The population in sub-Saharan Africa is continuously growing, and this might put a strain on the region’s food supply. According to scientists, Africa will need to maximize yields of cereal crops if it wants to provide food to its growing population by 2050.
Scientists have developed a model that can predict zoonotic diseases, such as Zika and Ebola, based on changes in the environment.
A record-breaking 6,250 manatees were recently counted during aerial surveys in Florida. While this is good news for the threatened animals, conservationists warn the population boom is likely a result of warmer waters, rather than a sign of recovery.
In an attempt to gather valuable shark conservation data that looks at reproduction rates and population growth, researchers from the University of North Florida have moved from common dissection to the less invasive, and maybe more interesting, method of non-lethal ultrasound.
After Thailand's Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary beefed up patrols for poachers starting in 2005, tiger populations grew substantially. This is an outstanding conservation success, say researchers, but they also warn that continued patrolling is needed to ensure that populations of prey grow to meet the food demands of more tigers.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources estimates that the state's elk population has doubled within the last two years, totaling some 1,371 animals today.
Invasive snowshoe hares were introduced to Maine's Bay of Fundy Islands in 1959 and rapidly became widespread pests that eliminated most trees from the landscape. After several attempts and a bit of determination, the last invasive rabbit was removed in 2007. Since then the islands' natural landscape has returned to normal.
A species of vesper bat has largely expanded its range across Europe since the 1980s. Researchers say climate change is likely the cause.
Recent camera trappings in a national park in Ethiopia reveal a hidden population of up to 200 lions. Researchers say this could be promising for the currently vulnerable species.
After nearly being wiped out in Britain, conservationists report the native European Polecat is making a strong comeback across the continent.
An international team of researchers recently bred elkhorn corals (Acropora palamata) in a laboratory setting, to be used to repopulate critically endangered Caribbean reefs. This won't do all the work of fighting warming waters, but it helps.
National Park Service biologists recently discovered two mountain lion kittens in the Santa Monica Mountains in California. The pair's mother is thought to be a well-tracked mountain lion designated as P-19, but DNA testing is underway to confirm who their father is. Nonetheless, researchers say this successful birth highlights the habitat quality of the Santa Monica Mountains.
Amphibians throughout the world are threatened with extinction due to disease, climate change and habitat loss, among other serious factors. Now, as a kind of New Year resolution, the Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA) has assigned itself the lofty goal of protecting each and every unique species.
West Indian manatees have rebounded in Florida, prompting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to downlist the species from endangered to threatened.