Grey headed flying fox (Pteropus poliocephalus)
Bats host many viruses dangerous to humans. But it’s only when their habitats are destroyed that we’re at risk.
Elephants crossing a road in Botswana.
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A study of tweets posted in 2019 found that tweets about elephant conservation didn’t align with the actual greatest threats to the animals, creating the risk that funding could be misdirected.
Bees look for water on an outdoor tap in Berlin, Germany during a hot spell, June 19, 2022.
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Honey bees, wild and native bees face threats from parasites, pesticides and habitat loss. Shorter winters, more extreme weather and more habitat destruction won’t help.
The paltry spending means many species severely impacted by the megafires were left in desperate trouble, potentially pushing some closer to extinction.
Monarch butterflies cluster on a eucalyptus tree at Pismo State Beach’s Monarch Butterfly Grove in California.
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The iconic monarch butterfly has been added to the Red List of endangered species, but hasn’t received protection in the US yet. That’s not necessarily a bad thing.
The population of western chorus frogs has been declining over the past 60 years and continues to be an issue across Canada.
Habitat protection and restoration, advanced reproductive technologies and reintroduction procedures could help slow the decline of western chorus frogs and other amphibians.
This fictitious project approval helps us better understand how environmental governance in Australia has gone badly wrong.
Wolverine numbers are declining globally due to heavy trapping and predator killing by humans, habitat loss, climate change and various other factors.
The key to protecting wolverines around the world is to reduce trapping, minimize predator control pressures, and to protect and connect large blocks of intact habitat they need to survive.
Numbers of forest-dependent orchid bees in Brazil have been found to have declined by around 50%.
Insect numbers and species decline steeply where agriculture and habitat loss coincide. Preserving natural habitat can reduce losses up to nine-fold
Increasing revegetation from 1% to 10% of the landscape doubled the number of woodland bird species. The collective efforts of landowners can make a real difference for native wildlife.
It’s only fair to expect results from vast sums of public money spent on koala conservation. But continued land clearing badly undermines the investment.
One in 200 jaguars are likely to be affected by dams, versus one in five tigers.
The paradise parrot was rediscovered by Cyril Jerrard, a Queensland grazier, in December 1921. But its return was fleeting.
The road leading to the Etosha National Park East Gate at Fort Namutoni, Etosha National Park, Namibia.
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The presence of roads, even inside protected areas, may pose a significant threat to species.
New research reviewed more than 200 studies, and found the science underpinning artificial refuges — think nest boxes and artificial burrows — must be improved.
Given the scale of the problem, five years was never enough time to turn things around. Clearly, we must reflect honestly on our successes and failures so far.
The endangered golden snub-nosed monkey lives in mountainous forests of central and southwest China.
About 60 per cent of monkeys, apes, lemurs, lorises and tarsiers are threatened with extinction. Climate change will only make it more difficult for them to survive.
For phascogales, tree hollows are getting harder to find. I venture into forests and study how well artificial hollows made with chainsaws can replace them.
What can gardeners use that isn’t so bad for the climate?
An African forest elephant (
Loxodonta cyclotis) in Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Republic of the Congo.
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A new review of the status of African elephants finds scientific grounds for dividing them into two species, and reports that both have suffered drastic population declines since 1990.