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Madagascar is a magical place, it’s where Mongabay was born and part of our global team is there this week at #atbc2019, here are some images that our founder @rhett.a.butler captured this week: baobab trees, Coquerel's Giant Mouse Lemur in Kirindy Forest, and a Rainbow milkweed locust. #madagascar #nature #lemur

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Peru’s Manú Biosphere Reserve is a place of vibrant indigenous cultures and biodiversity but it’s facing threats from a road project and corrupt officials willing to work with narcotraffickers operating in the protected forest, yet at times justice is served: 3 police officers were recently arrested after a year-long investigation into narco-trafficking: https://news.mongabay.com/2019/07/corrupt-police-caught-in-bust-of-peruvian-amazon-drug-gang/ image by Elidh Munro for @voicesontheroad. #nature #environment #indigenous #biodiversity #Peru #amazon

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[GOOD NEWS] Fern species presumed extinct found on remote Australian mountaintops, read all about it at Mongabay.com. #nature #science #botany #fern #goodnews #goodvibes

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Tree kangaroos & roads don't mix: Papua New Guinea plans to double its road network by 2022, but a new study raises concerns about the impacts on tropical forests & local communities, sensitive habitats and vulnerable species like the Goodfellow’s tree kangaroo (pictured) and the hedgehog-like eastern long-beaked echidna. Read this new article at Mongabay.com. #nature #conservation #cute #kangaroo #png #papuanewguinea

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Via our friends @slothconservation “Do you want to have your photo taken with a sloth? Always remember to stick to the Selfie Code to make sure that you aren't causing stress or harm to the animal! As a general guideline - NEVER pay or participate in activities where you can hold or touch wildlife, avoid attending shows that exploit animals, don’t purchase animal parts (“trinkets”) as souvenirs, and don't upload photos of yourself touching wildlife to social media. It doesn't matter if they are "rescued" animals, if the animal "climbed on you willingly" or if the animal is "used to human contact" - always say no and keep your distance." Hear our podcast interview with top sloth researcher and @slothconservation director Rebecca Cliffe about the effect of negative sorts of ‘sloth tourism’ and how to do it positively here, https://news.mongabay.com/2019/04/audio-debunking-myths-about-sloths-is-crucial-to-stopping-the-sloth-crisis/

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In a boost to jaguars and other iconic wildlife of Central America, the government of Belize has approved a proposal to protect the Maya Forest Corridor, a key stretch of jungle that could help create the largest contiguous block of forest in Central America. Read about it on www.mongabay.com #kinkajou #mammals #animals #wildlife #wildlifecorridors #forests #rainforests #belize #centralamerica #conservation #biodiversity #environment #nature

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Maiko National Park is one of the most logistically challenging parks in the DRC and one of the most biodiverse. It is one of just two national parks in the world known to contain Grauer’s gorilla, a highly endangered and poorly understood eastern gorilla subspecies, and is also home to the endemic okapi and Congo peafowl, as well as forest elephants, leopards, chimpanzees, and giant pangolins. The most major threat to gorillas and other wildlife in Maiko is the bushmeat trade, but this is significantly exacerbated by another threat: artisanal mining. Read about it on www.mongabay.com #nationalparks #gorillas #gorilla #animals #endangeredspecies #wildlife #biodiversity #natureprotection #conservation #rainforests #environment #nature

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Scientists have long wondered why zebras wear striped coats and a 2014 study might have finally supplied the answer: biting flies like glossinids (tsetse flies) and tabanids (horseflies) appear to be the “evolutionary driver” of the zebra’s stripes. Finding the answer to how zebras got their stripes led to another question: How exactly do stripes help zebras avoid biting insects? Read about it on  www.mongabay.com #zebra #zebras #animals #wildlife #biodiversity #conservation #environment #nature #animalbehavior

