By Massimiliano Lovatelli @wonderingbeyond It is probable that you never had a troop of baboons as neighbours. We all love a good story, so let me tell you a Baboon story, or more specifically the story of my neighbours, the Eburru Cliffs troop. Their story began in 1970 when the GilGil Baboon Project, now the... Continue Reading →
In order for the overall goal of nature conservation to be achieved, a multi-faceted approach, which draws from an array of expertise and activities, should be applied. I think of the degradation of nature as a balloon that is expanding at a rapid rate, and conservationists as people who are pushing against this balloon in... Continue Reading →
The border between USA and Mexico spans approximately 2000 miles and the region has been under continuous socio-political and ecological struggles (Lorey, 1999). Mexico is the nearest and therefore the easiest way into the U.S. for the Latin-American organized crime cartels and the traffic between these nations creates social circumstances with the majority resulting in... Continue Reading →
Widely-reported research has led some to suggest we are “on course for ecological Armageddon”. Behind these headlines: an analysis of a German dataset spanning nearly three decades detected a 76 percent plummet in flying insect biomass. So is now the time to be building our apocalypse bunkers? Forming the base of most food chains and... Continue Reading →
Devolution is synonymous with governance in post-2010 Kenya. Empowering CFAs is necessary for counties’ natural resource conservation.
Figure 1. Chital deer standing in mangrove swamps. Source: Wikipedia.com Bangladesh and the Indian state of West Bengal share the world’s largest contiguous mangrove forest, the Sundarbans, one of the Indian sub-continent’s most biodiverse ecosystems. Historically, emblematic Asian species, such as the Javan rhinoceros and leopards roamed the area, but they became locally extinct primarily due to human... Continue Reading →
The rise of the internet offers exciting opportunities for conservation. But it is currently mostly used for citizen science and crowd sensing, methods to gather information to support scientific research. This article explores the possibility of the internet to open up conservation to different groups and fresh ideas.
This year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to three scientists who have worked for decades to identify the molecular mechanism controlling our bodies’ internal clocks—our circadian rhythms. Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash, and Michael W. Young first isolated the gene that controls circadian rhythms back in 1984. They discovered that this gene,... Continue Reading →
The California coast attracts visitors not only for the aesthetically pleasing ocean views, but also for the glimpse of a bird that puts vultures to shame: the California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus). Although spotting North America’s largest land bird is still a rare occurrence, the chances of seeing this critically endangered bird today are much greater... Continue Reading →
With health experts reporting the necessity to eat two meals rich in fish a week, the demand for seafood is omnipresent. But whilst people tuck into their dinner of sole, they may be horrified to learn that they could be eating Asian catfish instead. When filleted, different fish species can look indistinguishable. It is this... Continue Reading →