Location of protected areas vital to wildlife survival

Location, location, location is not just a buzzword for homebuyers. A new study, by 17 conservation scientists and environmental scholars, say the exact location of...

Breeding benefits when love bites wombats on the butt

Monitoring wombats for behaviours such as pacing and rump biting could help conservation efforts by increasing the success of captive breeding. University of Queensland researchers...

Bridging the gaps in global conservation

The BioScience Talks podcast features discussions of topical issues related to the biological sciences. To date, the conservation of global biodiversity has relied on a patchwork of international...

Scientists trace prioritary areas for conservation

Identifying priority areas for action is a major challenge in biodiversity conservation projects. A group of researchers have chosen an approach based on past...

Armed conflicts in Sahara and Sahel endangering wildlife in the region

An international study, involving researchers from the University of Granada, has established that the escalation of armed conflicts in the Sahara-Sahel region is leading...

Rethinking the umbrella species concept

According to the "umbrella species" concept, preserving and managing habitat for a single high-profile species also benefits a whole suite of other species that...

Humans are Sumatran rhinoceros’ biggest threat and last hope

The little-known and smallest member of the rhinoceros family, the Sumatran rhinoceros, is critically endangered. Today between 30 and 100 are isolated on the...

Protect forest elephants to conserve ecosystems, not DNA

Although it is erroneously treated as a subspecies, the dwindling African forest elephant is a genetically distinct species. New University of Illinois research has...

Light at end of the tunnel for world’s wildlife and wild places

A new WCS paper published in the journal BioScience finds that the enormous trends toward population stabilization, poverty alleviation, and urbanization are rewriting the future of...

Land use and pollution shift female-to-male ratios in snapping turtles

Most of us know that our biological sex is decided by the pairing of X and Y chromosomes during conception. However, for many wildlife species,...

Business in Key Biodiversity Areas: Minimizing the risk to nature

Gland, Switzerland - A roadmap for businesses operating in some of the most biologically significant places on the planet has been issued this week...

Small changes in rainforests cause big damage to fish ecosystems

Freshwater fish diversity is harmed as much by selective logging in rainforests as they are by complete deforestation, according to a new study. Researchers had...

Better species mapping can improve conservation efforts

The scientific models that ecologists and conservation biologists rely on to determine which species and habitats to protect lack critical information to help them...

Climate change mitigation project threatens ecosystem resilience

REDD+ (Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) is an UN-led programme aiming to increase carbon sequestration in tropical forests. REDD+ is included among...

First look at zoo and aquarium research shows high output

Most of us think of zoos and aquariums as family destinations: educational but fun diversions for our animal-loving kids. But modern zoos and aquariums...