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31 July 2012 To know a tiger is at least to start tolerating them

To protect a dangerous and endangered animal—be it a tiger in Nepal or a wolf in Michigan—you really do have to ask people 'how do you FEEL about your predatory neighbour?' In an article published on 31 July Neil Carter and co-authors examine this question in Nepal. Oryx online.

31 July 2012 Captive lion reintroduction programmes operate under 'conservation myth'

An article published online on 31 July concludes that commercial 'wildlife encounter' operations across Africa promoting the reintroduction of captive lions do little to further the conservation of African lions in the wild. Oryx online.

17 March 2009, Fungus devastates mountain chicken

Montserrat's mountain chicken Leptodactylus fallax has become the latest victim of the fungal disease that is devastating amphibians worldwide. Only two small pockets of the animals on the tiny Caribbean island remain disease-free. The mountain chicken is one of the world's largest frogs. Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust plans to take surviving frogs into captive breeding programmes. It is suspected that the chytrid fungus entered Montserrat on small frogs stowing away in consignments of produce from Dominica. The mountain chicken was the subject of a 2007 article in Oryx in which the species was found to be free of the fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis — a salutory reminder of how quickly this fungus can devestate an amphibian population.

Mountain chicken

9 February 2009, TRAFFIC

One of the world’s rarest birds has become the target of illegal traders after it was declared a nationally rare species in Indonesia. In 1993 the Javan hawk eagle was declared Indonesia’s National Rare / Precious Animal by former President Soeharto. Prior to this, traders did not recognize the Javan hawk eagle as different from other large eagles. However, following the declaration demand for the eagles soared. Original article: Declaration of the Javan hawk eagle Spizaetus bartelsi as Indonesia's National Rare Animal impedes conservation of the species, Vincent Nijman et al. (2009). Oryx, 43(1),122-128.

Javan hawk eagle

9 January 2009, Zoological Society of London

Follow-up work on research carried out on the Hispaniolan solenodon Solenodon paradoxus that was originally published in Oryx in October 2008 has now produced rare camera footage of what is one of the world's most elusive mammals. Original article Continued survival of Hispaniolan solenodon Solenodon paradoxus in Hait, Samuel T. Turvey et al. (2008). Oryx, 42(4), 611-614.

Hispaniolan solenodon

29 July 2008, Wildlife Conservation Society

Sixteen million of the world’s poor live in the remotest regions and are 'orphans' of major development assistance programmes because of their remoteness and low population densities. Full article What is the role for conservation organizations in poverty alleviation in the world's wild places? Kent H. Redford et al. (2008). Oryx, 42(4), 516–518.
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2 July 2008, Great Ape Trust

Orang-utans, found only on Sumatra and Borneo, are declining more sharply than previously estimated (see also Daily Telegraph Online and Scotsman Online). Full article Distribution and conservation status of the orang-utan (Pongo spp.) on Borneo and Sumatra: how many remain? Serge A. Wich et al. (2008). Oryx, 42(3), 329–339.
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April 2008, Marine turtles and logging

The unanticipated effects of rainforest logging on marine turtles in Gabon received wide international coverage (naturenews, ScienceDaily, New Scientist, Conservation Magazine). Logs lost  during downriver transport float out to sea and then often wash ashore, where they accumulate on beaches used by nesting turtles.  Full article Does rainforest logging threaten marine turtles? William F. Laurance et al. (2008). Oryx, 42(2), 246–251.

Dead turtle trapped by logs image

January 2008, Wildlife Conservation Society

Jack rabbits in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem have apparently hopped into oblivion. This research was controversial and Joel Berger's phone didn't stop ringing for weeks.  Full article Undetected species losses, food webs, and ecological baselines: a cautionary tale from the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, USA, Joel Berger (2008). Oryx, 42(1), 139–142 (see also The New York Times, ScienceDaily, LiveScience, and again The New York Times, and also Extant or extinct? White-tailed jack rabbits and Yellowstone's food web, Joel Berger (2008) Oryx, 42(2), 176).
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White-tailed jack rabbit image

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