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, Feb 20, 2015
Evolution favors the big: Marine mammals have grown larger over time
The average marine creature today is about 150 times larger than its counterparts that lived during the Cambrian period. The study looked at body size data for marine species groups including the echinoderms and chordates.
Article originally published on Saturday, Feb 21, 2015
Shy kangaroos prefer bigger groups
Shyer or risk-averse female kangaroos feed in larger groups than bold or braver individuals. Researchers hypothesize that shyer females like bigger groups because individuals in larger groups are safer from predators.
Article originally published on Sunday, Feb 22, 2015
Kingpin responsible for killing 20 rhinos caught by authorities
Authorities have arrested the leader of a poaching gang that killed 20 Indian rhinoceros in Nepal. Today there are over 2,500 Indian rhinos and the population is still rising.
Article originally published on Monday, Feb 23, 2015
Small predator diversity is an important part of a healthy ecosystem
Biodiversity, including small predators such as dragonflies that attack and consume parasites may improve the health of amphibians. The study suggests that dwindling global environmental biodiversity and worldwide spikes in infectious diseases may be linked.
Article originally published on Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015
Amur leopard population booms – to 57
There are now at least 57 Amur leopards in Russia. These leopards are scattered across more than 36,000 hectares.
Article originally published on Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015
$7 million could save lemurs from extinction
Last year, scientists released a three year plan they said could save the world’s lemurs from world extinction and cost just $7.6 million. To facilitate this process, Lynne Venart the head of a design firm created the Lemur Conservation Network that brings together over 40 conservation groups and research institutes with the purpose of empowering the individual to support conservation.
Article originally published on Thursday, Feb 26, 2015
U.S ‘pet’ tiger trade puts big cats at great risk
Some tigers in the United States end up at roadside zoos, which lack the knowledge and resources to provide appropriate care. Other tigers end up in the pet trade and some are even killed illegally and their body parts sold.
Enjoy your weekend!
William Lazaro, Arkive Social Media Intern, Wildscreen USA