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ARKive Celebrates The Lion King
October 18, 2011 08:42 AM - Rebecca Taylor, ARKive.org
One of our all time favourites, The Lion King, has just been re-released into the cinemas. Here at ARKive, we saw this as the perfect opportunity to highlight some of the amazing species featured in the film.
ARKive Celebrates World Smile Day :)
October 7, 2011 12:52 PM - Rebecca Goatman, ARKive.org
Harvey Ball created the original smiley face in 1963. This famous symbol is used worldwide to represent good will and happiness. Since 1999, the first Friday in October is known as World Smile Day, a time to remember the true meaning of the smiley face, encourage acts of kindness and, of course, spread smiles. If you're feeling a bit grumpy or having a bad day, don’t worry...
In the News: Cull will not save Tasmanian devil
October 6, 2011 08:40 AM - Liz Shaw, ARKive.org
The research, published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, modelled the effects of removing infected animals on the prevalence of the disease in small populations. Its findings agreed with trials on wild Tasmanian devils, which showed that selectively culling diseased individuals does not halt the spread of the deadly cancer. All trial culling of this species has now been stopped.
In the News: Fishing boats kill up to 320,000 seabirds a year
September 27, 2011 09:35 AM - Liz Shaw, ARKive.org
The study, published in the journal Endangered Species Research and being presented today at the World Conference on Marine Biodiversity, reports that some seabird species are being pushed towards extinction as many fishing fleets fail to implement simple measures to prevent bycatch.
Coral Reefs likely to disappear by the end of the century
September 23, 2011 10:22 AM - Helen Roddis, ARKive, ARKive.org
Coral reefs will be gone by the end of the century, according to a top UN Scientist. This would give coral reefs the dubious accolade of being the first entire ecosystem to have been destroyed by human activity. In the recently published book 'Our Dying Planet', Professor Peter Sale writes that coral reef ecosystems are very likely to disappear by the end of this century, in what would be "a new first for mankind — the 'extinction' of an entire ecosystem". Sale, who leads a team at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health, reports that the decline in coral reefs is mainly due to climate change and ocean acidification. Other activities, including overfishing, pollution and coastal development, have also had a devastating impact on the world’s coral reefs. "We're creating a situation where the organisms that make coral reefs are becoming so compromised by what we're doing that many of them are going to be extinct, and the others are going to be very, very rare," says Sale.
Spotlight On: Bears
September 21, 2011 09:07 PM - Claire Lewis, ARKive.org
In case you hadn't heard already, September is Bear Necessities Month, a campaign run by WSPA to help raise awareness of the plight of bears and raise vital funds towards their work protecting bears around the world. Here at ARKive, we couldn't help but be captivated by the campaign, and decided it was the perfect opportunity to celebrate our beautiful bears.
In the News: Hawaiian monk seal sliding towards extinction in reserve
September 13, 2011 08:19 AM - Liz Shaw, ARKive.org
Listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN, the Hawaiian monk seal was persecuted in the past for its meat, hide and oil, and its populations continue to decline as a result of human disturbance, low food availability and entanglement in marine debris.
Endangered Species of the Week: Chinese giant salamander
September 12, 2011 09:01 AM - Becky Moran, ARKive.org
The Chinese giant salamander can reach an amazing 1.8 metres in length, which is longer than the average human. This long lived species is entirely aquatic, and lives in underwater hollows and cavities along fast running mountain streams and rivers
In the News: Could stem cells save endangered species?
September 6, 2011 08:46 AM - Liz Shaw, ARKive.org
In a combination of conservation and modern cell biology, scientists have created stem cells from two endangered species, potentially providing a new method of ensuring their survival.
In the News: Mekong dolphins on brink of extinction
August 18, 2011 09:42 AM - Liz Shaw, ARKive.org
The population of Irrawaddy dolphins in the Mekong River numbers just 85 individuals and may be on the brink of extinction, according to research by WWF. The researchers also found that calf survival was very low and that the overall population is in decline. A small population living on the border of Cambodia and Lao People's Democratic Republic may be in an even more perilous situation, with just 7 or 8 individuals. This is the only area in Lao PDR where dolphins remain.