In Uganda, safeguarding chimpanzees against the scourge of snaring

Frequent patrols in Uganda’s Kibale National Park are credited with helping reduce the risk of the resident chimpanzees falling victim to the snare traps set by poachers targeting bushmeat. While chimpanzees aren’t typically eaten here as bushmeat, the indiscriminate nature of the traps means they still risk being killed or severely maimed. A booming human […]

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‘Sit! sit!’ How one Australian dealt with a 4m crocodile called ‘Bonecruncher’

For most people, the sight of an approaching crocodile, mouth wide open, would provide the fright of a life. And their fear would be rightly placed, as encounters between man and saltwater crocs typically have deathly ends for the former. Not for Matt Wright, the so-called “outback wrangler”. “Stay, sit, sit!” Wright instructed the croc […]

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Undraining the swamp: how rewilders have reclaimed golf courses and waterways

“In wildness,” declared Henry David Thoreau, “is the preservation of the world.” But what does wildness mean in the Anthropocene, an era in which, by definition, humanity’s influence reshapes the entire planet? In the Melbourne suburb of Elwood, the lawns of the old Elsternwick golf course no longer look quite so manicured, as the council […]

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Up to 48 species saved from extinction by conservation efforts, study finds

Up to 48 bird and mammal extinctions have been prevented by conservation efforts since a global agreement to protect biodiversity, according to a new study. The Iberian lynx, California condor and pygmy hog are among animals that would have disappeared without reintroduction programmes, zoo-based conservation and formal legal protections since 1993, research led by scientists […]

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Back from the brink, baby Burmese roofed turtles make their debut

Once considered extinct, the Burmese roofed turtle was brought back from the brink by an ambitious conservation program. The captive population is now approaching 1,000 turtles, and the species appears to be in little danger of biological extinction. Scientists have now published descriptions and photos of the hatchlings of this little-known river turtle. Once considered […]

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