Reptiles threatened by online trade

Nearly 4000 species of reptile – a third of those known – are being traded online with very little international regulation, contributing to the “ever-widening biodiversity crisis”, according to a new study in the journal Nature Communications. A whopping 90% of traded reptile species and half the total number of individuals are captured from the … Continue reading Reptiles threatened by online trade

Tim Jarvis on Human-wildlife conflict

It’s 84 years since the last known Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus), died at Beaumaris Zoo, Hobart. Locked out of its sleeping quarters by its keepers, it died in its cage, alone, as temperatures plummeted overnight. In 1996, on the 60th anniversary of this inauspicious date, 7 September was declared National Threatened Species Day … Continue reading Tim Jarvis on Human-wildlife conflict

China’s approach to conservation

In the wake of an apocalyptic bushfire season, Australia’s land management and environmental policies have been thrust back into the spotlight. With conversations around how we could better manage our land, and our environmental impact heating up, there’s a suggestion we could learn some lessons from an unlikely country: China. While the world’s most populous … Continue reading China’s approach to conservation

Wildlife conservation is getting better

Whether it’s plastic pollution, climate change or endangered species conservation, there’s a growing tsunami of scientific data out there – how do researchers wade through it to fill gaps, learn from failures and build on successes? Faced with this conundrum when wanting to restore sea otters to wild habitats, US wildlife biologists turned to artificial … Continue reading Wildlife conservation is getting better