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 27, 2015
New species of monitor lizards found on the black market
In a black market in Manila, researchers discovered two new monitor lizard species for sale. They obtained the lizards and took them back to the United States for genetic analysis.
Article originally published on Saturday, Mar 28, 2015
Malawi to burn its £5m ivory stockpile this week – and demonstrate its commitment to wildlife conservation
On Thursday (Apr.2), Malawi President Peter Mutharika will lead the march to the incineration of the country’s ivory stockpile. In purely commercial terms a live elephant is worth 75 times more than a dead one.
Article originally published on Sunday, Mar 29, 2015
Injured tortoise given 3D printed shell
An injured female leopard turtle has been given a prosthetic shell to protect her as she heals. With a healthy diet and optimum temperature, the shell is expected to regrow properly. She belongs to the Testudinidae family that includes the equally stunning Burmese starred tortoise.
Article originally published on Monday, Mar 30, 2015
Sexy male birds ‘make worse dads’
Among male blue-black grassquits, who belong to the tanager family Thraupidae, those with more striking coloration provided less food to their offspring when compared to less ornamented males. Attractive males tend to pursue extra pair copulation.
Article originally published on Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015
New Report: Five years after Deepwater Horizon, wildlife still struggling
Species are still feeling the effects of the Deepwater Horizon event. In 2014, dolphins on the Louisiana coast, were found dead at four times the historic rate which is connected to the oil spill. After the spill, the number of Kemp’s ridley turtle nests has on average declined.
Article originally published on Wednesday, Apr 1, 2015
Warm spring helps endangered butterfly’s numbers soar
The high brown fritillary is one of the UK’s rarest butterflies. Since the 1950’s the butterflies numbers have fallen dramatically. In 2014, however its population increased by more than 180% compared to the previous year.
Article originally published on Thursday, Apr 2, 2015
Tarantulas’ movements get a ‘little wonky’ if its too hot
A recent study looked at the effect of temperature on the locomotion of tarantulas. Higher temperatures caused their coordination to decrease, while cooler temperatures caused them to slow down.
Enjoy your weekend!
William Lazaro, Arkive Social Media Intern, Wildscreen USA