— “now, as christians who signed up to what is seen as an invading muslim army, their prospects in post-conflict central african republic are not promising. they are stuck at berengo until they are incorporated into a national army and nobody knows when that might happen. until it does, these lost boys must simply wait and make sure to catch enough rats and snakes to stay alive.” read article : piles of diamonds and porn, concorde and caviar: haunting images of the crumbling palaces of africa’s dictators where despots once lived like emperors
“At the turn of the 20th century, members of the wildlife conservation group, Boone and Crockett Club, had determined that extinction of the pronghorn was more of a probability than a possibility…The protection of habitat and hunting restrictions have allowed pronghorn numbers to recover to an estimated population between 500,000 and 1,000,000” Learn more: Pronghorn Antelope
“More than 27 million animals were traded internationally in 2013 for purposes ranging from garment production to traditional Chinese medicine, trophies, and scientific testing.” Check out this amazing interactive graphic explaining global animal trade.
— “this is something people want, and we have the technology to make it available to them, why not try to satisfy their needs instead of telling them their needs are wrong?” read article : 3D printed horns may put rhinos at greater risk of extinction
— the landmark decision, with the announcement that whole ecosystems, not just single species, can be recognized as protected designate a new perception of endangerment read article : ecosystems get a boost with new protection
“Over the past year one of the most important populations* of Alaska’s Alexander Archipelago wolves (Canis lupus ligoni) has plummeted from 221 to as low as 60, according to data released last week.” Read the entire article: Alaska’s Alexander Archipelago Wolves
The bighorn sheep have made a dramatic recovery since the turn of the 20th century when only a few thousand remained. Heavy hunting, competition with ranching, and infectious disease left the bighorns in dire need of help. Recovery efforts have made it possible to see them in their natural habitat, such as seen here along the Colorado River.
— the researchers’ point was to create a computer model with the right dials—one that could work for all types of species, with adjustments that can be made for reproduction and survival rates in captivity, along with the number of animals that must be extracted from the wild. until now, there have been few tools to help conservation biologists decide whether to initiate a captive breeding program. read article : journal of applied ecology
— there are 730 chimpanzees in the custody of biomedical laboratories, the changes require that any research that might harm or harass chimpanzees requires a permit read article : u.s. will call all chimps endangered
— alpha wind energy, based in denmark, plans on building offshore wind turbines near waikiki and the north shore. close proximity to homes have hawaiian residents concerned read article : kahuku residents express concerns surrounding new proposed wind farm
— liquid nitrogen at 320-degrees below zero keeps cell samples from more than 10,000 animals frozen at the san diego zoo’s institute for conservation research. the institute is called the “frozen zoo.” — other places stores seeds for future food crisis read article : frozen zoo read article : the norwegian seed vault