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, May 22, 2015
Octopus has the ability to see with its skin
In a recent study, researchers found that octopus skin contains the same light-sensitive proteins found in eyes. The skin responds to light independently of the central nervous system, and detects changes or increases in light brightness.
Article originally published on Saturday, May 23, 2015
Rescue workers try to save oil-soaked pelicans
Rescuers have been able to rescue eight brown pelicans, but an intensive clean-up process awaits them. Pelicans must acclimate to their new surroundings for 48 hours and are afterwards extensively cleaned. They are then taken care of for two weeks after which they can return to the wild.
Article originally published on Sunday, May 24, 2015
Synthetic horns may offer hope to endangered rhinos
Currently, three of the five rhino species are critically endangered primarily due to poaching for their horns. A California biotech start-up, however has posed an unorthodox solution; creating synthetic rhino horns to offer consumers an ethical alternative. Conservationists are skeptical that synthetic horns will reduce demand for the real thing.
Article originally published on Monday, May 25, 2015
Endangered saiga antelope mysteriously dying in vast numbers in Kazakhstan
Around one-third of the saiga antelope population in Kazakhstan has mysteriously died. Their agriculture ministry hypothesizes that a pasteurellosis epidemic might be the culprit. As of yet the cause has not been officially determined.
Article originally published on Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Mozambique loses almost 10,000 elephants in just five years
In 2010, Mozambique was home to approximately 20,000 elephants, but today it houses only 10,300. Almost all of the poaching occurred in the remote northern region of the country. Celso Correia, Mozambique’s new Minister of Land, Environment and Rural Development, has stated that tackling poaching is a top priority of the government.
Article originally published on Wednesday, May 27, 2015
World’s rarest porpoise is dying to feed a black market in fish bladders
In a recent report, Greenpeace officials noted that vaquitas are being caught and drowned in illegal gillnets, which are meant to catch totoabas, another endangered species. The vaquita population was 200 in 2012, but now only 97 individuals remain.
Article originally published on Thursday, May 28, 2015
An erupting volcano threatens one of the world’s rarest animals
Isabela Island, where a volcano is currently erupting, is the sole home of the Galápagos pink land iguana. Park officials are monitoring lava flows, which thus far have not affected the 200 iguanas on the island.
Enjoy your weekend!
William Lazaro, Arkive Social Media Intern, Wildscreen USA