Arkive’s Week in Review — Wildlife News
ICYMI: Arkive has compiled some of the biggest and most interesting headlines from this week.
Article originally published on Friday, Apr 17, 2015
Your name here: auctioning the naming rights to new species to fund conservation
Ecologist, Mary Lowman was on a mission to save Ethiopia’s church forests so she needed an innovative way to fundraise. Thus began the process of auctioning off new species’ naming rights which includes several different new species of beetle.
Article originally published on Saturday, Apr 18, 2015
Approving a hunt is a misguided solution to bear problem
On Wednesday (Apr 15), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved a plan to legalize bear hunts in Florida, specifically targeting the black bear. The rationale is that their population has rebounded and that there has been an increase in human-bear encounters.
Article originally published on Sunday, Apr 19, 2015
Sea lion pup taken from Dockweiler Beach parking lot, witness says
A witness saw four people harassing two sea lion pups; the pups were not injured. The suspects then took one of the pups and put it in their car and drove away. The whereabouts of the pup are unknown at this time.
Article originally published on Monday, Apr 20, 2015
Kemp’s ridley sea turtles are mysteriously vanishing
In 2010, nest numbers for Kemp’s ridley turtle fell by 35 percent at primary nesting beaches with slight increases in 2011 and 2012. 1n 2014, however the nest total was the lowest in eight years. While the BP oil spill may be a factor, other researchers suggest that colder water temperatures might have affected their populations
Article originally published on Tuesday, Apr 21, 2015
Judge recognizes two chimpanzees as legal persons: a first
Hercules and Leo, the chimpanzees have been determined to be people in New York courts. Both chimpanzees were being used for biomedical experiments. Now, they will spend the rest of their lives at an animal sanctuary.
Article originally published on Wednesday Apr 22, 2015
Elephant contraception? How a vaccine is replacing sharpshooters
Elephants used to be killed by the hundreds in South Africa to keep their numbers below a certain threshold. At Greater Makalali, however, the vaccine PZP has cut the rate of increase of the population by half, its success has led to its adoption in other South African wildlife reserves.
Article originally published on Thursday, Apr 23, 2015
Could Bees Be Addicted to Pesticides?
It appears that bees prefer to eat pesticide –contaminated plants. Neonicotinoids may act like drugs to make “foods” containing these substances more rewarding. Previous research has shown that neonicotinoids scramble the memory and navigation function in bees.
Enjoy your weekend!
William Lazaro, Arkive Social Media Intern, Wildscreen USA