We bring you the latest from around the World in wildlife and conservation news.
The latest research has found zoonotic pathogens in wild snow leopard blood which is very concerning to people working towards the conservation of the rare big cat. The study was conducted by an international team of researchers who captured 20 snow leopards and found all but one in healthy condition. The study was conducted between 2008 and 2015 by scientists from the Snow Leopard Trust, Snow Leopard Conservation Foundation and other organisations.
Singapore will be sending several snake-necked turtles to Indonesia. The species of turtle is actually endemic to Rote Island in East Nusa Tenggara. Singapore is repatriating the species through a re-introduction program run by the Wildlife Conservation Society Indonesia Program (WCS-IP) and Wildlife Reserve Singapore. The turtles will be shipped to Indonesia over the next few months and have been bred by a variety of conservation organisations.
A decade long study of Chukchi Polar Bears that took place between 2008 and 2018 found more bears than was anticipated. Even more surprising the bears were healthy despite all the sea loss in the Bering and Chukchi seas. The result does not mean that bears are not changing their behaviour. A spokesperson for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service which was part of the group that conducted the study says that there are no signs yet that the Chukchi bears are experiencing any negative physiological or physical effects.
A new study that taped cameras to the back of penguins has shown that flying seabirds know that they should follow their sea-bound cousins to feast on the fish that penguins locate in the ocean. African penguins, which are the only species of penguin native to that continent and reside on the coasts of southern Africa feed mainly on small fish such as anchovies and sardines.
Back in May an orangutan named Hope was found blinded having been show by an air gun more than 70 times on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. According to the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP), Hope was severely injured and was found along with her month-old infant who subsequently died of its injuries. After being rescued, Hope underwent immediate emergency surgery having been found in a near death condition in Subulussam.
A former language instructor who is now an animal activist has single handedly managed to save thousands of snow leopards from the threats posed by mining companies. Ms Bayarjargal Agvaantseren who is now 49 first became interested in helping conserve these vulnerable big cuts after she spent some time translating for a group of wildlife scientists during the 1980’s.
Global warming could end up causing stress to mountain gorillas that live in Virunga and result in increased risk of health problems and cause early death the results of a new study suggest. Researchers collected fecal samples from the wild and found gorillas in Virunga National Park had elevated stress levels during months where there were higher… View Article
The Indian Environment Ministry has established a project that will see the creation of DNA profiles for all of India’s rhinos. The project has a completion deadline of 2021 which would make the Indian rhino the first wild animal species in the country to have every member undertake DNA sequencing. The project is being supported by WWF India and the government funded Wildlife Institute of India.