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, Jun 12, 2015
U.S. grants new protections for captive chimpanzees
On June 12th the US Fish and Wildlife Service declared that all chimpanzees both in the wild and captive are endangered. Poaching and habitat degradation are the main factors affecting wild populations.
Article originally published on Saturday, Jun 13, 2015
Questions about black rhino sent to Botswana
Botswana asked Zimbabwe to supply it with 10 black rhinos for its Moremi Game Reserve. Botswana received 5 black rhinos that apparently originated from South Africa not Zimbabwe. Some experts are against mixing Zimbabwean rhinos with the South African ones, since they are genetically distinct.
Article originally published on Sunday, Jun 14, 2015
“Critically endangered” dusky gopher frogs released into wildlife refuge in Mississippi
Wildlife officials have release 1,074 dusky gopher frogs since May. Every frog, which is released, has a tracking device attached to its leg so their progress can be monitored. The dusky gopher frog has been on the list of endangered species since 2001.
Article originally published on Monday, Jun 15, 2015
France bans the world’s leading herbicide from garden stores
France has banned Roundup, a herbicide since it contains glyphosate, which is potentially a carcinogen. Glyphosate has been linked to the decline in monarch butterflies. The chemical kills milkweed which is the monarch caterpillar’s only food source.
Article originally published on Tuesday, Jun 16, 2015
Mind meld: Social wasps share brainpower
Researchers found that as wasps become more social, the brain regions responsible for complex cognition decreases in size. Researchers hypothesize that wasps make up for this decrease by working together and “sharing brain power”.
Article originally published on Wednesday, Jun 17, 2015
Finding more ammo than animals in huge African rain forest
Scientists undertook an expedition into Cameroon’s Dja Faunal Reserve hoping to find chimpanzees, western lowland gorillas, and forest elephants. Instead however, they found poaching camps and gun cartridges and few signs of animals.
Article originally published on Thursday, Jun 18, 2015
All kangaroos are left-handed
It was previously thought that “true” handedness, which is predictably using one hand over another, was unique to primates. However, researchers found that kangaroos show a natural preference for their left hands when performing daily tasks. This feature was especially apparent in eastern grey kangaroos and red kangaroos.
Enjoy your weekend!
William Lazaro, Arkive Social Media Intern, Wildscreen USA