Monthly Archives: October 2016

In communicating wildlife conservation, focus on the right message

If you want people to care about endangered species, focus on how many animals are left, not on the chances of a species becoming extinct, according to a new study by Cornell University communication scholars.

Since the 1960s, conservation experts have used specific labels to indicate how precariously a species is teetering on the brink of...

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Wild cat brains: An evolutionary curveball

The brains of wild cats don't necessarily respond to the same evolutionary pressures as those of their fellow mammals, humans and primates, indicates a surprising new study led by a Michigan State University neuroscientist.

Arguably, the fact that people and monkeys have particularly large frontal lobes is linked to their social nature. But cheetahs are also...

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New research on bats hunting in noise

Dr. Ryan Taylor of Salisbury University's Biological Sciences Department recently published in Science magazine with a team from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama on how "Bats Perceptually Weight Prey Cues Across Sensory Systems When Hunting in Noise."

The article is Taylor's third appearance in as many years in Science.

"We live in an increasingly urbanized...

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Nigeria's superhighway threatens local communities, elephants, and gorillas

A proposed superhighway in Nigeria's Cross River State will displace 180 indigenous communities and threaten one of the world's great centers of biodiversity if completed, according to WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society).

In response, WCS is launching an international campaign to encourage decision makers in Nigeria to pursue alternative development options to either reroute the proposed highway...

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