One of the last northern white rhinos in the world has died, leaving only five remaining. Thankfully, it was a natural death, with the reportedly comfortable San Diego Zoo resident passing on at the ripe age of 44 years old.
Corals may be in more trouble than we thought. A new study has recently revealed that even after corals recover from traumatic bleaching events, they may not reproduce, as bleaching appears to have some adverse affects on the long-term fertility of coral species.
It's no secret that wild elephant populations are approaching dangerously low numbers. Overhunting, poaching, and shrinking habitats are keeping elephants down. Now, new research shows that if elephants go down, they're taking the trees with them.
For the last several years, large oyster hatcheries in the Pacific Northwest were thought to be facing massive declines due to infections of the bacteria Vibrio tubiashii. Now researchers are saying that experts may have framed the wrong guy, with the real bacterial killer still on the loose.
It has long been suspected that rising temperatures and ocean acidification are making it harder for crabs to reproduce and survive. However, aside from weakening exoskeletons, it was unclear exactly why this was happening. Now, a new study suggests it comes down to these crustaceans' own biology.
An analysis of nearly 150 years of data has revealed that seagulls are eating far more trash than they used to, leading to low fertility and population declines. Now, researchers are suggesting that this may have occurred because fish stocks are not as nearly as plentiful as they once were.
It may sound inconsequential, but sand and fine sediment from activates like sea-floor dredging and natural flood plumes can have a destructive impact on aquatic life. Now researchers are saying that silty deposits can even have a stunning impact on fish, extending the time required for the development of their larvae.
Indian veterinarians and livestock farmers seem to be complying with the ban of a drug that has nearly eliminated local vulture populations. Now experts are saying that these vultures are no longer on the decline, giving conservationists hope for a steady recovery.
Well this is going to be embarrassing for everyone involved... Remember those dangerous pesticides that experts are blaming for the tragic mass death of our pollinators? It turns out that they aren't even all that good at their job, leaving coated crops no better off than if they were left untreated.
The fact that there are less predators stalking them day and night should sound like a good news for a great many herbivores across the globe. But a new study has found that this isn't necessarily the case. With fewer large predators keeping populations in check, herbivores are over-foraging and destroying the delicate ecosystems that have kept them fed for countless years.
You've likely been hearing how our oceans' biodiversity is dwindling. Now a recent study shows that that this can impact local fisheries as well. That's a nightmare for not only fishermen and ecologists, but health experts too, who have been saying for years that the average person needs to consume more fish in their regular diet.
Researchers have found that damsels in distress are far more likely to impact insect populations than climate change alone. Observations of damselflies and other insects have led to the conclusion that fear of predation is the main driver of how fast or slow insects grow, despite claims that temperature could be a major influence.
A record number of crocodile hatchlings have been discovered in the Everglades National Park this summer, showing that efforts to restore crocodile habitats in the region are working well.
The hermit thrush, the state bird of Vermont, may actually be bidding farewell to its host state if climate change projections continue to worsen. That's according to an Audubon report that details how hundreds of bird species are likely to lose their natural habitats or relocate due to warming weather and changing conditions in many parts of the United States.
Weighting as much as 400 pounds, the massive arapaima fish is likely one of the largest fish you could ever see with your own two eyes. However, time is running out to see this majestic behemoth. Researchers have learned that the fish has become extinct in many local communities simply due to overfishing.