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In the News: Illegal hunting poses a threat to migratory birds
November 8, 2011 09:38 AM - Kathryn Pintus, ARKive.org
The long migration to warmer areas in the winter is an arduous and testing task for many birds. Yet for the millions of birds heading to Spain this week, the most dangerous part of the journey may, in fact, be their arrival at the final destination. Illegal traps, known as parany traps, are being widely used by Spanish hunters. The method involves placing glue-covered twigs and spikes in thickets of trees and it is estimated that these traps may catch up to four million migrating birds.
In the News: Javan rhino driven to extinction in Vietnam
October 25, 2011 12:37 PM - Helen Roddis, ARKive.org
WWF and the International Rhino Foundation (IRF) have confirmed that the Javan rhinoceros has been driven to extinction in Vietnam. The last known Javan rhino was found dead in the Cat Tien National Park in April 2010.
In the News: Scientists raise estimate of humpback whale numbers
October 20, 2011 02:27 PM - Liz Shaw, ARKive.org
Scientists have increased their estimate of the number of humpback whales in the North Pacific Ocean, according to a report published in the journal Marine Mammal Science. The revised estimate follows analysis of data compiled in 2008 as part of the largest survey ever undertaken to assess humpback whale populations in the North Pacific.
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.