Feb 1

We’ve asked conservation organisations around the world to nominate a species that they believe to be overlooked, underappreciated and unloved, and tell us why they think that they deserve a fair share of the limelight, this Valentine’s Day.

Each nominee’s story is featured on the Arkive blog with information on the species, what makes them so special, the conservation organisation that nominated them and how they are working to save them from extinction.

Click the ‘unloved species’ tag above to see all of the nominations and their blogs.

Once you have perused the blogs you can vote for your favourite to help get them into the top ten unloved species and get them the recognition that they truly deserve! Share your favourite with others using the #LoveSpecies hashtag on Twitter and Facebook and tell them why they should vote for them too. Voting closes on February 14th at 23:59 PST (07:59 GMT).

Join us and our conservation partners in celebrating and raising awareness for some of the world’s most unloved species this Valentine’s Day!

Species: European honey bee

Nominated by: BeeBristol

Conservation status: widespread and common species

Why do you love it? The honey bee is one of nature’s hardest workers, it takes around one million trips to make one tea spoon of honey, all the while pollinating each plant they visit. The level of organisation, team work and sacrifice it takes to keep a healthy productive hive against all odds is breath-taking. Honey bees across the world have been telling us, like the canary in the coal mine, that we are not in sync with nature and instead valuing profit over the environment. With increasing numbers of honey bees and all other pollinating insects struggling worldwide we are experiencing a desperate and critical fork in the road which has been mentioned in parliament here in the UK and governments on an international scale over the past ten years.

The honey bee has become is the figure head for all pollinators worldwide, at the forefront of a fight that must maintain momentum. The battle for our environment through the way we manage land, use chemicals, expand our urban areas and overall, interact with nature must be won. It’s imperative we continue to promote and use the image of the honey bee to rally the general public and industry behind its important cause, for the sake of all insects, plants and even the human race. So we love the honey bee not just for its brilliance, beauty and role in pollination; but for the proven influence and power it’s shown in the media to enable positive environmental change at a government level in so many countries across the world.

What are the threats to the European honey bee? Habitat loss, degradation, and fragmentation, non-native species and diseases, pollution, pesticides including neonicotionoids and climate change.

What are you doing to save it? BeeBristol’s main focuses include awareness raising through street art, instillations and engagement events. We focus our conservation work on creating new wildflower meadows, habitat and foraging opportunities for all pollinators including honey bees. With all our work we like to include local people and inspire actions on a personal level to be made at home or in the workplace to benefit pollinators. We also manage a number of beehives, never using chemicals or adopting harsh beekeeping techniques, we always lean to a more holistic natural beekeeping approach. Our work with schools and community groups has a positive impact on our local area and we’ve formed a partnership with River of Flowers to distribute forage on a national and international level.

Find out more about BeeBristol’s work

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Apr 24

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, Apr 17, 2015

Your name here: auctioning the naming rights to new species to fund conservation


Titan beetle climbing branch

Ecologist, Mary Lowman was on a mission to save Ethiopia’s church forests so she needed an innovative way to fundraise. Thus began the process of auctioning off new species’ naming rights which includes several different new species of beetle.

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Article originally published on Saturday, Apr 18, 2015

Approving a hunt is a misguided solution to bear problem


American black bear and cinnamon morph black bears

On Wednesday (Apr 15), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved a plan to legalize bear hunts in Florida, specifically targeting the black bear. The rationale is that their population has rebounded and that there has been an increase in human-bear encounters.

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Article originally published on Sunday, Apr 19, 2015

Sea lion pup taken from Dockweiler Beach parking lot, witness says


Young California sea lion

A witness  saw four people harassing two sea lion pups; the pups were not injured. The suspects then took one of the pups and put it in their car and drove away. The whereabouts of the pup are unknown at this time.

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Article originally published on Monday, Apr 20, 2015

Kemp’s ridley sea turtles are mysteriously vanishing


Kemp’s ridley turtle hatchlings

In 2010, nest numbers for Kemp’s ridley turtle fell by 35 percent at primary nesting beaches with slight increases in 2011 and 2012. 1n 2014, however the nest total was the lowest in eight years. While the BP oil spill may be a factor, other researchers suggest that colder water temperatures might have affected their populations

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Article originally published on Tuesday, Apr 21, 2015

Judge recognizes two chimpanzees as legal persons: a first


Eastern chimpanzee

Hercules and Leo, the chimpanzees have been determined to be people in New York courts. Both chimpanzees were being used for biomedical experiments. Now, they will spend the rest of their lives at an animal sanctuary.

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Article originally published on Wednesday Apr 22, 2015

Elephant contraception? How a vaccine is replacing sharpshooters


African elephant family

Elephants used to be killed by the hundreds in South Africa to keep their numbers below a certain threshold. At Greater Makalali, however, the vaccine PZP has cut the rate of increase of the population by half, its success has led to its adoption in other South African wildlife reserves.

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Article originally published on Thursday, Apr 23, 2015

Could Bees Be Addicted to Pesticides?


Honey bee asleep during cold weather

It appears that bees prefer to eat pesticide –contaminated plants. Neonicotinoids may act like drugs to make “foods” containing these substances more rewarding. Previous research has shown that neonicotinoids scramble the memory and navigation function in bees.

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Enjoy your weekend!

William Lazaro, Arkive Social Media Intern, Wildscreen USA 


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