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Newswise: After Years of Concern, Monarch Butterflies Are Doing Just Fine, Thank You
Released: 10-Jun-2022 3:50 PM EDT
After Years of Concern, Monarch Butterflies Are Doing Just Fine, Thank You
University of Delaware

Scientists have been warning for quite some time that monarch butterflies were headed for extinction. But to misquote Mark Twain, rumors of their demise were greatly exaggerated. A new study found that growth in the summer population has compensated for losses during the winter.

Newswise: ‘Fantastic giant tortoise,’ believed extinct, confirmed alive in the Galápagos
Released: 9-Jun-2022 4:05 PM EDT
‘Fantastic giant tortoise,’ believed extinct, confirmed alive in the Galápagos
Princeton University

Princeton geneticist Stephen Gaughran recently confirmed that 'Fernanda' comes from the same species as a tortoise collected from Fernandina Island more than a century ago, and those two are genetically distinct from all other Galápagos tortoises.

Newswise: Scientists Show that at Least 44 Percent of Earth’s Land Requires Conservation to Safeguard Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
Released: 2-Jun-2022 3:05 PM EDT
Scientists Show that at Least 44 Percent of Earth’s Land Requires Conservation to Safeguard Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
Wildlife Conservation Society

New research published in the June 3, 2022 journal Science reveals that 44 percent of Earth’s land area – some 64 million square kilometers (24.7 million square miles) requires conservation to safeguard biodiversity.

Newswise: California Condor Chick Hatches on Live “Condor Cam”
Released: 19-May-2022 3:50 PM EDT
California Condor Chick Hatches on Live “Condor Cam”
Cornell University

A brand-new endangered California Condor chick hatched on May 14, and viewers can watch live as the little one grows up to become a majestic denizen of the skies.

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Released: 19-May-2022 8:30 AM EDT
Study Finds Why Baby Leatherback Marine Turtles Can’t ‘See the Sea’
Florida Atlantic University

For most sea turtles, the journey to find the ocean from their nests is pretty straightforward. However, leatherback hatchlings more often crawl around in circles trying to find the ocean. Circling delays their entry into the ocean, wastes energy, and places them at greater danger from natural predators. Under different moon phases: bright light during full moon and only starlight under new moon, researchers have a better understanding of why this circling behavior happens and why it is most commonly observed in leatherbacks.

Newswise: Conservationists Find High DDT and PCB Contamination Risk for Critically Endangered California Coastal Condors
Released: 18-May-2022 2:55 PM EDT
Conservationists Find High DDT and PCB Contamination Risk for Critically Endangered California Coastal Condors
San Diego State University

A new study has found contaminants that were banned decades ago are still imperiling critically endangered California condors.

Newswise: Pterosaur discovery solves ancient feather mystery
Released: 21-Apr-2022 2:45 PM EDT
Pterosaur discovery solves ancient feather mystery
University College Cork

Flying reptiles could change the colour of their feathers, research finds.

Newswise: From ‘boops’ to ‘unks,’ how scientists are using fish sounds to conserve underwater ecosystems
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Released: 2-Mar-2022 1:40 PM EST
From ‘boops’ to ‘unks,’ how scientists are using fish sounds to conserve underwater ecosystems
University of Florida

FishSounds.net is the first online, interactive library for the sounds fish make when communicating or interacting with their environment. Fish sounds provide scientists valuable data for studying and conserving underwater ecosystems. An accompanying review study found that just under a 1,000 fish make sounds for communication, though this is likely an underestimate.

Newswise: For female yellowthroats, there’s more than one way to spot a winning mate
11-Feb-2022 10:00 PM EST
For female yellowthroats, there’s more than one way to spot a winning mate
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

One population of female common yellowthroats prefers males with larger black masks, but another group of females favors a larger yellow bib. A new study has found that both kinds of ornaments are linked to superior genes.

Newswise: Latest study reveals no one still knows what the Megalodon really looked like
2-Feb-2022 11:55 AM EST
Latest study reveals no one still knows what the Megalodon really looked like
DePaul University

A new scientific study shows that all previously proposed body forms of the gigantic Megalodon, or megatooth shark, which lived nearly worldwide roughly 15-3.6 million years ago, remain in the realm of speculations.

Newswise: Researchers find grim outlook for animals tied to same habitats
Released: 11-Jan-2022 12:30 PM EST
Researchers find grim outlook for animals tied to same habitats
University of Washington

Wild animals often return to the same places to eat, travel and raise their young. A team found that, while this “consistent” behavior may be beneficial when environmental conditions don’t change very fast, those benefits may not hold up in an ever-changing world dominated by humans.

