Conservation efforts often focus on protecting public land from development, but most of the world’s land is privately owned. A recent study in Brazil showed that ocelots, a small species of spotted cat, often inhabit forests on private land that are protected by the country’s New Forest Code. Regulations like these to protect forests on private land can be just as important for wildlife conservation as preserving public land. When these regulations come under threat, wildlife species like the ocelot will suffer the consequences.
There is a growing island in the North Pacific Ocean - one that consists solely of trash. A comprehensive new report presents the shocking reality of the magnitude and composition of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Similar to humans and other intelligent animals, dolphins and whales sometimes show interest in and attend to their dead. Recent research suggests that such behavior is common in species with larger brains, and may have been evolved to assist the survival of their kin. The animals might understand death, and be affected emotionally by it.
Humans are changing the environment in ways that are causing extreme loss of amphibian species. Amphibians thrive in forests, but when those forests are cut down, amphibians can disappear on a massive scale. New research also shows that when forests change, amphibians that are unique on an evolutionary level are more likely to become locally extinct. Losing these distinct amphibian species could have devastating effects on future forest ecosystems.
Farmers in rural areas must engage with surrounding wildlife to protect their livelihoods. Development and human-wildlife conflict threaten large predators living near human settlements. In a study from a national park in Bhutan, researchers found that tigers in forested areas near farmlands can have large-scale impacts in the ecosystem that lead to fewer agricultural losses. The indirect benefits tigers bring to farmers could have important wildlife conservation implications.
Urban gardens can attract some of nature’s most beautiful pollinators. A new study brings us on an exciting journey to understand the nuances of complex networks of butterflies and flowers. Scientists use this new information to recommend the best flowers to sustain urban populations of both common and rare butterflies.
Crowdfunding is becoming an increasingly popular source of support for biodiversity conservation. A recent study reveals an expansive global crowdfunding network for conservation that brings much-needed support for research and species-focused projects. Researchers explored how this new fundraising mechanism might impact conservation, both financially and beyond.
Ecotourism in Kenya is celebrated as a win-win solution that benefits both cheetahs and humans. Tourists get to see cheetahs in their natural habitat while funding wildlife preserves. But what happens to cheetah cubs when they are surrounded by overeager visitors? A new study examines how ecotourism affects cheetah cubs’ chance at survival.
Coral reefs are fragile ecosystems that support an abundance of marine life. Climate change and human activities threaten the existence of these reefs. In Maui, scientists found that treated wastewater seeps into coral reefs and causes coral degradation at an alarmingly high rate.
The North Atlantic Ocean Circulation is a double-edged sword when it comes to ocean acidification. In the past, it has kept the North Atlantic Ocean less acidic – and more hospitable – than the Pacific Ocean. Today, the same circulation has the potential toconvey fast acidification to the ocean depth as climate change alters both the atmosphere and the surface ocean.