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Despite ongoing conflict in the DRC, the number of endangered mountain gorillas in the Virunga National Park has increased. Shutterstock

Conservation efforts can’t afford to shy away from high-risk conflict zones

For the survival of iconic species in Africa, it is crucial that conservation efforts do not ignore conflict zones.
Koalas face many threats, and our conservation efforts are failing them. Koala image from www.shutterstock.com

Koalas are feeling the heat, and we need to make some tough choices to save our furry friends

Koalas are under threat from a range of factors, from urban expansion to climate change. Unfortunately there is no quick fix, and it may be that not all populations can be saved.
How many species of frog are in the picture? Genetics often says ‘more than we thought’. Michael Lee (Flinders University & South Australian Museum)

The Earth’s biodiversity could be much greater than we thought

The Earth is full of many varied species from the largest mammals to the tiniest organisms. But we now think there could be ten times more species than was originally thought.
The grizzly, or brown, bear in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is posed to lose protections under the Endangered Species Act. Jim Peaco, Yellowstone National Park

Of bears and biases: scientific judgment and the fate of Yellowstone’s grizzlies

The grizzly bear of Yellowstone is expected to be delisted from the Endangered Species Act. But a survey of grizzly bear researchers finds flaws in how wildlife experts evaluate scientific data.
Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, built by Anasazi c. 1200. The Antiquities Act was passed to protect such sites from looters. National Park Service

How the Antiquities Act has expanded the national park system and fueled struggles over land protection

The 1906 Antiquities Act gives presidents unilateral power to protect land as national monuments. The law has saved important places, but has also fueled intense conflicts over land control.
Menageries of the 19th century brought exotic animals (and people) to Western society – as do many zoos today.

Is it time to break with colonial legacy of zoos?

The shooting death of Harambe the gorilla has once again raised concern for the well-being of zoo animals. But animals in zoos may be fated by the very institution we have created to protect them.
A UAV’s perspective of southern elephant seals (Mirounga leonina) on Australia’s sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island. J. Hodgson

A guide to using drones to study wildlife: first, do no harm

Drones are useful tools for studying and protecting wildlife. But with their growing popularity comes a growing need to make sure they don't harm the animals they're trying to observe.

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