Safe distance: How to make sure our outdoor activities don’t harm wildlife

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  • June 2, 2021
  • Spending time outdoors is good for a person’s body and soul, but how good is it for the wildlife around us? Outdoor recreation has become a popular activity, especially in the midst of a pandemic, where access to indoor activities might be limited. Long known to have negative behavioural and physiological effects on wildlife, outdoor […]

    Conservationists concerned about illegal hunting and exploitation of porcupines in Indonesia

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  • May 11, 2021
  • Porcupines are being illegally hunted and exploited throughout their range in Indonesia for local subsistence and commercial trade. They are reportedly in decline, yet there seems to be little control or monitoring on uptake and trade. A new study examining seizure data of porcupines in Indonesia found a total of 39 incidents from January 2013 to June 2020 involving an estimated 452 porcupines. The research was published in the open-access, peer-reviewed journal Nature Conservation.

    Wildlife trade threats: The importance of genetic data in saving an endangered species

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  • September 14, 2020
  • Four-eyed turtle specimen Credit: Thomas Ziegler Lilcense: CC-BY 4.0

    In a new study, published in the scientific journal Nature Conservation, a research team analyses the genetic diversity of the endangered Four-eyed turtle, a species that has fallen victim to the growing wildlife trade in Vietnam. Having identified several distinct lineages in field-collected and local trade samples, the scientists warn that confiscated animals must not be released back into the wild before they have their origin traced back to the locality they have been captured.

    Illegal hunting and bushmeat trade threatens biodiversity and wildlife of Angola

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  • January 6, 2020
  • Hunting and bushmeat trade negatively impact wildlife worldwide with serious implications for biodiversity conservation. The current situation in Angola shows a concerning increase in bushmeat trade along main roads. In a recent publication in the open-access journal Nature Conservation, an international group of scientists presented data gathered on a roundtrip around five main Angolan cities. It turned out that the influence of those activities on wildlife population is very unsettling.

    Tiger geckos in Vietnam could be the next species sold into extinction, shows a new survey

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  • April 1, 2019
  • The endemic reptiles are already proposed to be listed by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora While proper information about the conservation status of tiger gecko species is largely missing, these Asian lizards are already particularly vulnerable to extinction, as most of them have extremely restricted distribution. Furthermore, […]

    Australian study into how seals react to boats prompts new ecotourism regulations

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  • December 20, 2018
  • Unable to differentiate between a predator and a tourist boat carrying humans curious to view a colony of seals while resting in their natural habitat, pinnipeds are quick to react defensively as soon as they sense what they perceive as a potential life threat. The closer the vessel approaches, the more likely it is for […]

    Undercover investigation: Socio-economic survey of pangolin hunting in Assam, India

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  • December 3, 2018
  • Original text by World Animal Protection. Photos by Neil D’Cruze. Alarming footage captured by World Animal Protection and the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) at University of Oxford reveals the heart-breaking moment a pangolin is brutally killed for its body parts to be sold on the black market in Assam, north-eastern India. The footage was captured by an undercover researcher on their mobile […]

    Scientists use forensic technology to genetically document infanticide in brown bears

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  • February 27, 2018
  • Modern open-source software helped the researchers identify the male that killed a female and her two cubs Scientists used a technology designed for the purposes of human forensics, to provide the first genetically documented case of infanticide in brown bears, following the murder of a female and her two cubs in Trentino, the Italian Alps, […]