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Life on this planet, in all its wide diversity, is disappearing more quickly now than it has at any time in human history, and some 1 million species of plants and animals face extinction, new research from the United Nations has found. Read about it on www.mongabay.com #animals #reptiles #lizards #biodiversity #wildlife #endangeredspecies #conservation #plants #environment #nature

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The rediscovery in recent years of species long thought to be extinct has sparked calls by scientists for an update of Sri Lanka’s red list of threatened species. The current list is based on assessments from 2012, and a scheduled update in 2017 was missed because of procedural delays and resource constraints. Read about it on www.mongabay.com #animals #extinction #endangerespecies #srilanka #threatenedspecies #biodiversity #conservation #environment #nature

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In a newly published four-part series, Mongabay takes a deep dive into the science behind the so-called “Insect Apocalypse,” recently reported in the mainstream media. To create the series, Mongabay interviewed 24 entomologists and other scientists on six continents and working in 12 nations, producing what is possibly the most in-depth reporting published to date by any news media outlet on the looming insect abundance crisis. Read the series on www.mongabay.com #insects #dragonfly #dragonflies #animals #wildlife #biodiversity #endangeredspecies #conservation #conservationnews #environment #nature

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Native to the Galápagos Islands, the Galápagos giant tortoises have experienced a severe population decline over the past decades, caused mainly by hunting for meat and oil, the introduction of non-native animals like goats, rats and pigs to the islands, and agricultural expansion. Today, only 10 of the 15 known species of Galápagos giant tortoise survive in the wild — all either severely threatened or on the brink of extinction. Find out more on www.mongabay.com #tortoise #tortoises #reptiles #animals #wildlife #biodiversity #endangeredspecies #conservation #galapagos #environment #nature

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The elephant poaching epidemic continues to tear across the African continent. It’s even reached remote refuges in recent years, like the Luangwa Valley in Zambia, where poaching deaths began surging in 2014. Read about it on www.mongabay.com#elephant #elephants #animals #wildlife #biodiversity #conservation #endangeredspecies #environment #nature

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On June 1, a quarterly event in Germany which touts itself as the largest reptile trade show in the world, sold again tens of thousands of reptiles. The fair, referred to as “Hamm”, is a meeting point for aficionados seeking the rarest and best reptiles, including animals that are threatened with extinction and may have been poached from the wild. Conservationists criticize the fair saying that it is the biggest hub for the legal and illegal trade in reptiles in the world. Read about it on www.mongabay.com #reptiles #animals #wildlife #biodiversity #lizards #endangeredspecies #conservation #environment

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Madagascar is set to host the Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation’s 56th annual meeting in July. The organizers have launched a petition to garner support for urgent actions that must be taken to preserve the island nation’s unique biodiversity. The petition will be presented to the country’s president, who has been invited to sign it and recognize it as the Declaration of Ivato, after the site where the meeting will take place. Read about it on www.mongabay.com #madagascar #environment #wildlife #conservation #nature #endangeredspecies #rainforests #biodiversity

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The size of protected areas in Madagascar expanded fourfold between 2003 and 2016, but the protection they offer is weak. Tree cover loss, an indicator of deforestation, has accelerated in the past few years. In many cases the loss occurs within protected areas. Read about it on www.mongabay.com #madagascar #rainforests #protectedareas #biodiversity #wildlife #conservation #forests #deforestation #environment #nature

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African penguins, found only in South Africa and Namibia, are considered endangered by the IUCN and critically endangered by the Namibian government. As numbers of sardines on which they depend bottomed out as a result of heavy fishing in the 1960s, so did the penguins. Read about them on www.mongabay.com #penguins #birds #animals #wildlife #biodiversity #conservation #environment #nature

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Big-cat conservation group Panthera has signed an agreement with Saudi prince and culture minister Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammad bin Farhan Al Saud in which the latter’s royal commission has pledged $20 million to the protection of leopards around the world, including the Arabian leopard, over the next decade. Read about it on www.mongabay.com  #leopards #bigcats #animals #wildlife #biodiversity #conservation #environment #nature

