As animal tagging goes cutting-edge, ethical questions abound

An increasing number of animal tracking devices, known as biologgers, also measure environmental variables such as sound, temperature, and ocean salinity. Data from biologgers complement information on an animal’s movements and help scientists understand its environment, but can have measurable effects on the animal’s behavior or reproduction. As the field of biologging rapidly grows, scientists […]

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A community in Guyana relies on indigenous knowledge in conservation

In Guyana’s sprawling Kanuku mountain range, indigenous villagers partner with researchers, scientists and conservation groups for support and to build upon their knowledge and capacity for conservation work. With traditional territory stretching to the northern border of Brazil, the Yupukari, Wapishana, and Macushi indigenous groups take the lead in conservation within their communities. The projects […]

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A ‘FitBit for squid’ could help track the ocean’s squishier species

The ITAG, a neutrally buoyant sensor device for soft-bodied invertebrates, is currently in development through joint research at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and Monterey Bay Aquatic Research Institute. The device has shown success in tracking animals such as squid and jellyfish as they respond to environmental changes. The casing is 3D printable, and the electronics […]

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China busts major ivory trafficking gang following EIA investigation

In 2017, an undercover operation by the watchdog group Environmental Investigation Agency identified three men involved in smuggling elephant ivory from Africa to the little-known town of Shuidong in China, which, according to the trafficking syndicate, receives up to 80 percent of all illegal ivory from Africa. Following EIA’s report, Chinese enforcement authorities raided several […]

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