From 300,000 rabbits to none: a Southern Ocean island is

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On a world map, Macquarie Island is a speck in the Southern Ocean, but for ecologists it is a beacon, illuminating a future for grand-scale environmental recovery projects.Melissa Houghton first set foot on the 34km-long green streak as a dog handler in late 2011. Rabbits, cats, rats and mice had been introduced by sealers in…

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Earth: Muted review – bees go missing in China despatch

This Swedish-produced documentary about China’s Hanyuan valley is nominally another dispatch from the eco-apocalypse file, so the final harmonious impression it leaves behind suggests it hasn’t done its job properly. Located in Sichuan province, the valley is a place where bees are on the verge of extinction, the consequences of which we see in the…

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The most awe-inspiring and exuberant birds are facing extinction first

For decades ecologists have been warning about the homogenisation of diversity – species becoming more alike – in the living world. Now, researchers at the University of Sheffield have published research predicting that bird species with striking and extreme traits are likely to go extinct first. “The global extinction crisis doesn’t just mean that we’re…

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Appetite for frogs’ legs in France and Belgium ‘driving species

A voracious appetite for frogs’ legs among the French and Belgians is driving species in Indonesia, Turkey and Albania to the brink of extinction, according to a report. Europe imports as many as 200 million mostly wild frogs every year, contributing to a serious depletion of native species abroad. Scientists estimate that the Anatolian water…

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Elephants in Southern Africa

Elephant conservation in southern Africa has been remarkably successful over the last century. The region’s elephant populations collapsed in the late 1880s through over-hunting, but their numbers have since increased more than 20-fold; from less than a few thousand to 250,000 – 300,000 today. The overall biomass of elephants in southern Africa is now higher…

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The world of trophy hunting exposed by Rogue Rubin

Rogue Rubin’s brave, secret labor behind the camera offers us a unique look into the world of trophy hunting, where wealthy people—mainly men, mostly Americans and Europeans, some sporting Hemingway beards—pay to kill while on safari. A liberal vegetarian from Melbourne named Rubin plays Joni Kiser, a pro-hunting enthusiast and aspiring photographer, in the movie…

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Where do the guitarfish go? Scientists and fishers team up

In late March and early April this year, researchers from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands teamed up with fishers, conservationists and scientists in Guinea-Bissau to catch, study, sample and release more than 50 sharks and rays off the coast of the West African country. The team, which included experts from the Guinea-Bissau-based Institute…

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‘Generally ignored’ species face twice the extinction threat, warns study

Plants and animals that do not have enough data to be properly assessed appear to be at twice the risk of extinction as those that have been evaluated, meaning more species may face being wiped off the planet than previously thought, a study has warned.Researchers looked at the extinction risk of species assessed on the…

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Ancient big trees, endangered birds, wildlife, and ecosystems to be

Leading conservationists claim that ancient big trees, endangered birds, wildlife, and ecosystems are being sacrificed for an Albanean government-approved ring road south of Perth. For a portion of the $1.25 billion Bunbury outer ring road, habitat for the severely endangered western ringtail possum and the rare black cockatoos will be permitted to be removed. An…

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Cheetah reintroduction in Malawi brings vultures back to the skies

Four species of critically endangered vulture have returned to a park in southern Malawi from which they disappeared more than 20 years ago, and their comeback is credited to the reintroduction of cheetahs, lions and the carcasses the cats left behind, conservationists say. In 2017, seven cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) were reintroduced to Liwonde National Park…