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Logging and hunting have decimated a population of Bornean orangutans in Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park in Indonesia. Help has recently come from a pair of unlikely allies: an animal welfare group and a human health care nonprofit. Cross-disciplinary collaboration to meet the needs of ecosystems and humans is becoming an important tool for overcoming seemingly intractable obstacles in conservation. Read about it on www.mongabay.com #orangutans #apes #greatapes #primates #animals #wildlife #conservation #environment #nature #indonesia

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Scientists discovered that frogs in the El Copé forest, Panama, appear to have found a way to live with chytrid (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis), a fungus that is still devastating amphibian populations in other parts of the world. The team found that surviving frog species had similar survival rates whether they were infected with chytrid or not. Read about it on www.mongabay.com #frogs #amphibians #animals #wildlife #biodiversity #environment #nature

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Though arthropods make up most of the species on Earth, and much of the planet’s biomass, they are significantly understudied compared to mammals, plants, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish. Lack of baseline data makes insect abundance decline difficult to assess. Read about it on www.mongabay.com #insects #animals #wildlife #endangeredspecies #arthropods #environment #conservation #nature

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Tropical climates are home to the world’s most venomous snakes, meaning that it is often the most economically isolated and physically remote communities that are at risk of bites. Lack of funding for an issue that isn’t immediately perceivable means relevant and potentially life-saving anti-venom programs aren’t present in vulnerable communities. Read about it on www.mongabay.com #snakes #snake #reptiles #wildlife #tropicalforests #biodiversity #environment #nature

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Recent studies from Germany and Puerto Rico, and a global meta-study, all point to a serious, dramatic decline in insect abundance. Plummeting insect populations could deeply impact ecosystems and human civilization, as these tiny creatures form the base of the food chain, pollinate, dispose of waste, and enliven soils. Read about it on www.mongabay.com #insects #butterfly #animals #wildlife #biodiversity #environment #nature #endangeredspecies

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The feeding of monkeys on religious and cultural grounds by communities in north central Sri Lanka is turning the animals into pests that raid kitchens and farms. Where human-sourced food is available to monkeys, their populations have swelled, as opposed to those groups of monkeys reliant on a more natural diet. Read about it on www.mongabay.com #srilanka #monkeys #macaques #animals #wildlife #conservation #environment #biodiversity

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A new investigative film reveals the extent of illegal trafficking of otters to supply Tokyo’s ‘cafés’ where people pay to cuddle the wild animals, and it also shows their unsuitability as domestic pets. Otters kept in these cafés endure poor conditions and are fed items like cat food, which is not good for them. The business is highly profitable and is likely linked to organized crime, according to the film’s undercover investigation. Adults are often killed and their young captured for the trade. Read about it on www.mongabay.com Photo by @aaron_gekoski #otters #animals #wildlife #illegaltrafficking #animalabuse #nature #biodiversity

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A Sumatran rhino affectionately known as Tam died May 27 following months of poor health. Tam was the last male Sumatran rhino known to survive in Malaysia. One female of the species is now living in Malaysia. Read more by clicking on the link in our Story or visiting www.mongabay.com #rhino #rhinos #sumatranrhino #animals #wildlife #endangeredspecies #malayisia #environment #nature

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Life on this planet, in all its wide diversity, is disappearing more quickly now than it has at any time in human history, and some 1 million species of plants and animals face extinction, new research from the United Nations has found. Read about it on www.mongabay.com #animals #wildlife #biodiversity #endangeredspecies #plants #conservation #environment #nature

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Researchers at the University of California, Davis have developed a methodology that they say can help identify the most important wildlife corridors to keep open in a cost-effective and timely manner. The researchers used what they describe as “least-cost methods” to develop a methodology for assessing wildlife corridors at a national scale, which they then applied to Tanzania as a case study. Read about it on www.mongabay.com #animals #wildlife #conservation #research #environment #nature #wildlifecorridors

