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Sharks and rays suffer (extinction) in the Mediterranean
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Sharks and rays suffer (extinction) in the Mediterranean

With the help of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group, the IUCN Global Species Programme and several Mediterranean experts, the Mediterranean Red List Initiative have undertaken a study of sharks in the Sea in their 2016 Regional Assessment.The conclusion of th...
The Casper octopus thrives in the deep sea, but exploiters are threatening
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The Casper octopus thrives in the deep sea, but exploiters are threatening

The octopus is a familiar, often-eaten inhabitant of our rocky shore. Other members of the octopod family, however, live far from that habitat, in distant and various locations, from pelagic situations around the oceans to deep-sea habitats that have never bee...
Primates matter, and this is why!
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Primates matter, and this is why!

Alejandro Estrada of the National Autonomous University of Mexico and a large number of prestigious colleagues from universities worldwide have produced the latest extinction bombshell on why we are losing most of the primates. Science Advances presents the pa...
Hedgehogs mirror wildlife problems around the world
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Hedgehogs mirror wildlife problems around the world

When the wide open spaces available to animals such as the African pygmy hedgehog, Atelerix albiventris, become as restricted as the tiny areas available to the European hedgehog in the overcrowded UK, reductions in population can be expected. The same applies...
Thai tigers survive and breed in the wild
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Thai tigers survive and breed in the wild

Khao Yai stretches across its great mountain from just north of Bangkok, but few know that the forests that cover it stretch to the east, in a reserve known as the Dong-Phayayen Khao Yai Forest Complex. This was the first national park in Thailand and that now...
Dingo rules – both kangaroos and nutrient supplies.
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Dingo rules – both kangaroos and nutrient supplies.

The Outback is not the first place you expect some great research, but the discovery that dingoes affect the whole ecosystem of Australia’s back yard is educational for many and instructive for all. The cycling of nutrients is always studied with respect to th...
Extinction or habitat management – the stark choice
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Extinction or habitat management – the stark choice

The large animals we still have with us on the planet are the most vulnerable to habitat fragmentation. Although this may see obvious, the loss of species has been studied frequently since the production of the interesting Madingley Model simulation of ecosyst...
The North Sea totally explored (twice) by OCEANA
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The North Sea totally explored (twice) by OCEANA

The marine conservation group, Oceana have long been recording changes in our ocean fauna and flora in many parts of the world. In Europe, they have surveyed 26 other areas. The North Sea is quite handy for those Dutch scientists, and funders from the Dutch Po...
Forest lives are changing, with combined human/insect threats
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Forest lives are changing, with combined human/insect threats

If there’s a forest near you, then human actions may not be the only factors affecting its future. Primary forest is almost gone, as far as most regions are concerned, with logging, palm oil plantations, and even open-cast mining and roads destroying the few r...