Entries in animal conservation (12)
Researchers have found that baboons have distinct personality types, just as humans do. A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) watched 45 female chacma baboons in the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana for a seven year period.
Chameleons are fascinating creatures. They change their colour for a variety of reasons, namely camouflage, communication and temperature control. But how did this fascinating trait come about and how does it happen?
In February this year an endangered African black-footed cat was born; however not in the conventional way. This little kitty’s mother was a surrogate- an ordinary domestic cat. This kitten named Crystal was born within the Audubon Centre for Research of Endangered Species, New Orleans, after sperm from an African black-footed cat that was frozen in 2009 was used.
The Javan slow loris is found in South Asia and is the only primate that is poisonous. The slow loris produces a pungent, thick brown oil like substance from a gland under their arms which when mixed with their saliva creates a deadly venom. This cuddly creature is currently classified as endangered on the IUCN (International Union for conservation of Nature) and is rapidly being driven to extinction by the pet trade and habitat loss.
Millions of bats have been affected by white-nose syndrome (WNS); a fungus that grows specifically on the bats’ nose, wings, ears and tail and eats through the skin, thus destroying the membrane. It has been the cause of approximately 5.5 million bat deaths.
A small town in Canada called Churchill, with a population of 800, has been under attack from polar bears. These large carnivores have even been caught breaking into homes to find food. Villagers have been terrified of these massive, 90st animals for years; therefore, have decided to stand their ground and fight back!
One of the most biodiverse areas on the planet, the Brazilian rainforest has for many years been struggling to survive deforestation and environment destruction. Through recent years, Brazil has been working in collaboration with conservation organisations such as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Conservation International to try and put a stop to the Amazon’s ongoing devastation.
The White-lipped peccary (Tayassu pecari), native to Central and South America, live in humid forests and are omnivorous; primarily feeding on fruits, grasses and invertebrates. This particular species of peccary are myopic, causing them to aggressively charge at anything that stumbles into a large unaware group.