Environmental Round Up 3 – Week 5th January 2015

22 Animals That Went Extinct in 2014


It is time for the somber and annual eulogy of the animals that went extinct in the past year.


Why killing wolves doesn’t work


When humans decimated wolf populations, the idea was that farmers would no longer lose sheep and other livestock to the dog-like predators. But that horribly backfired, a new study has recently found.


Captivity is Not the Answer, Because Captive Animals Do Not Breed With Their Wild Counterparts


Captive breeding programs operate under the premise that their efforts will aid in species resurgence when captive-bred animals are released back into the wild. As it turns out, this might not be the case. According to a new study published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters, captive-bred animals prefer to mate with their captive counterparts as opposed to wild animals.


14 Fantastic Wildlife Discoveries of 2014


It may seem pretty unbelievable that in these modern times, we can still unearth wildlife we didn’t know existed. But it happens — all the time. In 2013, for example, more than 18,000 new species joined the collection of the world’s known wildlife. And the California Academy of Sciences recently announced its scientists discovered more than 220 news species this year, including the elephant shrew and several others we describe.

Learning to Live Together


Negative encounters between people and wildlife can threaten conservation efforts. But can understanding animals’ responses to new, shared environments hold the key to getting along peacefully?

Camelion close up South Africa

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