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.
April 7, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins

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

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
April 6, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins

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

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
April 2, 2020 | futurity

~7 mins

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

Why West African lions don’t avoid hunting areas

Images from camera traps show West African lions venturing out of protected areas and closer to humans. Researchers have an idea why.

Jim Erickson-Michigan
April 2, 2020 | futurity

~7 mins

Tags: earth-and-environment featured cats conservation endangered-species hunting national-parks predators west-africa

COVID-19 threatens endangered great apes, too

Endangered apes also face the threat of COVID-19. And they'll need our help to stay safe and avoid extinction, experts warn.

Carol Clark-Emory
March 26, 2020 | futurity

~5 mins

Tags: earth-and-environment health-and-medicine apes conservation covid-19 endangered-species viruses

With bear trophies and lion genitals, US wildlife trafficking booms

Illegal wildlife trafficking and the demand for animal parts rose in the United States between 1979 and 2014, researchers find.

Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen
March 3, 2020 | futurity

~5 mins

Tags: earth-and-environment featured society-and-culture conservation crimes endangered-species hunting pets

Gene changes may save some bats from white-nose syndrome

A new study presents the first genetic evidence of resistance in little brown bats to the deadly fungal disease white-nose syndrome.

Jim Erickson-Michigan
Feb. 21, 2020 | futurity

~7 mins

Tags: earth-and-environment featured bats conservation endangered-species evolution fungus natural-selection

Coral nurseries can shelter threatened species

Underwater coral nurseries can do more than provide transplants for barren ocean areas. They can also offer a home to all kinds of threatened species.

National University of Singapore
Feb. 13, 2020 | futurity

~3 mins

Tags: earth-and-environment conservation coral-reefs endangered-species oceans

What exactly makes for an endangered species?

"What makes for an endangered species classification isn't always obvious," says John A. Vucetich. He's the coauthor of new research on where Americans would draw the line.

Liz Goodfellow-Futurity
Jan. 27, 2020 | futurity

~7 mins

Tags: earth-and-environment conservation endangered-species laws united-states

Focus on new ‘umbrella’ species could save more Aussie animals

The Australian government could improve its conservation efforts by focusing on "umbrella" species like the koala.

U. Queensland
Jan. 8, 2020 | futurity

~3 mins

Tags: earth-and-environment australia biodiversity conservation ecosystems endangered-species

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