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A herd of Eland or Taurotragus Oryx. By Sutirta Budiman

Population dynamics models: Levins and the source-sink theory

For decades, ecologists and geneticists have tried to understand the population dynamics of different animal species, establishing models to understand the changes that occur in the number of individuals of a population, the composition of populations and the causes of such variations. Nature isn't homogeneous or stable, so it's...
DNA research molecule. 3D illustration. Analysis of structure human genome. By Yurchanka Siarhei | Shutterstock.com

Genetics, genomics and their role in wildlife conservation

Within genetics there are many areas of research, each impacting on our lives in a different way. From the genetic engineering of animals and plants, to gene therapy in medical treatment, and the use of DNA in genetic profiling. Agriculture, medicine and security are just some of the areas of...
Giant panda climbing tree. By Hung Chung Chih | Shutterstock.com

Flagship species: Advantages and disadvantages of their management

According to the latest studies and censuses drawn up by different authors, there are approximately 9 million species on planet Earth, including animals (by far, the most abundant group), fungi, plants, protozoa and algae. However, as little as 25% of them are known to mankind, which means that only 2...
San Miguel Island Fox. By Dominic Laniewicz | Shutterstock.com

Do all animals face the same extinction risk?

As mentioned in the article "The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: conservation status of species", published recently in this blog, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has updated the number of species included in the Red List. It now consists of a total of almost...
Iberian lynx. By omas Calle Boyero | Shutterstock.com

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: conservation status of species

A few weeks ago, the Red List of Threatened Species was updated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This list reveals the conservation status of the different animal and plant species worldwide, classifying them into different protection and conservation categories. IUCN is a membership union, composed by...
Central Bornean orangutan ( Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii ) in natural habitat. Tropical Rainforest of Borneo. Indonesia. By Sergey Uryadnikov | Shutterstock.com

Edge effects and habitat fragmentation: the main causes of species extinction

The science of conservation biology was developed during the seventies and eighties, when society started to become aware of the importance of addressing the ongoing biodiversity crisis. The multidisciplinary basis of conservation biology has led to new subdisciplines, such as a theoretical branch and a subdiscipline to find solutions...
Urban Gardening, Malacca, Malaysia. By Jakob Fischer | Shutterstock.com

Living cities: 4 practical ways you can help local wildlife

Today, 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas and, by 2050, this is expected to reach 68%. Urbanisation can bring great benefits, such as access to education, health care, employment and social services. However, it could also cause a disconnect between ‘our world’ and the natural world. Some...
Portrait of a typical traditional family of farmers with their cow. By HQuality | Shutterstock.com

Beyond veganism: Capitalism, Feminism and Self-awareness

Talking about the pros and cons of veganism has become a sort of war of words. Anyone who holds a position on either side will come up against a barrage of critics waiting to weigh in on the matter with their words of wisdom. But an opinion, and that's...
Migrating grey cranes over Agamon Hula bird refuge, at sunrise. Hula Valley, North of Israel. By Alla Khananashvili | Shutterstock.com

Creatures on the move: understanding animal migration

When you think of animal migration, which animals first come to mind? Geese? Seabirds? Well, it’s true that many birds migrate during the year. In fact, at least 4,000 species of birds are considered regular migrants, which is equal to around 40% of all birds. However, migration - the long...
Bull Moose. Pic by David Osborn | Shutterstock.com

Controlling invasive species: 3 ways to join the fight

In Europe alone, there are around 16,000 plants, animals, fungi and micro-organisms that are alien to their natural environment. Of these, 15% pose a threat to biological diversity and can defined as invasive species. Besides their impact on biodiversity, invasive alien species (IAS) can have enormous economic ramifications. According to...
Saiga antelope (Saiga tatarica) in the morning steppe. Mekletinskii Federal Nature Reserve, Kalmykia, Russia, August 2015. By Victor Tyakht Shutterstock.com

The saiga antelope. A species with a challenging existence.

The saiga (Saiga tatarica) is a medium sized (60 to 80 cm tall) antelope that inhabits the steppes of Central Asia and is classified by IUCN as "critically endangered". They live mainly in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, although they can be found in various areas of Russia (Kazan), China and...
A polar bear sitting on the edge of an ice floe in the Svalbard Archipelago. By Ritesh Chaudhary | Shutterstock.com

Beyond the Bear. Protecting threatened species and maintaining global diversity

Holocene extinction As far as we know, planet earth has experienced five mass extinctions so far. The most recent of these, the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction, happened around 65 million years ago and was responsible for killing off the dinosaurs. Mass extinctions typically come about because of catastrophic natural disasters, such as...
A couple of young male African elephants fighting on a South African reservation. By SAPhotog | Shutterstock.com

Ivory trade: poaching endangered species for their tusks

IVORY TRADE HAS CAUSED A MASSIVE DECLINE IN POPULATION OF SOME OF WORLD’S LARGEST SPECIES . The new Chinese legislation In December 2017, China banned all ivory processing and trade activity. This was a major stepping stone in the movement to protect elephants and a heavy blow to illegal tusk trade....