Newswise: If It’s Big Enough and Leafy Enough the Birds Will Come
Released: 20-Jul-2020 2:20 PM EDT
If It’s Big Enough and Leafy Enough the Birds Will Come
Cornell University

A new study from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology highlights specific features of urban green spaces that support the greatest diversity of bird species. The findings were published today in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning. The study focuses specifically on parks in New York City. It uses observations submitted to the eBird citizen-science database from 2002 through 2019 to estimate the variety of species found on an annual and seasonal basis. Bottom line: the more green space available, the greater the diversity of birds. Models show that Increasing the area of green space by 50% would result in an 11.5% increase in annual and an 8.2% increase in seasonal species diversity.

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Released: 12-Jun-2020 10:45 AM EDT
Cameras Reveal Possible Uptick in Urban Wildlife
University of Georgia

In late March, as communities began to issue shelter-in-place orders, it seemed animals came out of hiding.

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Released: 15-Apr-2020 2:35 PM EDT
Human handling stresses young monarch butterflies
University of Georgia

Every year thousands of monarch butterflies are caught, tagged and released during their fall migration by citizen scientists helping to track their movements. But how do the monarchs themselves feel about being handled by humans?

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Released: 23-Mar-2020 2:55 PM EDT
Christmas Island discovery redraws map of life
University of Queensland

The world's animal distribution map will need to be redrawn and textbooks updated, after researchers discovered the existence of 'Australian' species on Christmas Island.

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Released: 25-Feb-2020 11:40 AM EST
Lava flows tell 600-year story of biodiversity loss on tropical island
British Ecological Society

A natural experiment created by an active volcano gives new insight into the long-term negative impacts of human colonisation of tropical forest islands. The findings are published in the British Ecological Society journal, Journal of Ecology.

Newswise: Last Year’s Extreme Snowfall Wiped Out Breeding of Arctic Animals and Plants
8-Oct-2019 9:45 AM EDT
Last Year’s Extreme Snowfall Wiped Out Breeding of Arctic Animals and Plants

Climate change affects ecosystems not only through warming, but also by delivering more extreme weather events

23-Sep-2019 2:20 PM EDT
Scientists Connected Fragments of Pine Savanna and New Species Keep Showing Up
University of Wisconsin-Madison

By connecting small, restored patches of savanna to one another via habitat corridors at an experimental landscape within the Savannah River Site in South Carolina, a nearly 20-year-long study has shown an annual increase in the number of plant species within fragments over time, and a drop in the number of species disappearing from them entirely.

Newswise: Poo’s Clues: Moose Droppings Indicate Isle Royale Ecosystem Health
Released: 12-Aug-2019 4:20 PM EDT
Poo’s Clues: Moose Droppings Indicate Isle Royale Ecosystem Health
Michigan Technological University

Moose are picky eaters, and that’s a good thing for their ecosystems.

Newswise: The Ancestor of the Great White Shark
Released: 5-Jul-2019 4:05 AM EDT
The Ancestor of the Great White Shark
University of Vienna

Mackerel sharks (Lamniformes) are a group consisting of some of the most iconic sharks we know, including the mako shark (the fastest shark in the world), the infamous great white shark and Megalodon, the biggest predatory shark that has ever roamed  the world’s oceans.

Newswise: Mass Die-off of Puffins Recorded in the Bering Sea
23-May-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Mass Die-off of Puffins Recorded in the Bering Sea

A mass die-off of seabirds in the Bering Sea may be partially attributable to climate change, according to a new study publishing May 29 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE

Newswise: Global Warming Hits Sea Creatures Hardest
Released: 24-Apr-2019 1:00 PM EDT
Global Warming Hits Sea Creatures Hardest
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Global warming has caused twice as many ocean-dwelling species as land-dwelling species to disappear from their habitats, a unique Rutgers-led study found. The greater vulnerability of sea creatures may significantly impact human communities that rely on fish and shellfish for food and economic activity, according to the study published in the journal Nature.

Newswise: Climate Change Could Devastate Painted Turtles, According to New Study
11-Mar-2019 11:05 AM EDT
Climate Change Could Devastate Painted Turtles, According to New Study
Iowa State University

Climate change could contribute to the demographic collapse of the painted turtle, a species that undergoes temperature-dependent sex determination. An Iowa State University scientist is sounding the alarm about the painted turtle’s future in a new study.

Newswise: Study Confirms Horseshoe Crabs Are Really Relatives of Spiders, Scorpions
Released: 8-Mar-2019 4:05 PM EST
Study Confirms Horseshoe Crabs Are Really Relatives of Spiders, Scorpions
University of Wisconsin-Madison

By analyzing troves of genetic data and considering a vast number of possible ways to examine it, University of Wisconsin–Madison scientists now have a high degree of confidence that horseshoe crabs do indeed belong within the arachnids.

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