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A private sector initiative is setting up urban butterfly gardens in Sri Lanka, creating butterfly sanctuaries. The creator of the urban butterfly habitats is proposing the replication of his conservation model to support the survival of butterfly populations. Though there is high endemism, Sri Lanka’s butterflies are threatened by multiple causes including habitat loss, deforestation, climate change and increase in alien species. Read about it on www.mongabay.com #butterfly #butterflies #insects #animals #wildlife #conservation #environment #habitat #nature #srilanka

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The magical calls of owls are welcome melodies that we should be enjoyed and celebrated. Owls are an intricate part of our environment. They dine on a wide variety of rodents, other small mammals, and insects that could soon be out of control if their predators were not present. Read more about them on www.mongabay.com #owls #birds #animals #wildlife #biodiversity #environment #nature

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African lions do not usually feed on porcupines. However, in the absence of preferred prey like wildebeests, zebras and other ungulates, they can turn to the prickly rodents. Many of these encounters, according to a new study that documented 50 of them, don’t end well for the lions, which can be wounded or die from the quills. Read about it on www.mongabay.com #lions #lion #animals #wildlife #conservation #environment #nature

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Wounaan dances imitate nature, mainly birds. They show that culture is linked to the land and the life of the forest. The people dance to celebrate, to heal, and as an offering. The sacred cycle has leaped from generation to generation for centuries. In recent years, however, that cycle has been interrupted. Some bird species have disappeared due to deforestation and forest disturbance. Read about it on www.mongabay.com  #birds #animals #wildlife #conservation #rainforest #indigenouspeoples #environment #nature

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The elephant poaching epidemic continues to tear across the African continent. It’s even reached remote refuges in recent years, like the Luangwa Valley in Zambia, where poaching deaths began surging in 2014. But last year, a conservation team working with local communities to stem those losses reached a remarkable milestone in North Luangwa National Park. “We did not lose any elephants” to poaching in 2018, said Solomon Chidunuka, the warden for Muchinga province who works with the North Luangwa Conservation Programme. Read about it on www.mongabay.com  #elephants #mammals #animals #wildlife #conservation #environment #nature

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The common woolly monkey (Lagothrix lagotricha) is listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red List due to habitat loss from agricultural expansion, including illegal crops like coca for cocaine production, and hunting. Pet trade is also a problem. Find out more about primates at www.mongabay.com #monkeys #primates #animals #wildlife #conservation #environment #forests #nature #habitat

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By chomping on large amounts of silica-rich grass at night, then defecating into the Mara River during the day, hippos help move silicon from land to the water — something that’s vital for the health of the river and lakes further downstream, a new study has found. Read about it on www.mongabay.com #hippos #animals #wildlife #conservation #environment #nature #mammals

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Reports found more than 3 percent of Tinigua’s forest cover, in Colombia, was cleared between February and April 2018. Tinigua Park is the only place in Colombia that connects the Orinoquía, the Andes and the Amazon. In addition to housing many species, Tinigua also serves as a refuge for wildlife from ecosystems surrounding the park. Read about it on www.mongabay.com #forests #nationalparks #colombia #tinigua #environment #ecosystems #wildlife #conservation #nature

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A new camera trap study seeks to fill in the gaps in our knowledge of the Cerros del Sira’s mammalian inhabitants. Aside from revealing the distribution of and threats to the Cerros del Sira’s mammal community, the results of the camera trap survey led to a number of other insights. Read about it on www.mongabay.com #cameratraps #animals #wildlife #conservation #environment #nature #habitat #mammals

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Government-run parks cover too little of Kenya’s territory to sustain the country’s wide-ranging wildlife populations, nearly two-thirds of which depend on open rangeland that indigenous herders also use. Today, herders and wildlife must navigate pastures that are increasingly crowded, fragmented, and fragile. Livestock numbers have increased dramatically, while wildlife populations have declined precipitously. Read about it on www.mongabay.com #kenya #environment #conservation #indigenouspeoples #animals #wildlife #nature

