ASSURANCE COLONIES

— they watched with anticipation as about a thousand southern mountain yellow-legged frog tadpoles and three adult frogs enjoyed their first few minutes of life in the wild. the amphibians hesitated a moment before cruising toward clusters of foliage to settle into their new habitat. reintroducing these sensitive amphibians back into their native ecosystem is a significant milestone in the long slow battle to rehabilitate the species. read : conservationists fight to save critically endangered amphibians 

THAT HOTSPOT

— that device is connected by cable to a buoy floating above that transmits data by satellite to scientists on shore. from there, captains can be alerted to slow their ships down or reroute. read : california sound system tries to keep whales and ships apart

SCHOOL IMPROVE SURVIVAL

“in the past when we have raised animals for wild release, they have been released in kind of an ad-hoc manner — choosing an area that looks pretty good and letting the animal go.” read : finishing school helps critically endangered animals prepare for life in the wild

WHAT’S THEIR PROBLEM

— “when we go back, we can put the mussel in a hole,” clayton said. “so it’s easier, less energy consuming for that mussel to rebury into the substrate.” each mussel will be tagged with small silver plastic tag and measured. “so we’ve actually had mussels in here who’ve been tracked for the 15-year period we’ve been monitoring here,” she said. read : mussel woman, biologist passes along pearls of wisdom about threatened mussels

NOW NOT

now not listed as rare, vulnerable or endangered; slender-billed thornbill (western) was rare tammar wallaby (sa), was endangered red-necked wallaby, was rare swamp wallaby, was vulnerable eastern grey kangaroo, was rare southern marsupial mole (itjaritjara), was vulnerable (source: sa environment department) read : environment department downgrades status of rare, vulnerable and endangered

PASSING OF A FRAGILE GIANT

— wildlife experts in the country captured the male in 2008 on a palm oil plantation. he lived more than 10 years in malaysia’s tabin wildlife reserve in borneo and had several unsuccessful breeding attempts with two female sumatran rhinos (dicerorhinus sumatrensis). the loss of the rhino is a severe blow to the survival of the critically endangered species. as many as 800 sumatran rhinos lived in the wild as recently as 1986, but now fewer than 100 remain, with some estimates as low as 30, according to save the rhino, a london-based charity that works to protect rhinoceroses. the sumatran…

TOUGH ARGUE

— look at the numbers and you soon see why though – the us has the fifth largest fisheries harvest in the world with more than five million caught annually. it’s the fourth biggest fish and seafood exporter globally, shipping more than $5 billion worth a year. read : the most endangered species in the world

SLOW BREEDERS

— “published in frontiers in ecology and evolution, the study suggests that a combination of key vital rates governing population growth is a better indicator of a species’ viability than short-term trends in population size and distribution”. read :  rethinking ‘endangered species’ definition to save slow-breeding giants more : frontiers in ecology and evolution    

COMMUNICATION COMMUNICATION COMMUNICATION

— “when the media came calling i would hold press conferences that i’d set up by myself, and i would tell people what was going on. with that empowerment of people who are actually on the ground — talking to the managers and talking to other citizens — comes greater credibility, strength and authority.” read : the key to endangered species recovery? communication  

TRANSFORMATIVE CHANGE

— “the health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever,” said sir robert watson, ipbes chair, adding that “transformative change” is needed to save the planet. read : one million species  

BIOSECURITY

— according to the un report from the intergovernmental science-policy platform for biodiversity and ecosystem services (ipbes), the startling number is a consequence of five direct causes: changes in land and sea use; direct exploitation of organisms; climate change; pollution; and invasion of alien species read : the conversation 

IT’ S HERE

  read : one million species at risk of extinction, un report warns more : species extinction rate is accelerating