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 24, 2015
Fracas over Costa Rican shark-fin exports leads American Airlines to stop shipping fins
An American Airlines plane traveling from Costa Rica to Hong Kong was carrying 904 lbs. of dried hammerhead shark fins when it touched down in Miami. The ensuing outcry caused by the incident led to American Airlines announcing that it has ceased to ship shark fins. The species’ fins found on the plane were from the vulnerable smooth hammerheads and the endangered scalloped hammerheads.
Article originally published on Saturday, Apr 25, 2015
Wildlife officials move forward to lift wolf protections
The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission decided to move forward with the process of delisting the grey wolf from their endangered species list. The two options they are considering are: delisting the wolves statewide or partially, in eastern Oregon only.
Article originally published on Sunday, Apr 26, 2015
New England amphibian migration endangered by late spring
Every spring salamanders and frogs use vernal pools to mate and lay eggs. With the delayed spring, the time available for offspring to grow is reduced, which could affect their development. Among the affected species is the wood frog.
Article originally published on Monday, Apr 27, 2015
Bumblebees use nicotine to fight off parasites
Parasite-infected bumblebees that consume nicotine-laced nectar delay the progress of the infection. However, the life expectancy of these bumblebees is not increased. On the other hand, healthy bees that consume nicotine appear to shorten their lifespans.
Article originally published on Tuesday, Apr 28, 2015
Five tons of frozen pangolin: Indonesian authorities make massive bust
Officials in Medan, Sumatra confiscated 169 lbs. of pangolin scales and 96 live Sunda pangolins from a smuggler. The pangolins were destined for China, where their scales are used in traditional Chinese medicine.
Article originally published on Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015
Jane Goodall wants SeaWorld shut down
Jane Goodall believes the marine park giant should be shut down because the tanks for dolphins and whales create an “acoustical hell”. Goodall also noted that she hoped the awareness generated by documentaries like “Blackfish” led to greater understanding of how amazing these animals are.
Article originally published on Thursday, Apr 30, 2015
Can assisted reproduction save the cheetah?
Today’s cheetah population suffers from low genetic diversity with most living cheetahs being between 5 percent and 10 percent genetically alike. Cheetah experts agree that assisted reproduction is only a stop gap with the real progress involving restoring habitat and preventing their hunting and killing.
Enjoy your weekend!
William Lazaro, Arkive Social Media Intern, Wildscreen USA