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, Mar 20, 2015
Pleasure palace in Lao facilitates wildlife poaching for Chinese elites
Article originally published on Saturday, Mar 21, 2015
Green sea turtle still at risk, say wildlife agencies
Hawaii has fewer than 4,000 nesting green turtles with 96 percent of them nesting at French Frigate Shoals. This makes the population highly vulnerable to disease outbreaks.
Article originally published on Sunday, Mar 22, 2015
Opossums may come to humans’ rescue for snake anti-venom
Opossums suffer no ill effects from snake bite venom due to a protein which appears to neutralize the venom. Poisonous snake bites account for the death of 20,000 humans a year.
Article originally published on Monday, Mar 23, 2015
Skin microbiome may hold clue to protect threatened golden frogs from lethal fungus
Researchers applied the beneficial bacteria from the skin of several wild Panamanian frog species that were Bd-resistant to the skin of the golden arrow poison frog hoping it would confer resistance. While this procedure did not confer resistance, researchers learned that survivors of the fungus already possessed unique bacterial communities prior to the experiment.
Article originally published on Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015
World’s forest have fragmented into tiny patches
Fragmentation reduces biodiversity by up to 75%. Some fragmented regions house endemic species such as the Munchique wood-wren that exists in only a handful of peaks in the Colombian Andes, but these are now isolated from each other by pastures and roads.
Article originally published on Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015
Elephant poaching rate unchanged – and still devastating
Around 20,000 elephants were killed in 2014, which is the same as 2013. China remains the largest market for ivory, while the United States is second.
Article originally published on Thursday, Mar 26, 2015
Why there is a record number of starving sea lion pups this year
Since the start of the year, more than 1,800 sea lion pups have washed up on California shore from San Diego to San Francisco. Researchers are looking at warmer oceans as the primary culprit.
Enjoy your weekend!
William Lazaro, Arkive Social Media Intern, Wildscreen USA