Mammals in the News

Some interesting articles about conservation this week, starting with Tom Friedman’s report on the IUCN’s Decennial “World Parks Congress”. “In too many places we have the vampires in charge of the bloodbanks”….

Hunting has also been in the headlines with work looking at some of its negative effects,

‘Guns kill trees too’: – A new paper confirms what ecologists have long feared: hunting birds and mammals drastically raises the risk of extinction for tropical trees, while Hunting Has Changed Wolves’ Mating Habits, Body Chemistry. And a new Environmental Investigation Agency report on the Ivory trade in Tanzania and the involvement of government officials was a depressing read,

Better news for some mammals include a rediscovery of Spectacled Hare Wallabies near Broome, Western Australia,
while Wolves have returned to Arizona where a Gray wolf traveled 450 miles to Grand Canyon.And also to Denmark after a 200 year absence, though so far its just male wolves.

And heading north from Denmark, a couple of Norwegians had an exciting encounter with Humpback Whales.

And finally a Pygmy Sperm Whale stranded in North Wales, close to where I grew up, while bats in Panama appreciate much the same music that I did while living in North Wales!




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