Tagged smithsonian

PRECAUTIONARY APPROACH

— the authors found that 3,943 reptile species, more than 35 percent of all reptile species, have been traded over the past 20 years, 2,754 of them online. “we were just overwhelmed by the sheer volume of species”  read : a quarter of all reptile species are sold online

STICK THE NECK OUT FOR THEM

— u.s. fish and wildlife service announced last week that they would agree to review the animal’s current status. read : the united states may list giraffes as an endangered species  

BOTANIC REFUGE

— a survey of the world’s botanic gardens show that the institutions hold about one third of the plant species identified by humans so far and breed about 40 percent of endangered species. read : smithsonian more : science daily 

RIGOROUSLY OBJECTIVE?

— an approach like this one can help modernize the classification system, what the authors are doing, it’s almost like a plea for more data and more information to make better and clearer and more accurate assessments of where species are living. the researchers believe that their finding probably extends to mammals and amphibians as well. read article : is the endangered species list missing hundreds of species of birds?  

THE IMPORTANCE OF FRUGIVORES

— traditionally, conservation tended to be species-specific … but now people are moving toward more ecosystem-level projects because we’ve realized that you can’t protect a species in a vacuum. read article : lemur extinctions are harmful to madagascar’s plant life, too

DNA & DATABASES TO FIGHT ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADE

— the team performed genetic analysis on ivory samples that countries have sent them. regardless of whether a shipment was seized in sri lanka, hong kong or kenya, the team found that most ivory intercepted since 2006 originates from two key geographic areas read article : new data-driven approaches help identify key hotspots for poaching and trafficking