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 29, 2015
Invasive predators, deforestation driving Tasmanian parrot over the edge
Research shows that 50.9 percent of female swift parrots nesting on the main island of Tasmania were killed by sugar gliders while incubating eggs. In addition, industrial logging is the principle cause of habitat loss in the swift parrot’s breeding range.
Article originally published on Saturday, May 30, 2015
Wildlife agencies urge US to curb illegal ivory trade
The World Wildlife Fund and African Wildlife Foundation both expressed that the United States should emulate China’s destruction of confiscated ivory. “Major ivory consuming countries hold the key to saving Africa’s elephants,” said Ginette Hemley, WWF senior vice president of wildlife conservation. Every year 25,000-30,000 African elephants are poached to supply the ivory trade.
Article originally published on Sunday, May 31, 2015
Don’t try to “adopt” lost bear cubs, Oregon Wildlife officials warn
Oregon Wildlife officials urged the public to not take bear cubs home after an incident in which a bear cub was spotted begging for food and showed no fear of humans. Cubs, which have been “adopted” and then released into the wild never learn to care for themselves and become easy prey for hunters.
Article originally published on Monday, Jun 1, 2015
“Purring” wolf spiders softly serenade mates
Male wolf spiders use vibrations to serenade females, but it only works if female wolf spiders can feel the vibrations. The courtship must occur on conductive surfaces such as dead leaves. Their sensitivity to vibrations might also help them avoid predators.
Article originally published on Tuesday, Jun 2, 2015
Pollution and climate change are deforming and killing Alaska’s frogs
A recent study found that even a small amount of copper can have big consequences for amphibians such as the wood frog. The presence of copper in the environment altered the behavior of tadpoles so they spent more time near the surface of the water, which made them easier prey.
Article originally published on Wednesday, Jun 3, 2015
Trainers banned from performing with ‘world’s loneliest orca’
Lolita, a wild-caught orca will no longer perform with her trainers. This move by the Miami Seaquarium comes after a decision by NOAA in February that determined that Lolita deserved the same protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as her wild kin.
Article originally published on Thursday, Jun 4, 2015
Seven tiny frog species found on seven mountains
The seven frog species discovered in southeastern Brazil are all less than 1 cm long and belong to the genus Brachycephalus. The sensitivity of these frogs to their environment accounts for different species being found on different mountains. The most visible difference between these new species is the texture and color of their skin.
Enjoy your weekend!
William Lazaro, Arkive Social Media Intern, Wildscreen USA