How bison, moose and caribou stepped in to do the cleaning work of extinct mammoths

The historical record is full of surprises – and it could encourage conservationists to think more creatively.

Maarten van Hardenbroek van Ammerstol, Lecturer in Physical Geography, Newcastle University • conversation
April 29, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: mammals alaska bison megafauna woolly-mammoth megafaunal-extinction rewilding hippopotamus mass-extinctions de-extinction herbivores pleistocene biodiversity-loss quaternary-extinction-event

Camera traps completed one of the most thorough surveys of African rainforest yet

A new method of using camera traps has brought good and bad news for conservationists.

Barbara Fruth, Associate Professor, Liverpool John Moores University • conversation
March 31, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  conservation  biodiversity  mammals  birds  rainforest  wildlife-monitoring  camera-traps  african-wildlife

It's wrong to blame bats for the coronavirus epidemic

The value that bats provide to humans by pollinating crops and eating insects is far greater than harm from virus transmission – which is mainly caused by human actions.

Peter Alagona, Associate Professor of History, Geography and Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara • conversation
March 24, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  mammals  ecology  coronavirus-2020  viruses  pollinators  bats  endangered-species  zoonotic-diseases

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