Sloth robot is a very cute way to boost conservation

Inspired by the slow and steady sloth, SlothBot hangs on a wire between trees to monitor the environment below and enhance conservation efforts.

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
June 18, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: conservation biodiversity robots sensors endangered-species biomimicry featured earth-and-environment sloth

Nearby humans disturb giraffe social networks

Living near human settlements disrupts giraffe social networks, according to new research.

Gail McCormick-Penn State • futurity
June 10, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: conservation endangered-species tanzania social-lives earth-and-environment giraffes

Extinctions in next 20 years may near 20th-century total

"What we do to deal with the current extinction crisis in the next two decades will define the fate of millions of species."

Lindsay Filgas-Stanford • futurity
June 4, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: climate-change conservation covid-19 extinction endangered-species featured earth-and-environment

Gorillas have surprisingly active social lives

Observing gorillas interacting with each other shows that they have more dynamic social bonds with their neighbors than researchers once thought.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
May 8, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: endangered-species gorillas science-and-technology social-lives earth-and-environment apes

Gorillas have surprisingly active social lives

Observing gorillas interacting with each other shows that they have more dynamic social bonds with their neighbors than researchers once thought.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
May 8, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: endangered-species gorillas science-and-technology social-lives earth-and-environment apes

Experts debunk a few things about ‘Tiger King’

Biologists explain why private zoos like those in "Tiger King" are bad for big cats, what the series got wrong, and what's next for tiger conservation.

Rob Jordan-Stanford • futurity
May 5, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: conservation television endangered-species zoos tigers featured earth-and-environment

African forest elephants are in more trouble than we thought

There are fewer African forest elephants than scientists believed, research shows. The lack of information about these elephants has hampered conservation.

Emily Halnon-Oregon • futurity
April 30, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: conservation endangered-species elephants earth-and-environment

Blame foxes for decline of the ‘world’s happiest animal’

The decline of quokkas in Australia has been somewhat of a mystery, but resarcehers have a suspect. Invasive species, and foxes in particular.

Vanderbilt U. • futurity
April 7, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: climate-change extinction endangered-species invasive-species earth-and-environment predators marsupials

Nuclear traces reveal the ages of whale sharks

Scientists used a measure of lingering radioactivity from nuclear explosions to estimate the age of whale sharks, an endangered species.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
April 6, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: sharks bones endangered-species science-and-technology earth-and-environment radioactivity

Captive apes’ gut microbiomes are a lot like some people’s

The gut microbiomes of apes living in captivity resemble those of some people more than they resemble apes living in the wild.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University • futurity
April 2, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: conservation chimpanzees gut-bacteria endangered-species earth-and-environment apes

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