Conservation

The Songbird’s Silence: a fairytale of our times

You can enable subtitles (captions) in the video player [BIRDS CHIRPING] NARRATOR: The Songbirds Silence, a nearly true story. Not that long ago, there was a forest where you could hear the birds singing, the tiger’s growling far away, and the insects trilling. Then, human beings began to capture the creatures of the forest. The…

Google’s New AI Project Could Be a Conservation Game Changer

A camera trap captured this jaguar in the Nouragues Natural Reserve, French Guiana.Photo: Emmanuel Rondeau (WWF France)All around the world, conservationists and biologists have hard drives full of millions of camera trap photos. Going through these images can be laborious and time-consuming, but a new program—a partnership between Google and several conservation organizations—simplifies the process…

New Count of Endangered Mountain Gorillas Suggests Conservation Is Working

Mountain gorillas. Image: IUCNThe total population of free-ranging mountain gorillas is now 1,063, according to an encouraging new survey.Population figures for mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) are heading in the right direction, according to new census findings provided by Fauna & Flora International, a conservation group that works to protect the endangered species. At 1,063…

Conservation after Conflict in Colombia

Seeking a sustainable economy, the country wants to capitalize on its astonishing biodiversityFat purple clouds had been gathering all day above Cubará, kicking up a dusty wind and cloaking the forested hills in shadow and mist. When the rain finally came, it came as a torrent, hammering metal roofs, overflowing ditches and transforming roads into…

These species went extinct in 2019

The creatures that went extinct or likely went extinct in 2019 are as follows: 1. The Hawaiian snail Achatinella apexfulva: The last known member of its species, “George” died in a tank in a Hawaiian lab on New Year’s Day. The species is likely extinct, said David Sischo, the snail extinction prevention program coordinator at…

Hunters who killed research elephant lose licences

Image caption Botswana lifted a ban on elephant hunting earlier this year (file photo) Botswana has cancelled the licences of two professional hunters who shot dead a research elephant.Michael Lee Potter and Kevin Sharp had voluntarily surrendered their hunting licences, a government statement said. Botswana lifted a ban on elephant hunting in May, citing growing…

This ‘starry night’ toad was lost to scientists for decades

There’s a magical mountain on the Colombian coast, said Lina Valencia, a biological anthropologist and Colombia conservation officer at Global Wildlife Conservation. The 18,700-foot peak, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, is the tallest coastal mountain on Earth. At different elevations, the peak hosts life found nowhere else. At about 6,500 feet up, a black toad,…

Naturalist and presenter David Bellamy dies at 86

Image copyright Chris Jackson / Getty Images Botanist and broadcaster David Bellamy has died aged 86, the Conservation Foundation he formed has said.London-born Bellamy, who became a household name as a TV personality, scientist and conservationist, died on Wednesday, according to the foundation.His colleague, David Shreeve, described him as a “larger-than-life character” who “inspired a…