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Released: 11-Nov-2021 8:25 AM EST
Humans hastened the extinction of the woolly mammoth
University of Adelaide

New research shows that humans had a significant role in the extinction of woolly mammoths in Eurasia, occurring thousands of years later than previously thought.

Newswise: Study Documents Nigeria’s Staggering Role in Trafficking of Pangolins
Released: 4-Nov-2021 12:30 PM EDT
Study Documents Nigeria’s Staggering Role in Trafficking of Pangolins
Wildlife Conservation Society

A new study in the journal Biological Conservation has documented Nigeria’s staggering role in trafficking of wild pangolins, the anteater-like mammal whose scales are used in traditional Chinese medicines; all international commercial trade in pangolins and their parts is illegal.

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26-Oct-2021 12:40 PM EDT
After California’s 3rd-largest wildfire, deer returned home while trees were ‘still smoldering’
University of Washington

While many animals have adapted to live with wildfires of the past — which were smaller, more frequent and kept ecosystems in balance across the West — it’s unclear to scientists how animals are coping with today’s unprecedented megafires. A team of researchers tracked a population of black-tailed deer before, during and after the 2018 Mendocino Complex Fire and found that most of the deer returned home within hours of the fire, while trees were still smoldering.

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Released: 13-Oct-2021 6:10 PM EDT
Leprosy confirmed in wild chimpanzees
University of Exeter

Leprosy has been found in wild chimpanzees for the first time, a new study reveals.

Newswise: Man's best friend could be a jaguar's next meal: A case study from the Mexican Caribbean
Released: 11-Oct-2021 1:50 PM EDT
Man's best friend could be a jaguar's next meal: A case study from the Mexican Caribbean
Pensoft Publishers

Mahahual is a small fishing village in the Mexican Caribbean that receives a large number of tourists every year.

Newswise: Vampire bats prefer to forage for blood with friends
16-Sep-2021 4:45 PM EDT
Vampire bats prefer to forage for blood with friends
PLOS

Tagging reveals that closely bonded female bats leave the roost separately but reunite when hunting.

Newswise: Study Says New York Waters may be an Important, Additional Feeding Area for Large Whales
Released: 23-Sep-2021 11:50 AM EDT
Study Says New York Waters may be an Important, Additional Feeding Area for Large Whales
Wildlife Conservation Society

A new study finds that that some large whale species (humpback, fin and minke whales) use the waters off New York and New Jersey as a supplemental feeding area feasting on two different types of prey species.

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Released: 15-Sep-2021 1:55 PM EDT
Roads have far-reaching impact on chimpanzees
University of Exeter

Roads have a negative impact on chimpanzee populations that can extend for more than 17 km, new research shows.

Newswise: Mountaintop mining causes 40% loss of aquatic biodiversity
Released: 3-Sep-2021 3:10 PM EDT
Mountaintop mining causes 40% loss of aquatic biodiversity
Duke University

Trickling down over rocks, surrounded by wildflowers and ferns, Appalachian mountain streams are chock-full of life.

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Released: 23-Aug-2021 2:55 PM EDT
Watch this slow but deadly tortoise hunt a baby bird
Cell Press

A predator doesn’t need to have the quickest speed or reflexes to catch a bird. In a paper publishing August 23 in the journal Current Biology, researchers report the first documented evidence of a tortoise going in for the kill: biting the head of, killing, and eating a tern chick.

Newswise: New Marmoset Species Discovered in Brazilian Amazon
Released: 12-Aug-2021 2:30 PM EDT
New Marmoset Species Discovered in Brazilian Amazon
Wildlife Conservation Society

A team of scientists has discovered a new marmoset species in the Brazilian Amazon.

Newswise: Giraffes are as socially complex as elephants, study finds
2-Aug-2021 10:45 AM EDT
Giraffes are as socially complex as elephants, study finds
University of Bristol

Scientists at the University of Bristol have discovered evidence that giraffes are a highly socially complex species.

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Released: 29-Jul-2021 3:25 PM EDT
Climate Change to Fuel Increase in Human-Wildlife Conflict
University of Washington

Climate change is further exacerbating human-wildlife conflicts by straining ecosystems and altering behaviors, both of which can deepen the contacts — and potential competition — between people and animals.

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Released: 8-Jul-2021 2:05 PM EDT
How a Large Cat Deity Helps People Share Space with Leopards in India
Wildlife Conservation Society

A new study led by WCS-India documents how a big cat deity worshipped by Indigenous Peoples facilitates coexistence between humans and leopards.

