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Category archives for: Wildlife

You don’t need a scientist to know what’s causing the sixth mass extinction

One should not need to be a scientist to know that human population growth and the accompanying increase in human consumption are the root cause of the sixth mass extinction we’re currently seeing. All you need to know is that every living being has evolved to have a set of habitat requirements. An organism can’t live where […]

A precious single cygnet nurtured in the marsh

The bell-beat of mute swans’ wings came with a grey dawn in early March. A pair of swans touched down in the river Teifi’s tidal reaches upstream of Cardigan town bridge. On wind-ruffled waters they kept proximity, gliding around in search of food, accompanied at respectful distance by small flocks of teal and unruly gangs […]

Ten more elephants poisoned by poachers in Zimbabwe

The elephants were killed in the Hwange national park by what has become a common means of poaching. Ten elephants, including a mother and her young calf, have been found poisoned in and around Zimbabwe’s premier game reserve, Hwange national park. Six of the animals died in the south of the park last week; some […]

Ratty returns: hundreds of water voles released in UK’s biggest reintroduction

Almost 700 of the endangered rodents, immortalised in Wind in the Willows, will be released in Northumberland – and it’s all thanks really to the otter. The biggest reintroduction of water voles in the UK began this week, with 325 voles released into Kielder Forest in Northumberland, and 350 more to follow later in the […]

Cities should be studied as evolutionary hotspots, says biologist

Animals and birds evolve more quickly in urban environments than in remote habitats, Cheltenham science festival is told. Foxes loitering around rubbish bins and pigeons roosting in train stations: urban animals are widely regarded as the dregs of the natural world. However, according to biologist Simon Watt, cities represent some of the world’s hotspots for […]

Two rangers shot dead in Kenya’s Laikipia conservation area

The rangers, who are police reservists, were killed while trying to recover cattle stolen by nomadic herders. Two game rangers have been shot dead in Kenya’s restive north while on a mission to recover stolen cattle. For the last year, Laikipia, one of Kenya’s most important wildlife regions, has been the scene of vicious farm […]

We must stop seabird numbers falling off a cliff. After all, we’re to blame

About 70,000 tonnes of seabird are now afloat or on the wing off the shores of the British Isles. This biomass – roughly the same as Salisbury Cathedral – is made up entirely of thinking, fishing, hunting, flirting, fighting, flying, diving and feathered beauty: 8 million breeders, several million more adolescents and, by the end […]

Hunting for moths in the night garden

Allendale, Northumberland I linger, hoping to see a flicker of wings before leaving the trap to work its magic. The night garden is brilliantly lit by the full moon of the moth trap’s bulb. Shadows are thrown deep into the drystone walls and the hawthorn branches show bright against the dark fields. Shading my eyes […]

Panic over the red devils threatening to strip Tunisia of its grand palm trees

A red palm weevil infestation is decimating trees and posing a threat to the country’s date crop, a mainstay of the fragile economy. It’s an unlikely but very real crisis for a country with a teetering economy: a tiny red devil is invading Tunisia and it could cost hundreds of thousands of people their livelihoods. […]

Chinese appetite for totoaba fish bladder kills off rare porpoise

Only 30 vaquita are left in Gulf of California as pirate fishermen net them when fishing for highly valued totoaba maws. The world’s rarest marine mammal is on the verge of extinction due to the continuing illegal demand in China for a valuable fish organ, an undercover investigation has revealed. There are no more than […]

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