Nature conservationists should be asking if chasing Pokémon creatures means anything for species in the real world.
‘Pokémon Go’ has the ability to make people wander around nature looking for fantasy creatures – but will this translate into people exploring real-life nature?
School of thought.
Understanding this will boost conservation efforts.
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Islands are very special when it comes to quirks of evolution.
Hey, is there something on my back?
Nathan J. Robinson
Tiny animals along for the ride, called epibionts, could be used as living data-loggers. Researchers can glean info from them that could help inform turtle-friendly fisheries management decisions.
Viewing wildlife in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
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A new study estimates that Americans would pay US$92 billion yearly in extra taxes to protect national parks. The finding underlines calls from experts for more money to preserve and maintain the parks.
Despite ongoing conflict in the DRC, the number of endangered mountain gorillas in the Virunga National Park has increased.
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.
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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.
Gravel bed rivers and their floodplains are vital to local ecosystems and their ability to adapt to climate change.
Conservation methods for gravel-bed rivers – which are ecological hotspots in the western U.S. – need to improve in order to deal with the effects of climate change.
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 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.
It’s quiet out there, too quiet.
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There's been a deafening silence in recent Australian elections over the environment. But it hasn't always been the case.
The Fat-tailed Dunnart is found in box gum grassy woodland.
There's rarely good news in conservation - but we've been studying a program that actually works.
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
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
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.
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.
Ruling the roost: flying-foxes can suddenly arrive in huge numbers when the right trees bloom.
Flying-foxes can cause conflict - just ask the people of Batemans Bay, NSW. But plans to disperse them won't necessarily work without understanding these highly mobile animals' behaviour.
A UAV’s perspective of southern elephant seals (
Mirounga leonina) on Australia’s sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island.
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.
Clearing in Queensland.
Kerry Trapnell/The Wilderness Society
Back and forth over land-clearing laws has left landowners confused and native forests vulnerable.
This particular male, calling on a rock, may be the last hope for his species.
Photo Sarah-Louise Adams, Durrell
Scientists are working to bring this large, unique frog back from the brink of extinction.
Climate change and overfishing have destroyed livelihoods, so many locals have been forced into the forest.
Straw-necked ibis gather to breed.
Bird feathers can tell us a lot about their owners and the places they visit.