Newswise: Global Climate Dynamics Drove the Decline of Mastodonts and Elephants, New Study Suggests
29-Jun-2021 12:35 PM EDT
Global Climate Dynamics Drove the Decline of Mastodonts and Elephants, New Study Suggests
University of Bristol

Elephants and their forebears were pushed into wipeout by waves of extreme global environmental change, rather than overhunting by early humans, according to new research.

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Released: 22-Jun-2021 2:15 PM EDT
Research Shows Similarities in Hunters, Animal Rights Advocates
Texas A&M AgriLife

Animal rights advocates and hunters may have more in common than they think when it comes to nature conservancy, according to a newly published study by a Texas A&M AgriLife researcher.

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Released: 6-May-2021 12:00 PM EDT
Navigational tools: Sharks use Earth’s magnetic fields to find their way home
Florida State University

Each year, many shark species migrate hundreds of miles, traversing ocean waters to return to the same spot year after year. Now, Florida State University researchers have found that sharks likely use the Earth’s magnetic fields to help guide them on these long-distance journeys.

Released: 7-Apr-2021 12:55 PM EDT
One of Africa’s Rarest Primates Protected by… Speedbumps
Wildlife Conservation Society

A new study revealed that a drastic reduction of deaths of one of Africa’s rarest primates, the Zanzibar red colobus (Piliocolobus kirkii), followed the installation of four speedbumps along a stretch of road where the species frequently crossed.

Released: 26-Mar-2021 10:40 AM EDT
International investigation discovers bald eagles’ killer
University of Georgia

Eagle and waterfowl deaths occur in late fall and winter within reservoirs with excess invasive aquatic weeds, and birds can die within five days after arrival.

Released: 17-Mar-2021 11:20 AM EDT
Scientists identify large swath of potential habitat for up to 150 jaguars in Arizona and New Mexico
Wildlife Conservation Society

A team of scientists have identified a wide swath of habitat in Arizona and New Mexico that they say could eventually support more than 150 jaguars.

Released: 11-Mar-2021 11:40 AM EST
Weakened protections led to more disappearances of endangered Mexican wolves
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Mexican wolves in the American Southwest disappeared more quickly during periods of relaxed legal protections, almost certainly succumbing to poaching, according to new research published Wednesday.

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Released: 23-Feb-2021 7:45 AM EST
Saki monkeys get screen time for more control over their lives in captivity
Aalto University

Scientists have designed and built an on-demand video device for white-faced saki monkeys to activate as and when they like. It's up to the animals to decide whether they want to step inside the device – the equivalent of pressing play – to watch the video of the week, from sealife like fish and jellyfish to wiggly worms and other zoo animals to abstract art and lush forests.

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Released: 26-Jan-2021 12:05 PM EST
Southern Africa’s Most Endangered Shark Just Extended its Range by 2,000 Kilometers
Wildlife Conservation Society

A team of marine scientists has confirmed that southern Africa’s most threatened endemic shark – the Critically Endangered shorttail nurse shark (Pseudoginglymostoma brevicaudatum) – has been found to occur in Mozambique; a finding that represents a range extension of more than 2,000 kilometers (1,242 miles).

Newswise: Meet the Dogs that Save Cats
Released: 21-Jan-2021 11:00 AM EST
Meet the Dogs that Save Cats
Wildlife Conservation Society

WCS Argentina recently delivered a new litter of specially trained livestock guardian dogs that work directly with herders to reduce conflict with pumas (Puma concolor) and other native carnivores living on the Patagonian steppe.

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8-Jan-2021 11:05 AM EST
More Management Measures Lead to Healthier Fish Populations
University of Washington

Fish populations tend to do better in places where rigorous fisheries management practices are used, and the more measures employed, the better for fish populations and food production, according to a new paper published Jan. 11 in Nature Sustainability.

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Released: 5-Jan-2021 11:20 AM EST
Climate Conflict: Rare Footage Captured of Jaguar Killing Ocelot at Waterhole
Wildlife Conservation Society

In what may be a sign of climate-change-induced conflict, researchers have captured rare photographic evidence of a jaguar killing another predatory wild cat at an isolated waterhole in Guatemala.

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Released: 30-Oct-2020 12:55 PM EDT
First long-term study conducted on relocated, young tortoises
University of Georgia

A rare study shows how one of Georgia’s barrier islands provides a safe haven for gopher tortoises and gives researchers at the University of Georgia evidence to prove species relocation is an effective conservation tool.

