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 6, 2015
As forests burn, conservationists launch global wildlife rescue
Extreme events and long-term warming caused by climate change compound the existing threats to wildlife like habitat loss and degradation. Using small aircraft to detect and map threats like forest fires and illegal clearing can significantly reduce the incidence of severely damaging forest fires. One of many affected forests is that of Guatemala, which is home to the scarlet macaw and the ocellated turkey.
Article originally published on Saturday, Mar 7, 2015
Four large species of snake added to restricted import list
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared that the Beni anaconda, green anaconda, DeSchaunsee’s anaconda, and the reticulated python are “injurious” under the Lacey Act. The Lacey Act prohibits the export, import, buying, selling or acquisition of wildlife and plant species named on the list.
Article originally published on Sunday, Mar 8, 2015
Back from the brink of extinction: hunting for the world’s rarest frog
A research team found only four coroboree frogs within the southern part of New South Wales, its entire range. Recently, experts from Melbourne Zoo and Taronga Zoo along with NSW wildlife officials released 80 frogs into a fungus-free area of New South Wales within Kosciuszko National Park.
Article originally published on Monday, Mar 9, 2015
Amphibians, already threatened, face increased susceptibility to disease from stress, research shows
Researchers treated red-legged salamanders with either corticosterone, a stress hormone, or oil. They then exposed them to the chytrid fungus. Researchers found that “stressed” salamanders had a greater abundance of the chytrid fungus.
Article originally published on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015
The truth about giant pandas
Thinking of the giant panda as cute and cuddly is only half the truth. In reality, the giant panda is a formidable species who delivers one of the highest bite forces of any carnivore.
Article originally published on Wednesday, Mar 11, 2015
If apes go extinct, so could entire forests
Many tree and plant species in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are purely dependent upon the bonobo for seed dispersal. If the bonobos disappeared it could create a cascading extinction cycle.
Article originally published on Thursday, Mar 12, 2015
World’s whaling slaughter tallied at 3 million
Enjoy your weekend! William Lazaro, Arkive Social Media Intern, Wildscreen USA