Bees are still in trouble, with worrying declines and even outright extinctions occurring within the last decade. However, it turns out that scientists might be tracking only a portion of the pollinator population, with some species still undiscovered. In Australia, specialists are helping to reconcile this, discovering four new bee species in one grand project.
Conservationists and wildlife biologists alike are bound to be disappointed. A new study has determined that 'walking hibernation' - a fabled adaptation that could help some bear species survive in unwelcoming environments - just isn't possible for polar bears. As a result, there is even less faith that these critically endangered creatures will ever survive a warming world.
Believe it or not, there is no true species of 'black panther' stalking the dark jungles of the world. Often, they are unusual variants of cougars, jaguars, or even leopards. This certainly holds true for the Malaysian black panther - leopards with sleek black coats and, oddly enough, invisible black spots. Now researchers have determined how to make the unseen seen - a boon for conservation.
Florida officials have long been waging war with invasive Burmese pythons in the Everglades National Park, where an ever-growing (but still hard to find) population of invasive pythons is so prevalent that it's taking a notable chunk out of local mammal populations. Unfortunately, most ecologists won't hesitate to say that the pythons are winning. Now however, the results of a new study may turn the tables, providing new information that can help focus efforts.