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23-Oct-2020 8:55 AM EDT
Giant Lizards Learnt to Fly Over Millions of Years
University of Bristol

A new study, ‘150 million years of sustained increase in pterosaur flight efficiency’, published in the journal Nature has shown that pterosaurs – a group of creatures that became Earth’s first flying vertebrates – evolved to improve their flight performance over their 150 million-year existence, before going extinct at the same time as dinosaurs 66 million years ago.

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15-Oct-2020 9:55 AM EDT
Lily the barn owl reveals how birds fly in gusty winds
University of Bristol

Scientists from the University of Bristol and the Royal Veterinary College have discovered how birds are able to fly in gusty conditions – findings that could inform the development of bio-inspired small-scale aircraft.

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8-Oct-2020 12:55 PM EDT
Carnivores living near people feast on human food, threatening ecosystems
University of Wisconsin-Madison

MADISON – Ecologists at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have found that carnivores living near people can get more than half of their diets from human food sources, a major lifestyle disruption that could put North America’s carnivore-dominated ecosystems at risk.

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Released: 27-Aug-2020 11:15 AM EDT
Fossil evidence of ‘hibernation-like’ state in 250-million-year-old Antarctic animal
University of Washington

Scientists report evidence of a hibernation-like state in Lystrosaurus, an animal that lived in Antarctica during the Early Triassic 250 million years ago. The fossils are the oldest evidence of a hibernation-like state in a vertebrate, and indicate that torpor arose in vertebrates even before mammals and dinosaurs evolved.

Newswise: New Analysis Pinpoints Most Important Forests for Biodiversity and Conservation Remaining in Central Africa
Released: 11-Aug-2020 11:30 AM EDT
New Analysis Pinpoints Most Important Forests for Biodiversity and Conservation Remaining in Central Africa
Wildlife Conservation Society

A study by WCS and partners produced new analyses to pinpoint the most important forests for biodiversity conservation remaining in Central Africa.

Newswise: Monkeying around: Study finds older primates father far fewer babies
Released: 5-Aug-2020 7:25 AM EDT
Monkeying around: Study finds older primates father far fewer babies
Washington University in St. Louis

Infertility is a worldwide clinical problem for human health that affects 8 to 12 percent of couples. A new study from Washington University in St. Louis has implications for understanding some age-related aspects of male reproductive health in primates, including humans. Older male rhesus monkeys sire fewer offspring, even though they appear to be mating as much as younger monkeys with similarly high social status.

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Released: 14-Jul-2020 2:50 PM EDT
For Chimpanzees, Salt and Pepper Hair Not a Marker of Old Age
George Washington University

A new study published in the journal PLOS ONE finds graying hair is not indicative of a chimpanzee’s age.

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Released: 30-Jun-2020 4:55 PM EDT
New Tech Lets Marine Scientists Track Real-Time Health of Coral Reefs Around the World
Wildlife Conservation Society

MERMAID, an open-source tech platform for marine scientists, is for the first time launching an interactive map that provides an insider’s view of the ecosystem data collected from coral reefs by field scientists around the world.

Newswise: Study Finds Only 2.5 Percent of the World’s Coral Reefs Are Currently Being Actively Protected
Released: 19-Jun-2020 9:55 AM EDT
Study Finds Only 2.5 Percent of the World’s Coral Reefs Are Currently Being Actively Protected
Wildlife Conservation Society

A new global study has found that only 2.5 percent of tropical reefs are formally protected and conserved through laws and regulations. These numbers are significantly lower than previous estimates, and highlight an urgent need for governments, communities, and partnering organizations to create and expand marine reserves to protect these ecosystems which support more than 500 million people worldwide.

Newswise: After 65 Years, a Desert Nomad Crosses a Railroad Track and Makes History
Released: 10-Jun-2020 1:20 PM EDT
After 65 Years, a Desert Nomad Crosses a Railroad Track and Makes History
Wildlife Conservation Society

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) released a photo today of a single Asiatic wild ass or khulan (Equus hemionus hemionus) crossing a previously impenetrable barrier along the Trans Mongolian Railroad – the first known crossing by this near-threatened species into the eastern steppe in 65 years.

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Released: 1-Jun-2020 3:20 PM EDT
The world on their backs: Loggerhead sea turtles host diverse community of miniature organisms
Florida State University

There is a world of life on the backs of loggerhead sea turtles, and it’s more abundant and diverse than scientists knew. An international team led by Florida State University researchers found that more than double the number of organisms than previously observed live on the shells of these oceanic reptiles, raising important questions about loggerhead sea turtle ecology and conservation.


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