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More than 35% of the world’s mangroves are already gone, and studies show that the figure is as high as 50% in countries such as India, the Philippines, and Vietnam, while in the Americas they are being cleared at a rate faster than that of the tropical rainforests.
In the rocks of an ancient lakebed in what is now central china, Scientists discovered the fossilised remains of a primitive primate. It has now been shown, after exhaustive analysis, that this is one of the oldest records of primate remains in existence.
Cross River gorillas (Gorilla gorilla diehli), Eastern chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) and Bonobos (Pan paniscus) have lost considerable amounts of habitat since the 1990s, with the Eastern gorilla (Gorilla beringei) loosing >50% of habitable areas. A large scale survey has been undertaken across Africa to look into further losses.
The Badger Trust has lost its Court of Appeal challenge to government proposals to cull wild badgers in England. The proposed killing of wild badgers is a controversial issue between the government who says that culling badgers will help combat cattle tuberculosis, and The Badger trust (which represents about 60 voluntary badger groups), who argue that the cull will make a small impact on the disease and could make matters worse.
A recent publication in the journal Animal Behaviour has found that the western scrub jay holds “funerals” for their dead.
At the opening of the Pacific Islands forum, The Cook Islands have recently announced the creation of the world’s largest marine park. The newly proposed reserve is set to be 1.065 million square kilometres, almost twice the size of France. Henry Puna, The Cook Islands Prime Minister, said that protecting the Pacific, one of the last pristine marine ecosystems, was the Cooks’ major contribution to “the wellbeing of not only our peoples, but also of humanity”.