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Agoutis. These medium-sized, ground rodents play an outsized role in the forest by hoarding seeds and nuts much like squirrels. When a nut is forgotten, it might become a new tree, eventually invigorating the forest. Find out more about them on www.mongabay.com #agoutis #animals #wildlife #biodiversity #environment #nature

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Deforestation within Menabe Antimena Protected Area, a large swath of unique dry forest ecosystem on Madagascar’s west coast, has increased dramatically in recent years. Slash-and-burn agriculture is the primary driver. Unlike in most places in Madagascar, it isn’t done for subsistence farming but to plant corn, a cash crop traded by a powerful local elite. Read about it on www.mongabay.com  #madagascar #forests #dryforests #agriculture #conservation #environment #nature

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A new study finds that the age of individual pumas near Jackson, Wyoming, had the greatest influence over the prey they chose to hunt. Older mountain lions went after elk, among the largest prey species in the study area, while the younger cats hunted small animals like raccoons as well as mule deer. The research calls into question the validity of recent wildlife management plans in the western United States to grow mule deer populations by culling mountain lions, the authors say. Read about it on  www.mongabay.com #pumas #animals #wildlife #mammals #biodiversity #conservation #environment

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The disappearance of birds may hamper tropical forests as they struggle to recover from the shock of intensive logging, agriculture and ranching, a team of ecologists reports. Birds play a vital role in the health of the forest. They’re important conduits for tree reproduction, shuttling seeds throughout the landscape. And they rein in hungry plant-eating insects. Read about it on www.mongabay.com #birds #animals #wildlife #conservation #biodiversity #environment #nature

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Able to retreat into their hard shells, snails seem to have a pretty good defense against would-be predators. But there’s a type of snake that has evolved unique adaptations and behaviors to get around this problem: the aptly named snail-eating snake, which uses its long, delicate teeth and unique jaw structure to suck snails right out of their shells. Find out more on www.mongabay.com #snakes #reptiles #animals #wildlife #biodiversity #environment #nature

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On this week's episode of the Mongabay Newscast, we talk with zoologist Rebecca Cliffe about why the popular perception of sloths as lazy creatures is completely unwarranted — and why debunking myths like this about the animals is especially important right now. Listen to it at www.mongabay.com Photo: Rebecca Cliffe, sloth biologist, holding a Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth. Photo courtesy of @suzieszterhas #sloths #animals #wildlife #conservation #biodiversity #environment #nature #podcast

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Researchers teamed up with a student-based tech lab to develop an interactive virtual reality tool that gives users entry into the vision of another species–a tiny nocturnal primate with huge eyes that must catch prey in the dark. Tarsier Goggles can simulate human and tarsier vision under varying ambient lighting conditions. Read about it on www.mongabay.com #tarsier #animals #technology #conservation #environment #virtualreality #wildlife

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Found throughout Central and South America and parts of the Caribbean, the green iguana (Iguana iguana) is a large, mostly herbivorous lizard. The species, is threatened by the pet trade, habitat loss, and hunting. Male green iguanas are territorial and are capable of fierce fighting as evidenced by this and other photos that you can find on www.mongabay.com  #iguana #reptiles #animals #wildlife #conservation #environment #nature

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A new study has found that lowland tapirs spend more time in degraded forests than in pristine Amazon rainforest. They also defecate and deposit three times more seeds in these degraded areas. The results indicate that tapirs may help human-affected forests recover and grow back. Read about it on www.mongabay.com #tapir #animals #wildlife #conservation #forests #rainforests #environment #nature

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Our primate cousins have managed to colonize a broad swath of the planet, taking up residence in 90 countries. Still, the majority of monkey, ape, lemur, tarsier and lorisid species live in Brazil, Indonesia, Madagascar and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and a study finds that 62 percent of those species face the specter of extinction due to hunting and the splintering and outright loss of their habitats. Read about it on  www.mongabay.com #lemurs #monkeys #apes #primates #animals #wildlife #conservation #environment #nature