Genetic resistance to devastating ash tree disease discovered – and it could help save the species

Scientists have discovered a genetic basis to resistance against ash tree dieback, a devastating fungal infection that is predicted to kill over half of the ash trees in the region, and it could open up new possibilities to save the species. The invasive fungus Hymenoscyphus fraxineus has spread throughout Europe’s ash populations but is especially dire in […]

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The Return of a Relative: tribal communities in the Northern Great Plains rally around bison restoration

By Clay Bolt On Oct. 11 people around the world celebrated the release of four plains bison onto a snow-covered butte in Badlands National Park, South Dakota. Their large, chocolate brown bodies were in beautiful contrast against the park’s snow-covered sagebrush, hills, and canyons. This was the first time that the species had set hoof in this […]

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Mozambique’s newly empowered rangers, courts catch up with poachers, loggers

Mozambique has recorded a measure of success recently against wildlife poachers and illegal loggers, thanks to stronger enforcement. Nearly a quarter of the country’s area has been designated as conservation space, helping wildlife numbers recover after a 15-year civil war that decimated animal populations. One of the remaining threats to the country’s protected areas is […]

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Feral horses gallop to the rescue of butterflies in distress

By Nanticha Ocharoenchai In the Czech Republic, horses have become the knights in shining armor. A study published in the Journal for Nature Conservation suggests that returning feral horses to grasslands in Podyjí National Park could help boost the numbers of several threatened butterfly species. In 2017, wildlife organizations laid out their plan to introduce Exmoor ponies (Equus ferus caballus) to […]

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Virunga’s mountain gorilla population is growing. Can tourism help sustain it long-term?

Protecting the park for its Mountain Gorillas, Biodiversity and Local Communities In eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), on the slopes of an active volcano traversed by armed groups with shifting territories and alliances, a remarkable conservation success story is underway. Last year, the Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) was “downlisted” from Critically Endangered to […]

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