Tag Archive | Conservation

“Paul Allen’s High-Tech Quest to Save the World’s Most Endangered Animals”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-05-09/paul-allen-is-using-technology-to-save-the-african-elephant

If he has his way, Paul Allen will cover 90,000 square miles of African territory with smart sensors and drones by the end of this year to bring hyper-connectivity to Africa’s most remote, wildlife-packed corners. It’s the biggest, tech-focused conservation project to date, a command-and-control system for rangers to record and respond to poaching threats from Kenya to Tanzania.

” Earthworms Are More Important Than Pandas If You Want To Save The Planet”

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what Darwin rightly recognised is that – panda fans avert your eyes – worm conservation is much more important once we factor in their provision of what we now call “ecosystem services”, which are crucial to human survival

Could this be the future of Zoos?

Unzoos are a way for visitors to view wild animals and become immersed in their natural habitat. They encourage wild animals to interact with visitors.  One of the first zoos to enter this territory is the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo in Taranna Australia (here) . This is an interesting concept to see as more and more zoos move away from cages, adopting naturalistic enclosures. This Unzoo takes it one step further moving towards an environment designed around the animals, rather than the visitors.

Is this the future of zoos? Read more about “The Unzoo Alternative” here

“How Overfishing And Shark-Finning Could Increase The Pace Of Climate Change”

http://econintersect.com/pages/contributors/contributor.php?post=201610300002

While scientists have long been aware of the decline of marine ecological communities, little work has been done on how fishing or shark finning can affect ecosystem level processes, including climate change. Our new study shows how large-scale ecosystem effects can occur as a result of predator removal, including increased production of biological carbon dioxide in the ocean.

“Conservation starts closer to home”

Ground-breaking research has provided us with more information about the dormouse that will have a great impact in its survival

https://www.theguardian.com/advertiser-content/chester-zoo-act-for-wildlife/conservation-starts-closer-to-home

It’s not just elephants, rhinos and tigers that need our help – our conservation work starts much closer to home; right here in the UK.

We’re so lucky to have such diverse and amazing wildlife right here on our doorstep, but unfortunately nearly all of it is in decline. They’re facing many of the same serious threats that cause extinctions elsewhere – including pollution, habitat loss and climate change.

“Countries Agree to Create World’s Largest Marine Reserve in Antarctica”

The Natural Sculptures Of Antarctic Icebergs

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-10-28/countries-ok-world-s-largest-marine-reserve-in-antarctica

The countries that decide the fate of Antarctica’s waters reached an historic agreement on Friday to create the world’s largest marine protected area in the ocean next to the frozen continent.

The agreement comes after years of diplomatic wrangling and high-level talks between the U.S. and Russia, which has rejected the idea in the past.

“Shark Diving Prompts Island Nations to Urge End to Fin Trade”

Thresher Shark

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-09-21/shark-diving-prompts-island-nations-to-urge-end-to-fin-trade

Island nations that will call for the protection of sharks at a global conservation conference starting in South Africa this week need the support of bigger countries to reverse the decline of the fish, whose fins are coveted in Asia, according to activists.

“Another big predator in Southeast Asia faces extinction”

A melanistic leopard caught on camera trap in peninsular Malaysia where such “black panthers” are more common than spotted.

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Conservationists have long known that it’s hard – and in some cases – nearly impossible to survive as a tiger in Southeast Asia. Burning forests, high human populations and unflagging demand for tiger blood, tiger skin and crushed tiger bone means the big cats have to tread a daily gauntlet of snares, guns and desperate poachers. Now, conservationists are discovering, belatedly, that the same is largely true for leopards.

“North sea cod stocks bounce back, analysis shows”

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/apr/08/north-sea-cod-stocks-bounce-back-analysis-shows?CMP=EMCENVEML1631

North Sea cod stocks are improving rapidly and could be certified as sustainable within five years, according to fresh analysis.

The fish, once one of the most disastrous examples of overfishing, is now closer to being certified as being sustainable as gurnard, a species which consumers have previously been encouraged to eat instead of cod.